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A science-fiction franchise, comprising TV series, movies and other media created by Gene Roddenberry.

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Was Kirk and Uhura's kiss in Star Trek really the first interracial kiss on TV?

It's been widely stated that the Star Trek episode "Plato's Stepchildren", airing on 22 November 1968, had "the very first televised interracial kiss", which was between Kirk (William Shatner) and ...
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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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Do Star Trek characters wearing red shirts have the highest death rate on the original show?

In many episodes of the original series of Star Trek (Star Trek TOS) a team will be selected to beam down to the planet (or wherever the action was in the episode). This will have major characters ...
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Why these credits for Star Trek Into Darkness?

I noticed during the credit sequence at the end of Star Trek Into Darkness that Chris Hemsworth and Jennifer Morrison were credited as Kirk's parents (whom they portrayed in the previous film). I ...
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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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At the end of Star Trek Beyond, how did Uhura know who Krall was?

At the end of Star Trek Beyond, how did Uhura know that I didn't catch what was so significant from that video that it caught her attention. I might need to watch a second time (or multiple times on ...
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Have we ever seen Data make use of his "multiple techniques" before First Contact?

At some point during Data's captivity and interrogation by the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact her tries to convince him go into a more instinctual direction: Borg: Are you familiar with ...
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What happens to Wesley Crusher when he leaves with the Traveler?

In the television episode Journey's End of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Wesley Crusher leaves the Enterprise, drops out of Star Fleet Academy and joins the Traveler. This is the last episode where ...
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Why is Kirk's middle initial wrong in series 1 episode 3 of Star Trek?

In the third episode of the original series of Star Trek, "Where No Man Has Gone Before", a powerful psychic makes a grave for Kirk as part of an elaborate attempt to kill him. The grave has a ...
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Did one actor ever play two distinct characters in one scene in the Star Trek franchise?

There have been several times in the various Star Trek series when one actor interacted with himself/herself as a clone, Mirror Universe double, or other "alternate" version of the same basic ...
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Star Trek - Khan and Chekov

Why does Chekov say that he remembers Khan in "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan" if in Star Trek TOS Chekov doesn't appear in the episode "Space Seed"? Also why is Chekov in "Star Trek Into Darkness"? ...
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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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What illness did Scotty have that was treated by Dr. McCoy?

Admiral Kirk arrives aboard the Enterprise for an inspection of the training crew. While inspecting the crew as they stand in line. He comes to Scotty and says the following. From The Script ...
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Was the smoke in this scene accidental or a practical effect serving to depict something?

In the Star Trek: The Original Series(TOS) episode "Journey to Babel", There were several shots of an "operating room" scene, in which McCoy (DeForest Kelley) is operating on Sarek. In at least a ...
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Do I have to watch Star Trek TV and movie series before watching Star Trek Beyond?

There have been many Star Trek movies as well as TV series and I didn't watch any of them. So, do I have to watch complete or any Star Trek TV and movie series to watch Star Trek Beyond or just the ...
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Why didn't Krall know about the Franklin?

Early in the film, Jaylah shows how she keeps the USS Franklin from being seen by Krall and his men, using a sort of holographic projection system. But So why did he seem ignorant of the vessel's ...
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Physiological changes in Klingons between Star Trek TOS and Star Trek TNG

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 Star Trek: The Original Series for the first time (thank you, ...
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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 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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Was the Star Trek episode Catspaw originally intended as a Halloween episode or was it just coincidence?

Was the Star Trek episode Catspaw originally intended as a Halloween episode or was it just coincidence? Did Gene Rodenberry or network executives specifically request an episode be written with ...
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Was Kirk's retirement from the Star Trek franchise already decided in The Undiscovered Country?

After the crew of the Enterprise successfully intervenes the assassins' plans and saves the future of human-Klingon-peace in 1991's Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, there is a little epilogue ...
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Why couldn't Krall and crew repair the USS Franklin when Scotty and Jaylah could?

Why couldn't Krall and crew repair the USS Franklin when Scotty and Jaylah could? Jaylah is not Starfleet (yet) but was still able to work on USS Franklin, and was eventually able to get it running ...
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In Star Trek Into Darkness who was the saboteur?

When the Enterprise is on it's way to Kronos it drops out of warp because of some unknown leak in the core. At first it's implied that it's the torpedoes (which it wasn't because they were not even ...
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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 the Enterprise return to their own timeline at the end of First Contact?

At the start of Star Trek: First Contact, the Enterprise follows a Borg sphere into the past to stop them from changing history - preventing first contact with the Vulcans and assimilating Earth. It ...
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Why does Chancellor Gorkon think Shakespeare was Klingon?

