Star Trek: The Next Generation

Silicon Avatar - S5-E4

Corrected entry: When the colonists go into the cave to escape from the Crystalline Entity, you can see perfectly formed steps going down into the cave. The colonists were the first people there. Why would there already be perfectly formed steps in a cave?


Correction: There is nothing in the episode stating that the caverns had never been used before.

Show generally

Corrected entry: Although they appear metallic, the Klingons' costumes are made of leather and squeak when the actors move.

Cubs Fan

Correction: How is this a mistake? Since we know nothing about the futuristic material used, there's no reason it couldn't look like metal but move like leather.

Lonely Among Us - S1-E7

Corrected entry: As a non-corporeal entity enters and damages the ship's electronic systems, it causes the ship's engines to shut down. The ship, traveling at Warp 6, slows down and stops when the engines are shut down. However, in reality, ships in space only need the engines to get up to speed. Inertia will allow the ship to continue without the engines "pushing" the ship, because in space there is no friction to slow the ship when the engines shut down. The ship would continue on its current course at its current speed when the engines fail. Even if the warp field collapsed they wouldn't stop entirely.


Correction: The warp field bends space around the ship, it doesn't propel the ship forwards. If the warp field collapses, this bending of space would stop and as such the ship would stop moving.

Timescape - S6-E25

Corrected entry: If time is suspended on both of the ships, the communication signal would also be suspended between the ships and the runabout, meaning they shouldn't be able to talk to each other.

Correction: Geordie explains that the communication runs through the subspace-relays which prevents the away team from getting frozen in time too.

Chain of Command (2) - S6-E11

Corrected entry: When Picard is first stripped in the office, there is damage on his left chest. Later, Picard looks down at the damage, as if noticing it for the first time. Damage that bad would have been known after it was done.

Movie Nut

Correction: The "damage" he looks at was an incision made when he was drugged where they implanted the device, so he wouldn't have noticed it after it was done.


Skin of Evil - S1-E23

Corrected entry: Assuming he had smooth skin, Data has chest hair visible in a couple of shots.

Movie Nut

Correction: It is well established in multiple episodes that Data has body hair. He was created to look as human as possible.

Encounter at Farpoint (1) - S1-E1

Corrected entry: When the computer instructs Riker to turn right, he turns to the left.

Correction: While it is true that the computer said right rather than left, Riker turned around in the intersection facing the way he came, so the hatch was on his right. It seems thought the computer gave directions a beat before he turned, but the result is the same.

Movie Nut

Time's Arrow (2) - S6-E1

Corrected entry: An aged, white haired Samuel Clemens angrily accuses Data and Guinan of introducing future technology that will corrupt the late 19th Century, and he threatens to expose them to the authorities. The elderly Clemens is thus portrayed as extremely paranoid of future technology. In reality, even before his old age, Samuel Clemens LOVED new technology, the more exotic, the better. In real life, Sam Clemens owned one of the very first telephones and the first typewriters, and he appeared in a Thomas Edison film when moving pictures were still in their infancy. In real life, Clemens was also a personal friend of Nikola Tesla, and he was known to visit the inventor's laboratory to marvel at all the truly futuristic technological wonders.

Correction: Worried about future tech being revealed doesn't make Clemens paranoid of future tech. He's just worried that Data & Giunan could change history by revealing it. These are 2 different aspects of his personality and one doesn't have anything to do with the other.


The Best of Both Worlds (1) - S3-E26

Corrected entry: When Riker beams down, his right leg is straight. When he materializes, it's bent.

Movie Nut

Correction: We've seen numerous instances on the show where people are able to move during transport. There's an entire episode dedicated to Mr. Barkley's being able to move around inside the transporter beam.

Jason Hoffman

Timescape - S6-E25

Corrected entry: Didn't Geordi die? When he goes into neural shock and Troi removes his arm-band, he becomes part of the frozen time. What happens when that time moves in reverse? Also, I don't think they ever talk about getting him some medical assistance before the Romulan ship disappears? But he's back in the next episode.

