In the second season episode "Where Silence Has No Lease" Picard and Riker set the Enterprise to self destruct in 20 minutes. They avoid it in the end, but you can imagine all the traumatized parents and kids as they awaited their doom... for 20 minutes.
A civilization, knowing death was imminent sends out a probe with memories and stories of their lives up to the end, in the form of a scientists life. Picard experiences a fundamentally altering experience, one that he has good reasons to be emotionally uncomfortable with. But he never tells anyone. An entire civilization died and Picard, an archeologist even, is the only one who knows their story. The hopes of an entire people who get the best possible person to tell their story, and those dreams die with Picard being uncomfortable about his feelings.
To be fair, he's a starship captain and it's a tv show. He is incredibly busy and we don't get to see everything that goes on. For all we can tell, he's been writing Caimin's memoires throughout the entire series after his experience. The only hint we get that he hasn't done anything is his conversation with Lieutenant Darrin, and that can be explained by him not publishing much yet. If you personally retcon that one, there's no reason to think he hasn't told their story. It's not like the dying wish of a civilization is pertinent to the show outside of that one episode. He could have written the whole story and published it without it ever being mentioned again on the show.
He not only published, he got a movie deal. "The Inner Light" was part of it.
Oh course he documented the civilization and his experience! We just don't get to see it all on screen. Honestly you don't have to be shown everything if you're a good and attentive audience.
While it's possible that they might have transfered the portable-holodeck to Federation researchers to study, they never seemed to bother trying to remove his program from the Enterprise in all the years since it was first created. So, we're left with the very real possibility that it may have been in the Stardrive section in Generations, meaning Moriarty would have been destroyed along with the Enterprise-D. The other possibility is that he was in the Saucer section and wasn't salvaged, left among the debris on Veridian III and making his final fate even more dreadful.
Hell, Moriarty's description that even though his program wasn't running, he nonetheless had brief, terrifying moments of disembodied consciousness. That this could even apply to any hologram who had discovered the artificial nature of their reality, such as Cyrus Redblock, the people of Fairhaven, and so forth, the implications become downright terrifying.
"Computer, End Program"
In "Brothers", Noonien Soong, Data's creator, summons him to a planet and tells him the Data has "found his father". However, Soong doesn't act like a father, for reasons not the least of which was subverting Data's will to summon him, instead of simply calling him. He also states that he was only interested in the challenge of creating an artilect. Poor Data (and Lore) had an abusive father.
When you think about it, if Soong hadn't been a dick, not only would he not have been killed by Lore, the events of "Descent" wouldn't have happened. Had he just sent a message addressed to Data, it probably would've gone thus:
Data: Captain, I have received a message from my creator Dr. Soong. It has been verified as genuine. Apparently he is not dead. He wishes me to come see him on an important matter.
Picard: Well, you have a lot of leave saved. You may borrow one of the shuttles. Good luck, Mr. Data. Enjoy the family reunion.
Data: Thank you sir.
Given that Soong had been presumed dead for years without coming forward, he apparently wants to keep his existence hidden, though he never gives any reason why. Still a dick move.
Because there's no better way to keep hidden than hijacking the flagship of the Federation to rendezvous at your hideout.
Well Juliana, his ex-wife described him as a genius and a incredibly passionate man. She never said he wasn't a dick about it!
In all fairness (not that I'm defending his actions!) Soong appears to have been getting more and more eccentric in his waning years.
Actually, when you consider lines like "I'm sure your starship will be back for you shortly" it seems like Dr. Soong just hadn't considered all the possible outcomes of using the homing signal on Data.
In "Code of Honor," why didn't Tasha just agree to be the second wife of the savage, then wriggle out of it later? It could have saved the trouble of the whole "battle to the death" with the leader's wife.
Having already tested her martial skills against other Ligonians and knowing enough about Starfleet medicine (she'd at least know that Starfleet can deal with primitive poisons as a security officer) it was probably her first instinct to do what she knew she could accomplish as opposed to try to tackle the unknowns of seeking a divorce or annulment in a culture she's not fully familiar with. She could just as easily be entangling the Enterprise or all of Starfleet in the affair for all she knows if she agrees to become Lutan's second.
