Manhatten also closed a Star Trek thread that I had copied and sent to a Star Trek nut. This seems like an appropriate place to deposit the response.
These are easy.
<< 1) Where the hell are all the enlisted men and women in Star Fleet? What kind of military only has officers?
They aren’t all officers. They are called simple “crewman” and they were always walking the halls. The security forces were not officers, wore red shirts and were the first to get killed after beam down.
- Star Fleet Academy is shown as a pretty average-sized college and there is never any other branches of it mentioned. How does it train the millions of Star Fleet personnel?
Only some of the captains and some of the senior personnel went to Star Fleet. There were many captains and officers that did not go. I.e.: McCoy didn’t. Most didn’t. As you recall from the Next Generation, Star Fleet Acadamy was almost impossible to get in. Wesley Crusher almost didn’t make it, and he became a new type of life form.
- Hi, Opal! (sorry, had to keep up old traditions)
- What kind of government continually sends its flagship to uncharted, unexplored and potentially dangerous territory?
In the Original series, the Enterprise was not the flagship, but one of 12 class C (Constitution) starships. In the Next Generation, it was normally Picards call and it was as an exploration ship. Also since the Enterprise D was the most advanced and best equipped ship, it could more easily defend itself from the unknown. Let’s no forget about “Q”. He sent then a few places to.
- What the hell is that string of lights that moves in sequence below the viewscreen on the bridge of every single Star Trek ship in every Star Trek series in existence?
It was an “operations” display showing the status of the screen. Then “Night Rider” stole it.
- What happened to the original series aliens in the Next Generation? You know the ones I’m talking about… the blue guys with white hair that had little satellite dish antennae on their heads and the guys who looked like anthropomorphic pigs and… most of all… the green women. Rrrrowr.
That species you refer to was from the Original Series, not the “Next Generation”. The Green woman (Vina)was from the original series pilot with Captain Christopher Pike.
Isn’t there a baldness cure by the 24th century? (Re: Picard)
Yes there is, but the actor said his character preferred his own nature
Why does a French man speak with an English accent? (Also re: Picard)
No one know the answer, not even Picard.
- What the hell was that thing that Mr. Spock always looked in that shined a bright light on his face?
It’s a scanning monitor that just so happens to put out light, like all monitors.
- How do the Next Generation communicators work? Someone taps it, says a name, and that person INSTANTLY replies. No one else hears it unless they’re in the room with that person. Does the computer travel back in time for a couple of seconds in order to deliver the private message?
Same as today’s devises that have a “Buffer.” You call a name, it’s recorded in a buffer and transferred to the communicator in question. The person called hears it only a second later and responds.
The big question that’s never been answered is the legend of James T. Kirk who is supposed to die alone, (Star Trek 5) but doesn’t. He died, accompanied by Picard.