Star Trek: Generations

Corrected entry: How could a phenomenon like the Nexus travel the galaxy every 39.1 years and nobody know about it for so long? Kirk and the Enterprise-B didn't know what it was, even Picard had to ask Guinan what it was. If the energy ribbon is what killed James T. Kirk that would have been standard knowledge for everyone in Starfleet.

Correction: The galaxy is an unbelievably huge place, with new things being discovered all the time. It's certainly possible the Enterprise-B was the first ship to encounter it and survive to report it.

Greg Dwyer

Corrected entry: Picard and Kirk come back from the Nexus to the surface of Viridian 3 to stop Soren from launching the missile. He can go wherever and whenever he wants, why doesn't he go back to the Enterprise B when Soren was aboard and arrest him without difficulty?

Correction: Aside from obvious problems of travelling 75 backwards in time, altering the entire history of TNG in the process, there is the simple fact that when Soren was aboard the Enterprise B, he had not yet committed a crime.

Corrected entry: Based on references from Star Trek IV and TNG it has been made clear that the windows are made of transparent aluminium and not of glass, but when the saucer section crashes, some windows shatter like normal glass.


Correction: Having wrecked my motorcycle in an accident, I can tell you that aluminum definitely shatters with enough force. There is a video on the Internet showing what happens when a .50 caliber bullet hits transparent aluminum (yes, it does exist) and at the impact point of the shot, you can see fragments that look very similar to shattering glass flying away it.


Corrected entry: When Geordi gives the order to evacuate Engineering, he starts to say "Bridge we have a new problem." As he is saying this, the blonde female officer can be seen ducking under the door to escape the room, but when he says, "We're five minutes away from a warp core breach," the same officer is ducking under the door again a second time.


Correction: We see one blonde from behind with similar hair at first and after the other, as you say, but we can't be sure that it's the same woman.

Anastasios Anastasatos

Corrected entry: In the stellar cartography scene, while Data is conversing with Captain Picard about being deactivated, you can see that Data does not have his signature yellow eyed contacts in place.

Correction: Brent Spiner's eyes are blue. Data's eyes in this scene are not blue, they may be a lighter yellow, but they are yellow.

Corrected entry: During the battle with the Klingon Bird of Prey over Viridian III, the Enterprise-D is shown sustaining hits to its front and rear. The bridge is shown taking damage from a shot fired at the underside of the Enterprise, despite being on the top of the ship and away from the Klingon's fire.



Correction: Damage, particularly that inflicted by energy-based weaponry, isn't limited to external structural damage. The attack could have blown or disrupted a power conduit and the surge manifested itself on the bridge or the bridge consoles. Even here on present-day Earth, lightning doesn't have to directly strike your television in order to blow it.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: At the end of the film, Captain Picard is shown in a uniform with red on the shoulders and black on the rest (the Star Trek: Voyager/DS9 uniforms), yet when picking through the ruins of the Enterprise, he is seen in a black shoulders/red shirt uniform (the usual TNG uniform). The ship is in ruins: he couldn't have replicated a new uniform as the power is out.



Correction: Replicators are not the only way for uniforms to be available. He could simply have had spare uniforms in a closet. Or one of the rescue ships could have replicated it for him.


Corrected entry: Geordi has returned to the Enterprise with his visor sending what he is seeing back to the Klingon ship. When Geordi is in Engineering the feed to the Klingon ship shows Geordi standing in front of a console despite the feed coming from Geordi's own visor.


Correction: No it doesn't. The feed shows another crew member stepping away from the console as Geordi's view looks down at the panel.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: As Data pulls his emotion chip from the holder, there is a shot of Geordi, and you can see through the visor (and they're not totally white!)


Correction: You can sort of see through the VISOR, but you can't see anything distinctly. It may just be a reflection of his irises and pupils (which Geordi still has, though discolored) on the surface of his eyes.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: Near the beginning, on the Enterprise-B's maiden voyage, Sulu's daughter says something like "The starboard ship's hull is collapsing". Seconds later, the PORT ship on the viewer explodes.

Correction: The port/starboard directions are always given from the FRONT of the starship. So, in this scene, with the Enterprise-B facing the ships, their port/starboard directions are reversed, meaning that if the ship to their port side exploded, it is, in fact, the starboard ship of the facing formation, because port and starboard are always based on where the front of the vessel that is being talked about is pointing.