Actually, Lutan specifically said "First One", meaning she'd become his First Wife, not chronologically, but politically. Basically, Lutan was saying Yar would be his favorite wife, which was the real reason that woman flipped out and immediately declared a deathmatch.
In the episode "The Mind's Eye", the Romulans kidnap Geordi and make him a Manchurian Agent to sabotage Federation/Klingon relations. Their plan is making it look like the Enterprise is supplying rebels on a Klingon planet in civil war. Part of their plan, and a minor test to ensure Geordi's effectiveness, is killing Chief O'Brien. In Ten Forward. The most public area on the ship. Did they seriously think nothing might happen to Geordi afterwards? In fact, when Geordi went to Ten Forward as per the plan, Commander Riker was sitting in plain view! "Luckily", Geordi decides to "accidentally" spill a drink on O'Brien instead. The Romulan's Evil Plan may nearly have backfired because of this minor detail.
The first time it was just a simulation to ensure that Geordi would kill his friend on command, without hesitation. When it happens in real life, it looks like Geordi just happens to find himself in the same situation and feels compelled to do something, but doesn't know what. Spilling the drink just snaps him out of it. Or maybe the Romulans programmed him to spill the drink as a real-life test that wouldn't draw much attention, but would assure he was still under control.
In "Q Who", Q did the Federation a back-handed favor. According to that episode, "Q Who" was the first contact with the Borg. However, it later turned out that the NX-01 Enterprise (Episode, "Regeneration") had met the Borg more than a century earlier, and even managed to signal to the Borg of that time about Earth's location. Captain Archer notes that it will take about 200 years for the Borg to receive the signal, or about the time of "The Best of Both Worlds". Q's little trick was to let the Federation know about the Borg before the invasion, giving them some time to prepare. Picard said as much at the end of "Q Who", not knowing that he had just met up with a Borg cube that was already on its way to slurp the Federation down like a milkshake. Or maybe Q was trying to protect Picard, knowing that without some fore-warning, nobody on the Enterprise-D would be able to rescue the Captain.
Or maybe it is the simple matter of the Regeneration episode being a Retcon of established Star Trek canon. Until that episode, Q Who was the first official contact with the Borg. Though there was an episode in Voyager where it was established that 7 of 9's parents did research on the Borg, even though at time first contact hadn't been made.
When Fajo wants to capture Data for his collection, he creates a problem by poisoning a planet's water supply in a way where the Enterprise has to buy hitritium from him in order to counteract it. And hitritium can only be transported ship-to-ship by shuttlecraft. So Fajo arranged things in such a way that he knew somebody from the Enterprise would need to fly a shuttle over to his ship and make himself vulnerable. But how did Fajo know that Data would be assigned to fly the shuttlecraft? Without that tremendous stroke of luck, wouldn't all of his effort have been for nothing?
Because Data was the most qualified in handling the shuttle craft in such situations. He could ensure the shuttle stayed on course and not be scared of transporting the volatile material needed for the job.
In "A Matter of Honor", when the crew discover the substance eating the hull, Mendon explains that he noticed it ages ago when he ran a scan on the Klingon ship. When questioned why he didn't alert them, he explains that among the Benzite, no-one brings a problem to their superiors unless they have done a full analysis and can offer a solution. Which is fine, cultural differences and all, but... what does a Benzite do if they've discovered an unknown problem with the warp-core that will cause it to explode? Not bother to mention it until the thing detonates right in their face? How did this race ever manage to get into survive to become a space-faring species without being destroyed by some massive industrial accident?!
In The Naked Now Data establishes that he is versed in sexuality multiple techniques and a wide variety of pleasuring. Its an early episode with lots of Early-Installment Weirdness but the stuff with Data and Tasha is referenced several times throughout the series and even gets a callback in eighth movie. So how come in Angel One this living supercomputer with vast repositories of knowledge in his head doesn't know what the word aphrodisiac means?
