Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Corrected entry: Throughout the movie, and including the climatic battle sequence between the Enterprise and General Chiang's Bird of Prey, Scotty is wearing his black "casual" duty uniform. When Kirk and company beam down to Kitimer, Scotty is wearing his red uniform. When they return to the Enterpise, he's back in his black uniform.

Correction: Scotty just put on his red uniform jacket over his black utility overall top. He took it off when he got back. The pants are the same.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: When communicating with the Klingon vessel, Uhura uses a book to search for the correct words and translation. She can't use the universal translator to do the job for her, because the Klingons would recognise that. Why doesn't she use the universal translator as example and then simply repeat it to the Klingons, instead of making a mess of it with the books?

Correction: The universal translator doesn't work that way. As revealed on the DS9 episode "Little Green Men", the UT is an aural implant that changes the soundwaves to the correct language for the user. If Uhura speaks in direct Klingon, the UTs the Klingons have won't have to do any work and it would sound more natural to the Klingons than if Uhura spoke her native Swahili (which, according to the ST universe, is what she's usually talking in) and had it translated.

Corrected entry: Towards the end of the film when the Enterprise is under attack by the invisible Klingon ship, Spock asks Dr. McCoy if he'd like to perfom a surgery on a torpedo to enable it to detect the plasma emitted by the Klingons. But McCoy is a medical doctor and can hardly be qualified for this work. Why doesen't Spock just ask Scotty, who is also present and doesn't have anything else to do?

Correction: Scotty isn't really available at that time. He's busy with keeping up the shields. Besides, there isn't very much time to look for someone else, and, all Dr. McCoy has to do is hand over some tools at Spock, so he doesn't need very much of a qualification for that.

Corrected entry: In begining of the movie, a moon in the Klingon home system explodes, sending out a shockwave that travels across Klingon space, across the neutral zone and into Federation space to hit the USS Excelsior so fast that it wasn't detected before it hit the ship. First of all, the shockwave should be restricted to the speed of sound, it would have taken years to arrive to the Excelcior's location and second, in the movie S.T.: Generations, a shockwave from a collapsing star takes several minutes to hit a space station in the same system.

Correction: The "speed of sound" is only important when there's some kind of medium that can carry sound waves, since sound is nothing but vibration of the medium's particles. In space there is not such a medium. So: no medium, no sound, no speed of sound. Based on that, the speed of sound cannot be a limiting factor for the shock wave's speed. In fact, it is said in the movie that it is a "subspace shockwave." We can assume that subspace shockwaves can move faster than the light, since the warp drive which is based on subspace distortions allows faster-than-light-travel. All in all - no mistake.

Corrected entry: Years of dispute with the Klingons, and Federation engineers haven't managed to circumvent the cloaking device - yet a 100% effective torpedo is built on the Enterprise by a doctor, during a battle, using instructions from a radio-operator, in under 10 minutes. Makes you wonder why Starfleet actually has engineers.

Correction: Spock was with McCoy when they were modifying the torpedo. It's true that the engineers should have discovered this earlier, but Uhura points out that Enterprise is currently carrying extra equipment for studying gaseous anomalies.


Corrected entry: When communicating with the Klingon vessel, Uhura consistently mispronounces the Klingon word for 'over.' The Klingon she's speaking to pronounces it 'reen.' Uhura keeps pronouncing it 'ren.' The mistake is relevant because they're speaking Klingon directly to avoid being recognized as a Starfleet vessel.

Correction: Seems more like a "you say po-tay-toe, I say po-tah-toe" thing. Like saying "yeah" vs. "yes". After all, the Klingons still bought it.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: During the scene in which Bill and Admiral Cartwright discuss Operation Retrieve with the Federation President, the person who briefs the president on Operation Retrieve is called Colonel West. But when you look at West's uniform closely, it can be seen that he carries the rank of Admiral. And according to many Star Trek sites, the rank of Colonel doesn't even exist in Starfleet's ranking system.

Correction: Gene Roddenberry suggested that there are Starfleet Marines. We even see them in DS9. Colonel West could be one. Doesn't explain the Starfleet Naval uniform unless he was undercover for some weird reason.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: The shapeshifting woman at the dilithium mines where Kirk and McCoy are sent changes her shape often to a big monster, small child, etc., but her voice always remains the same. However, when she takes Kirk's shape she also takes Kirk's voice.

