Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Corrected entry: In the beginning of the movie as Kirk flies around the Enterprise with his shuttle in spacedock 2 mistakes occur. First when the shuttle turns and starts flying towards the front of the ship, the shuttle flies partly inside the Enterprise hull, showing it's CGI. Second when we get to see Kirk from behind inside the shuttle, the shuttle is still behind the Enterprise, while in the previous shot it had gone past half of the lower part of the ship.

Correction: First off, CGI really wasn't used for films back in 1979 when this movie came out. Tron was the first serious use of the technology and that wasn't until 1982. (And Tron was shut out of consideration for the Academy Award for special effects because they were told that they "cheated".) But more to the mistake, I don't know what you're referring to here since it never even vaguely looked to me like they were flying inside the enterprise hull. As for the second point, it only looks like the shuttle pod has moved down half of the secondary hull because of the angle you're seeing it at. But considering the size of the shuttle pod, and the size it appears in that shot you have to assume it's closer to the camera than you may have initially assumed.

Garlonuss Premium member

Corrected entry: This is only in the "extended version" of the video, as far as I know. When the Enterprise is inside VGer, Spock leaves the ship and flies around in a spacesuit. He exits and re-enters the ship in a white spacesuit with a round helmet, but is shown flying around in an orange suit with a conical helmet.

Correction: Actually, it's Kirk in the white suit. There was a sequence where the pair of them investigated V'GER.

Rog the Bodge

Corrected entry: When the Enterprise goes to warp speed, the exterior shot shows the stars in motion, however, this should only be visible from inside the Enterprise, as the ship itself is in motion.


Correction: This submission assumes that the camera is stationary. The effect that they are trying to achieve is that the shot begins by having the camera follow the ship into warp, but the ship gains speed much faster than we do. From the viewer's perspective 'we' are also going into warp but the ship is so fast that it speeds off into the distance.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: It must be nice to be the captain. Kirk's chair now has arms that fold down across his lap to hold him securely in place. However, they decided that just about everyone working along the sides of the bridge doesn't even deserve a chair.

Garlonuss Premium member

Correction: First, the captain is arguably the most important person on the ship, so apparently the engineers felt he warranted extra protection. Second, design choices on the ship's bridge are not movie mistakes.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Corrected entry: Spock accelerates to a high speed using the thruster pack to enter the orifice. Once it burns out it's useless and Spock abandons it. Even though, once inside, he witnesses images of endless space, it remains that he's really inside a rather small chamber. How did Spock expect to slow himself gradually before slamming into the far wall of the chamber?

Correction: A calculated risk on Spock's part, and a character decision - not a movie mistake. He was so desperate to see what was inside the chamber that he assaulted another crew member and stole the jet pack; obviously he figured that the possibility of crashing was worth the risk.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: The ship is shown one time accelerating from warp 1 to warp 7. The event of reaching warp 7 is accompanied by a spectral-colored tube. After reaching warp 1 no maneuver (as long as the speed stays above warp 1) changes the visual appearence of the flight (i.e. the white streaks passing the star ship).

Christoph Galuschka Premium member

Correction: Since this is the first time we've seen the effect, with nothing previously established, how can it be a mistake?

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the film, the Space Station is tracking the fight between the Klingon ships and V'ger. At one point, the crew on the Space Station have footage of the Klingons on the bridge of one of the ships. This should not be possible as the Klingons did not contact the Space Station.

Correction: They could have hacked into the ship's view screen like they did in the series.


Correction: The Klingons are definitely sending a message of some sort. Either the Starfleet station intercepted the transmission meant for another Klingon ship, or the Klingons were sending a signal informing those in the general vicinity what's going on.

TonyPH Premium member

Corrected entry: Kirks log states that they must risk engaging warp speed while still in the solar system. When did this become an issue? For example (only one of many from the series), in "The Naked Time," Scotty tells Kirk that they will be "warping out of orbit" a mere second after Kirk gives the word. And even if that was a new rule, why couldn't they just move up past the plane of our solar system and then warp out. Star Trek seems to have this idea that a fly-by of all the outer planets is necessary when entering or leaving our system. In fact, one could simply enter or leave at an angle perpendicular to the general plane of the planetary orbits.

