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This Side of Paradise - S1-E24

Corrected entry: Spock is wearing his normal blue uniform when shot with the "happy spores" from the strange plant. The next scene is with Kirk inquiring about Spock's location to which he is told nobody has seen him. Spock somehow manages to find some green overalls out in the meadows when we switch back to him.

New this week Correction: Remember, Leila took Spock to that location for the express reason of having him infected. She likely brought civilian clothes for him, knowing he would no longer want to wear his uniform.

The Menagerie (2) - S1-E12

Corrected entry: When Spock takes Captain Pike out of the briefing room, Pike appears, via the viewscreen, on Talos IV in the very next shot. There is no possible way Spock could have gotten Pike to the transporter room that fast.

Correction: Not a mistake. Pike's appearance on the screen is of his younger, uninjured self - obviously one of the Talosians' illusions. So they "jumped the gun" a bit by showing him on the planet before his actual arrival, but this image is only for illustration to the people viewing, so it doesn't matter.

Assignment: Earth - S2-E26

Corrected entry: Gary Seven transported down to earth using the enterprise transporter system. Because of this he should re materialise in the same fashion as normal, yet for some unexplained reason he comes from his safe in a cloud of blue gasses.

Correction: True, he used the Enterprise transporter, and people usually can't move when re materialization occurs. However, Gary Seven, with his advanced knowledge, would know how to work the transporter, target his safe/transporter (with vastly superior alien technology), and be able to walk out before the normal cycle was finished. This is due to the alien transporter being superior. In later incarnations, people can move while being transported.

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The Naked Time - S1-E4

Corrected entry: When Dr. McCoy is doing the surgery on Joe's wound, the indicators on the the medical readout screen are in different positions even though they all appeared to be dropping.

Correction: The indicators for the bio bed would naturally be in different positions, indicating the different levels of Joe's vitals as they fluctuate. Granted, they were dropping, indicating he was dying, but until the body stopped, the instruments of that time would read out every beat until there was nothing to read.

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Operation -- Annihilate! - S1-E29

Corrected entry: When given the option of using intense light to kill the creatures, McCoy says that he could probably rig a cubicle in the bio lab to test the theory. However, that would require him to know engineering, and one of his caustic quotes is "I'm a doctor, not an engineer!", unless he requisitioned Engineering to help.

Correction: Rigging a cubicle with lights wouldn't require engineering skills. He just meant he can set up some intense lights and focus them on a certain spot, not that he'll have to wire anything or build a special device.


The Return of the Archons - S1-E21

Corrected entry: As Kirk and co. carries O'Neil out of the alley, the supposedly unconscious woman in the black dress moves her foot out of the way as they pass.

Correction: The unconscious woman's foot did move, but not on her own - other cast members' feet caught and moved hers as they were exiting the scene.


Whom Gods Destroy - S3-E14

Corrected entry: Garth, shape-shifted as Spock, applies the Vulcan nerve pinch to Marta. Since Garth can only imitate the physical appearance of someone and not that person's life experience, Garth would have no knowledge of the Vulcan nerve pinch. The same could be said of when Garth shape shifts into Kirk - if Garth had Kirk's knowledge, he would have known the counter sign that Scotty used to challenge him for the beam up.

Correction: Garth, prior to being able to shape-shift and going insane, was a well respected Starfleet Captain and skilled tactician. In fact, he was required reading at the academy. Captain Garth would no doubt have extensive knowledge of Vulcans and the Vulcan nerve pinch, including learning how to do it.


Bread and Circuses - S2-E25

Corrected entry: The sword Spock is carrying disappears between leaving the cell and the group exiting down the corridor. No one else in the shot appears to have taken possession of it.

Correction: Spock does hand the sword to one of the submachine gun-armed guards before they are escorted down the corridor.


Patterns of Force - S2-E21

Corrected entry: Kirk and Spock pretend to be filming Daras so they can enter the building where John Gill will give his speech. Look at the lamp Spock is holding. In the beginning it works, than a couple of scenes later it doesn't, and when they are outside the chamber where John Gill is, his lamp is on again.

Correction: Spock turns the lamp off and on as needed, so it isn't a mistake.

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A Piece of the Action - S2-E17

Corrected entry: Not only do the billiard balls on the pool table keep changing positions between shots, but Bela seems to forget what the cue ball is for, and starts hitting the colored balls directly into the pockets instead.

Correction: Bela didn't "forget" the cue ball. He simply tired of playing around during introductions, and used the shooting of the regular balls as a signal that he was turning his attention to the matter at hand, i.e., Kirk and company, and what he could get out of them.

