Star Trek: First Contact

Corrected entry: Picard states in his log entry that the "alien" ship has detected the Phoenix's warp signature. Picard knows perfectly well that a Vulcan ship made first contact. Historically, he and the rest of the Starfleet doesn't use "alien" unless they are referring to an unknown race. This was only done to preserve the surprise of Vulcans walking off the ship.

Grumpy Scot

Correction: Perhaps he was just being nostalgic. Since they have been on Earth in the past for a while he just empathizes the feeling these people had from a time before humans knew about extraterrestrials.


Corrected entry: If the population of the planet was still between 6-7 billion before the third World War and 600 million were killed from the war, then how did the population jump up to 9 billion when everyone would have been a Borg in Picard's time?

Correction: Why would the population be only 6-7 billion? That's the current population. Estimates place the 2063 population at over 10 billion. That can easily leave 9 billion with the WWIII losses.

Greg Dwyer

Corrected entry: After all the plasma is vented from the floor of Engineering, Picard's shoes sizzle when he steps on the floor. However, the rungs of the metal ladder he climbs down from, which also would have been submersed in the plasma, do not, and neither do they burn his hands.


Correction: The substance that flooded main engineering was not plasma, but the "plasma coolant". It is said to liquefy organic material on contact, but obviously leaves inorganic material (the equipment, floor, ladder, robotic Borg components, etc.) undamaged. Picard's shoes are likely "sizzling" from a chemical reaction to the coolant, albeit a less destructive one than liquefaction, and not heat.

Corrected entry: When Picard and Lilly go to the holodeck, the door says "Holodeck". When the Borg enter, it says "Holosuite".


Correction: Both times it says "Holosuite 4".

Corrected entry: Other than for convenience for the script, there is absolutely no reason the Borg needed to wait until they got to Earth to use the time vortex to go into Earth's past. They could have made the journey back in time long before they decided to make their attack, then surprise Earth with no one to stop them.

Correction: There is nothing in the movie that suggests that was their plan in the first place. The Borg cube didn't launch the sphere and begin the time vortex until after their cube was about to be destroyed because of Picard's instructions on how Star Fleet should attack. The Borg would no doubt have been monitoring Star Fleet communications and would have known the Enterprise was ordered to stay out of the conflict, thus not expected the Enterprise to arrive with Picard's knowledge on how to defeat them. Thus it is reasonable to assume that when the Enterprise did arrive and Picard ordered the fleet to attack their weak spot, the Borg initiated a Plan B, and then sent their forces back in time. The Borg would have known, especially with their queen among them, that traveling to the past would be risky for their future, also due to the unpredictable chain of events that would have been caused by them changing their own history even, calling their forces out of the Delta Quadrant long before they originally were going to. Thus it is, as Spock would say, logical that their initial plan was to attack Earth with their superior Borg Cube, wipe out Star Fleet and take over Earth with Picard and the Enterprise a long way away from the battle, his ship being the only one with weapons designed to fight the Borg. But when Picard disobeyed orders and the Enterprise arrived at the battle anyways, the Borg had to change their plan.

Quantom X

It is indeed a plot hole. There is absolutely no reason for Borg to fight the federation again (and lose again) when they have time-jump technology in the first place. The "Enterprise Factor" which changed the outcome of the battle, absolutely doesn't matter. It is a lame explanation against an earlier timejump. To be honest it is even a second plot hole (to explain the first one). Picard did not share his Borg tactics with federation long before? What if Picard would've had a heart attack a year before? The precious Borg tactics would be lost and Earth lost to the Borg. Thus changing timeline for the Borg being Plan B cause it is even too risky for Borg, well I don't know, in the end they did it. I don't think Borg think it is too risky for their own future, cause there are other Plan B's, for example sending 10 ships next time and let the "dangerous" time-jump stuff beside.


Corrected entry: Lieutenant Hawk, seated at his console is looking intently ahead at the camera which would be the bridge's view screen from that perspective. But when the shot switches to Picard leaving the bridge, we see that the view screen isn't up. What was so informative about the blank wall that Hawk was looking at?


Correction: This is not an error, per se. The scene in question surrounds some very tense dialogue between the characters behind Hawke, the outcome of which will affect him. His stare appears to be more pensive, listening to and considering the conversation taking place.

Corrected entry: Picard holds a staff meeting with all the major officers after learning of the Borg yet the Tactical officer (whoever replaced Worf during this time while he was on DS9) is never seen.


