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No, it was not the first There are a couple of reasons for initial suspicion of this claim. Reviews of the episode when it first aired did not comment on the fact that it was the first interracial kiss, nor seem all that bothered by it. References to it being the first didn't show up until many years later. So what was the first? First ever on TV (...


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Red shirts have a skewed death rate in TOS due to the nature of their job. The Security role is handled by Ops, which all wear red shirts (Scotty, the engineer, is also Ops). So red shirts die in higher number because Security officers are at a higher risk. They assume guard duties and the dangers inherent to that role. In TNG and beyond, the color ...


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Aircraft carriers dominated battleships in naval fights. But there's reasons for that. The question you need to ask yourself is "would aircraft carriers dominate battleships in space too?" First, realize that aircraft carriers are no longer the king of naval battles. Missile cruisers are. Missiles have all the reasons why aircraft came to dominate naval ...


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I suspect that this started with Roddenberry's vision of the Enterprise. He had some specific requirements... "We're [...] out in deep space, on the equivalent of a cruiser-size spaceship. We don't know what the mode of power is, but I don't want to see any trails of fire. No streaks of smoke, no jet intakes, rocket exhaust, or anything like that [...]....


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They behave like the traditional role of cruisers A battleship is a dedicated large heavily armed and armored warship designed to work with a larger fleet. It is designed to be a heavy weapons platform (ie. it's got big guns) and take a beating from similar weapons. It requires a larger fleet for fuel, supplies, and auxillary work like scouting, anti-...


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Data and Tasha Yar had a drug fueled liaison during season 1 of TNG, The Naked Now. It was never spoken of again, but referenced in Season 2 Measure of a Man. Season 1 was 2364-2365, First Contact was 2373. Roughly 8 and a half years later. Ergo, he's taking about Natasha. If Data wasn't incapable of being robotically precise, his keeping to the second ...


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Someone might be able to find specific info for Star Trek, but there is no general rule in the industry. Scenes are rarely shot in order. They are shot according to actor and set/location availability. If they have to build some special set to be an alien ship's bridge for just one episode, they'll shoot everything they can on it so they can break it down ...


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It was a mistake. Out of universe, just a production goof. In universe, Gary Mitchell made a human error. From Memory Alpha: The gravestone Mitchell creates for Kirk says "James R. Kirk". According to D.C. Fontana in the introduction for Star Trek: The Classic Episodes 1, when the mistake was discovered, Gene Roddenberry decided that if pressed for an ...


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Out of universe In the original pilot for Star Trek that aired in 1965... It didn't. The general viewing public didn't see it and didn't know anything about Captain Pike when Star Trek first aired in 1966. The original pilot, The Cage, was only shown to network executives (and a few other insiders), who didn't like it. But they decided to commission a ...


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makes no sense as anything intentional. Well, it could. The operation being conducted on Sarek is on his heart and involves major blood transfer from Spock. There is a process for sealing of blood vessels called cauterization The practice was once widespread for treatment of wounds. Its utility before the advent of antibiotics was said to be effective at ...


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In the end it is really up to you. To understand and enjoy the story, all you need are the recent two movies (I'd say). If you want to understand and notice parallels, nods to the original series, etc. you'd have to watch that as well (including the movies). But besides that, they did a pretty good job to establish characters, setting etc. without forcing ...


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Lt. Nyota Uhura is a communications specialist, with a talent for languages by ear. This extended to her analysis of Krall, as she is the only one he speaks to at length aside from Kirk. Specifically: The Federation has pushed the frontier for centuries. But now enough. This is where it begins, Lieutenant. This is where the frontier, pushes back. And in ...


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The pilot, titled "The Cage", was never broadcast until 1988, therefore no explanation was required. Elements of The Cage were used in the episode "The Menagerie", presented as historical events prior to Kirk becoming captain. The footage presented in The Menagerie is not necessarily consistent with the plot of The Cage, but again this ...


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From Wikipedia: After becoming sole showrunner of Star Trek: Discovery, Alex Kurtzman signed a five-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios to expand the Star Trek franchise beyond Discovery to several new series, miniseries, and animated series. One of these [is Picard]. Season two of Discovery was the first to be presented in the 2.39:1 ratio, ...


