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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.


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.

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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.

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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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Corrected entry: In the opening credits, Voyager is seen skimming along above the "surface" of the planetary rings of what appears to be a large planet. However, given the size of the reflection of the ship in the rings below, Voyager can be at most a few hundred meters above the reflective surface. That, coupled with the extreme curvature of the rings, and Voyager's path across them, would make the planet the smallest in the universe, perhaps a few thousand meters across. No moon or asteroid of that size would have enough gravity to capture and retain rings of rocky debris, much less possess an atmosphere that would be thick enough to see or have clouds.

Correction: Voyager has come across planets with vastly different makeups than anything even Starfleet had ever come across before. (Remember the planet with the tachyon core?) Perhaps this one has something similarly strange going on.

Friendship One - S7-E21

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the episode, the "Friendship 1" probe does a flyby. On it, you see Federation and Starfleet markings. During the briefing after the credits, Tuvok states that the probe was launched 4 years after Zephram Cochrane's first warp flight. Cochrane's warp flight was in 2063 and the probe was launched in 2067 The United Federation of Planets didn't exist until 2161, and even though there was techinically a Starfleet, it's well known that it didn't adopt the "arrowhead" (aka "Delta) style symbol until the 2240's.

Correction: Fan speculation and trivia generated in other media (novels, comics, blueprints, guides, etc) cannot be used to gauge a mistake. Mistakes only count if they contradict what was established in a previous film or television episode. And the date of origin of the arrowhead insignia has never been stated in any.

Threshold - S2-E15

Corrected entry: When Paris is gasping for air in sickbay several of his dental fillings are visible. It's highly unlikely that dentistry of the 24:th century still uses metal amalgam to fix teeth.

Correction: You're assuming they are metal, they could be made of any material, colouring proves nothing. And personal opinions are not valid entries either.

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Corrected entry: Whenever the ship is shaking, it's obvious it's just the camera wobbling, because people can talk normally and they can be seen to make small movements without being disrupted by the shaking which would not happen naturally.

Correction: Not true. Individuals can adapt quite well to maintain balance during turbulent moments. When's the last time you saw an airline stewardess fall to the ground?

The Voyager Conspiracy - S6-E9

Corrected entry: As Seven of Nine goes over her conspiracy theories with Janeway, she mentions "Commander" Seska (the Cardassian spy from the first two seasons). But prior to her being exposed in "State of Flux", she only had the rank of ensign.

Correction: Character mistake. The new cortical processor that Seven of Nine added to her regeneration alcove malfunctioned, causing Seven to misinterpret new data downloaded to her cranial implants. Seven may have erroneously perceived Seska's rank as being a commander, making Seska appear more significant to Seven. Janeway, meanwhile, is intently listening to Seven's highly-detailed (and ultimately wrong) "conspiracy theory," and the captain either did not notice the error or she simply chose to ignore it while Seven was speaking.


Parturition - S2-E7

Corrected entry: In the beginning of this episode, Paris and Kes are running a shuttle simulation. During the simulation the shuttle gets attacked by several Jem Hadar (Dominion) ships. The problem is, the dominion was unknown before Voyager left the Alpha quadrant, and does not find out about the dominion until Season 4 (Message in a Bottle).

Correction: Jem'Hadar ships were first encountered in the final episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's second season, set some months prior to the departure of Voyager from the Alpha Quadrant (which occured at approximately the same time as DS9's third season opened). As a new and formidable threat, it seems entirely reasonable that all simulation packages would have been swiftly upgraded to include the Jem'Hadar vessels.


Macrocosm - S3-E12

Corrected entry: In the scene where Captain Janeway and Neelix are trying to get to the bridge, they go into a turbolift, and they are speaking about the failure of the enviromental controls. Captain Janeway is scanning the turbolift with the tricorder, and she's holding the right margin of the turbolift's door. Meanwhile, Neelix starts to speak about spending his childhood in the Rinax marshlands, the hottest area in the sector, and he starts to go around in the turbolift in a circle. Note that when he finishes the circle and gets back to Janeway, the captain is still scanning with the tricorder in the same position as earlier, but this time she's holding the left margin of the turbolift door.

Correction: The camera tracks Neelix all the way around the turbolift without cutting away. The fact that Janeway is in a different position is not a mistake. She simply changed her position.

Sacred Ground - S3-E7

Corrected entry: The specified episode starts at stardate 50063.2, as mentioned by captain Janeway's entry log. However, the previous episode (Season 3, Ep. 6 - Remember) begins with captain Janeway's log, recorded at stardate 50203.1, so in conclusion episode 7 happened earlier than episode 6.

Correction: Not really a mistake, given that it is never specified in either episode which events occurred first.

Threshold - S2-E15

Corrected entry: The science behind what happens to Paris in this episode is fundamentally flawed. The Doctor states that Tom is "evolving," however the smallest unit of evolution is a population. An individual cannot evolve, only mutate. Also, evolution is not a predestined process as it is apparently portrayed in this episode. It is a random occurrence, and so there is no way to know what humanity will evolve into.

Correction: This is not a scientific error, but a grammatical one, and since the doctor is a humanized facsimile of its original creator, it is simply a semantic choice of the original programmer. In common usage, mutation and evolution are often interchanged by the user, even if the absolute literal definition is not 100% accurate.


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