Correction: There is no mention of a tactical officer replacing Worf, but when Worf is asked to give a hand he does relieve someone at the tactical station. Obviously they had a lower-level officer filling in at tactical until a replacement could be found for Worf. The lower-level officer would not have been invited to the staff meeting.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: When the Borg Queen is talking to Data about how he talks, drones are working on his arm with his hands being restrained. He is still able to move his fingers quite easily so if he can do that he should be able to just slip his hands out from the restraints.


Correction: Irrelevant. The fact is, Data doesn't want to get away or escape, he finds the Borg Queen intriguing, especially as she is promising the one thing in the universe he craves more than anything else; to be more human.


Corrected entry: In the spacewalk scene, where Worf's suit is damaged during the fight with the Borg drone to release the deflector dish, he stops the suit from leaking by using part of the Borg drone as a tourniquet on his upper leg. Although this might be sufficient for keeping the rest of his body from being exposed to decompression in space, his lower leg is still exposed to deep space vacuum, resulting in the blood boiling instanly. This would cause him to at the very least lose the functionality of this body part, yet there is no sign of this in the rest of the scene.

Correction: He doesn't use the Borg part as a tourniquet. He plugs/patches the hole and uses the Borg part to hold the plug/patch in place.


Corrected entry: When Picard, Worf and Hawke step onto the hull to remove the plating the Borg are working on, there's a big deal made of the fact they have to magnetise their space suits to avoid floating away. This is even shown explicitly when Picard demagnetises himself, floats away to the other side and magnetises again to land himself. How then, is he able to just lay his phaser rifle on the hull so he can work on a locked console without it floating off into space?

Correction: There has to be a force acting on something for it to fly away. Picard and his compatriots are walking, so, if their boots weren't magnetised, the force of their steps would cause them to float away. With the rifle, however, it's just an inanimate object, there are no forces involved. As such Picard can just rest it against the hull, without having to worry about losing it.] [And, more to the point, if you listen when they set their rifles down, you can hear the same sound that occurred when they activated their boots. That is done to indicate that they're using a magnetic system to keep the gun on the hull of the ship.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: In one of the final sequences, when Picard initiates the self destruct sequence, Worf uses his authorization code to ratify the self destruct command. How could Worf be a commanding officer of the ship, with authority to destroy the ship? At the time of the movie, he was in command of the Defiant, and not a crew member of the Enterprise, let alone a commanding officer.



Correction: You don't have to be a commanding officer of the ship or even one of the ship's crew. As long as the ship's computer recognizes the person's authority, the computer will follow instructions. Remeber that in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, NO ONE is officially a crew member of the Enterprise as it is scheduled to be decommissioned. However, after stealing the ship, Kirk, Scotty and Chekov are able to activate the self-destruct because the computer recognizes their authority.


Corrected entry: Sector 001 is the Solar System, and the location of Earth, the Federation's capital world. For such an important location, it doesn't seem to be heavily guarded and no ships are seen establishing a perimeter defense around the planet, or even orbiting it. Earth is the Borg's target. With the threat of a Borg invasion, one would expect Starfleet Command to mobilize every ship they could, alert their allies and recall the ships not in-system, yet only 10-20 ships are shown attacking the Cube (not counting the ones destroyed prior to the the Enterprise's arrival).


Correction: Too much supposition. We don't know how many ships defending Earth have already been destroyed, how many were close enough to get there in time, how many might have encountered the Borg en route and fallen without ever reaching the defensive line at Earth. Earth isn't a fortress, requiring a huge defensive fleet at all times - Starfleet ships will generally be out on assignment, so all they have at Earth is what they can pull together in time. Certainly we don't have remotely enough information to consider this a valid error.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: Picard and Worf destroy the deflector dish. This means the Enterprise is left without the ability to deflect anything, including dust. Without that ability, it would be unable to proceed at even impulse speeds, let alone go to warp, as the impacts would create micro-holes in the ship and thus destroy it.

Correction: A. Enterprise is mostly in orbit and travels a short distance through the solar system, even our spacecraft today do that safely for weeks without damage. B. Her structural integrity fields provide limited protection against spaceborne debris. C. The crew will certainly effect repairs before they return to the future.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: If the Enterprise crew did not know that the Borg were aboard, there would be no reason to lock up Sick Bay, and so the doors should have opened when the Borg drones attempted to gain access. However, the drones had to punch their way inside.


Correction: This assumes the doors to sickbay will open for anyone (or anything). Sickbay would be a secure area and may only allow access for crew members with their I.D. badges. In my police department everyone has magnetic security badges, each one programmed to only allow access for the area that you have security clearance for. Even if the doors normally open for anyone they probably would have increased the security access at the time to ensure limited contact with the patient from the 21st century.

