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What's the meaning behind Khan's firing on the Enterprise as it approaches the Mutara Nebula?

About 80% of the way down in the Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan movie script, [Reliant bridge]JOACHIM: If they go in there we'll lose them.KHAN: Explain it to them.[Enterprise bridge]SAAVIK: That ...
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Star Trek TOS reputed episode budgets

Back in the 1970s I read a book which explored numerous "behind the scenes" aspects of Star Trek. From what I recall, it contained a claim that it was the most expensive hour on TV at the time. I just ...
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Are multiple scenes filmed at the same time?

Are multiple scenes of shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine filmed at the same time? For example while Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis and Gates McFadden are filming ...
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Why was Grace Lee Whitney so highly billed in Star Trek TOS?

Actress Grace Lee Whitney appeared in eight early episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series as Yeoman Janice Rand. The casts of these episodes (in the order that they are billed on-screen) are given ...
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Was there cigarette smoking on "Star Trek (The Original Series)"?

I have seen every episode at least half a dozen times over the decades and I am pretty sure nobody smoked; not even some exotic alien hookah or something. In the days when cigarette ads were all over ...
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What is the significance of different color uniforms in Star Trek reboot series?

What does the different color of uniform shirts signify in the Star Trek movies of the reboot series? In Star Trek Into Darkness Kirk orders Chekov to wear a Redshirt in place of a Yellow one to work ...
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Is this a real Star Trek episode?

In the Breaking Bad episode "Blood Money", there is a reference to an episode of Star Trek in which Chekhov is killed because his stomach is in space. Is this a real episode of Star Trek?
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How fast is the spore drive compared to other ships in the show?

I am trying to get my head around this as it doesn't make sense to me at the moment. We are in 2256 and the Discovery is currently experimenting with a spore drive. During the show it is saying how ...
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Why does deliberately causing a coolant leak in main engineering NOT result in catastrophic destruction of the ship?

In Star Trek: Generations, it was this very thing that destroyed the stardrive section of the Enterprise-D. As soon as LaForge recognized that a coolant leak had occurred, he evacuated Engineering ...
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Is there something special going on with "I've" in regard of Data's inability to use contractions?

I am confused about Data's use of ”I've”. One of the first things that we learn about Data in TNG is that he cannot use contractions. “I've” is a contraction, yet I'm pretty certain I've heard him ...
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Why did the original Star Trek change the Enterprise captain?

In the original pilot for Star Trek that aired in 1965, there is mostly different crew for the USS Enterprise which includes the captain being Christopher Pike. When NBC rejected the original pilot ...
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Why didn't Rios tell Picard he had been to the Vayt System on the ibn Majid?

When Rios talked to Rafi about what happened on the ibn Majid in Picard season 1, he said they had traveled way out to the Vayt system. Did he not realize what that meant when they agreed to take Soji ...
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Are there any indications why Roddenberry chose to make Star Trek a "battleship universe"?

Star Trek focuses on large, slow (in local space, anyway) ships which behave like battleships. As a counter-example, Battlestar Galactica was in an "aircraft carrier universe", where the big ships ...
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First explicit mention of money in Star Trek

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, we have this exchange: McCoy: It's a wonder these people ever made it out of the 20th Century. Kirk: They're still using money. We've got to get some. And this ...
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Why isn't "Star Trek: Picard" shot in wide-screen 16:9?

We watch Star Trek: Picard in our film room on a nice modern UHD TV. I just noticed there is a thick black bar top and bottom of screen implying it's shot in a wider, cinematic format. Is this ...
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Why didn't Theodore Bikel appear again as Worf's foster father?

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Family", actor Theodore Bikel appeared as Worf's foster father, and actress Georgia Brown appeared as Worf's foster mother. Later in the series, in the ...
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Were the Borg originally their own race, before assimilation started?

Part of what makes the Star Trek TNG episode "I, Borg" so confusing for me is that the Borg in their first episode, "Q Who", seemed like their own species. Half robot, half biological entity race. ...
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Why was Kes ignored in Year of Hell?

