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September, 1966
Kelley, DeForest
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Like the character of Dr. Leonard McCoy he played, Jackson DeForest Kelley was born in Georgia—Atlanta, to be specific, the son of a Baptist minister. Following his discharge from the U.S....

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Kirk, James T.
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(Played by William Shatner) STARFLEET HISTORICAL FILE: Kirk, James T. Mid-level Biography Brief Mode Final Rank: Captain Full Name: James Tiberius Kirk Date of birth: March 22, 2233 Place of...

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McCoy, Leonard H.
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(Played by DeForest Kelley) STARFLEET HISTORICAL FILE: McCoy, Leonard H. Mid-level Biography Brief Mode Final Rank: Admiral, retired Full Name: Leonard H. McCoy, M.D. Year of birth: 2227...

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Nichols, Nichelle
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Prior to being cast as Lt. Uhura in Star Trek, Nichelle Nichols had guested on Gene Roddenberry's first series, The Lieutenant. Born in Robbins, Ill., near Chicago,...

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Nimoy, Leonard
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Born and raised in Boston, Leonard Nimoy started acting as a boy, but moved to Los Angeles at age 18 to give it a go on a professional level. He worked his way up from small roles in the likes of...

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Scott, Montgomery "Scotty"
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(Portrayed by James Doohan)STARFLEET HISTORICAL FILE: Scott, Montgomery "Scotty" Mid-level Biography Brief Mode Final Rank: Captain Serial Number: SE-197-54T Year of birth: 2222 Education:...

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Shatner, William
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It’s said that a role as highly visible as James T. Kirk in the Star Trek franchise can be the “kiss of death” to a professional acting career, but it doesn’t seem to have...

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Spock
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STARFLEET HISTORICAL DATABASE: Spock Full Biography Mode Rank: Captain, retired Serial number: S179-276SP Full Name: Spock (lineal Vulcan name unpronounceable) Year of birth: 2230 Place of...

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Sulu, Hikaru
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(Portrayed by George Takei) STARFLEET HISTORICAL FILE: Sulu, Hikaru Mid-level Biography Brief Mode Rank: Captain Date of birth: 2237 Place of birth: San Francisco, Earth Education: Starfleet...

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Takei, George
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George Hosato Takei was born in the Boyle Heights district of Los Angeles. He and his family lived there until World War II when, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, they were relocated to a...

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October, 1966
Ophiucus System
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Location of a U.S.S. Discovery skirmish with the Klingons in the mid-23rd century. The system contains a Class-M planet, Ophiucus III which was the attempted destination of Harcourt Fenton...

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November, 1966
Whitney, Grace Lee
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Grace Lee Whitney was born Mary Ann Chase in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Whitney started her entertainment career as a "girl singer" on Detroit's WJR radio. She soon opened in nightclubs for the likes of...

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September, 1967
Chekov, Pavel
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(Portrayed by Walter Koenig) STARFLEET HISTORICAL FILE: Chekov, Pavel Andreievich Mid-level Biography Brief Mode Final Rank: Commander Full Name: Pavel Andreievich Chekov Serial number:...

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Koenig, Walter
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Walter Koenig — actor, director, screenwriter, novelist, acting professor, and comic book creator — played Ensign Pavel Chekov in the orignal Star Trek begining with Season 2.Born in...

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Pon Farr
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A Vulcan term for their mating cycle. Every seven years, the adult Vulcan undergoes an extreme and erratic physical and psychological imbalance, which can be fatal if the mating ritual is...

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November, 1967
Grayson, Amanda
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(Portrayed by Jane Wyatt and Mia Kirshner). Born in 2210, Grayson was a schoolteacher from Earth who married the Vulcan diplomat Sarek and gave birth to Spock in 2230. Grayson was also the...

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Universal Translator
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Device for translation of spoken languages in real-time communication. It operates by scanning brain-wave frequencies and using the results to create a basis for translation. Captain Kirk used a...