BocaDavie Premium member

Corrected entry: In the first scene when Data is captured by the Borg Queen and he is restrained, he informs her that the encryption code is locked in his neuralnet and can not be forcibly removed, you see 2 small drill bits being drilled right into his head by his left ear. Later in the movie when they are talking about the flesh on his arm (before the flesh is grafted onto his face) while he is still being restrained, there are NO drill holes in his face. From prior episodes in STNG Data is NOT self healing. How did the holes fix themselves? And if the Borg queen is going to graft flesh on his face there, why would they bother fixing the holes?


Correction: The Borg Queen is trying to win Data over to her side, not to force him. So any damage they do to him while preparing to attach real skin to him will be fixed to show her good faith.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: After the survivors of the Defiant are beamed aboard, Dr. Crusher escorts Worf to the bridge. Why would she do this? There are undoubtedly casualties from the Defiant in sickbay which could do with the Chief Medical Officer's attention. Worf doesn't need to be shown the way - even if he doesn't know he only has to step into the turbolift and say "Bridge".

Correction: Probably there are casualties, and no doubt her highly trained staff are keeping them under observation. Only one, however, has insisted on going straight to the bridge; Beverly is merely keeping him under temporary observation to ensure that he's not being all Klingon and shrugging off a serious injury. Any other member of her staff, Worf could intimidate into leaving him alone, but not her.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: Just before beaming up to the Enterprise and leaving the 21st century, Picard calls the ship to give the corresponding order. He does this without touching his badge before starting to talk. When not on board of the Enterprise the badge has to be tapped to active the communications link (some sort of energy saving mode). Just starting to talk and activate a com link with this only works on board.

Christoph Galuschka Premium member

Correction: Incorrect. There are numerous instances on the show where they keep an "open communications link" with someone on the surface of a planet. When they do this, tapping the badge is not necessary.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: In the scene where Picard, Worf and Hawk are space-walking on the hull of the Enterprise, in the first shots Worf appears to the right of Picard, then after a c/u or two, Worf is to the left . The sequence is too tight to allow for a passage of time in which the Worf and Hawk might have swapped places.


Correction: I thought this was a mistake too and replayed the scene several times until I realized that the first shot where Warf appears to the right of Picard it is because the shot is of them upside down. After the cutaway they are head up and Warf is now to the left of Picard but still on Picard's right.

Dee Dressler

Corrected entry: In the 'deflector disc scene', Lt. Hawk is grabbed by a Borg, who carries him off to the side of the ship (moving at a very slow pace, due to being magnetically attached to the hull). Only a few minutes later, Hawk reappears, this time fully assimilated and with Borg attachments on his face and head. None of the other people assimilated in this film got their attachments so quickly, and Hawk could not have gotten to engineering, received implants and then climbed back outside in so short a time. And why did he put his space helmet back on after getting the implants? As a Borg, he would not need it, as seen on the other drones working on the deflector disk.


Correction: They neither took him back to engineering nor removed his helmet. The devices that appeared on his face are a result of the nanoprobes that he was injected with. They are the first step in assimilation and have a limited ability to generate these devices and the injection tubules can penetrate most any known form of shielding (according to the Doctor on Voyager). We have already seen the early effects of this stage of assimilation. When Picard shoots the crewman who has been injected and is asking for Picard to help him, if you look at his face, you can see the begining stages of this automated assimilation process.

Garlonuss Premium member

Corrected entry: The Enterprise crew show Cochrane the Enterprise in a telescope. The size of the enterprise in the telescope field is appropriate to an object in low orbit. However, the speed is way too slow. The Enterprise would zip through even a wide field lens in under a second.


Correction: Wouldn't it depend on the speed of Enterprise? It is likely that Enterprise was more or less maintaining position over the away team in low orbit is it could beam them out in an emergency, which they couldn't do from the other side of the planet through the all that rock. So it would remain in the telescope's field of view constantly.

Soylent Purple

Corrected entry: Cochrane asks Geordi "don't you people in the 24th Century ever pee?" This is a reference to the fact that bathrooms are never shown in Enterprise schematics (on the TV series, it was always a running gag that none of the show's fans knew where the bathroom was).

Correction: In STTFF, Kirk pulled out a toilet in the brig to sit on, and on TNG the schematics showed a toilet to the left hand side of the bridge.

Corrected entry: When Picard leaves the bridge with the first landing party, he leaves Riker in charge of the bridge. A few scenes later, he orders down an engineering detail; a few scenes after that, Riker is now on the planet surface (in the missile silo with Picard, Data and Troi). Perhaps there is a scene on the cutting room floor that accounts for this apparent dereliction of duty?


