Star Trek: The Motion Picture

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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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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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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Trivia: In the original cut, the man reporting from Epsilon 9 says the cloud measures "Over 82 AUs in diameter. Since an Astronomical Unit is the distance between the Earth and Sun is 92,955,807.3 miles, 82 AUs would be 7,622,376,198.6 miles. In the Collector's and Director's cuts, it has been redone as 2 AUs, or 185,911,614.6 miles.

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