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Arena - S1-E18

Continuity mistake: During the attack on the outpost, as Spock arrives in his foxhole, Kirk puts down the box of ammunition and positions the grenade launcher. We cut to a higher angle as Spock scrambles around to the Captain's left, and Kirk is putting the box down and positioning the launcher all over again. As the action was supposedly continuous, there wasn't time for Kirk to pick the items up and set them down a second time.

The Return of the Archons - S1-E21

Continuity mistake: The lawgivers' robes that Kirk and Spock take off and drop on the floor just inside the doorway disappear after they phaser the wall to reveal Landru. The robes reappear a few minutes later, but have now migrated several feet to one side, bunched up against the wall where they are no longer in tripping range of the actors about to enter the scene.

The Return of the Archons - S1-E21

Continuity mistake: In the exterior shot, the double front doors of Reger's house have large curtained windows in them. After the Enterprise landing party rushes inside and closes the doors, however, they're suddenly solid wood with no windows.

Spock's Brain - S3-E1

Revealing mistake: After Kirk and the crew arrive underground, he stuns Kira and removes her bracelet. After he removes it, the unconcious woman quite deliberately lays her hand flat on the ground.

The Trouble With Tribbles - S2-E15

Revealing mistake: When Kirk finds his position on the bridge occupied by the Tribbles, he calls for Dr. McCoy, and as he arrives, Kirk thrusts some of the Tribbles under his nose. In the shots where Kirk's face is seen, one of the Tribbles he is holding features a visible seam.

Return to Tomorrow - S2-E20

Continuity mistake: Why does Kirk think a being of pure energy is "impossible?" They've encountered several such creatures in the past in "Metamorphosis," "Obsession," and "Wolf in the Fold."

Space Seed - S1-E22

Continuity mistake: When the landing party beams over at the beginning, the transporting officer is wearing a blue jumpsuit, but when they go to the closeup of his hands, they have a red uniform, two braid stripes, and are the standard shot they use when Scotty does the transporting.

The Enemy Within - S1-E5

Continuity mistake: Spock records a log entry as the "second officer". It appears they got "first officer" confused with "second in command."

The Alternative Factor - S1-E27

Continuity mistake: Kirk keeps referring to Masters as "Lieutenant", even though she has no braid on her sleeve - all Enterprise lieutenants have a single gold braid on each sleeve.

By Any Other Name - S2-E22

Continuity mistake: When Scotty gets drunk and tosses an empty bottle away, there's a dubbed in sound of glass breaking, but when he collapses, the bottle is unbroken at his feet.

The Corbomite Maneuver - S1-E10

Continuity mistake: Spock states that the Fesarius (Balok's ship) "must be a mile in diameter". Yet any one of the small spheres that make up the Fesarius dwarfs the Enterprise. If the Enterprise is about 300m long, the Fesarius would have to be around 6 km in diameter - considerably larger than a mile.

Friday's Child - S2-E11

Continuity mistake: During the coup attempt, one Capellan fights with the leader and gets stabbed. Before and after he is stabbed, the man's outfit changes entirely (look at the fur scarf, which goes from white to red.)

Obsession - S2-E13

Continuity mistake: Dr. McCoy's medical tunic has an engineering patch on it, instead of the science patch it should have.

The Cloudminders - S3-E21

Continuity mistake: The leather strap with which the Troglytes lasso Spock disappears and reappears repeatedly from around his waist and shoulders during the scuffle at the mine entrance.

I, Mudd - S2-E8

Continuity mistake: Norman is behind Uhura and Chekhov, but when Harry Mudd walks up to Spock, Norman is now behind android 2 and Spock.

Journey to Babel - S2-E10

Visible crew/equipment: The action is shifting back and forth from the bridge where the alien ship is attacking and sickbay where McCoy is operating on Sarek. In two separate takes when the scene shifts to sickbay McCoy is standing at the operating table. I noticed a wisp of smoke rising from McCoy's right side (left side of screen). It appears to be from a cigarette in an ash tray below camera level either beside McCoy or near the head of Spock's bed.

Obsession - S2-E13

Revealing mistake: When Kirk and Garrovick are fighting at the end, Kirk knocks him down. As he helps him up, Garrovick leans against a huge boulder and the papier-mache rock moves very noticeably.

The City on the Edge of Forever - S1-E28

Continuity mistake: The bundle of clothes Kirk steals from the balcony changes several times while he and Spock face the policeman. The red shirt is not visible, then is hanging down on the right, then isn't. It then disappears from view until they reach Edith's basement, where Kirk puts it on. Two belts, two jackets and Spock's cap also seem to have added themselves to the bundle somehow. They're not there when Kirk first dismantles the tangle of clothes in the basement.

The Menagerie (2) - S1-E12

Plot hole: Apparently there is some confusion over the distance between Earth, Starbase 11, and Talos IV. When Spock first meets Pike on Starbase 11 he tells Pike Talos IV is only six days away. Yet when Pike (in the recording) speaks to the Talosians for the first time, he says he is from a star system on the other side of the galaxy. If Talos IV was on one side of the galaxy and Earth was on the other side, it would take hundreds of years at maximum warp to travel from one planet to the other.

Miri - S1-E8

Character mistake: Spock tells Kirk that without being able to test their vaccine with the ship's computers, "it could be a beaker of death." The vessel that the vaccine is contained in is a flask, not a beaker. The ship's science officer should know the difference.

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Capt. Kirk: Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its 5-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.



Gene Roddenberry created the transporter as an easier (and cheaper) way of getting Enterprise crew members onto a planet's surface, rather than landing the ship on the planet.