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Star Trek: Voyager

The Omega Directive - S4-E21

Corrected entry: When Janeway visits Seven as she works to destroy the Omega molecules in the chamber, Seven reports that 11% have been neutralized. They then have a 1 minute, 10 second discussion, and when it's over, Seven states that 18% of the molecules have now been neutralized. Janeway comments, while checking the computer screen, that at the current rate, "this could take hours". Actually, at the current rate, it will take less than 15 minutes.

Correction: It's possible that the progress is not linear. As fewer molecules remain, it may become harder and slower to neutralize them. There are many situations where that happens in real life. For example, killing bacteria or filtering out impurities, where it's quick and easy to remove many, but very hard to remove them all.


Scorpion (1) - S3-E26

Corrected entry: Both the Borg and Chakotay reference that it would take months for Voyager to cross Borg space. The Borg use trans-warp regularly, which is the method Voyager eventually arrives home at the end of the series. The Borg could have scooped up Voyager and had them not only on the other side of Borg space, but all the way home in less than a day. Janeway really missed an opportunity in her negotiations.

New this month Correction: Janeway didn't know that the Borg had transwarp conduits that reached the Alpha Quadrant. Additionally, she would not want to encourage the Borg to send any ships towards Earth, since it would simply motivate them to invade. Janeway compromised - they would cross Borg space safely, and without leading to a Borg invasion of the Federation.

Future's End (1) - S3-E8

Corrected entry: When talking to someone from 1996, Tom Paris states that Starfleet Academy is an "East Coast school." Starfleet Academy is actually located in San Francisco, making it a "West Coast school"

New this month Correction: Because Tom Paris was in California (the West Coast) in 1996, he was trying to say something that would make Starfleet Academy sound like it was far away from that region. That is, he said, "East Coast school" in the hope of making Rain Robinson think it was a real school, just one she might not have heard of because it was on the East Coast.

Cold Fire - S2-E10

Corrected entry: At the beginning of this episode, we are told it has been 10 months since Voyager was transported to the delta quadrant. However Ensign Wildman is still pregnant at this point in the series and doesn't actually go into labour until series 2 episode 21 (deadlock). She must have been pregnant before boarding Voyager, as her husband is still in the Alpha quadrant. That is one long pregnancy.

Correction: Ensign Wildman's husband isn't human, he's Ktarian. Human/Ktarian hybrids gestate approximately 18 months.

Greg Dwyer

Timeless - S5-E6

Corrected entry: After Captain Janeway instructs Seven of Nine to match Voyager's course and speed with the Delta Flyer, the scene cuts to an external flyby of the Delta Flyer, followed by what is presumably Voyager (an Intrepid-class ship), but the ship following the shuttle is a Galaxy-class vessel with curved, fixed pylons for the warp nacelles. Voyager's nacelles pivot, and look nothing like that of a Galaxy-class starship.

Correction: Janeway states "match their course and speed". The next shot is set in the future, with the Delta Flyer running from the USS Challenger in their attempt to save Voyager in the past. The Challenger is a Galaxy-Class ship captained by La Forge.

Unforgettable - S4-E22

Corrected entry: If Kellin spent multiple weeks on the ship, certainly there would be security surveillance evidence that she was there. Even if she didn't visually show up on the video, people would be seen interacting with an invisible someone. Similarly, the Doctor would either be able to see her and remember or not be able to see her and figure out that people were interacting with an invisible person. And what about the ship's logs? People would certainly have talked about her in their logs.

Correction: It is mentioned in episode that not only can the memories about her race not be retained by the few other species that they meet, it is also stated that they upload viruses into the computers of any species they meet in order to erase all knowledge of them from all databases (including sensor logs, sensor scans, crew logs and presumably the EMHs memory circuits). This is why Chakotay writes his final log entry for this incident by hand so that it can't be erased.

Dreadnought - S2-E17

Corrected entry: As Janeway talks to the planet representative, the stars are not moving past the window, yet the ship is travelling at full impulse.