Stardates for the 24th century shows ACTUALLY MAKE SENSE once it's been explained. The Next Generation's first episode has a stardate of 41153.7. All of the episodes from the first year of TNG are 41XXX.X where the X's count up from 41000.0 to 41999.9. So so from stardate 41000.0 to stardate 41999.9, one year has passed. The second year and season comprises stardates 42000.0 through 42999.9. And so on and so on. This also works for Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Deep Space Nine began it's first season while The Next Generation was in its sixth. (Stardates 46000.0 through 46999.9). What stardate does the first episode of Deep Space Nine have? 46379.1. Deep Space Nine ran for another seven years. That should make it around stardate 52XXX.X. The final episode of Deep Space Nine: stardate 52576.2, 11 years after the first season of TNG.Voyager began airing about a year after Next Gen ended, in what would have been TNG's 8th season. Voyager's first episode has the stardate 48315.6. It continued for seven years as well. Which would make the final stardate 55XXX.X, 14 years after the first season of TNG. Its final episode has the stardate 54973.4. Close enough for me.
This one belongs to SF Debris. In "Hide and Q," First-Season Picard quotes Hamlet without irony about how awesome humans are. Q vanishes in a huff. The next time we see him, he introduces Picard to the Borg, and that ultimately resulted in Picard's hate-filled rant in Star Trek: First Contact. Who's laughing now?
That seems like an unfair assessment, but then again given the Q it could have been the plan all along.
Why do the Borg always go after humanity with a single vessel (or a time travel plot, or a long range indirect missile) rather than just sending twenty cubes in to make sure the job gets done right? Because the Borg don't care a whit about humanity. They stated in "Dark Frontier" that humanity is inferior in almost every way to the majority of species out there. However, they do care about Q. Q protected humans against the Borg before, in the events of "Q Who". The Borg have since then been trying to force Q's hand into interfering again since they desperately want to study and assimilate this semi-omnipotent being. However, the Borg know that they are outclassed against Q and thus don't want to risk half the collective on the effort. Thus, the Borg send in one ship at a time and do increasingly convoluted things to assimilate Earth, all for the sake of getting Q's attention again. Q is fully aware of this, and while he knows what he is doing with regards to the Borg, his son, q, does not, leading to Q's warning: "DON'T PROVOKE THE BORG!"
When you think about it, the Enterprise's meeting the Borg that first time set off a path that led to the Borg's eventual defeat. The Plan by Q to remove the only thing that might possibly be a threat to the Continuum?
There's been a great deal of head-scratching about the Treaty of Algeron, which prevents the Federation from developing cloaking technology while allowing the Romulans to keep it — why would the Federation would accept such an unequal treaty? Until you realize that, as of Star Trek II, Starfleet can wipe out planets. (Yes, I'm sure they say they stopped working on the technology, but who would believe that?) Given that it only takes one Genesis torpedo to destroy a world, the combination of cloaked ships and the Genesis device would allow one to commit instant genocide on every other power. Algeron wasn't a treaty with the Romulans, it was a treaty with the rest of the civilized galaxy to prevent them from engaging in a terrified preemptive war on the Federation. Presumably, the treaty likewise prevents the Romulans (and the Klingons, etc.) from attempting to recreate Genesis.
This also explains why the Romulans and Klingons are never seen using their cloak/warp/decloak/fire/cloak/warp hit and runs with Photon Torpedos (multi-megaton explosives) against planets. They don't want to provoke the federation into retaliating.
It gets highlighted in Deep Space Nine, but it must be remembered that the Federation, and their exploration arm, Starfleet, are textbook examples of Beware the Nice Ones. They wander the galaxy, studying gaseous anomalies, playing in their holodecks, and drinking their non-alcoholic synthetic booze, but when you force them to drop these creature comforts and fight to defend themselves, they are terrifyingly capable and inventive warriors, turning all of their considerable engineering and research talents to quickly turning out creative and new ways to destroy their foes so they can go back to their wandering, playing, and soft drinks in peace.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine also establishes that masking a ship's entire energy profile is very difficult. Given Starfleet's trend of making very generalized ships for scientific exploration, not to mention luxuries like the holodeck or the arboretum we see on the Enterprise-D, as opposed to the species that do utilize cloaking devices, whose ships are extremely spartan in design, it's not unlikely to think that Starfleet ships put out too much energy to make the cloak effective enough. If the ship design will automatically negate any advantage of the cloaking device, it's not something that they need, so they're willing to sign away their legal use of it.