Correction: It is safe to assume a fair amount of time has passed. Picard wanted more people on the surface to look for Cochrane, so probably ordered Riker down. Also, when Picard goes back to the Enterprise, Worf is in command (Sitting in Captain's chair).

Soylent Purple

Corrected entry: It's stated that as long as the safety protocol is turned off holographic bullets can kill while on the holodeck. So why not just build a machine gun out of the holographic program? It seems rather pointless and kind of overkill to steal a Tommygun out of a holo-novel.

Correction: Because then Picard would have had to program it into the computer. By going into the program, he knew there was already one there.

Well why not just use the replicator on board the ship instead of the holographic program?

Because the replicator is set up to provide a limited number of things, mainly food. The holodeck was a quicker and more guaranteed way of getting what he needed.

Corrected entry: According to the Star Trek history, Zefram Cochrane is supposed to be in his early 30s during this time, but in this movie he is obviously much older (James Cromwell was 56 at the time).

Correction: He was working near a nuclear weapon, which may have given him radiation poisoning causing him to appear aged. That and having gone through World War 3, there's no telling what kind of chemical agents were used.

Corrected entry: When Picard, Data and Worf are making their way to Engineering, they wake up the Borg that are stacked on top of each other, then they drop down from a second level. How do they get up there in the first place?

Correction: There are shots of the crew trying to escape the Borg by climbing up some ladders, and the Borg subsequently pulling them down and climbing up the ladders themselves. As seen in the series and other films, Borg ships are made up of many levels, so it's likely that the Borg turned the Enterprise's decks into similar multi-leveled areas, using the ladders to climb to the upper levels.

Gary O'Reilly

Corrected entry: At the end, when Picard is standing outside of Engineering, it looks perfectly normal. He doesn't even see any Borg on his way or just outside the doors, even though by this point the Borg have taken over pretty much the whole ship. But, at the beginning, when Data is captured, outside of Engineering there are Borg all around and the walls are all torn apart with wires hanging down, etc.

Correction: Federation starships have more than one entrance to Engineering in case something happens to the main doors.

Corrected entry: The steam coming from the hole in the deflector dish scene falls back on the ship hull even though there's no gravity and no air pressure - the steam should just shoot out into space.

Correction: The Enterprise has gravity plating onboard, so it probably also exerts a small force for a certain distance outside the ship, thereby pulling the steam down.

Corrected entry: They establish on the holodeck that traditional projectile weapons (like a tommy gun - hard to adapt to bullets) will kill Borg. Why don't they make these in the replicator instead of making the phaser rifles they know will only work a few times? Nothing to do with the borg adapting (and they'd be made in the replicater, NOT the holodeck) - hard to adapt to solid bullets ripping through your vital systems. Can't be a worry about the hull - simple steel will stop bullets and Starfleet ships are built with "Tritanium", "Duranium" and other futuristic materials mentioned in the series. I doubt a machine gun round would even scratch a bulkhead.

Correction: The Borg had cut the main power so the replicators were probably offline.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the Enterprise destroys the Borg sphere the Enterprise's quantum torpedoes exhibit the visible distortion made when they pass through the ship's shields. However it has already been established that the Enterprise's shields are off-line following their trip back through time.

Correction: Every ship has a navigational deflector screen, to block space debris from hitting the ship.

Corrected entry: When Lilly and Jean Luc are arguing in the captain's ready room look carefully at Picard's mouth when Lilly screams "Jean Luc blow up the damn ship!" Even a Shakespearean trained actor like Patrick Stewart sometimes can't stop himself from mouthing the other actor's dialogue. He mouths the same thing. I am not sure if this can be seen on the VHS or Non-letterboxed version, but you cans see it on the DVD Letterboxed version.

Correction: I have checked this on my video copy of the film (as I could not believe that an acting god like Patrick Stewart would make such a slip). He doesn't mouth the lines - I'm certain of it. Patrick Stewart is acting his socks off at this point and the vague movement of his lips comes from the all-over shake that he develops during the argument - Picard is very upset. His lips don't form any words and his next line was just "NO", so I truly don't think this mistake occurs.

Corrected entry: WWIII didn't seem to do much damage. People have clothes, houses and even electricity. Riker states 37 million people are dead and very few governments are left. 37 million is only 10% of the US population and about .6% of the world population (please forgive the callousness of "only" 37 million.) One would think that government would return a year or less after such a small war. Especially since the majority of government leaders would most likely have escaped to shelters. After all, WWII was 6 years long, killed close to 50 million people and the major world governments never came close to falling (by falling I refer to anarchy as opposed to a new government). One would think casualties would be closer to 500 million-1 billion in order to truly cripple society.

