Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Continuity mistake: When Kirk and Sulu are talking about the details of the peace conference, you can see Sulu on the small display behind Kirk. When Kirk asks when the conference starts, you can see on the small display that someone leans in to tell Sulu the information. When the camera cuts to Sulu the person is no longer leaning in but is standing behind Sulu. (01:28:20)

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Revealing mistake: When the Enterprise begins to leave the spacedock, the background inside spacedock (behind Enterprise) seems to move in two different directions, the top moves towards the right, the bottom towards the left.

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Continuity mistake: At the dinner you can see the contents in Kirk's glass changing from full, to nearly empty, to half-full again, without Kirk either drinking from the glass or having the glass refilled.

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Other mistake: Every time we see a high ranking Starfleet Officer in the Starfleet Command scenes, they are wearing dozens of different badges and medals. Why don't Kirk and crew have any? In just the movies, Kirk and Co. have saved Earth twice and foiled an internal assassination attempt against the Federation President, as well as all the heroic and successful missions carried out in the original series. In the classic episode "Court-Martial" it lists Kirk as receiving the Starfleet Medal of Honor, the Silver Palm with Cluster, Starfleet Citation of Conspicuous Gallantry and Kragite Order of Heroism. And it is appropriate to Starfleet regulations to wear them. Kirk was wearing two decorations in the TOS episode "Court Martial" when he was framed for a crewmans' death.

Grumpy Scot

Character mistake: There's no apparent reason for Spock's conviction that the gravity boots are a damning piece of evidence that will reveal the assassins, especially considering how useless they prove to be after being found planted in an innocent man's locker.

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Character mistake: At the trial, the witness said that "With the first shot, we lost our gravitational field. I found myself weightless, and unable to function." However, the first shot caused the ship to start listing to port. It was the second shot that caused the gravitational failure.

Movie Nut

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Suggested correction: People misremember events all the time, especially if the events are unexpected and chaotic. At best a character mistake.

He could also simply be lying in order to explain why he did not do whatever he should have after the 1st shot, since he was an easy target for the intruders and did not die in battle, which would have been honorable. Klingons are not the most honest of people.

It's also important to remember this was a "show" trial, where many things were manipulated to make Kirk and McCoy look guilty. Everything the Klingon witnesses say is suspect.

Continuity mistake: When Valeris advises Kirk that there is a supply of Romulan ale onboard, the clock behind her reads 16:14:08. After Kirk commends her and leaves the bridge and the camera switches to Spock, the clock reads 16:14:06. (00:19:25)

Teru_Kage

Continuity mistake: After welcoming Gorkon to dinner, Kirk walks over to Spock and says "I hope you're happy". The clock behind Spock first shows 16:13:57 as Kirk is walking over, and then 16:13:55 when he reaches Spock. (00:19:20)

Teru_Kage

Deliberate mistake: It's not particularly believable that the away team to stop the assassination would consist of the ship's entire senior staff, and raises the question of who was left in charge of the bridge (the answer: apparently nobody, as they return to a completely deserted bridge). Of course this is dramatic license, and at this point the audience won't care or likely even notice.

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Other mistake: Throughout the film, Valeris is referred to as a Starfleet Lieutenant. However, in every scene, she wears the rank of Commander on her uniform. Best comparison can be made in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan where the same uniforms were used. Saavik (Kirstie Alley) wore a Lieutenant rank (2 piece), where Chekov and Scotty (himself then still a Commander, until promoted by Admiral Morrow in Star Trek III) wore the single-piece rank insignia used by Valeris in The Undiscovered Country.

Continuity mistake: In the opening scene when Sulu is on the bridge and the energy wave begins vibrating the Excelsior, when Sulu's tea cup begins vibrating across the table, it's first seen closer to Sulu. The next close shot shows it vibrating right to the edge of the table. Yet in the next wide shot, it's back where it was near Sulu again. Then in the following close, it's back at the edge, this time sliding off to the floor. (00:04:00)

Continuity mistake: When the Excelsior enters the battle in orbit of Khitomer, General Chang's Bird Of Prey is on top of her. However, when he orders to fire upon her, she is hit from below.

Continuity mistake: At the end, as the crew are talking about being arrested for feelings, the time on the bridge clock is 17:56:19 as Chekov sits down. We hear the viewscreen activate, cut to see Sulu talking, and the time above the screen is suddenly 17:56:28.

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Continuity mistake: Valeris seems to appear out of nowhere during the thwarted assassination attempt on Khitomer. The Enterprise crew beam down without her, spring into action, and when Admiral Cartwright yells "Arrest those men!" Spock emerges from the crowd with Valeris in his custody as if she were always there with him or he'd pulled her out of a hat.

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Character mistake: Chekov pulls a gun on the Klingon ambassador even though he hasn't been implicated in the conspiracy.

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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: Both the opening explosion of the Klingon moon Praxis and much of the footage from the U.S.S. Excelsior was later used in an episode of "Star Trek: Voyager", ("Flashback") with special guest star George Takei.

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Question: I always feel like I'm missing something with the scene where Kirk orders the Enterprise to reverse at the beginning of the battle. It confuses the Klingons and leads to a short respite in taking fire, which I would assume was exactly Kirk's intention, but then Kirk himself expresses confusion that the Klingons had stopped firing. What else could Kirk have been trying to do with that action?

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Chosen answer: Kirk is highly skilled and experienced in combat. He knows the bird of prey must be between the Enterprise and the planet, so he instinctively orders a reverse after they are hit, fearing that they are at point-blank range. Chang is worried that Kirk may have somehow detected him, so he holds fire and repositions, but Kirk is merely being cautious.

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Answer: Kirk wants to buy time to find a way to detect Chang's ship. Reversing is an unorthodox tactic so Chang is also thinking.

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