Corrected entry: The ribbon obviously moves faster than light (it covers the distance between star systems in a matter of hours), but when it passes Veridian III it moves much, much slower than light.

Correction: This is a fictional object and, as such, can do whatever the writers need it to do. Perhaps it slows down when it encounters the gravitational forces in a solar system.


Corrected entry: During Worf's promotion party on the sailing ship, a harbor buoy is seen in the background 20 feet from the ship.

Correction: No it's not, that's just a piece of the ship.

Corrected entry: Picard's communicator disappears during his transport down to Veridian III. He leaves the Enterprise in a blue transporter beam, and arrives on the planet in a blue transporter beam, minus his communicator. The Klingon transporter, shown earlier when Dr. Soran beamed up to the Klingon Bird of Prey, is an orange beam, thus Picard didn't transport to the Klingon ship for them to remove the communicator. The communicator then reappears in the Nexus, and disappears again when he returns to Veridian III.

Correction: These issues have already been addressed in a previous mistake entry.

Corrected entry: Near the end, when Data and Troi are searching through the rubble of the crashed Enterprise, there's a bright blue container in the background that's plugged up with plywood.

Correction: I've watched the movie several times for this and never seen it. Besides, why can't they have plywood in the future?

Corrected entry: In the final fight between Picard and Soran, the remote control for the rocket falls on the broken bridge. A few shots later, the control is on the other side of the bridge.

Correction: The camera angle changes so it becomes confusing but it definitely stays on the same side.

Corrected entry: Before Kirk jumps the gap on his horse while in the Nexus, there is a shot from beneath the gap, looking up, and there appears to be a dark colored board or bridge across the gap. When we see Kirk jump the gap, the board is no longer present.

Correction: Watching carefully, it's still there, it's just that the camera angle changes.

Corrected entry: During the crash sequence on the Enterprise-D, Worf is flying all over the place in the background. Immediately following the star drive's destruction, the shock wave sends Worf flying to his left. He crawls back to his station and then falls to his left again. Immediately following, as Riker is screaming to Deana for a report, you can see Worf's hands holding on to the railing right behind Riker. The next instant he is to the right of his station (our left, bringing himself up) and in the very next scene he is seated at his station.

Correction: The ship is being violently shaken, it's logical that Worf will be in many different places in a short period of time.

Corrected entry: When Picard first meets Kirk in the Nexus, Kirk's uniform jacket (which he was wearing aboard the Enterprise-B) is seen lying on a nearby rock with the Starfleet insignia pin still on it, but the Insignia pin is pinned to Kirk's vest for the duration of the movie.

Correction: Everything in the Nexus is an illusion, so the appearance of the insignia pin on the uniform jacket can be discounted.

Corrected entry: It is difficult enough to believe that a missile not much longer than an average car would be capable of destroying a whole star, but if you can swallow that, how come when it does finally explode on the launchpad it only produces enough of a blast to kill the bad guy while Picard and Kirk are presumably only a few yards away behind some rocks?

Correction: As was discussed in the film, the missile contains stolen trilithium which will set off a destructive chain reaction in the star. The actual explosive yield is negligible, it is not explosives that destroy the star but the chemical chain reaction interfering with the fusion reaction of the star.

Soylent Purple

Corrected entry: As Picard is walking up Kirk in awe, we find him doing an excellent job of chopping wood. The camera changes to Picard, Kirk, and then to picard, before finally switching back to Kirk again. After the fourth piece falls he pauses and says 'Beautiful day' and the camera changes, so as to get a shot of both of them. Just after he says that he raises his axe to get ready to chop a piece that wasn't there a split second ago.

Correction: The Nexus is a projection of the mind. Things can change there instantly, without error. Picard has children, Kirk is in his past. It's all art of the same level of unreality.

Corrected entry: When Picard finally manages to squeeze through the hole in the force-field, and confronts Soran, they have a brawl. The actual time elapsed from the confrontation to the launch (I choose these points as the emergence from The Nexus later to the point when everything is hopeless, respectively), is fifty seconds. When Kirk confronts him after the entire bit in The Nexus, it's actually two minutes and ten seconds before Soran cloaks the missile, and another forty before is launches again after it's been uncloaked.