Grumpy Scot

Correction: First of all, Riker actually says 600 million dead which is a far cry from 37 million. He also said many major cities were destroyed. You are also forgetting that there would be more Weapons of Mass Destruction used. Also, the "houses" we see are hardly that great, and people can use gas generators for electricity. It's not hard to believe people would have clothes, either. For that matter Data says it is 10 years after WWIII so people had enough time to get themselves together somewhat. It seems WWIII did as much damage as Riker said it did.

Corrected entry: When Lili shoots at Data, shouldn't that hurt him? There was an episode where Troi shot an arrow through Data (the one where Q made them re-enact the Robin Hood story). While it didn't damage him, they made it sound like it could have. Even if he was bullet proof, being hit by that many bullets should at least have damaged his clothes.

Correction: In the Q episode, Troi is only worried, but Data never looks hurt. Same thing with the bullets. Also his clothes are damaged when shot.

Corrected entry: When beaming the Defiant survivors aboard the Enterprise, shields were still activated. Since when can they beam through activated shields?


Correction: Timing is everything! They could just let the shields down to beam and raise them immediately. Also they don't have to deactivate all the shields, only the one at the side where the Defiant is.


Corrected entry: Why, why, why the hell didn't the Borg just travel back a few hundred years earlier to Earth (like the 1600s or something) so they could just take over much more easily?

Correction: While the Borg were trying to take over the human race, they were still in it for technology. They would gain nothing by going back into the 1600's. Also, a few hundred years earlier would have meant that their race at the current time was farther away, and harder to contact.

Corrected entry: The whole premise for this film is blown if you consider that the Borg are after technology. Why would they want to go back in time to assimilate a race that has almost no 'technological distinctiveness' to add to their own. Earth has a tremendous amount to offer during Picard's time and very little during Cochran's time. The hassle of time traveling to assimilate a pre-warp capable world seems like a waste of effort. Sending a few more cubes to finish the job in Picard's time seems much more advantageous.

Correction: Not really, since Starfleet has proven to be a direct threat to the Borg (and they were right to think so, since the Voyager crew destroyed one of the six trans-warp hubs a few years later), they went back in time with the intent of preventing the Federation from existing.

Corrected entry: At one point, several Borg venture out into open space to battle the Enterprise Crew who are in spacesuits trying to disconnect the main dish antenna. The Borg are not wearing any form of protection from the space. Isn't the temperature in open space just about absolute zero? It's at least minus 200-300 degrees F. How could their biological parts survive the hostile environment of open space?

Correction: They have independent shielding protecting them from phaser fire and space.

Corrected entry: Right after Crusher wakes Lili up, the Borg punch the door and make a big dent - Crusher brings the holographic doctor online, she says "20 Borg are about to break through that door." But no one told her that the Borg were on board.

Correction: After fighting the Borg and going through a time warp, Dr. Crusher is probably smart enough to assume Borg are making dents in the door. You could also assume Dr. Crusher and the medical staff have tricorders and could have determined how many Borg were outside the door

Corrected entry: During the scene where Picard, Worf and Lt. Hawk are on the outside of the ship, Lt. Hawk becomes assimilated by the Borg. Soon afterwards, Worf blasts him into space. At the end of the scene there is a shot of the deflector dish area. Three officers can be seen walking around the dish, even though only Picard & Worf should remain.

Correction: The third figure is actually the borg that Worf mutilated, not Lt. Hawk.



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William Riker: Someone once said, "Don't try to be a great man. Just be a man, and let history make its own judgment."
Zefram Cochrane: That's rhetorical nonsense! Who said that?
William Riker: You did! Ten years from now.



In the scene where Picard, Worf and Hawk are outside the ship and want to separate the transmitter dish from the hull, Picard must move a kind of tube out of an console and must turn it from a low to a high position. In one shot the tube is in the high position, in the next shot it is in the low position and then Picard pulls it out and turns it in the high position.



I was reading through some of the entries concerning the Borg in the Star Trek Encyclopedia, and came upon a comment they had about Wolf 359 - it's the name of an actual star in space, it makes up part of the Constellation Leo. It's also the site of the first major fleet battle between StarFleet and the Borg. Take your mind back to the scene where Zef and Lily first walk out of that bar, and Lily sees a speck of light that is actually the Borg Sphere, and asks Zef what it is. He replies "That, my dear, is the Constellation Leo". Now, obviously he didn't see what she was pointing out the first time around, but we could probably assume that from their point of view the sphere was in the general area that the constellation occupies in the night sky. Nice coincidence that the first attack on Earth by the Borg came from the same direction as the major battle between Starfleet and the Borg.