Robert Columbia
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Why does Worf receive only a reprimand for killing Duras in the episode, “Reunion?”
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In that episode, Picard clearly acknowledges that what Worf did was legal under Klingon law. PICARD: Mister Worf, your service aboard the Enterprise has been exemplary. Until now. WORF: Sir, I have ...

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Why didn't Palpatine do what he threatened to do?
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The way I understood it was a question of intent. The journey to the Dark Side is through emotions, specifically fear and hate. Anakin transforms himself into Darth Vader by choosing to attack others. ...

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Is there any Star Trek material set after Nemesis?
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The new 2020 series Star Trek: Picard starts after Picard's retirement as an admiral, and Data's death (in Nemesis) as a past fact is mentioned.

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How was Kylo Ren able to push his opponent to the ground with his lightsaber?
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If you pause the trailer at 1:16, you can see that the impact point appears to be fairly low. In fact, it's plausible that Kylo has impaled the person (possibly a Resistance soldier) with the ...

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Trying to find a story about an immortal little girl
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This is "Child of All Ages" by P. J. Plaugher. Here is a summary of the story. In the story, Melissa has the body of a preteen girl but is over two thousand years old, fluent in dozens of languages, ...

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Why is agriculture still in existence in 24th century?
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Memory Alpha mentions that some people simply objected to replicators, either because they felt that they made people complacent or that they couldn't produce the best food. One of these objectors was ...

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How can an address refer to the "USA" if no countries exist in Star Trek?
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The other answers are great in pointing out that the names of countries continue to be used even after they have ceased to become independent, sovereign nations. In our own world, this has happened to ...

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Why don't Force users control their lightsabers with telekinesis all the time?
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Telekinesis requires concentration/mental resources. Watch the battle between Obi-Wan and Vader in Ep. 3 and Rey and Kylo's struggle over Anakin's lightsaber in Ep. 8. In Ep. 5, Luke almost needs to ...

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Is there any example of a vessel colliding with a cloaked object?
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In Star Trek IV, a whaling ship in 1984 attempts to fire a harpoon and, to the shock of its crew, their harpoon bounces off of a cloaked Klingon Bird of Prey (skip to 2:15) captained by James T. Kirk, ...

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What are the benefits and obligations of a world that joins the Federation?
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There's one benefit that is expressly given: Citizens of member worlds can attend Starfleet Academy without an endorsement. This is important for a major point in the life of Nog. In the DS9 episode ...

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Can Force Ghosts Interact With the Physical Environment?
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Amicable's answer regarding The Last Jedi receives additional support in The Rise of Skywalker. In this new film, Force Ghost Is able to For the second one, I detected some hint of irony, since ...

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Was any character alive during all of the Star Wars episodes from I to VII?
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In The Rise of Skywalker (Episode IX), whom we saw in Ep. I, is actually still alive, despite his apparent death that you mention. So, this is one additional character who has survived not only I-VII,...

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Why didn't Anakin just leave the Jedi Order?
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He doesn't have anywhere else to go. Anakin's mother dies in Ep. 2, and he is essentially left with no one on his home planet of Tatooine that he knows well and likes. He also has the memory of being ...

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How did Kylo Ren travel to the other planet in the TIE fighter?
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Another possibility is that Ren traveled in a carrier ship and then took a TIE fighter down to the surface. Raider class ships would have been available during the late Empire era and one could ...

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Why is there a Bewilderbeast responding to king Toothless in HTTYD 3?
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I think HTTYD 2 makes it clear that the Bewilderbeast was not killed, but rather retreated - we see him crawling back into the sea after he loses the loyalty of the other dragons during his ...

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I am looking for the title of a novel about a prison planet
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Could it have been Piers Anthony's Chthon, one of the classic "SF prison planet" works? It does not match your description exactly, but is reminiscent. Chthon, to my recollection, does not have color ...

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Aliens lifting quarantine on Earth
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This is Reunion by Arthur C. Clarke. The story consists of a message sent by "aliens" to Earth who reveal themselves as the same species and identify humans as the descendants of their own ...

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Which fictional work first used the term "space-time continuum"?
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Expanding on @Bamboo 's discussion of "the notion of space and time [as] a single linked entity", mention of space and time as similar or linked concepts in English may go back much further ...

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Is Snoke a part of Operation: Cinder?
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The release of The Rise of Skywalker answers the question on the relationship between Palpatine and Snoke. Palpatine He also So, it seems that

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Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel?
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There is a new trailer out for the Spider-Man: Far from Home film starring Tom Holland, to be released in the summer of 2019. The trailer strongly implies that it builds upon the immediate aftermath ...

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Can Lego characters die in the Lego Cinematic Universe?
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In The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, we see the timeframe altered and fade from existence Back to the Future-style. One can argue whether or not this character really dies, as in reality they are ...

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How many named characters died in Avengers: Infinity War?
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The release of Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 2018) provides more information about the main spoilered event. In the mid-credits scene, but is

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How did Black Panther have enough funds in dollars?
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Bouncing off of @RichardC 's excellent answer, there is the possibility that Wakanda has been clandestinely trading with the world for some time. The comics establish that Quinjets include technology ...

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Can Bruce Banner remember what happens when he "Hulks out"?
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Yes, he does. In the original Avengers film, Bruce speaks about a previous attempt to commit suicide with a bullet to the mouth but that "the other guy spit it out". He remembers. At the ...

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Are Goombas sapient?
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In the 1993 live-action Super Mario Bros. film, Goombas are presented as an ancestral form of the citizens of Dinohattan - sentient, but less intelligent than "modern" people. As part of the ...

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How much training did the Force ghosts give Luke?
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In The Last Jedi, Force Ghost Yoda visits Luke on Ahch-To, shortly before In this case, he doesn't seem to provide training per se, but more general encouragement and mentorship to help him ...

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Why didn't the Northuldra take matters into their own hands?
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I believe that the flashback that Elsa experiences in the ice cave provides an explanation. In that flashback, the Northuldra leader is murdered immediately after informing/complaining to Elsa's ...

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Why didn't Yoda and Kenobi look for Windu?
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Others are on to something when they mention that death can be felt through the Force, but Disney canon has given us the specific example in TLJ where Rey and Leia are both able to feel the death of ...

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What Star Trek humanoid species has the longest natural lifespan?
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The Ba'ku might count, although their longevity is apparently not due to anything inherent about their biology per se, but because

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