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December, 1967
Deep Space Station K-7
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A 22nd-century, civilian Federation outpost, K-7 was located near Sherman's Planet, and also located only one parsec from a nearby Klingon outpost. The station was near the Mempa Sector in...

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Tribble
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Origin: unspecified. A small animal characteristically soft, furry, and pleasing to most humanoids (with the exception of Klingons). Tribbles give off a soft purring sound that is...

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December, 1968
Tellun
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A binary system with a G-class star and an A-class star near the Klingon-Federation border. During the mid-23rd century, the system was under Federation control including two planets in the...

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June, 1982
Bennett, Harve
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Harve Bennett produced and co-wrote the story for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which was a success financially, critically and with Trek fans and is widely credited with saving the franchise,...

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Butrick, Merritt
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Merritt Butrick, a native of Gainesville, Fla. who grew up in the San Fransisco area, portrayed Dr. David Marcus, son of James T. Kirk and Dr. Carol Marcus, in two movies: Star Trek II: The...

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Marcus, Dr. David
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(Played by Merritt Butrick) Along with his mother, Dr. Carol Marcus, a key scientist on Project Genesis in 2270-80s, and the only son of her and James T. Kirk. David introduced unstable...

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Meyer, Nicholas
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Nicholas Meyer, a writer and consulting producer on Star Trek: Discovery, has a long and vital history with the franchise. Meyer directed (and co-wrote, uncredited) Star Trek II: The Wrath of...

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Saavik
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(Played by Kirstie Alleyand Robin Curtis)Female Vulcan and protégée of Spock, Saavik enrolled at Starfleet Academy in 2285. She took part in the Kobyashi Maru training simulation, a...

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June, 1984
Adventure, Mr.
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A Lieutenant in Starfleet, Mr. Adventure earned his namesake while posted with Uhura at a transporter station near spacedock. He was eager to see some excitement, get into the action, "even a...

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Anderson, Dame Judith
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Paramount grabbed quite a cultural coup when legendary actress Dame Judith Anderson appeared as Vulcan High Priestess T’Lar, the savior of Spock and restorer of his katra in Star Trek...

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bird-of-prey, Klingon
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See: Klingon bird-of-prey

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cloaking device, Klingon
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Similar to the Romulan cloaking device, the Klingons received this technology from the Romulans circa 2268, when the two civilizations shared a political alliance. The Klingons outfitted many...

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Curtis, Robin
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Robin Curtis took over the role of Saavik from Kirstie Alley, playing the Vulcan character in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Curtis is one of a rare group...

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Esteban, Captain J.T.
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As cpatain of the science-vessel U.S.S. Grissom, Esteban commanded the survey of the Genesis Planet. Among his crew were Lt. Saavik and David Marcus, Admiral Kirk's son. A conservative,...

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Excelsior, U.S.S.
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A starship originally designated NX-2000, for testing purposes and as the first of its class, "The Great Experiment" was the first starship equiped with transwarp drive. Captain Styles commanded...

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Excelsior-class starship
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Type of Federation starship. The first of these, launched in 2285, had an experimental transwarp drive, which presumably had to be removed. The Excelsior was referred to as "The Great Experiment."...

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Ferrer, Miguel José
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The late Miguel Ferrer, who was best known for his roles on NCIS: Los Angeles, Crossing Jordan, Twin Peaks, Mulan and RoboCop, made his mark on the Star Trek universe when he played the executive...

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flight recorder
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The recorder stores data and visual records from critical areas on a ship. It is intended for use by investigators to gather evidence in the event of an accident involving or aboard the ship. In...

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Grissom, U.S.S. (NCC-638)
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Captain J.T. Esteban commanded this Oberth-class research vessel, which was assigned to investigate the Genesis Planet in 2285. The investigation team also included Lieutenant Saavik and Dr. David...

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Klingon Bird-of-Prey
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The ubiquitous spread-wing craft capable of atmospheric, planetary or warp operations is utilized in two classes: the smaller B'rel and the larger K'Vort. Kruge's smaller ship had a crew of 12 in...