Garlonuss Premium member

Correction: The Enterprise's warp engines hadn't been tested yet, in TOS malfunctioning warp engines caused all kinds of strange space time effects, and did in this film. What would have happened if the wormhole had appeared next to Earth?

Corrected entry: When the Enterprise first encounters V'ger, Spock determines that they cannot communicate because V'ger is transmitting at a frequency and speed that is too advanced for Enterprise to interpret. At the end of the movie, when they finally encounter V'ger itself, they determine that it cannot communicate with Earth because it is using 300 year old technology and no one on Earth can receive the signal. Which is it?

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Correction: Both. V'ger has been upgraded and has evolved. When they first encounter it, it's communicating with its advanced technology. At the end, it's trying to communicate with "the creator" and so is using its original language.

It still doesn't make sense. V'Ger does not know who the creator is, so why would it attempt to communicate with the creator using only it's original signal type?

wizard_of_gore Premium member

V'Ger's original programming was quite specific: collect all data possible and return that information to its creator. Neither V'Ger nor the living machines knew who the creator WAS, and didn't know where the creator would be in the galaxy, but did know what the creator's planet would look like, thanks to the plaque with V'Ger's true name on it. That plaque had the continents of Earth visible, so it wouldn't be a stretch to have the added hardware from the living machines scan for that particular configuration of continents to aid V'Ger in finding the creator's home planet. The signal the Enterprise received from V'Ger earlier in the film is because V'Ger did not know who its creator was and thought the Enterprise was a living being, just like it. The radio signal V'Ger transmitted once it entered Earth orbit is because of V'Ger's 20th Century programming compelling it to do so. Remember, the living machines did not alter V'Ger's programming. They simply made it possible for V'Ger to complete its mission. V'Ger achieving sentience was an unintended side effect.

Corrected entry: V'Ger considers humanoids controlling the Enterprise as an infection, unnecessary like a virus. On the other hand Spock finds out that V'Ger has travelled the whole universe searching for answers. Why doesn't V'Ger know that biological units are building and commanding spaceships? V'Ger must have already met Breen, Hirogen, and thousand other biological astronauts.


Correction: V'Ger does know this, but still considers humans (or carbon units) to be inferior, even to the technology that they created. As far as other species, we do not know what V'Ger did to them.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

If a virus told you that humans were created by viruses and in fact are controlled by them, you would find it hard to believe, too.

TonyPH Premium member

Ilia as the drone of V'Ger is asking what for the humans are needed on the enterprise. V'Ger doesn't seem to know the concept of biological units in space ships or has never wondered before even it must've seen this scenario many thousand times in every quadrant of the galaxy. OK V'Ger is a "child", but even the dumbest child could connect the lines I guess.


Corrected entry: While Spock is travelling through Vger, encountering the holographic images, he passes under two curious ones - Darth Vader and Miss Piggy.

Correction: While somewhat difficult to notice on a small screen, a large screen viewing of the shots reveals them to be portions of the Epsilon IX space station. It's merely a coincidence that they look like Miss Piggy and Darth Vader.

Corrected entry: How do they have an external view of the three Klingon ships that were vaporized? Even if the ships had the ability to transmit external visuals, after the last ship was destroyed, how are they able to see images of empty space where the ships had been? The same thing happens when the Epsilon station is destroyed. Where is the external camera?


Correction: While not mentioned in this film, as it predates TNG by a decade, the major powers of the galaxy all use subspace relays to enhance their communications networks. These relays would logically have sensors installed that allow the relay to monitor both its status as well as its surroundings and transmit that information continuously. One of those sensors for monitoring the relay's surroundings is a camera. Epsilon IX intercepted the transmissions from a Klingon relay, which is how it not only picked up the Klingon status report but also saw V'Ger following the destruction of the Klingons. The Enterprise switched to a relay near Epsilon IX to view the space station's destruction as well as seeing V'Ger afterward.

Corrected entry: When Spock arrives in his little long-range shuttle, he is greeted at the airlock by Mister Chekov who is noticeably pleased to see his old comrade. Spock then leaves before and without Chekov. He heads to the bridge and arrives there alone while everyone is pleasantly surprised to see him. Kirk then turns and gives an order to Chekov. Chekov? When did he get there? There is no sound of a turbolift opening after Spock's and he didn't arrive with him. Even if Spock did dilly dally around before going to the bridge, allowing Chekov to get there first (which is extremely unlikely as he had no luggage to drop off at his quarters), did Chekov decide not to tell everyone Spock was here? Or did he tell them and they are just faking their surprise?

