Star Trek: The Motion Picture
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Continuity mistake: In the final scene on the bridge, Spock and McCoy are wearing colored arm bands which identify their departments: Spock's is orange (for Science) and McCoy's is green (for Medical). In the very last shot, Spock is wearing the green band and McCoy is wearing the orange one.

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Continuity mistake: In the original series Spock mentioned that Vulcan has no moons. In the movie, when Spock is on Vulcan, he looks up and shields his eyes against the glare of the sun. When the scene changes, it is night and there are moons. (Corrected in the Director's Edition).

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Continuity mistake: (ABC Television version only) When Kirk leaves the Enterprise, you can see the set behind him. Kirk's suit also changes from the time that he is seen leaving the ship to the time that Spock is sent back unconscious. Unfinished scenes were added before being aired on television.

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Continuity mistake: When V'Ger first appears on the bridge as a column of light, you can see that the two sides of the image don't match up, because they tried to splice the special effects person who was moving the column out of the shot.

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Continuity mistake: Near the end of the movie, Kirk reads the nameplate & begins to wipe off the "V-GER" sign, he uses his bare fingers to clean the sign. As he circles "V-GER" you see his hands beside them and they are perfectly clean. His hands should have shown some evidence of wiping off the VOYAGER sign.

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Continuity mistake: In the 2000 Director's Edition only: during the scene in which Kirk and McCoy are asking Spock why he has returned to the Enterprise, they added an effects shot of the Enterprise's warp nacelle outside the window. Keep an eye on it throughout the scene. Even considering the fact that the camera angle changes throughout the scene, the nacelle appears to "move around" (side-to-side, up-and-down, nearer/closer to the window) and the perspective/foreshortening of it never changes in relation to the camera angle. (00:53:35 - 00:56:30)

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Continuity mistake: After Spock's arrival, the Enterprise is finally able to exceed Warp 1. At the end of the test run, the shot shows the Enterprise, the beautiful light spectrum tube, and the pop/explosion created by warp speed. The problem is the pop/explosion and the spectrum tube do not line up. It's almost as if the two started at different points.

Continuity mistake: Decker's hair is parted on the left, but flips to the right when entering the wormhole, then flips back.

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Continuity mistake: After Ilia is abducted by the V'Ger plasma energy beam on the bridge, her tricorder falls on the chair. The chair is facing a different angle than it was before. Also, you can see the white tips of a pair of shoes from someone standing next to the chair on the left. Presumably, this is supposed to be Kirk, but he is too far away to see his feet in that shot.

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Continuity mistake: As the camera goes in on the window of the station, there is no travel pod parked at the airlock. When Kirk and Scotty go to leave, there is one conveniently there, with no announcement of arrival. (Corrected in the Director's Edition).

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Continuity mistake: When the Enterprise first leaves space dock, the deflector array is orange until warp speed, then it's blue. Inside V'Ger, it alternates from orange to blue.

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Revealing mistake: When the Enterprise is leaving its docking station and pulling out, two little bugs or debris from the model lands on the camera lens on the lower left corner (corrected in the Director's Edition).

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Trivia: A constant question during the run of all the Trek series is why Klingons look so much different from Star Trek: The Motion Picture on than they did in the original series. The real reason is the movies and later TV series had a better makeup budget. However, the Star Trek: Enterprise episodes "Affliction" and "Divergence" provide a canon answer. Klingons acquired genetically engineered human embryos left over from Earth's Eugenic Wars and used them to augment their soldiers. It worked but created a virus that threatened to annihilate the Klingon race. Dr. Phlox and a Klingon doctor found a cure, but it resulted in all Klingons becoming far more human in appearance. Sometime between these episodes and the first Trek movie a cure was found, returning the Klingons to their present day "ridged-head" appearance.

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Suggested correction: Star Trek: Discovery establishes that not all Klingons were affected by the Augment virus. Therefore, the Klingons in Star Trek: The Motion Picture were not cured at all but in fact never contracted the virus. In time, the survivors of the Augment virus did regain their ridges, as shown with Kor, Kang, and Koloth in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Before anyone else brings it up, the hairless look of the Klingons in Star Trek Discovery season 1 was a ritual they underwent when going to war, a ritual that fell out of favor in the intervening years. Star Trek Discovery season 2 shows Klingons with hair.

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Question: When Kirk and Scotty first enters the Enterprise, the hatch is numbered 5. But the computer announces that a travel pod is available at Cargo 6. Would that be considered an error?

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Answer: Possibly, or there could also be another travel pod that is available at Cargo 6, and that is what is being announced.

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