Yeoman Rand is attacked by Kirk's alter ego in "The Enemy Within", and again by Charlie Evans in "Charlie X". Obviously, these experiences left Rand so traumatized that she was uncomfortable serving on the Enterprise even after these situations were resolved, so she requested a transfer to another ship or starbase. Rand disappears after the first season. Given how far Enterprise was from Federation outposts most of the time, that's probably how long it took to get her to her next posting (presumably the paperwork was complete before then—as the XO, Spock is handling day-to-day administrative and personnel issues, so Kirk can't be accused of holding her back in the meantime).
Star Trek: The Original Series: this is referenced on the Mind Rape page, but it's still worth including here. There's a scene in the episode "Mirror, Mirror" where Evil!Spock (you can tell because he has a goatee) forcibly mind-melds with Dr. McCoy. Creepy. But then you become more of a fan, and learn that mated Vulcan couples form permanent mental bonds. Literal. Mind. Rape. Kinda takes away from the silliness of that episode, doesn't it?
At least that was Evil Spock doing the mind raping, so it's only horror for the viewer because of what it does to Bones. It doesn't affect the normal character. However, in Star Trek VI, regular Spock forcibly mind-melds with the junior Vulcan officer on the Enterprise who's been working with the bad guys. She makes faint mewing sounds at first, and then she SCREAMS. During all this, everyone on the bridge is watching and looking really uncomfortable about it. So, basically, Spock mind-raped a women to get information that would prevent a war. The needs of the many etc. etc.
The novelization has Spock letting Valeris choose whether to yield the information freely, and she does, even though both know he could easily force it out of her if he wanted. Her scream could in this light be interpreted as one of despair and/or joy when she realizes that despite her utter betrayal of his trust, he still trusts her to do what is right.
Something I don't think anyone has ever considered about that scene is that the moment Spock breaches Valeris' mental defenses, their minds become one. The look of having just swallowed razor blades on Spock's face seems to indicate that at that instant, any and all suffering he had just inflicted on Valeris was instantaneously transferred to him, as well. For this reason, the scene just doesn't play like the human idea of rape at all, in my opinion. They both come away feeling like they've been raped.
That must hav ebeen very psychologically interesting when Spock's katra in Bones mind got to meld with the thoughts of Evil Spock left in Bone's mind from the above mentioned mind rape.
While the scene of Kirk being pelted by the tribbles that were in the tainted grain silo is quite funny, you need to remember they were dying. Imagine if Kirk was pelted by cute, fluffy bunnies that were poisoned to death and were dying painfully, and now you've got what Kirk was pelted with.
And at the end of the episode, isn't transporting the tribbles onto the Klingon ship a death sentence for them (the tribbles, not the Klingons)? There was no reason to think that the Klingons wouldn't have shot every one of the little guys, and in Deep Space Nine Worf recounts how Klingons eventually exterminated the entire species. Worf does however justify the decision by explaining that the tribbles were an ecological disaster for the Klingons, cleaning out food supplies and causing famines. It's no different than killing the fluffy bunnies that are eating your crops.
When the holodeck is first introduced, it is made explicitly clear that its characters are not sentient: Troi and other telepaths cannot sense them (then again, she also can't sense Data). Moriarty is the first exception, and he is presumed to be unique. But by the time the Doctor is introduced on Voyager and Vic Fontaine on Deep Space Nine, it is clear that all holodeck characters are sentient, or at least will become sentient if they're left running long enough. That means that all over the Federation, ordinary people are constantly creating, murdering, editing, resurrecting, and duplicating sentient beings with no more moral consideration than you'd give to a sheet of paper out of a printer. And that's just people with clean fantasies, and not porn and gorn-filled ones. The Voyager episode "Author, Author" finally starts to address this, but does it in the most tepid way possible and treats the whole thing almost as a joke. All the Fantastic Aesops about Data's rights become meaningless when you realize the Federation is filled with A.I.'s, and nearly all of them are considered as disposable as Kleenex.
That's the sentient/nonsentient distinction (as well as programming blocks in the case of holodeck characters that the doctor lacks, so holodeck characters normally can't see/hear the archway, or if someone in the holodeck gets called on the comm system, which the EMHs lack due to being intended to replace actual crewmembers). The doctor in the first episode couldn't really be considered sentient when first activated, while leaving a holodeck running for ages has its own problems, as seen in Voyager. It's the same as the exocomps seen in TNG - if given enough time/opportunity they may, but they aren't by definition.
But are the simulations in the holodeck distinct individuals, or merely avatars of the holodeck computer? Voyager's Doctor was on an independent system from the holodeck, one dedicated to medical emergencies, so in a way the only difference between him and Data is the presence of a physical body. Moriarity in TNG could be explained as a programming glitch (albeit one that was eventually locked away into his own storage medium—effectively a pocket universe for him). The others—just subroutines, and the computer itself could terminate them if bandwidth becomes scarce.
It's discovered on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine that the holographic lounge singer Vic has a puzzle written into its programming as a "surprise" for his user. After a given amount of operating time, holographic gangsters will kill Vic unless his user intervenes. When Bashir tries to get this disabled he is basically laughed at, even though Vic is clearly sentient by this point (he can even turn his own program on when deactivated). It's made crystal clear that Vic has no rights as a sentient being whatsoever.
DS9 is a unique case, in that the Federation is working with ex-Cardassian hardware. How the Cardassians treat their AIs is probably no different than how they treat each other.
Having just seen the episode, I can tell you that all the children were born before the disaster, 300 years ago. They have only aged 3 months in those three centuries, though.