Correction: If they are traveling at impulse (which is slower than light), you would not see the stars move. It would take years to notice any difference in the position of the stars.

Before and After - S3-E21

Corrected entry: When Kes flashes to a moment where people celebrate her ninth birthday, Neelix brings the cake with candles. There are ten candles on the cake instead of nine.

Correction: An additional candle is added for luck in some cultures. As further evidence in the S4 episode Raven, Seven is talking about her birthday. She says her cake had 6 candles on it and 'one more to grow on'.

The Voyager Conspiracy - S6-E9

Corrected entry: The sensor node that is "infected" with photonic fleas is the same prop used as the device intended to destroy Voyager (hidden in a Jeffries tube) in the episode "Relativity."

Correction: The sensor node is the same prop, used in both episodes. In S6-E9 "The Voyager Conspiracy," the sensor node contracts photonic fleas, whereas in S5-E23 "Relativity," a separate prop, "the weapon," gets attached to the same sensor node. For a visual of the weapon, fast-forward to "Relativity" 35:01, where you'll see Captain Braxton holding it in his hand when he's caught trying to attach it to the node.

Phage - S1-E5

Corrected entry: When the Doctor is talking about the magnetic containment fields that govern holograms, he slaps Paris. Then he pushes some buttons and when Paris tries to hit the Doctor, his hand passes right through. The Doctor then presses some buttons again to return the fields to normal. One problem: If Paris's hand passes through the Doctor, the Doctor's hand should pass through the buttons.

Correction: His program is smart enough to let some things through but not others. We've often seen objects thrown at the Doctor and going through him, or aliens attacking him and going through him, even though no modifications had been made to his program and he was still able to stand on the floor, hold a tricorder, etc. The Doctor simply tweaked his program a little when he pressed those buttons.


Ashes to Ashes - S6-E18

Corrected entry: It is not feasible that Ensign Ballard would be able to catch up with Voyager. The stardate of her death is quoted as 51563. The episode has a stardate of 53679.4. In "Hope and Fear" (stardate 51978.2), Voyager uses slipstream technology to jump 300 light years. In "Timeless" (stardate 52143.6), they use it again to jump 10,000 light years. In "Night" (stardate 52081.2), a spatial vortex gets them 2,500 light years closer. In "Dark Frontier" (stardate 52619.2), though avoiding the Borg has added 2 years to their journey, they use a transwarp coil from the Borg sphere to shorten their journey by 15 years (roughly 15,000 light years). In "The Voyager Conspiracy" (stardate 53329), the crew uses a graviton catapult to cut 3 years off their journey. All of this happened between Ensign Ballard's death and her return to Voyager. With all of these massive jumps, the only explanation for Ensign Ballard being able to catch up with Voyager is that the Kobali have amazing technology for travelling at extremely high speeds. However, if this is the case, Janeway would have asked for the technology in return for Ballard.

Correction: Several species have been shown to be capable of traveling considerably faster than Voyager, so it's entirely possible that the Kobali can, too. Trading a person for a piece of technology would be morally questionable, at best.


Unforgettable - S4-E22

Corrected entry: Why must Chakotay use a pen and paper to record his memories of Kellin? There is no justifiable reason that his recorded voice should not be able to be preserved just because he's talking about Kellin.

Correction: This is explained in the same episode - when she left with the fugitives they planted a virus in the computer that wiped out all traces and records. Presumably this same method would be employed by the security force that was to retrieve her.

The Killing Game (2) - S4-E19

Corrected entry: Near the end of the episode, when the holoemitters are overloaded, all of the holographic people disappear. However, the buildings, streets etc. which were also created by the holodeck remain. They should have disappeared, too.

Correction: This is not an error, Cannon indicates that replicator technology, force-fields, and light are used in holodeck creations, The building components, being relatively static, would require less power to replicate and place than to continually project.

Scorpion (1) - S3-E26

Corrected entry: Seven of Nine says that she was assimilated 18 years before. No one from the Alpha Quadrant knew about the Borg at that time.