I always wondered about Wesley Crusher's getup from the first season. It seemed rather casual for duty wear. However, upon rewatching, I figured out that this is probably the cadet/acting Ensign uniform. The three stripes at the top represent the three divisions (as shown on the regular uniforms). A cadet probably doesn't commit to a track until later.
Worf makes a big deal about Klingon honor, even to the point of it getting explicitly mentioned in "All Good Things" as something he has but others do not, the question becomes why? The reason - because he wasn't raised by Klingons! He heard all the stories and legends of Klingons, he learned about what they were supposed to be and tried to live up to it, just as we have romanticized stories of Samurai behavior in modern day times. Actual Klingons are more pragmatic - honor is still a big thing for them but it's not as important. Worf, a stranger in a strange land, defined himself by the stereotypical Klingon ideal and as such became more Klingon than Klingon in some ways. In other words - Worf would respond to a challenge of honor specifically because of his own personal honor because that's what is important, a regular klingon would probably be more concerned about other's perception of his honor and be more willing to let small things slide.
This is a consistent part of Worf's character, and it sometimes shows through in his difficulty dealing with other Klingons. In one episode, he tells Guinan that "Klingons do not laugh", and Guinan immediately corrects him. 'Of course'' Klingons laugh, but Worf's glorified conception of what a Klingon warrior should be doesn't. In the same vein, he sticks firmly to the ideal that mating must be followed by marriage, but we often see other Klingons taking that idea far less seriously. Worf's views of Klingon culture seem to be either outdated or idealized.
I noticed that the Cassandra Truth trope is rarely used on this show. It's particularly noticable in "Cause and Effect", when Beverly hears voices (from a past timeline). People don't waste time talking about how it's impossible, they try to figure it out. Someone getting flatly shut down is an indication that the rejector is Not Himself. Not only is this a subtle but effective illustration of their status as True Companions, it makes sense that, given the weirdness they've already run into, they'd be very open-minded. There have been episodes where they are the Cassandra to their superiors in Starfleet.
This is what makes the episode "Interface" stand out all the more. Under strange circumstances, Geordi seems to have found his mother, and she's explaining how he can help save her. No one on the crew believes him, and think that he's just reacting poorly to his mother's disappearance. They won't even do the simplest thing just to humor him. Of course, the script probably thinks it justifies this by revealing that he was wrong after all, and she was just an alien taking his mother's form to get help.
By TNG, Starfleet probably has a manual titled Standard Operating Procedures For Personnel Seeing/Hearing Things Not Experienced by Other Crew Members. It's probably issued alongside Starfleet Guide to Possessed Shipmates
Why do PAD Ds and other screens have such simple user interfaces and why are diagrams so often in basic 2D despite being in the future? Because they need to be usable by all the species across the Federation who could potentially join Star Fleet. Sure, you can design a complex GUI when you know the user has hands, but what about a user that has Tellarite hooves, or something even stranger? And has to have a colour scheme that is readable to a hundred different species version of 'sight'.
Also, the displays are almost certainly touch-screen, and can be configured to be as complex as or simple as the user needs. Add that to the fact that you can verbally interface with a starship's computer, why would you ever need a QWERTY keyboard.
When one thinks about it, there's actually a good reason why Troi has picked up her Captain Obvious tendencies when it comes to sensing emotions, and why she doesn't get called on it by (for instance) Picard: the obviously apparent emotion is not always the actual emotion. The show may not have given her many moments to show that, but the rest of the command crew are smart enough to realize it. So you have to deal with her constantly saying that she feels hostility from the ranting, raving alien — fine, that means that can influence your actions, rather than simply assuming that that's the alien's emotion only to later have it turn out it was an attempt to cover fear by bluster.