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Kruge, Commander
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Klingon bird-of-prey captain, in 2285, Kruge collected stolen data on the Project Genesis device. Kruge wanted Genesis for its weapons potential and his quest for Genesis lead to the destruction...

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Larrouquette, John
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  Actor-commediane John Larrouquette, a native of New Orleans, was but a year away from his breakout role as Assistant DA Dan Fielding in Harry Anderson's sitcom Night Court when...

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lexorin
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Drug administered to Dr. McCoy in 2285 to remedy the symptoms of mental disorientation he was experiencing while carrying the katra of Captain Spock within his own mind.

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Lloyd, Christopher
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At the time he played Kruge, the renegade Klignon commander of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Christopher Lloyd was just coming off his second Emmy win for comedy lead actor as Rev. Jim...

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Maltz
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Klingon officer serving under Kruge in 2285. Maltz was captured after Kirk took Kruge's bird-of-prey following the death of Kruge and the other Klingon crew members.

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Merchantman
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A small merchant cargo ship, chartered in 2285 by the Klingon operative, Valkris. Valkris used the ship to transport stolen data on the Federation project known as Genesis to the Klingon...

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Morrow, Admiral
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In 2285, Morrow served as Starfleet's Chief of Command. After James Kirk defeated Khan and returned the U.S.S. Enterprise to spacedock, Morrow wanted to decommission the vessel. Morrow also...

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Oberth-class starship
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This kind of Federation starship is often used for scientific missions. The U.S.S. Grissom was of the Oberth-class. While in orbit of the Genesis Planet, Grissom was destroyed by Commander...

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Okrand, Marc
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Marc Okrand devised the dialogue and coached the actors speaking the Klingon language heard in "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock," "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier," and "Star Trek VI: The...

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Skon
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Spock's grandfather. Skon was the son of Solkar, and father of Sarek.

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Solkar
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Vulcan male who was Spock's great-grandfather. Solkar parented Skon whose son was Sarek, Spock's father.

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Spacedock
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Spacedock is a massive, orbital facility, providing starships with many service facilities. Starships can dock for crew transfers and/or put in for repairs. In 2285, the U.S.S. Enterprise...

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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
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As the U.S.S. Enterprise returns to spacedock for repairs following the battle with Khan in 2285. Kirk continues to mourn Spock's death. McCoy suddenly enters the Vulcan's sealed quarters,...

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Styles, Captain
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Starfleet officer who, in 2285, commanded the U.S.S. Excelsior, NX-2000. The Excelsior was the first Federation starship fitted with a transwarp drive. The experiment, however, was unsuccessful....

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T'Lar
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(Played by Dame Judith Anderson)Highly-respected Vulcan priestess who agreed to attempt the rare and dangerous fal-tor-pan in 2285, high atop Mount Seleya. T'Lar relieved Leonard McCoy of Spock's...

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terminium
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Metal compound used in the construction of photon torpedo casings.

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Torg
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Klingon warrior in Commander Kruge's crew. In 2285, Torg killed Kirk's son David Marcus when the young man stepped forward to save Saavik. Torg died soon after while aboard the self-destructing...

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transwarp drive
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Experimental propulsion system that if successful would have enabled starships to reach higher speeds with greater efficiency. The system was tested aboard the U.S.S. Excelsior in the 2280s...

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Valkris
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A female Klingon, Valkris copied top-secret data on Project Genesis from the Federation and provided it to the Klingons. She used a frieghter to rendevouz with Klingon Commander Kruge. She read...

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September, 1987
Frakes, Jonathan
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For seven seasons, Jonathan Frakes played Will Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He is also an accomplished director, with credits on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space...

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June, 1989
Scotch, neat
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Scotch whisky with nothing added. This was the preferred drink of fictional detective and Picard favorite Dixon Hill. It was also drink shared by Admiral Cornwell and Captain Lorca early in...

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November, 1989
Acamar System
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Located in the Mempa Sector in the Beta Quadrant, a binary system of two A-class stars, one of which is 50-60 light-years from Sol, and the home of the Acamarians and the Gatherers....