Garlonuss Premium member

Correction: Spock and Kirk were old friends and had lost contact throughout the years. The same is true for the rest of the bridge crew. Not only that, Spock had left Starfleet to pursue the way of Kolinar on Vulcan. Have you ever invited an old friend to your home and received confirmation that he/she was coming? You'd still react with surprise when he/she actually shows up. So, the reaction of the crew toward Spock arrival makes perfect sense, in light of their fondness and endearment toward him.

Corrected entry: In the beginning three Klingon ships are moving in to investigate "the cloud". I know that they are not the most friendly of species but is it common practice to initiate first contact with weapons fire? Also, we know it is "honorable" for a Klingon to die in battle. However, the last ship left was facing and moving away from the cloud. Why didn't they go to warp? If, for some reason, their warp capabilities weren't functioning it would have been nice to see that they at least tried.

Correction: The Klingons consider anyone entering their territory as an enemy.

Corrected entry: Starship Enterprise is pressed into service against the alien cloud, the reason given being that it's the only starship within intercept range. It seems that only a grossly inept defensive organization would leave Earth with only a single, unfinished ship for its defense. There ought to have been an entire fleet of well-armed spacecraft available to rendezvous with V'ger.

Correction: Yes, Starfleet has other ships, but they're out on patrol, exploring or undergoing repairs themselves in spacedock. Even though there are no ships available there is a massive space station & several unmanned defensive drones to provide Earth's defense.

Corrected entry: in the scene where the crew is viewing Vger attacking a space station, the station switched from station crew view to outer view showing Vger. after the station was destroyed, Vger was still seen. If the station was destroyed, how was it still transmitting video?

Correction: As seen in many episodes, the distress calls, etc., are often recorded and the signal remains to be received by the Enterprse and other ships arriving too late.

Corrected entry: When the travel pod arrives at the Enterprise with Scotty and Kirk, The computer says "Travel pod available Cargo 6", but the sign above the door says "5".

Correction: Some systems of the newly-refitted Enterprise were still malfunctioning (such as the Warp Drive and transporters). It's possible whatever subroutine was responsible for announcing shuttlepod availability was malfunctioning as well. Also, this computer voice was removed from the DVD Director's Edition of the movie.

Corrected entry: When the crew first figures out that V'ger was an old Voyager probe, Decker says that Voyager disappeared into what "they used to call a black hole". Why didn't he use the 23rd century term? That's like saying you went driving around in what "they used to call a horseless carriage".

Correction: Yes, and just after that he says, "NASA". After that, he repeats what NASA stands for. NASA is a 20th and 21st century term. NASA did not exist in the 23rd century. Should he have not said "NASA" and just said "Starfleet" instead? He was just using an older term to relate V-GER's point of view to that of the 23rd century. (By the way, I've heard this in real life. So and so died from "what they used to call consumption". Why not just say "tuberculosis"? It's all a matter of putting something into historical context.).

Revealing mistake: The shot of the Enterprise finally clearing free of the dry-dock shows a supporting pylon protruding from the starboard side of the engineering section of the starship miniature. (Corrected in the Director's Edition).

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Trivia: Mark Lenard, who played Spock's father, Sarek, in the original series, is the only person to play a Romulan ("Balance of Terror"), a Vulcan (Sarek), and a Klingon. He played the Klingon Captain in the final Klingon ship to be destroyed by V'Ger.

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Question: When it is mentioned that Ilia is Deltan, a couple of the male Enterprise crew members (Sulu in particular) look very interested when they hear that. Why? Also, why was it necessary for her to say that she has taken an oath of celibacy?

Answer: Deltans exude an intensely potent and effective chemical substance known as pheromones, which act as signals arousing an intense sexual reaction in other species (in other ST material it's inferred that its potency is so extreme that a non-Deltan risks insanity in a sexual encounter with a Deltan). Upon entering Starfleet, Deltans must swear "an oath of celibacy" so as not to influence or take advantage of crewmembers. That is why Lt. Ilia stated that her "oath of celibacy" was on record.

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