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The Lights of Zetar - S3-E18

Corrected entry: Mira is supposedly weightless in the pressure chamber. But her tunic skirt remains perfectly flat and her long hair also "forgets" to float - it's hanging straight down below her head. Selective anti-gravity?

Correction: If she were lying flat on a surface, with her hair hanging down, when the anti gravity was activated, the cloth and hair would remain in this original position due to the absence of any gravity to affect their position. There are many videos of objects in weightlessness where astronauts placing an object in a spot in front of them, and it staying put, unless it were given motion from the touch of the astronaut.

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Catspaw - S2-E7

Corrected entry: Kirk, McCoy, and Spock are chained to the dungeon wall, with McCoy noticing he is next to a skeleton, also chained. This is incorrect, as a skeleton's bones are held together by cartilage, which would rot over time. Therefore, the skeleton would not be hanging intact, but would be a pile of bones on the floor.

Correction: The dungeon and the skeleton are illusions specifically created to be frightening. Whether a real skeleton would remain intact is irrelevant.

Miri - S1-E8

Corrected entry: When Spock goes outside to scan the area he looks at the building directly in front of him, but when the child rubs away the dirt on the window Spock is seen looking at the ground to his right. But in the next shot Spock is looking directly at the building again.

Correction: When Spock comes out, and sends the guards off, he begins to look at, and scan with, his tricorder, and routinely glancing at the buildings, keeping mindful of possible attack in a possibly hostile situation. When seen through to cleaned spot, he is still performing the actions.

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The Apple - S2-E5

Corrected entry: Kirk orders Marple to cut around a rock to the right and make a noise to distract their observer. But the actor appears to slightly screw up his cue: Marple promptly traverses the rock to the left instead of the right.

Correction: Kirk indicated to Marple and Chekhov that someone or something was behind the rock that Spock nodded towards to show Kirk where their "friend" was. Kirk told Marple to "cut around the rock to your right", meaning the the man go around the indicated rock (behind Spock) so that his movements would be to his right, thereby keeping the rock to his right.

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The Changeling - S2-E3

Corrected entry: When Nomad's bolt sends Scotty flying across the bridge, you can see the two rubber mats placed on the floor for the stunt man to land on.

Correction: There are no rubber mats anywhere for the stuntman to fall on. There was barely a second between impact and a person running to his side. He expertly landed in such a way as to avoid any major injury, save for a few bruises.

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What Are Little Girls Made Of? - S1-E7

Corrected entry: When the android Kirk is created from the oddly short-legged blank, the turntable rotates to show Chapel the new Kirk - and the indentation on the other side suddenly disappears.

Correction: When the duplicator table turns for Chapel to see the new android Kirk, the indentations on both sides are there.

Devil in the Dark - S1-E25

Corrected entry: Kirk informs Spock via communicator the Horta is ten feet from him, and Spock insists Kirk kill it. First, both know they cannot kill it with their phasers, and second, Spock's demand for Kirk to kill the Horta runs counter to the Vulcan philosophy of respect for all life. Spock would never want to harm, let alone kill, another life form.

Correction: At this point they don't have any proof that they can't kill it, and since Kirk is in danger, it's logical to try. Also, Spock is half human and he's concerned about his best friend being killed. Logical or not, he'll want Kirk to protect himself at all costs. Other episodes have shown where Spock doesn't always behave logically when his friends are at risk and he lets his emotions come out.

By Any Other Name - S2-E22

Corrected entry: We see our heroes paralysed by the alien belt machines, we then cut to the intro movie. When we go back to them they are being disarmed by the female alien. She takes something from McCoy's hand, yet before the intro he had nothing in his hands.

Correction: Rewinding more, you will find that there is an instrument in McCoy's hand, only concealed while wondering the arrived aliens.

The City on the Edge of Forever - S1-E28

Corrected entry: In the credits, Joan Collins' character is named "Sister Edith Keeler." But her character is engaging in a romantic/sexual relationship with Kirk. He says he has "ulterior motives" towards her which she reacts to playfully and kisses him. Not appropriate behaviour for a sister, particularly in the time and place the episode is set.

Correction: Edith Keeler wasn't a nun. She was a social worker, and thus, nothing she did would be considered inappropriate. She did work at the mission soup kitchen, where they would have called all women "sisters" just like they might call the men "brothers".


The Cloudminders - S3-E21

Corrected entry: When Plasus and two sentinels beam down to break up the fight near the mine, Plasus is on the end of the trio as they materialize. The camera angle changes as they step off the dais, and Plasus is suddenly in the middle.