Correction: How is this a mistake? Guinan specifically stated that Picard could've left the Nexus to go to any time he wanted, and go anywhere he wanted. Because the sequence after the Nexus is longer than the one before the Nexus, it is safe to assume that Kirk and Picard went back to Veridian III a little bit before the fight sequence before the Nexus. Although one gets the impression from the movie that Kirk and Picard return to the moment of Picard's first confrontation of Soran, it doesn't have to be that way.

Corrected entry: When Worf tells Riker the Romulans were looking for Trilithium on the station, Riker acts as if he never heard of it before, and Worf explains that it is an experimental compound that the Romulans were working on. However, in the Next Generation episode, "Starship Mine", terrorists steal Trilithium resin from the warp engines to sell as a weapon, and Picard seems to know a great deal about it.


Correction: That entire Next Generation episode takes place on the Enterprise with only Picard and the terrorists. It was scheduled for maintenance and no one was supposed to be aboard. There was no reason then or now for Riker to ever hear of trilithium.

Corrected entry: At the very beginning of the movie, we see a bottle of champagne flying in space and crashing upon the hull of the Enterprise-B. Champagne is squirting around. Well, as Khan said, it's very cold in space. The champagne should be frozen and be shattered into little pieces.

Correction: Even today, they make special (read: cheap) champagne to be used when launching ships that is never intended for drinking. In the future of Star Trek, the need to have a "champagne" that will survive a few moments in space has arisen, so if the champagne is still the same not-intended-for-drinking special brand, it would be conceivable that they added some heavy-duty anti-freeze.


Corrected entry: When Worf, Riker, and Picard are discussing shooting down Soren's missile, Worf say that the missile would take 11 seconds to reach the sun, while locking on to it could take between 8 and 15 seconds. Riker says, "That's a pretty big margin for error," and Picard replies, "Much too big." Of course, the bigger the margin of error for something is, the more likely it is to be successfully accomplished. What they should have said was that it was a small margin for error.

Correction: A large margin for error being 7 seconds. That means there is a lot of time there to make a mistake. A small margin would be better since it would mean there are fewer seconds in which something could go wrong. There's a difference between a margin OF error and a margin FOR error.

Corrected entry: The original director was none other than Leonard Nimoy. However, he wasn't happy with the script, and walked out after the studio refused to improve it. David Carson (who had been the 2nd unit director) was given a last-minute promotion to director.

Correction: Actually, Nimoy was never signed on as the director. According to his own book I am Spock, he was OFFERED the job to direct a script that had already been written. Nimoy wanted to incorporate his own story ideas and rework the script. The studio said no, they were on a tight schedule, and they wanted THIS script made, Nimoy said he wasn't interested in simply being a "director for hire" and passed on the job.

Corrected entry: When Picard and Data are in Stellar Cartography, Picard asks Data to show him what system Nexus will come closest to. He shows him the Veridian system. The planet that Soran wants to be on has 3 moons. When you later see the shock wave hit the planet, destroying it, there are no moons shown in orbit. There are also no moons shown anytime Soran and Picard are on the planet.

Correction: Moons aren't necessarily visible from the surface of a planet. The moon is only visible because it reflects so much light, something that all moons don't do. In addition, some moons are very small.

Corrected entry: When Data and Troi find Spot, it's right next to several containers clearly marked HAZARDOUS MATERIAL. Don't you think it would be wise to dispose of the hazardous materials, before letting anyone, much less senior officers, poke through the rubble?

Correction: The containers could be empty or still intact enough to keep the crew safe from the contents. Data and Troi are also searching for survivors using a tricorder, which would also notify them if the area was contaminated.

Corrected entry: Soren launches the missile at the sun, the sun blows up, and the planet along with the Enterprise and its crew, are destroyed - the first time around. The movie shows the missile being launched, and a few seconds later (maybe 10) the star blows up - and this is seen in real time on the planet. Forgive me, but even if the missile made it to the star in a few seconds at warp speed, it would still take the light (and thus just about everything else, including gravitational effects) from the star to manifest itself on the planet! (It takes about 8 minutes for the light from our Sun to reach the Earth, for example).