In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Chancellor Gorkon says Shakespeare is better in the original Klingon (language). Why does he think Shakespeare is Klingon? Or is he just being facetious in ...
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Is there any rationale for the different colours of uniforms on the different series of Star Trek?

When looking at the evidence for this question (Do Star Trek characters wearing red shirts have the highest death rate on the original show?) it became apparent that the key colours of the uniforms ...
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Why did Spock not know about Romulans in “Balance of Terror”?

I’m finally getting a chance to see the entire original Star Trek series and have gotten up to the episode “Balance of Terror” (season 1, episode 8/14). A few minutes into the episode, Spock gives a ...
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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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Why was Beverly Crusher not on the second season of Star Trek: TNG?

Berverly Crusher was replaced by Katherine Pulaski in the second season of Star Trek: TNG to become leader of a medical research faculty. My question is what were the show's 'internal' reasons to ...
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How does the Red Matter singularity work?

The Red Matter is used to create a singularity. Does this singularity crush everything that enters it or just act as a wormhole and transport everything to a different point in time and space? When ...
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How is open head of Commander Data done?

Data has his head open several times, for example here: Given the time of creation of Star Trek - Next Generation series, I don't assume this would be done with CGI, also his head doesn't seem to be ...
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Where did this character pick up another language?

In the question What happened to the Federation Universal Translator Technology?, it's mentioned that the alien Kalara in Star Trek Beyond speaks a language that standard translator technology ...
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Why didn't Author, Author reference A Measure of a Man?

The Voyager episode "Author, Author" is basically a shameless ripoff homage to the TNG era episode of "Measure of a Man". In that, an android known as Data has to face a tribunal to be declared ...
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Why do Klingons speak English to other Klingons?

The Klingon language system has evolved over the related series and episodes. Why did the producers in later series and episodes, especially in the movies (epic scene from ST 7 Generations as ...
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Is Harrison really a bad guy?

I've watched Star Trek: Into Darkness recently and couldn't help but notice that Benedict Cumberbatch's character is not really that bad as they make it seem. Sure in another dimension he was one of ...
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How could this jump in ranks be possible?

In Star Trek Beyond, shortly after the Enterprise arrives at the space station Yorktown, Captain Kirk has a conversation with Commodore Paris, in which she informs him that Starfleet has sent her his ...
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What was the device named by fans of Star Trek?

This article and many others has a quote from Star Trek: Beyond writer Simon Pegg, saying that while writing the script, he reached out to Memory Alpha for help naming a device. We actually wrote ...
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How did Kirk sell his house?

In Star Trek: The Voyage Home after dining with Gillian Taylor, Kirk excuses himself for not paying for the meal stating money does not exist in 23rd century. Years later in Star Trek: Generations ...
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What does Admiral Kirk whisper to Doctor McCoy?

About 30 minutes into Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan, Kirk is performing an inspection of the training crew on board the Enterprise. Kirk inspects engineering and then says to McCoy "I'll be on the ...
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What does Worf say when Data sings?

In Star Trek - Nemesis Worf says two things during the wedding scene: First he complains that Romulan Ale should be forbidden, and later - when Data sings his song - he says something I never ...
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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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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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If the Star Trek TNG future has no money, were there any stakes to the poker games the officers played?

In Star Trek: First Contact, Picard plainly says that there is no money in the future: Picard: The economics of the future are somewhat different. You see, money doesn't exist in the twenty-fourth ...
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Why was Ezri Dax the polar opposite of Jadzia Dax?

When Star Trek: Deep Space 9 killed off Jadzia Dax, a strong willed woman of skill, they replaced her with Ezri Dax, a very timid, undeveloped woman barely out of her teenage years and mentality. Why ...
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How does the USS Franklin fit in the pre-Kelvin Timeline?

In Star Trek Beyond, we are introduced to the USS Franklin (NX-326). Where does this NX registry, Starship class ship fall in the pre-Kelvin timeline, as compared to the pre-reboot continuity?
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Why didn't the Federation use swords against the Borg?

As asked on Quora: If energy weapons are useless on the Borg after they've adapted, but Worf is still able to chop one up with his Mek'leth during "First Contact," why don't all the Federation ...
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Why does Harrison show different reactions to phaser fire?

In leaving a comment on the Vulcan nerve pinch question, it occurred to me that there was (Surprise surprise) a fairly big inconsistency regarding Khan and phaser fire. When assaulting the bridge of ...
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What is this trail of 'pixie dust' left when the Enterprise warps out?

I noticed that in Star Trek: Into Darkness when the Enterprise warps out it leaves a trail of what I can only describe as pixie dust. Previously the Enterprise left only a visual after image which ...
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Warp 10 Barrier?

I just watched S7E25 "All Good Things ..." of Star Trek: The Next Generation which I believe is the final episode of the series. In this episode, Captain Beverly Picard tells the crew to pilot her ...