Correction: When Plasus and the two sentinels are materializing on the landing pad, Plasus is between and behind the two sentinels (look at their feet in relation to the outer rim of the pad). The initial camera angle makes it a bit difficult to see, but the men are in fact positioned consistently during and after transport.

Who Mourns for Adonais? - S2-E2

Corrected entry: Spock says they've only managed to punch holes in the force field large enough to fire through. But when the Enterprise fires, the force field (in the shape of Apollo's hand) is no longer there at all.

Correction: When the Enterprise fires on the temple, the force field IS visible. However, as they continue to fire and damage the power source, the force field starts to fade and flicker in and out, until it is gone.


That Which Survives - S3-E17

Corrected entry: Spock wants Uhura to keep her eyes on the monitor every moment. (One fluctuation and Scott could die.) But he calls her name, making her turn away from the monitor and look at him, in order to tell her not to take her eyes off it.

Correction: Spock only gives her the instructions after Scott opened the access plate. Prior to that he gave no instructions for her to not take her eyes off the readings. Once Scott inserted the probe is when the magnetic readings needed to be monitored, calling Uhura's name and having her take her eyes off the monitor at that moment caused no danger (or plot hole error).


A Taste of Armageddon - S1-E23

Corrected entry: It is easy to tell where the matte painting and live action area meet when Fox and the assistant appear.

Correction: How is this a mistake? Using matte paintings is a common technique used since the earliest days of cinema. There are many other examples throughout the series where they are used.

Is There in Truth No Beauty? - S3-E5

Corrected entry: In the sickbay near the end, Diana Muldaur got her line wrong, resulting in this contradictory dialogue: Kirk: "He'll die. But that's what you want, isn't it?" Miranda: "That's a lie!" Kirk: "Oh yes it is - you want him to die." Miranda's line was supposed to be, "That's not true," with Kirk's "Yes it is" contradicting her. As it stands, she claims it's a lie, and Kirk replies "Yes it is."

Correction: Kirk's reply of "yes it is" refers back to his statement of what Miranda wants - "that's what you want...yes it is, you want him to die". He's continuing his train of thought, not replying to her statement.


The Cloudminders - S3-E21

Corrected entry: Just how the Troglyte spy manages to leap over one of the cloud city's balconies to his death is a bit puzzling. Stratos City is held aloft by huge anti-gravity generators. An anti-grav field should, sensibly, extend far enough past the balcony railings to keep people from falling off. Surely the self-obsessed Stratos dwellers would extend that field, since they want to protect their own skins above all else.

Correction: This is not a plot hole. It is your judgment that the technology should work this way.

The Tholian Web - S3-E9

Corrected entry: Spock has been known to say that Vulcans don't lie. But in this episode, he backed up McCoy who was trying to spare Kirk's feelings. When asked by Kirk about the final taped orders he left them, Spock said that "The crisis was upon us and passed so quickly there wasn't time to view the tape." A bald faced lie.

Correction: Spock says "the crisis passed so quickly," and then trails off. He never says they didn't watch it.

Spock's Brain - S3-E1

Corrected entry: When McCoy is working on putting Spock's brain back it is obvious that his arms are too high up to be doing anything other than fiddling about with Mr Nimoys forehead.

Correction: Of course, the good Doctor would not be fiddling with Spock's forehead using his hands. He'd be manipulating mechanical servos (Waldos) or something analogous, since reconnecting neurons would require microscopic instruments and likely nanotechnology.

The City on the Edge of Forever - S1-E28

Corrected entry: At the end of the episode, 7 people beam back up to the ship, which should be impossible since the transporter only had 6 pads.

Correction: EACH transporter has 6 pads. Enterprise has more than one transporter (at least 4, I believe), so they can beam up 7 people, it's just that one will end up in a different transporter room.

Miri - S1-E8

Corrected entry: The landing party is out of contact with the Enterprise for two days because of the missing communicators. Wouldn't the Enterprise notice at some point and beam down some more, or make some other attempt to contact Kirk & Co.?

Correction: Before Kirk and co. loses their communicators, Kirk contacts the Enterprise and says that there should be no attempt to come down for fear of spreading the virus. The proof is they beam something down to Bones to help manufacture a vaccine.

Tomorrow is Yesterday - S1-E19

Corrected entry: If the Enterprise made sure everything was corrected to just before they went back in time (before actually going back to their own future) then there should have been no reason for Kirk and Sulu to recover the audio and video evidence of their arrival in the first place, since they made sure they were never there.

Correction: They were unsure whether their sling shot experiment would work.


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