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Well, remember that Trill hosts being super different was part of Dax's whole backstory - it was a pretty huge deal. Curzon Dax was very different from Jadzia Dax. And I'm pretty sure that Jadzia also wasn't a serial-killing psychopath, like Joran Dax. Plus, it was pretty well established in Star Trek: The Next Generation that in a situation like Jadzia's/...


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I would suggest the jutland-vs-midway comparison is fundamentally missing the theme of the series and becoming confused because of that. At heart, Star Trek is about The naval explorer, harking back to Age-of-sail. One or more tall ships, a close-knit crew working together for years, visiting strange lands and meeting strange people, Pushing back the ...


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It was a Klingon propaganda device. The Klingons apparently appreciated the works of Shakespeare so much that they 'retconned' him to be one of their own poets rather than a human from Earth. From Wikipedia's article on The Klingon Hamlet, sourced to the DVD commentary on the film Star Trek VI: the Undiscovered Country: The film's director Nicholas ...


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Advanced Star Trek space suits and parachutes. They make a "space-jump". One presumes that since they have a term for it, the suits are engineered specifically for that action. But really..falling is not the same as re-entry. As the Space Shuttle reenters the atmosphere, it is going fast. Super-super fast. In orbit, this is about 7,700 m/s (from NASA). ...


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In the Season 2 episode The Measure Of A Man, we learn that Picard had been brought to a court martial over the loss of the Stargazer, but that he was absolved of any and all charges brought at that time. So, he was briefly in trouble - but not in a career limiting way. From the TV shows and movies, we don't have any clear indication of what Picard did ...


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According to the script: WORF (groans) Ugghhh... Irving Berlin. And watching the clip, it sure sounds like it. (Irving Berlin wrote Blue Skies, the song Data is singing.)


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Or was there a story that a writer had submitted that had some scary Halloween related elements that they ended up showing during Halloween? Mostly..but the timing was deliberate. Information can be found in These Are The Voyages: Season Two by Marc Daniels.. In there he quotes the writer, Robert Bloch.. “They wanted a Halloween story,” Bloch told ...


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The in-universe explanation is quite simple: they don't. They're speaking Klingon and the universal translator makes it sound like they're speaking English. It's basically impossible to tell which characters speak English due to this device, as by the 24th century they're small enough to fit inside a Starfleet Combadge, as Captain Janeway mentions in The 37s:...


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This drastic change in appearance for Klingons was a bit of a running joke among fans during later series of Star Trek. The writers even acknowledged it during an episode of Deep Space Nine which sees Worf, among others, time-travel back into the original series episode The Trouble with Tribbles. When asked why those Klingons looked funny he curtly replies ...


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When Roddenberry created the original series, he roughly based the uniform colors on 19th Century naval uniforms, which used various combinations of red, gold, and blue. In the original pilot, Captain Christopher Pike, along with the rest of the bridge crew, was given a gold shirt. Spock, however, was given a blue shirt to emphasize his role as Science ...


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That's not her full designation, it's a shorthand for her full "Borg Name" which is "Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix 01." Essentially that equates to at least "7-9-03-U01" which is more than adequate as a unique identifier. I'd have to do additional research but it should be noted that these designations are subject to change. I seem to ...


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According to the Development section of the Wikipedia article for The Undiscovered Country: With the looming 25th anniversary of the original series in 1991, producer Harve Bennett revisited an idea Ralph Winter had for the fourth film: a prequel featuring young versions of Kirk and Spock at Starfleet Academy. The prequel was designed to be a way of ...


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He didn't, humans have changed faster than our language, as this conversation between Quark and Jake Sisko in DS9 You Are Cordially Invited... shows: Jake: I sold my first book today. Quark: Really? How much did you get for it? Jake: It's just a figure of speech. The Federation News Service is going to publish a book of my stories about life on ...


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This is not a Star Trek: TOS episode ..at least not a SINGLE episode. It has elements of several TOS episodes that you may be amalgamating or conflating. The elements / episodes in question... The Devil in the Dark ...has a creature (not human) defending her children against mining of a planet The Horta species possessed (as compared to carbon-based ...


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Space Seed was supposed to be a bottle episode. As few of the regular cast was to be used as possible. Since the Enterprise was on a 5 year journey, we would presume the ship didn't run back to HQ and drop everyone else off; rather only those few regulars were shown as being instrumental to that particular script. In this case, only Kirk, McCoy, Spock, and ...


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