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Memory of an episode no one remembers from Star Trek? [closed]

I have distinct memory of a Star Trek episode no one remembers! It is about Spock and Kirk going down to a dying planet with ruins around a dying star that comes to life as a person on the planet (...
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How does one Klingon recognise another as discommended?

I'm thinking particularly of the episode "The Mind's Eye" (TNG 4x24). When Picard tells Ambassador Kell that Worf is on the case, Kell interrupts to request another security officer due to Worf's ...
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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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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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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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If everyone uses replicator, why do tailors still exist?

In Star Trek, Starfleet uniforms and other clothing is made by replicator patterns. Not only does this suggest a standard pattern as well as standard sizing considering the variety of body types that ...
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How does the Universal Translator work?

In Star Trek Voyager, The 37's, its revealed that the Universal Translator somehow turns speech into the recipient's (the person hearing) language for each individual person, regardless of how many ...
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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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Is there a canon explanation for certain holodeck differences between Star Trek shows?

Namely, I noticed that in Star Trek: The Next Generation, holographic characters and objects can actually travel a little distance/last for a few moments outside of the holodeck. (e.g. A couple of ...
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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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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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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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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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How come they couldn't heal Captain Pike's injuries in Star Trek?

As we saw in the Star Trek movies and TV shows, the Federation has extraordinarily advanced knowledge, science, medicine and technology. They were able to cure all fatal injuries, horrible diseases ...
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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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What was the last episode/movie Majel Barrett recorded?

Majel Barrett's voice was used for the computer voice in every Star Trek series (and most of the movies) after TOS. She even did a bunch of phonetic recordings that could be used in future projects. ...
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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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What was happening in “In a Mirror Darkly”?

In episodes 18 and 19 of the 4th series of Star Trek Enterprise ("In a Mirror, Darkly") the characters exist in a dark mirror universe where Star Fleet is the military arm of an aggressive terran ...
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Were Chekov's scenes reduced in Star Trek Beyond?

The other day I was watching Star Trek Beyond, and was surprised how little Chekov appears in it. My understanding was that Anton Yelchin died after filming was complete, but it felt like they may ...
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Has Federation medical science really allowed for males to carry a child?

In Deep Space 9 s4e25 Body Parts, Keiko is injured. Keiko is also pregnant with her and Miles O'Brien second child. The injury introduces complications and puts the fetus at risk. The Doctor at hand ...
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Why does the Federation require a rental agreement?

Why does the Federation act as landlord on Deep Space 9? Sisko threatens to collect five years of back rent from Quark in season 4 episode 16, "The Bar Association," as well as power and repair fees. ...
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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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Music player device from Star Trek Beyond

Around the middle of the movie Star Trek Beyond there's some sort of music player device playing the song "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy. Does that device exist for real, or is possibly built out ...
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How does the federation keep the “stardate” consistent across its territory?

There are several problems that arise by keeping time across galactic distances, arising from relativity, FTL travel and lack of a unified referential. How does the "Stardate" in Star Trek work then? ...
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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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Why didn't somebody at the Yorktown space station just transport Krall and the weapon into space?

Given the threat that Krall and his represented to the Yorktown Space Station, it seems like they could have done more to kill him. Scotty was already working with their operations people at the time ...
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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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Basis of the CGI model of SS Botany Bay in ST:TOS “Space Seed” re-release

In the original release of the Star Trek TOS episode "Space Seed", shots depicting the exterior of the Botany Bay only ever show it in profile, never revealing the true shape of the physical model. In ...
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Why was Tuvok sent to infiltrate the Maquis?

In the first episode of Star Trek Voyager it is revealed that the Vulcan character Tuvok was sent to be a double agent for the Federation in the Maquis. There are conversations in Next Gen that say ...
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What was the prop the sample Spock shatters with a squeeze made of?

In the Star Trek original series episode "Balance of Terror", there is a briefing room scene. In the scene, Spock holds up a sample of recovered debris. Spock's in-universe description calls it: ...
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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 ...
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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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What is the history behind Scotty's hidden freezer and bottle of Scotch?

In the Star Trek TOS Episode s2e21 "By Any Other Name", there are some scenes involving Montgomery Scott attempting to get an alien drunk. Part of the gag has him pulling out a bottle of Scotch Whisky ...
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Why were the enemy ships blowing up?

During the final scene when they play music to disrupt the link/communications of the swarming ships, why and how are the ships all of a sudden blowing up? Then the Yorktown station also plays music ...
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Did Star Trek Beyond copy a scene from Titan A.E.?

In Star Trek Beyond, there is a scene where the Enterprise enters the nebula. It is flying slowly and there is a discussion about the collisions disturbing the sensors. When I saw this scene I had a ...
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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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Did Klingons develop Gunpowder Weapons?

Seeing the Star Trek TOS episode Season 2 Episode 19, "A Private Little War", it seems to imply that chemical propellant firearms are a common technological invention of young civilizations. The plot ...
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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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What happened to the Federation Universal Translator Technology?

In Star Trek Beyond, an alien is recovered drifting towards the Yorktown. Her language isn't understandable, so they put her in a large round device, take a while to figure out the language, and ...
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Distance between Yorktown and the unexplored planet

In Star Trek Beyond, the crew of the USS Enterprise are asked to carry out a search and rescue mission on an unexplored planet relatively close to the space station "Yorktown". Given that the ...
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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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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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In Wrath of Khan, what is the meaning of “the word is given” in the scene where the crewman dies in sickbay?

In Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, there is a scene where Scotty arrives on the bridge with the fatally wounded body of a crewman. In the next scene, they are in sickbay (why he didn't just take him ...
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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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What happened to the the USS Franklin crew?

In Star Trek Beyond, we find out that the USS Franklin is A century old lost ship, and some of it's crew has become the main antagonists via alien technology. In the movie, we see old clips of 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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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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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 was the ship under construction initially called?

In Star Trek Beyond, there was a ship under construction on the massive moon space station Yorktown. This ship is rechristened as the USS Enterprise-A (NCC-1701-A) after the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) ...
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Who were the faceless mooks?

In Star Trek Beyond, Krall's back story states that only 3 were left. So who are the majority of his army? They didn't seem to be drones or machines. This was unexplained as far as I could tell.