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October, 1990
Menosky, Joe
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Joe Menosky is a Star Trek veteran who has served in various capacities – writer, producer and/or story editor – on Discovery, Voyager, Deep Space Nine and The Next Generation. Before...

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September, 1991
Mempa System
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A region of space in the Klingon sector of the Beta Quadrant. Captain Lorca was believed to be held by the Klingons somewhere in the system during the Klingon-Federation War. It was said to be a...

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December, 1991
Qo'noS
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Native name for the Klingon homeworld, a planet of the star Klingon and the site of the Imperial Empire's capital First City. It is sometimes standardized as "Kronos." It includes a lone huge...

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Rura Penthe
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Located in the Mempa Sector in the Beta Quadrant, the frozen planetoid was in the U.S.S. Discovery's search area for Captain Lorca when he was taken by the Klingons.  A high-security...

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November, 1996
Fuller, Bryan
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Bryan Fuller is the co-creator and executive producer of Star Trek: Discovery. A lifelong Star Trek and sci-fi fan whose first writing staff job and learning lab was with Star Trek: Voyager for...

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December, 2008
Kurtzman, Alex
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The characters of Kirk and Spock are among the most instantly recognizable fictional characters created in the past 50 years. If the Star Trek reboot -- which kicked off with Star Trek (2009) was...

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September, 2017
Anderson, Brett
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(Portrayed by Terry Serpico). Starfleet Admiral at the Battle at the Binary Stars. He was killed when a Klingon Cleave ship attacked the U.S.S. Europa.

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Antiproton Chamber
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Technology used by Starfleet personnel during the mid 23rd century to re-knit DNA strands. The chamber was used by Dr. Nambue on Michael Burnham following her exploration of the Klingon artifact.

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Arhin, Arista
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Arista Arhin plays Young Michael Burnham on Star Trek: Discovery. The child actress, who hails from Canada, counts among her previous credits a guest shot on The Mystery Files and a recurring role...

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Battle at the Binary Stars
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Face to face with Klingon vessels, the U.S.S. Shenzhou prepares for the possibility of war if negotiations fail. Amidst the turmoil, Michael Burnham looks back to her Vulcan upbringing for guidance.

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Berg, Gretchen J.
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Gretchen J. Berg is executive producer of Star Trek: Discovery. Berg, who hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, counts among her other writing and/or producing credits Beverly Hills,...

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Burnham, Michael
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(Portrayed by Sonequa Martin-Green) Born to human parents, Burnham was adopted by a Vulcan ambassador, Sarek, and his human wife, Amanda Grayson, following her parents’ death during a...

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Chieffo, Mary
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Mary Chieffo, who portrays L'Rell, the battle deck commander of the Klingon ship, on Star Trek: Discovery, has acting in her blood. She is the daughter of actors Beth Grant and Michael Chieffo,...

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Clarke NCC-1661, U.S.S.
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The U.S.S. Clarke NCC-1661 was a mid-23rd century Malachowski class starship destroyed at the Battle of the Binary Stars.

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Connor, Danby
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(Portrayed by Sam Vartholomeos). Ensign on the U.S.S. Shenzhou. Killed in the Battle at the Binary Stars.

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Coutts, Emily
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Emily Coutts co-stars on Star Trek: Discovery as Keyla Detmer, helmsman of the U.S.S. Shenzhou. The Canadian redhead previously appeared in such films and television shows as Transporter: The...

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Crepuscula
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A twilight race living on a desert planet. As an 89-year maelstorm is about to impact the planet, Captain Georgiou and First Officer Michael Burnham of the U.S.S. Shenzhou discreetly break...

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Dennas
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(Portrayed by Clare McConnell) Klingon leader of the House of D'Ghor.

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Detmer, Keyla
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(Portrayed by Emily Coutts). Conn officer on the U.S.S. Shenzhou. Detmer was injured in a bridge explosion while serving on the U.S.S. Shenzhou during the Battle at the Binary Stars....

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Donatu V
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Location of a Klingon / Federation battle in the mid 23rd century.

