Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

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.

Corrected entry: Captain Kirk and Dr. Mccoy escape from the Dilithium mines together with the shape shifter. They go to the surface and get out of the magnetic shield that prevents Enterprise from beaming them up. When they fight and get discovered later, it seems it is all a setup and they are beamed up by Enterprise just before they are shot. But why did the shapeshifter lead them to a place outside the magnetic field? If only they were inside it (no markings around to show they are outside the field), they could never have been saved.

Correction: The Klingons (for whom the shapeshifter is working), need a reason to shoot/kill Kirk and McCoy. I know, I know, Klingons don't normally need a reason to kill something, but this is a special case. Kirk and McCoy weren't killed after their trial as a peace gesture to the Federation. Killing them inside the shield, from which they can not be rescued, would be seen by the Federation the same as executing them. By them being outside the field, where they can escape, they are fair game to any prison warden. The Federation would understand that their death was acceptable under the circumstances and the summit on Khitomer would continue as scheduled, giving the conspirators a chance to kill the Federation president, just as they killed the Klingon Chancellor. They've been trying to start a war the whole movie, but Kirk keeps getting in the way, by trying to save Gorkon, by actually escaping from Rura Penthe, and then by disrupting their attempt on the President. Without actions of the crew, the conspirators would have succeeded.

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 James T. Kirk: Spock, you want to know something? Everybody's human.
Captain Spock: I find that remark... Insulting.

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Trivia: The Klingon who defends Kirk and McCoy at the trial is Michael Dorn, the actor who plays Worf in The Next Generation. The Klingon makeup is also identical, even though it is supposed to be a different character. (The makeup is actually more subdued than the makeup for TNG [flatter] but it looks similar because he is actually playing one of Lieutenant Worf's ancestors.)

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Question: I don't understand why Spock insists that the magnetic boots must be on the Enterprise and not on the cloaked bird of prey. Spock points out that someone involved in the assassination conspiracy must be on the Enterprise, because this person must have altered the data banks. I agree with him. But why does that prove that the assassins who boarded the Klingon ship must have beamed from and returned to the Enterprise? How can he assume that the assassins and the computer hacker are the same person/people? Maybe there are assassins on the cloaked bird of prey and only a hacker on the Enterprise. Or, maybe the assassins might have beamed from the Enterprise but then carried on to the bird of prey, once their work was done, instead of returning to the Enterprise. And finally, if Spock does think the assassins beamed to and from the Enterprise, why is no one looking at transporter logs/records for evidence of unauthorized beaming to Kronos 1?

Answer: It's fairly simple - somebody good enough to hack the weaponry databanks on the ship would undoubtedly be able to alter the transporter logs, so, while they were undoubtedly checked (we do see Chekov investigating the transporters - he would certainly have looked at the logs), they'd be unlikely to glean anything from them. They'd also be good enough to cover their tracks, so they're not going to get very far investigating the computer breach. As such, the only specific thing that they can look for are the gravity boots - this does make the assumption that the assassins came from the Enterprise and returned to it, but, at that point, all they have to work with are theories. However, while the only specific items that they can look for are the gravity boots, the search might also turn up other items that could indicate complicity in the events on Kronos 1 - the hacker probably used some specific computer tools which could be found.

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