With over 50 years of spacefaring adventure in the Star Trek franchise, the crews of the various starships Enterprise and their colleagues having similar voyages of discovery in deep space have run into some trouble. Usually, our heroes escape unscathed (minus a Red Shirt or two), and the laws of episodic television reset everything to the way it was when the hour started.

But sometimes, Trek writers come up with ways to really hurt their characters in ways that may not always stick in the next episode or movie, but are nonetheless devastating. We aren’t just talking about scrapes and cuts — these are deep ...

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