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Why did Spock and McCoy lie about not watching Kirk's final message in "The Tholian Web?"

Something I've never been able to puzzle out an in-universe reason for.... In the course of the episode "The Tholian Web," Capt. Kirk disappears in an 'interphase' event, along with the ill-fated USS ...
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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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Why does Captain Christopher Pike use a Wheelchair?

In the Star Trek (2009) movie, Captain Christopher Pike is injured during his capture, and is clearly seen using a wheelchair at the medal ceremony for Kirk. The question is: is there any in-universe ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Androids in Star Trek TOS compared to Star Trek TNG

Mr. Data seemed to be a very advanced and unique Android in Star Trek TNG. It came to my attention, however, that (seemingly more advanced? or at least more humaniform) androids existed in the ...
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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 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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Why doesn't Dr. McCoy know Klingon anatomy?

In Star Trek VI, Kirk and McCoy beam aboard the Klingon ship after the assassination attempt. McCoy fails to save Chancellor Gorkon's life, and in the process, he admits that he doesn't know Klingon ...
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Star trek episode with Mr. Spock holding an "exotic animal" [closed]

I have found on 9-gag this still: with Mr. Spock holding an "exotic animal" which is actually an annoyed dog in a unicorn-suit (sorta...). From which episode is it? Unless it is a photoshopped ...
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Star Trek TOS Season 2 - how long does the change in musical style last?

The tone of the music of Star Trek changed dramatically from Season 1 to Season 2. Whereas Season 1 was subtler (as subtle as it could be being a science-fiction show in the 60's), and the title track ...
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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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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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Won't Seven of Nine get tired legs or feet?

Won't Seven of Nine from Star Trek: Voyager get tired legs or feet from standing almost continuously, even when regenerating? I could imagine a borg drone not getting tired legs because of all the ...
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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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In the pilot episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the "timeless aliens" were a paradox, right?

In the pilot episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, I remember there were aliens who had no sense of time. (It was a long time ago; forgive me if I get some details wrong!) I remember the commander ...
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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 aren't more holographic programs equipped with mobile emitters?

In Star Trek: Voyager the doctor at first is not capable of leaving the medical room, but later on he acquires a mobile emitter allowing him to leave the medical room. Seen on his arm. Why don't ...
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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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What happened to Terran Michael Burnham?

What happened to the Terran version of Michael Burnham in Star Trek: Discovery? The emperor seemed to believe that she could be alive.
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Did Captain Archer just forget the Illyrians after leaving them stranded?

The Star Trek Enterprise episode Damage ends with Captain Archer leaving the Illyrians stranded 3 years from home. This post 9/11 writing always bothered me because it seems to betray what Star Trek ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Who are Sheldon's references of Crunch and Kangaroo?

In this clip of The Big Bang Theory, before sacrificing himself, Sheldon says Following in the footsteps of Kirk, Crunch and Kangaroo. I know Captain Kirk died ...
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Does Starfleet have the ability to let men carry babies?

In Star Trek Voyager “Friendship One” (season 7, episode 21), a heavily pregnant Torres and Paris are arguing about her going down to an irradiated planet. Paris does not want her to go because she is ...
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At how many different scales were starship Enterprise models produced?

My question is about models of the original series Star Trek Enterprise, both shooting models produced by the studio for the original series run, as well as licensed model kits ever available for ...
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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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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 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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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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Did Nana Visitor actually sing the song that her character sings?

In an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Odo (Rene Auberjonois) is in love with Major Kira (Nana Visitor) and does not know how to court her. He seeks advice from a character in the holodeck who ...
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Why was Kirk in the Nexus, but not the rest of the crew?

In Star Trek: Generations, the Enterprise-B is hit by the nexus energy wave. Kirk dies and is later found in the nexus. But why was he the only one there? If that energy wave was the nexus, shouldn't ...
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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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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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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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Sulu's Daughter's Parentage?

How is Hikaru Sulu's daughter related to him, in both the old and new timelines? Adopted? Surrogate? Gene spliced or other technological means? From an older relationship?
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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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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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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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Star Trek TNG TV episodes on DVD/Netflix different from network/cable telecast?

Are DVD versions of TV episodes usually different than the TV broadcast version? I was watching the ST:TNG series finale "All Good Things" on Netflix the other night. I noticed, there was a ...
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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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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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Does Captain Tracey (Star Trek "The Omega Glory") resemble a figure from American history?

In the Star Trek episode "Whom Gods Destroy" (1969), I consider the character Garth a George Washington figure (whether consciously intended or not). He was a great military leader; also, his "...
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Filming locations for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

IMDB lists numerous filming locations for various scenes in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Not explicitly listed are scenes set aboard the USS Enterprise (the aircraft carrier CVN 65). Of specific ...