In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Before and After", Kes shifts backwards through time. Part of this time is spent during the "Year of Hell", during which she learns vital information about the ...
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How long are TV shows typically awaiting airing after completion, Star Trek: Picard in particular?

I'm watching Star Trek: Picard as it comes to air and have just seen a promo for it. The show is obviously presenting a story arc presumably spanning a whole season; judging by the pace of the two ...
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Of all the shows "TNG" and later, why didn't "DS9" have any slow motion exterior video shots?

On TNG and Voyager, many of the exterior shots of the ships were done in slow motion video frame rates (for those who don't understand what I mean, the same rate as Curb Your Enthusiasm was until like ...
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Why did Gul Madred decide to torture Jean-Luc even when he was telling the truth?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, while he was sedated, Jean-Luc told the truth - that he did not know the Federation's defense plans. So why did Gul Madred decide to torture him anyway? Was it to ...
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How are conversations on in-scene display screens filmed?

Three instances spring to mind: Star Trek conversations via the viewscreen Red Dwarf crew interacting with Holly A scene in the Doctor Who episode 'Blink' where the Doctor speaks from the television ...
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Are there any male actors written out of a "Star Trek" series?

I can only think of two main cast members who were written out of a Star Trek series. That includes Tasha Yar of ST:TNG, and Kes of Voyager who were both female. Wesley Crusher's role in ST:TNG was ...
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Why does René refer to Picard as his nephew?

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Family, Captain Picard meets his nephew René when he visits his home on Earth. René says, You're my nephew Jean-Luc. It is seemingly a joke, though ...
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How could Voyager navigate inside the void in "Night"?

How could Voyager navigate inside the starless void? Especially since it was very large. Taking one year to cross. Some sort of inertial navigation maybe?
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Is this sequence in "Star Trek" (2009) a reference to a Hoth sequence from "The Empire Strikes Back"?

In the Kelvenverse timeline, which begins in Star Trek (2009), there is a sequence where alter-Spock attempts to rid himself and the Enterprise crew of alter-James T. Kirk, after getting off to a ...
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In "Descent" why did the renegade Borg retrieve their dead the first time, but in the second attack, they didn't?

In the beginning of the episode "Descent" from Star Trek: The Next Generation, when they fight the Federation on their (Federation's) outpost, they did what Borg usually do with their dead, but in the ...
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Why did the Borg ignore the rest of the Enterprise-D?

I understand why they kidnapped Picard, but why did the Borg ignore the rest of the Enterprise-D in the Star Trek TNG episode "BOBW"? Why not assimilate all on the ship? They only assimilate Picard.
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Why did "Star Trek: The Next Generation" become more militaristic in later seasons?

I always wondered why Star Trek: The Next Generation took a formula of being militaristic (and the scores got more militaristic too) in later seasons? I'm thinking "Best of Both Worlds" and "The ...
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Did Picard get in trouble when he was in command of the Stargazer and lost his ship?

I always wondered if the gap between his time as Captain of the Stargazer and Captain of the Enterprise was because he was barred from captaincy.
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How did Klingons go from being an evil, arrogant, aggressive race to their current portrayal as honorable?

In TOS, they were total smug jerks who, if they wanted to oppress you, they did it, and showed no regard for anyone. They thought they were superior to the Federation and Romulans. Yet by 1987, they ...
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Was this miniature in "Requiem for Methuselah" ever used to portray the Enterprise in space?

In the Star Trek: TOS episode "Requiem for Methuselah", the title character shrinks the Enterprise. You can see Kirk inspecting this miniature Enterprise on a table: Was this particular prop ever ...
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Why did "Star Trek" shift, as a franchise, from being a NBC thing (1960s) to being first-run syndicated (and eventually UPN) in its revival?

I always wondered why a show associated with CBS these days, was originally on NBC, in its original 1960s Broadcast. And why TNG, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager ended up on syndicated (for the first two)...
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Was Geordi's VISOR ever spelled lower-case in "Star Trek: TNG" scripts?