Correction: There were rumors about them. That's why her parents set out to try and find them and learn about them.

Greg Dwyer

The 37's - S2-E1

Corrected entry: When the 37s are removed from stasis, the Japanese WWII pilot says that they are all speaking Japanese. Janeway explains that her communicator is a language translator and that is why he is hearing them speak Japanese. That is not how the universal translator operates. It has to be set to the language/dialect you require. Voyager's UTs are set to translate into English. The Japanese soldier would not have heard them speaking Japanese unless they specifically set a UT to do so just for him. This is a common error in many episodes as the aliens Voyager's crew encounters down on their home planets don't utilize UT's. So, in reality, the Voyager crew would understand them but they would not understand the Voyager crew.

Correction: The OLD Universal Translators used to have to be set to a specific language. By the Voyager era (24th century), UTs translate differently for different species. This is explained by the translators monitoring the linguistic portion of the brain and translates the words accordingly. Because of this, anyone within monitoring range of the translator will hear words spoken by the wearer in their native language. If the UT had to be set to a specific language prior to speaking, it would be worthless when encountering new species.

Coda - S3-E15

Corrected entry: The tip of the boom appears briefly at the end when Janeway and Chakotay are in the Captain's ready room.

Correction: That's actually part of the set - it's clearer in wider shots.

Show generally

Corrected entry: In the opening sequence, Voyager is passing through a gas cloud. In this sequence Voyager is parting the gas and dust like it would if there was air around, there even are some turbulences near the warp nacelles. Voyager utilises a navigational deflector, which effectively cleans space in front of Voyager. The CGI in the opening sequence shows this only to be a few metres in front of Voyager's bow. How ever navigational deflectors form overlapping shield bubbles a few hundred meters in front of the ship, even at low impulse speed. Flying through such a cloud would even require engaging combat shields, which would form a bubble around Voyager bigger than leaving a few meters of space between the shields and the hull. Even if the shields weren't conformal to the hull there would be more space. Last but not least the navigational deflector would provide particles with a directional impulse straight away from the ship, and not letting it slide along the deflector. The displayed turbulences near the nacelles would be highly abrasive to the ship's hull.

Correction: Knowledge about the specifics of these technologies is too limited to make such claims. Episodes "Workforce" and "Endgame" show Voyager moving through nebulas with the dust right against the hull, and with no apparent effect from the shields. Several episodes make reference to things like "warp eddies" and "subspace turbulence" which could cause the turbulence and air-like movement of the dust. In "Scorpion", for example, Voyager is thrown around by Borg ships passing nearby, which wouldn't happen if it was just simple newtonian motion in space.


Basics (2) - S3-E1

Corrected entry: In the second part of this episode, the Doctor asks the ship's computer of how many persons are on board to get an idea of the number of invading Kazon he is facing. The ship responds with "89 Kazon and one Betazoid". It fails to mention Seska who is a Cardassian.

Correction: The Computer obviously registered Seska as Kazon.

Night - S5-E1

Corrected entry: In this episode there is a region of space with no stars and it is completely dark. While there could be a region with no stars you would still see stars in the distance. When they finally reach the end of the 'void' slowly stars pop into view. If they just stayed stationary these stars would come into view on their own. Light had been traveling from each star from the time of its creation. The galaxy is not so old that light has not reach certain sections yet.

Correction: They say in the episode that a type of radiation is blocking their sensors and visual range, so they can't see beyond the star-less region.

Show generally

Corrected entry: Voyager is often having to dim the lights are figure out ways to save energy by shutting down life support in various sections of the ship. Yet, they have energy for beaming up and down, and holodeck activities, and use of the replicators on a limiting basis. I don't feel like doing the math but the energy required to replicate a cup of coffee is certainly enough to light the ship for a long time.

Correction: Dimming the lights is a method used to conserve energy that doesn't have a great effect on the daily life on Voyager. Turning off replicators or shutting down the holodecks would significantly affect the quality of life for the crew. And turning off the transporters would cause many more difficulties.


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