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Edison NCC-1683, U.S.S.
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The U.S.S. Edison NCC-1683 was a mid-23rd century Hoover class starship destroyed at the Battle of the Binary Stars.

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Europa NCC-1648, U.S.S.
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The U.S.S. Europa NCC-1648 was a mid-23rd century Nimitz class starship destroyed by a Klingon Cleave ship at the Battle of the Binary Stars, killing all on-board including Admiral Brett...

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Frain, James
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James Frain, Sarek on Star Trek: Discovery, is a respected British actor whose many film and television credits include Prime Suspect, Elizabeth, Hilary and Jackie, The Tudors, FlashForward, True...

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Gant, Kamran
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(Portrayed by Ali Momen). Tactical officer on the U.S.S. Shenzhou.

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Georgiou, Philippa
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(Portrayed by Michelle Yeoh) Georgiou was born in Malaysia, on Earth. A graduate of Starfleet Academy, she rose to the rank of Captain, becoming one of Starfleet’s most-decorated officers....

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Goldsman, Akiva
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Raised in Brooklyn Heights, New York, Akiva Goldsman received his bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and attended the graduate fiction writing program at New York University. His...

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H'Atoria
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A Vulcan ship that crossed into Klingon space two hundred and forty years before the Battle at the Binary Stars. The Klingons attacked and destroyed the vessel. 

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Harberts, Aaron
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Aaron Harberts is executive producer of Star Trek: Discovery. The Iowa native has also written and/or produced Beverly Hills, 90210, the film Valentine, Roswell, John Doe, Wonderfalls, Pepper...

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Hetrick, Glenn
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Glenn Hetrick, Star Trek: Discovery's creature and makeup effects designer, was raised in Hellertown, PA. His proclivity for horror films, particularly those of the Universal and Hammer Studios...

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Howell, Justin
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Justin Howell is the stuntman and actor who portrays the Klingon, Rejac, on Star Trek: Discovery. Among his previous credits are Reign, Lost Girl, The Strain, Killjoys, Arrow, Suicide Squad,...

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Interstellar Positioning Relays
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Mid 23rd century technology that allowed Starfleet to monitor remote boundries of Federation space. During a routine check, the U.S.S. Shenzhou discovered a relay that was intentionally...

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Januzzi, Troy
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(Portrayed by Romaine Waite). Communications officer on the U.S.S. Shenzhou.

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Jones, Doug
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Doug Jones, Star Trek: Discovery's Saru, has emerged as a genre fan favorite over the years thanks to his memorable creature performances in such sci-fi and horror films and television shows as...

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Kadin, Heather
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Heather Kadin is an accomplished producer whose body of work spans a range of iconic television shows and feature films from this past decade. Currently, Kadin serves as President of Television...

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Kane, Adam
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Adam Kane is the veteran producer, director and cinematographer who directed the Star Trek: Discovery episode "Battle at the Binary Stars." Kane, who was born in Burbank, California, previously...

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Kelpien
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An alien race biologically determined to be predator or prey.

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Kerala NCC-1255, U.S.S.
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A Federation Shepard class starship at the Battle of the Binary Stars.

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Kol
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(Portrayed by Kenneth Mitchell) A Klingon warrior from the House of Kor, Kol returned to the Sarcophagus ship months after the Battle of the Binary Stars to overthrow Voq as its leader and steal...

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L'Rell
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(Portrayed by Mary Chieffo) A Klingon and the battle deck commander of T'Kuvma's Klingon Sarcophagus ship. Her father is of the House of T'Kuvma and her mother was from House of Mókai.

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Martin-Green, Sonequa
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Sonequa Martin-Green, who plays Michael Burnham on Star Trek: Discovery, was born and raised in Russellville, Alabama. She studied theater at the University of Alabama, graduating in 2007. While...

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McConnell, Clare
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Clare McConnell plays Dennas, a leader in the Klingon Empire, on Star Trek: Discovery. Based in Toronto, she performs sketch and improv regularly in venues across the city. Her first role in a...

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