Correction: We also see that she can change her voice before then anyway. When she is leading them through the mine, just before changing into the little girl, she calls out something to the klingon guards in a voice that is most obviously different from her regular voice. She probably didn't change her voice when speaking with Kirk and McCoy simply because they would not have recognized her otherwise, but she was playing with them when she changed into Kirk.

Corrected entry: Why is Chekov, who is Chief of Security aboard the Enterprise-A, unaware that firing a phaser aboard ship sets off an alarm?


Correction: Because, as can be seen throughout this movie (crewmen beaming off the ship to assassinate the Klingon ambassador, then tampering with files to make it look like the Enterprise fired the torpedoes) he's not a very good security officer.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: In the scene where McCoy and Kirk are planning their escape in their bunk beds on the prison colony. It seems they are in a no win situation and McCoy mentions "Kobeyashi Maru". Kobeyashi Maru is the no win training scenario at the beginning of Star Trek 2.

Correction: Far too obvious to be trivia.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the Enterprise surrenders and Kirk and McCoy are about to beam to the Kilingon ship, if you watch carefully you can see Spock put his hand on Kirk's shoulder and place the tracking device there, which comes into play later when the Enterprise rescues him from the dilithium asteroid.

Correction: This is an important plot point, not trivia.


Corrected entry: When the court is listening to the playback of Kirk's personal log stating he never could forgive the Klingons for the death of his son, General Chang is standing behind Kirk and several meters away. He asks Kirk if those were his words. Kirk says, "Those words were spoken by me." When Kirk's defense counsel objects, we see a wide angle shot of the room behind Kirk, and Chang is no longer there.


Correction: Chang is standing by the technicians operating the audio equipment, below and to the right (from the judge's perspective) from where the judge sits. The view of this section of the courtroom is obstructed by the ledge in the shot where the defense counsel objects.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When the Chancellor's ship is fired upon by the cloaked Bird of Prey, the clock above the Enterprise bridge viewer shows the time as 01:18. When the assassins have beamed back to the Enterprise and the Klingon ship begins to list, the time is 01:38. Right after this, when Chang tell Kirk that he will "Blow you out of the stars", the clock above the bridge viewer shows a time of 01:29. This is on the DVD version.

Correction: Who said it's a clock? It could be a magnification scale for the main viewer, an increment of pitch or yaw, or even 'elapsed time' from a given event point, and it has been reset to begin from another point in between the times we see it.

Corrected entry: Spock interrogates Lt. Valeris with the mind meld, he finishes and takes his hands off her. She is in some kind of emotional trauma, her mouth is wide open gasping like a fish and she's whimpering. Spock turns around and the camera angle changes to face him. In the background Valeris is standing there looking very cool and calm. I'd imagine it would be rather difficult to collect herself in less than a second.


Correction: Vulcans have the ability to block off all emotions, so it is possible for her to regain her composure very quickly.

Corrected entry: When searching the crew quarters, a magnetic boot is found in Dax's locker. The locker door either shows damage in the paint when the scene had to be re-shot or it's the device to hang a non-magnetic boot onto a non-metal door. This is evident both when Valeris hangs the boot on the door and when Chekov removes it later on. (01:10:25)


Correction: It is someone's locker that is probably opened/closed 3 or 4 times a day. It is bound to show some wear and tear.

Soylent Purple

Corrected entry: Right before Kirk beams aboard the Klingon vessel, Spock pats him on the back. He turns around and you can see the large black tracking device that Spock has stuck to his back. Throughout the film they use this device to track Kirk. Kirk was arrested, sentenced, and sent to a prison. Kirk wears his uniform throughout this entire process and the tracking device is blatantly obvious on him. Why didn't any Of his many Klingon guards frisk him and remove it?


Correction: This is not a tracking device, it is simply a patch made of viridium. The Klingons might not have known what is was or, if they did, that the Enterprise's scanners were capable of detecting this substance across a great distance.


Corrected entry: The character of Colonal West is an uncredited character. This character is portrayed by Rene Auberjunois, the same actor who plays Odo on DS9. Any actors appearing in a ST movie out of character are uncredited. (Neelix as the Holodeck Mate'd in ST: First Contact, and Tuvok on the bridge of the Enterprise B in Generations) However, this came out before DS9, so he must have already been signed on to the series.