Correction: I agree that it should take time for the light from the destruction of the star to reach the planet but not the gravitational effects. Things like planets orbit stars not because there is some kind of particle or energy being exchanged between them but because the gravitational field has warped the space they are travelling through. As a result of this when the gravitational field was changed space would have snapped instantly to its new position producing instant gravitational effects. (see Stephen Hawkins:- A Brief History of Time if you don't believe me).

Corrected entry: When the Enterprise crashes on Veridian III, the clear dome/skylight thing over the bridge is broken. What could possibly have done this? The dome certainly wasn't was made of the same stuff all of the other windows on the ship were made of, and none of them were broken....besides, in the crash shots, nothing happens to the Enterprise that could break that dome.

Correction: It may not have been glass but that doesn't mean that whatever it was made of wasn't brittle. As for what smashed it the impact of the collision would likely have severely twisted the structure of the ship. Assuming the material to be brittle twisting the frame work sufficiently would cause it to shatter.

Corrected entry: When Data finds Spot after the Enterprise D has crashed he starts to cry, yet on the STNG TV show he states he has no tear ducts (episode where his mother comes aboard and is damaged, she too is a android).

Correction: Given the time between series and film, he could always have had tear ducts installed.

Corrected entry: Near the end of the film when the Klingons are attacking the Enterprise-D and the Enterprise crew is discussing how they can defeat the Klingon ship, Riker orders Worf to prepare a full spread of torpedoes. Yet, when Riker gives the order to fire only one torpedo is launched.

Correction: Enterprise has been shot by the bird of prey a number of times. It's possible that the torpedo launchers are damaged at this point.

Corrected entry: Let's face it... The battle between the GALAXY-class ship and the TWELVE YR OLD BIRD OF PREY is really ridiculous. The Enterprise has no shields, so what? Does this hinder its weapons? The ship tries to escape and almost doesn´t fire. Why? The flagship of the Federation should be able easily to vaporize that old Klingon vessel with only one big salvo of torpedoes, or by firing phasers permanently (they did the same in the TNG-episode "Yesterday´s Enterprise"), no matter if they have shields or not

Correction: The Enterprise in "Yesterday's Enterprise" would be a very different ship as it's in a timeline that has been at war before Enterprise was made so shields & weaponry technology will become top priority for research & should be stronger & more powerful than our Enterprise. We also know that a lucky shot can knock out weapons or severely damage them so you'd want to make sure your weapons had the best chance of either disabling or destroying the enemy before loosing them & not having any other option.

Corrected entry: When Picard and Kirk are fighting Soran to stop him from launching the rocket that will destroy the planet's sun, what was the big hurry? If they fail, they will be absorbed in the Nexus. Guinan, in the Nexus, said a person leaving the Nexus could time travel to any time period he/she wanted. They could simply keep leaving the Nexus to the same point in time until they destroyed the rocket.

Correction: Starship captains NEVER think in terms of failure.


Corrected entry: Why is Dr Crusher evacuating people from sick bay? It's in the saucer section,and everyone is being evacuated to the saucer section?

Correction: There are actually multiple sickbays on the Enterprise-D. There is at least one in the stardrive section.

Corrected entry: When the Enterprise-B takes off at the beginning of the film its Captain clearly states they were just making a short trip around the block. That would probably mean not much further than the Solar system's edge - definitely not leaving the sector. But when soon afterwards they encounter the Nexus it is the only ship close enough to come to the rescue. What, so close to Earth? Shouldn't sector 001 be abundant with ships?

Correction: Sector 001 full of ships? Of course. But how many warp capable ones with high enough crew capacity to make a rescue? Any full sized starship in Earth orbit would almost certainly be in Spacedock, and it would take quite some time to get even a skeleton crew aboard, to say nothing of going through departure protocols. As for smaller ships, it's been well established that they have lower warp speeds. (Even in TMP, Spock's shuttle had to be attached to a warp sled to reach the Enterprise at all.)

Corrected entry: Data's emotion chip was fused into his neural net and doctor Crusher said it "could not" be removed. If that is so why would Counsellor Troi ask him why he decided not to remove the emotion chip, if it "could not" be removed?

Correction: Data says that he wants to be deactivated until Dr. Crusher figures out how to remove the emotion chip. She must have figured out how to do it near the end of the movie, but Data declined.