Dr. Mc Coy asks the same question you did, about fifteen or twenty minutes into the episode. The reason you didn't hear it is that he uses an arcane expression in order to get around the censors.
Spock. It's illogical. It does not follow. All the adults on this planet died three hundred years ago, but there are children in the streets.
Kirk. Who die when they enter adolescence.
Mc Coy. But — how do they keep their line going?
The novelization of the episode explores this in more detail, but also brings up the more urgent problem of the children running out of the canned food they'd been scavenging from the ruins in a matter of weeks unless the Enterprise intervenes.
What really happens when a person is beamed to or from the spaceship using the transporter? Does he/she die, with a new copy of him/her created at its destination? The new person would not remember anything that happened after the old person's atomic structure was saved, so the death could be quite painful and torturous.
The plot of Spock Must Die kicks off after this question is discussed in-universe.
The transporter accident and malfunction concepts were brought up in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek: The Next Generation's episode with Scotty, and the 2009 Star Trek film.
This was discussed in the Expanded Universe novel "Federation" - transporters work on the quantum level rather than just the molecular level. Rather than simply producing a copy that thinks it's the original (molecular level) at the destination, it converts your specific atoms to energy, beams them to a target location, and then reassembles them.
Which still doesn't address the issue, you could still be dead and your replacement is just constructed from your old raw materials.
Enteprise Episode 86, "Daedalus", Emory Erickson, inventor of the transporter handwaves the issue away, treating like it was a crack pot point.
In The Changeling, Uhura is effectively entirely MindWiped by Nomad. When they realize it's a wipe, not just damage, they 'reeducate' her... No one seems to think or even care about what she's lost in terms of personal memories.
Well, it's true that we never saw Uhura sing again after this episode... not even in the hippie episode.
In "Plato's Stepchildren", the Power Trio encounter a race of aliens who can — and will — force others to do anything for their amusement. One of their victims was Spock, a telepath. It's lucky they didn't think of forcing him to use his powers on anyone.
In "The Doomsday Machine", it's implied that Kirk and Decker are Not So Different. So what would have happened if Kirk had at some point lost his crew?
OK, somebody, I must know: Who pilots the Enterprise when Kirk is asleep? No one can pull continuous 24-hour shifts, so somebody else must be in the captain's chair for at least a few hours. If a computer could do it, then why have a captain and bridge crew at all? Someone needs to write a fanfic about this.
In Voyager, I remember Harry mentioning he got the Night Shift at one point to a bunch of ensigns under his command, so I presume there is rotation at various points. It's just being handled by offscreen NPCs. In an emergency, they probably rouse the proper command staff.
Kirk is sometimes seen relieving another officer (usually Spock—who sleeps on a different schedule than humans anyway—or Sulu, sometimes a random unnamed goldshirt officer) when he enters the bridge.
There's presumably a night crew — on TNG, Data usually ran the bridge at "night" (since he was an android and didn't need to sleep) with a different set of officers than the usual cast of the show. We explicitly see him end one shift and then later begin another as the bookends to a Spotlight episode. When he takes over at the end of the episode he relieves Worf. So it appears most of the senior staff are in command at some point while Picard & Riker are off doing something else. Crusher also mentions taking the "night" command shift on occasion because she liked running the ship and wanted to keep the command skills she picked up at the Academy and throughout her career sharp.
There are also a few scenes of Sisko or Kira relieving "night" shift personnel from Ops on DS9, so it was probably the same on TOS.
On the same note, who runs Sick Bay during the "night" shift? Do they have another doctor, or is Bones on call all the time? Maybe that's why he's grumpy so often...
Well, what do naval ship/submarine crews do? Enterpriseshould have a full night-shift complement.
There's a reason the title is Chief Medical Officer: McCoy and Crusher, too) have staff. On TOS, we see Dr. M'Benga a couple of times and on TNG, we see Dr. Selar a couple of times.
With regard to "Dagger of the Mind": why would a penal colony have a shield that prevents Starfleet from beaming someone down? Granted, the shield would be useful to keep ships from beaming prisoners out, but it seems like the Enterprise should have some sort of override (in case the prisoners took over the colony and were holding the administrators hostage, for example).
Pretty much all the series make mention of a "night shift", which is always crewed by the junior officers because it's not seen as important...??? How can you have a "night shift" in space? Even if they just call it that because of tradition, why would it be considered less important? What does the WHOLE galaxy sleep on the same schedule reducing the danger 'at night...in space'?
When Muslim astronauts first went to the International Space Station, it was decided that their five prayers a day would correspond to a 24-hour day based on where they launched from.note Islamic law dictates that people who are travelling are only required to pray three times a day, which further eases the complication. Most likely, Starfleet follows a similar example, so all ships are synced to a 24-hour time period based on the time in San Francisco (Starfleet HQ). When night falls at HQ, all SF ships go to night watch. Each respective fleet in the universe (Klingon, Vulcan, Romulan, etc) probably has their own "day" system based on their own planet. If something important happens on the "night" shift, senior officers get called to the bridge.
It is canon that other species/planets use their own schedules — Deep Space Nine runs on the 26-hour Bajoran clock, not the 24-hour Earth one. And while night shift may not be crewed by the highest-ranking bridge officers (like Kirk and Spock), it's not being crewed by a bunch of cadets who don't know what they're doing or anything. To once again use one of the later series as proof, the Enterprise-D is run on night shift by senior officers like Data and Beverly Crusher (though of course Data is a special case since he can work literally all the time as an android).