Reference materials for Star Trek spell the visual aide used by character Geordi LaForge as the acronym VISOR, instead of the word visor. Was this also the case in the scripts for the television show?...
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Why are Borg ships kept so hot?

In the Star Trek movie First Contact, Jean-Luc Picard mentions something about the environment on deck 16 being like a Borg ship. Lt Worf states the temperature as 39.1 degrees Celsius (102.38 deg F) ...
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Has Worf ever been allowed to call (or has his recommendation been approved for) "Red Alert"?

I have recently been binge watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. I notice Lieutenant Worf recommends Red Alert quite often. When he does, Captain Picard shuts him down. I don't recall seeing Picard ...
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How Does the Delta Flyer Get Repaired in Star Trek: Voyager Season 7?

In "Unimatrix Zero" (Season 6, Episode 26 and Season 7, Episode 27 of Star Trek: Voyager), one of Voyager's shuttles, the Delta Flyer, gets shot to pieces. But by the next episode (s7 ep2, "...
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Is Control in Star Trek: Discovery being used as an easter egg?

So, I just watched the Star Trek: Discovery episode "Perpetual Infinity" (S02E11). Control is a pure mechanical AI. But I had a suspicion. When Control took over Leland's body, the scene seemed to ...
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Why did costumes change style in Deep Space Nine?

In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Rapture", the outfits of the crew changed from colour to grey with a little colour underneath. Why did the outfits change?
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Why was Michael Dorn in Star Trek DS9 and not someone else from TNG?

This is an out of world question. How come Michael Dorn, who portrayed lieutenant commander Worf, was chosen to continue his role in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine beginning in Season 4? Were there talks ...
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Why is Seven of Nine called Seven of Nine?

I'm pretty sure there's a lot more than nine Borgs, and probably quite a few that have groups of nine entities. Is there any in-universe description of how Star Trek: Voyager's Seven of Nine gained ...
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Where was the Caretaker's farm scenes filmed for "Star Trek: Voyager"?

In Star Trek Voyager's pilot episode "Caretaker", the crew of the Voyager is transferred to a holographic simulation of a farm. I could not find any information about the filming location of the farm ...
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How many times was the Voyager self-destruct sequence activated?

I'm re-watching Voyager, and just finishing Season 2 ("Basics, Part 1"). In this episode, Janeway tries to initiate the self-destruct sequence, but it fails to activate due to damage. How many times ...
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How do they keep docking in "Star Trek: Enterprise"?

I am re-watching Enterprise. Among all the weird history/lore stuff, one thing continues to bother me to no end. How in the world, does the Enterprise constantly dock with darn near every ship out ...
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Was the Starfleet officer connected to the later series?

In Star Trek Beyond, we are briefly introduced to a high-ranking Starfleet officer, Commodore Paris. In the original timeline, Voyager had Admiral Owen Paris, and his son Tom Paris. Is Commodore Paris ...
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What Star Trek TOS characters have been confirmed to be appearing in Discovery?

Since the new Star Trek: Discovery series is set 10 years before the events of The Original Series, are there any characters from the original Star Trek series that have been confirmed will appear in ...
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Physiological changes in Klingons between Star Trek TNG and Star Trek Discovery

My question is extremely similar to this one. I grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation, thus I always took it for granted that Klingons look like this: Now I'm watching the brand-new Star ...
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What was the prior relationship between Q and Guinan?

In the episode Q Who, Guinan and Q encounter each other for the first time in the series, and it is obvious they already know each other. Q warns Picard to get rid of Guinan: "Picard if you have ...
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Why was Roberto "Bob" Orci fired from "Star Trek Beyond"?

Roberto Bob Orci is an execute producer and writer, whom previously co-wrote with Alexander Kurtzman for their K/O Paper Products Production Company and often collaborated with JJ Abrams/Bad Robot ...
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Watching guide for DS9

This may be somewhat too subjective a question, but I'll try anyways. I'm not a trekkie, but I do like me some Star Trek. I'm most familiar with TNG and Voyager. I want to like DS9, and there are ...