Corrected entry: In TNG, after the Enterprise defeated the Borg at Earth it became standard Starfleet procedure to modulate shield frequencies to prevent an enemy from matching weapon harmonics to shield frequencies (this allows a weapon to pass through the shields and directly strike the ship) In Generations, the Klingons acquired the Enterprises shield frequencies and matched their weapons to them, thus destroying the Enterprise-D.

Correction: Yes, but how did they get those frequencies? They were looking through Geordi's eyes. And he is the one most likely to be modulating the shield frequencies. They could have been changing their weapons frequencies as they watched him modulate.


Corrected entry: Riker seems to have forgotten some of his bridge officer training. Why did he go to all the trouble of evacuating the main section, with desperate running through corridors and teddy bears being lost on the way, separating the two sections and crashing the saucer into a planet, killing everyone. Did he forget the simple phrase "Eject warp core"?

Correction: Wouldn't do any good if the core ejection system was damaged. Also the crash doesn't kill everyone, the nexus wave does a bit later.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: Guinan's race was destroyed by the Borg and rescued from the Nexus by the Enterprise-B, but they never must have mentioned it to the Federation because they were unprepared in the 24th century for their arrival.

Correction: Who says they didn't mention it? How many worlds has the Federation seen destroyed by unknown races? Was there enough evidence beside survivor stories to convince them that the Borg were any worse than the Klingons or Romulans? If so, after 80 years with not even Borg rumors, the information would be gradually forgotten.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: Soran needs to get to the Nexus. There is a planet that the Nexus will miss unless the sun is destroyed, in which case the Nexus will fly right through the planet. So Soran camps out on that planet and tries to destroy the sun. Before he blows up the sun, the nexus is seen flying through the sky BELOW the clouds. This is just not possible. On the enterprise, Picard and Data study holographic charts that show how huge the Nexus is, and how far away from any clouds the Nexus will miss the planet by.

Correction: A very large object in space can be seen in the daylight (haven't you ever seen the moon during the day) and appear to be in the atmosphere.

Corrected entry: A small point, but all the way through the movie, the cast revert from the Next Gen' two piece uniform to the Deep space nine style jump suit. In one scene, Picard is wearing the old style, while Riker is talking to him dressed in the new style. Why are the senior officers wearing two different uniforms?

Correction: The Jump suits were the new uniforms the old style ones were being phased out so some uniforms may either not have been issued yet or were being replicated/washed/altered during the course of the movie.

Corrected entry: The emotion chip in Generation is very large compared to the one shown in the TV episodes where Data first shows it and where he gets it from his brother. How could the chip have grown? Also Data's "father" build the chip specifically for him so why would it overload any part of Data?

Correction: Dr. Soong says it will give Data basic human emotions (fear, joy, love and hate most likely). It is quite possible Data built on to it to allow a wider range of emotional possibilites. It overloaded him because he didn't test it with its new capabilites before he first used it.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: In Star Trek TNG's 4th or 5th season, they bring Scotty back for an episode under the pretence that he put himself into a continuous feedback loop in the transporter in order to survive a crash. The episode was called 'relics'. When Geordi, Worf, and Ryker beam down, the free him from the transporter. As soon as Riker says that he is from the starship Enterprise, Scotty immediately says 'the Enterprise. I'll bet old Jim Kirk himself dragged her out of mothballs to come looking for me'. But wait. In Star Trek Generations (the movie), Scotty was on the Enterprise B when (he believed) Jim was pulled out of the ship when the Nexus (which no-one understood, at the time) collided with the ship. So, as far as Scotty is aware, Jim is dead. So why the statement in Relics about Jim being around to come looking for Scotty?

Correction: When they free Scotty from the transporter loop, Geordi says something like it has suffered less than 1% degradation. Obviously, the memory of Kirk's death was in that 1%.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: Wasn't the emotion chip originally inserted via Lore's mouth, not through the top of the skull? It looks a lot bigger in the movie, too.

Correction: It can be reasoned that the cranial slot seen in the movie could be Data's equivalent of a USB port (notice there was more than one). The emotion chip was damaged (as explained in 'Descent'), and it may now be larger because it is placed inside a special corrective unit to enable it to function properly. That unit then fits into the universal port.