Indeed, later series often have mention sensing the obvious emotion from someone, but go on to say they are hiding something else. By this point, the command crew are familiar enough with her ability to have learnt to read between the lines.
Lwaxana Troi's behavior, both personality and her constant attempts to marry or push Deanna into marriage, make a lot more sense when you consider that not only did her husband die when Deanna was young, but only a few years before that, her first daughter died in a tragic accident for which Lwaxana blamed herself.
The people of Kataan in "Inner Light" are human because Picard is human. His subconscious gave them A Form You Are Comfortable With, after all, it all happened in a Mental World. Had it happened to Worf, they would have looked like Klingons.
The war game in "Peak Performance" is meant as an exercise to hone the cast's combat skills against the Borg threat. It foreshadows the events of "The Best of Both Worlds": Riker is fighting Picard, is captaining a starship that is totally outclassed by Picard's in every way, and Riker relies on guile to defeat that superior foe.
In "Booby Trap," Picard is shocked that no one else grew up making ships in bottles, and they seem to have no idea what he's talking about. Considering building ships in a bottle is a rare hobby among the audience in the modern day, it's really strange that Picard grew up this way. Then you meet Picard's family. They're old fashioned for the time period the show was released in, let alone when the show takes place. Picard's hobby suddenly makes perfect sense.
The anomaly from All Good Things starts out as a Fridge Logic plot hole: because it grows backwards in time and did not exist (or rather stopped existing) when Future!Picard scanned its location, it should not have existed later in the same timeline to destroy the future Enterprise. However, consider that the entire scenario is a massive temporal paradox woven wholecloth by Q who is most likely aware of being a television show character. Thus the anomaly itself is in fact an actual plot hole threatening to swallow the entire Star Trek storyline!
In "Tapestry", despite the drastic change in Picard's life arising out of not getting stabbed in the heart, the Enterprise crew we know is still there, except perhaps Dr. Crusher. Although, because Picard didn't become captain of the USS Stargazer in this timeline, perhaps Jack Crusher is still alive and Beverly is with him on the Stargazer or some other ship.
Q's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Picard in "All Good Things...", among other lines, makes more sense when you interpret it as the complaints of more cynical Trekkies and critics who doubted whether TNG could carry on TOS's legacy.
Q: The trial never ended, Captain. We never reached a verdict, but now we have. You're guilty. Picard: Guilty of what? Q: Of being inferior. Seven years ago, I said we'd be watching you, and we have been—hoping that your ape-like race would demonstrate some growth, give some indication that your minds had room for expansion. But what have we seen instead? You worrying about Commander Riker's career, listening to Counselor Troi's pedantic psychobabble, indulging Data in his witless exploration of humanity. Picard: We've journeyed to countless new worlds. We've contacted new species. We have expanded our understanding of the universe. Q: In your own paltry, limited way. You have no idea how far you still have to go. But instead of using the last seven years to change and to grow, you have squandered them. Picard: We are what we are, and we're doing the best we can. It is not for you to set the standards by which we should be judged! Q: Oh, but it is, and we have. Time may be infinite, Captain, but our patience is not! It's time to put an end to your trek through the stars, make room for other more worthy species.
In "The Outcast," the J'naii flip human phobias (homophobia, transphobia) by being genderless/sexless and forbidding gender and sex. But when you consider the etymology of cisgender and transgender, they are still being transphobic. "Cis" means "on the side of" and "trans" means "across / beyond." (e.g. cis-linked genes occur on the same chromosome, trans-linked on different ones) For a J'naii, agender is cisgender. Soren, by being female, is still "crossing" to her non-biological gender and is transgender.
In Deja Q, when Q gives Data a moment of real laughter, most of the bridge is looking at Data like he grew another head. Troi, however, gives a little smile. This serves as Foreshadowing for the fact that android emotions generated or enabled by the emotion chip register on the Betazoid empathic sense. It also means that Data's mirth is wholly genuine. What a nice thing to do, Q.