Correction: Very unlikely - the film came out in 1991, and DS9 didn't premiere until two years later. It would be unheard of for an actor to commit that far ahead - it's highly likely that the character hadn't even been developed at that point, let alone cast. The real reason is that Rene's scenes were cut from the original cinematic release, hence no credit. They were restored for video and DVD releases, where he remains uncredited, possibly because he was in DS9 by that point. That being said, your basic point is incorrect - despite playing Worf in the Next Generation at the time, Michael Dorn is credited for this film (he's listed as "Klingon Defence Attorney", but is named in the film as Colonel Worf, possibly an ancestor of his usual character).

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: Captian Sulu's coffee mug clearly shows "NCC-2000 U.S.S. Excelsior" on the side of it. A few scenes later, when the mug is vibrating and bouncing around on the table, the writing is gone.

Correction: The writing remains the whole time, it's just that the side of the mug without the writing is facing the camera.

Corrected entry: When Kirk is being arrested on the Bird-of-Prey, they show him being handcuffed. Then there is a cut to a close up of Kirk saying something, then back to a wide shot of him being handcuffed again.

Correction: Not sure where you got the idea that he was being handcuffed again. Kirk's hands were in the cuffs when the wide shot was shown, and the Klingon made no gesture that he was putting them on again.

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the movie, the Excelsior is hit by a shockwave coming from the Klingon moon Praxis (the Excelsior would be in Federation space, dozens of light years from the moon). The force of the shockwave is such that the ship is physically thrown about, as are the crew. A blast that is so strong at such an extreme range would surely destroy not only the moon but also the Klingon homeworld and most other things in Klingon territory. This, however, isn't the case; Praxis is later shown to be only half destroyed.

Correction: This is actually quite easily explained. There are three components to consider, the nature of the shockwave, the direction of travel, and the relative masses of the Excelsior versus star systems and planets. The shockwave we saw, first of all, was subspace-based. This accounts for how fast and how far the shockwave travelled. The accident was caused in a dilithium mining facility, an explosion of any type surrounded by that much dilithium would necessarily cause a strong subspace reaction. Next, an explosion does not necessarily always explode in all directions evenly. When a reactor wall gives way, the explosion goes in all directions, but it does NOT DO SO EVENLY. The bulk of the force goes where it is easiest for it to do so. Were this not a fact of physics, rocket engines would not work. It is not at all inconceivable that the primary force of the explosion was outward away from the planet, and only enough force went in the other direction to shatter about half the moon, thus sparing the other half of the moon and leaving Kronos initially untouched physically (though radiation dammage and the falling debris will soon cause major trouble). Now, even with the shockwave travelling out away from Kronos, everything along the way is going to be hit. But the amount of force in the subspace shockwave shown in the movie CAN NOT POSSIBLY equal the force of the PHYSICAL shockwave. The subspace shockwave was created from translating part of the energy of the physical shockwave into subspace. Also, the original author seems to use laws of physics that apply to the physical world when guessing the power of the initial shockwave. However, subspace is a VERY energetic medium, so while some power would be lost, a subspace shockwave would last much longer (time) than a phsical shockwave, because it would lose power much slower. So while the Excelsior was tossed around like a poker chip, a planet with a mass BILLIONS of times that of the Excelsior (much less a star with an additional few million or so times as much mass) would be completely unaffected.

Continuity mistake: When Captain Kirk and the shape shifter are fighting on the planet (the shape shifter looks exactly like Kirk). They are rolling through the snow about to roll over Bones. In one shot, it looks like they will roll over his feet first, and then the rest of his body. In the next shot, it is a little closer and they roll over Bones' right arm first and not his feet first.

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Captain Spock: What you want is irrelevant, what you have chosen is at hand.

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Trivia: Originally, this movie was going to be a prequel about when Kirk and Spock first met at Starfleet Academy.

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Question: This might be subjective, but why does the Enterprise take so much damage, especially interior damage, long before the shields actually collapse?

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Chosen answer: There's a limit as to how much the shields can protect the ship. Depending on the force of the explosions, the ship still suffers some damage from any weapon blasts. Also, the shield only holds for so long and gradually loses it protectiveness with successive attacks, causing increasing damage to the ship.

raywest Premium member

Answer: The depiction of the shields in this movie is actually interesting because it seems they deliberately tried to show plausibly how the ship could take damage while the shields are up. Here the shields seem to be "on" the hull (or perhaps emanate from the hull itself) and their function seems specific to preventing hull breaches. In TNG and onwards the shields appear as a kind of energy bubble wrapped around the ship, and accordingly they seem to absorb much more impact.

TonyPH Premium member

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