Correction: Geordi doesn't die. He is alive when his arm band is removed, which would place him in the other timeframe. Very soon after Data "fixes" time, Picard tells Riker to continue the evacuation. He then says "you will find Geordi on the Romulan ship, beam him directly to sick bay." At that point, it is safe to assume that he was in fact beamed to sick bay, and that Beverly did her job as a doctor.

Night Terrors - S4-E17

Corrected entry: At the end of the episode, when Data tells to Picard to go to bed, Picard goes into his ready room. Only problem is, when the doors are open, it's actually the Turbo-Lift.

Correction: Picard enters the door to the right of his ready room. This is a rarely used (on screen, at least) turbolift.

Timescape - S6-E25

Corrected entry: In the scene with the rotting fruit, it would be impossible for the fruit to age as shown. The problem is, in order for the fruit to rot, oxygen would have to supply the needed nutrients to microrganisms in the fruit that cause it to rot at the accelerated rate. Since the life support generator is in normal time, being away from the bowl of fruit, there is no way the fruit could have rotted like that - the generator is only supplying a normal-time-continuum's worth of oxygen. There is no evidence of any wind or vortex so the air cannot be entering the time bubble at a greater rate than it is being created.


Correction: Microorganisms have extremely low oxygen consumption (relative to the amount used by an organism the size of a human). It would not take a particularly large area within the accelerated time-space for there to be enough oxygen to supply microorganisms long enough to cause the decay observed. Additionally there are microorganisms which can contribute to the processes of decay which do not require oxygen (anaerobes).

Deja Q - S3-E13

Corrected entry: Q talks about changing the moon's gravitational constant, and thus "altering its mass." Scientifically, changing gravitational attraction wouldn't affect its mass.

Correction: Q actually said "Change the gravitational constant of the UNIVERSE." In other words, change the law of gravity so that it functions differently and the moon's relative mass effectively changes, something members of the Q continuum are capable of.

Show generally

Corrected entry: Even though living matter, especially complex living matter, cannot be created and taken out of the holodeck, the ship's replicators can create food which includes meat, salad, etc.

Correction: The ship's replicators are capable of synthesizing proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids to effectively create something that is very close to the taste, texture, and nutritional value of real food. Creating an actual living organism, however, is beyond the capabilities of replicators. Also, food created in the holodeck for consumption is replicated food, not holographic food.

Yesterday's Enterprise - S3-E15

Corrected entry: When Tasha Yar and company first exit Ten Forward in the alternate timeline, watch through the doors as they open. An extra can be seen stood still in midstride in the passageway, before nervously noticing that the doors have already opened and that she has missed her cue to begin walking past. She then begins purposefully marching down the passage.

Correction: I just watched this scene like 20 times and watched the entire episode to make sure it wasn't a similar scene. This doesn't happen.

Clues - S4-E14

Corrected entry: When Picard returns to the Paxxan planet, Data begins to replay the incidents that led to the "lost day". During the narrative that Data gives, he explains that Captain Picard asked the Paxxan representative, who is using Counselor Troi's body to communicate, who (meaning what species) they belonged to. The alien possessing counselor Troi never answers this question. Instead the alien informs Picard that because the Enterprise crew is aware of the Paxxans (who are xenophobes and isolationists) and the ship and its occupants must be destroyed. Picard asks the alien to allow the Enterprise safe passage through their space, and to erase the entire crew's memory of the incident, however the Paxxan representative says that Data is immune to their technology to erase memories (which would have been required in order for the plan to work). Captain Picard says to Data, "You will conceal your knowledge of the Paxxans for as long as you exist". However the species was never identified. This happens in the last 6 minutes of the episode.


Correction: As I recall, it was Data who explained to Picard that the aliens were Paxxans and xenophobes after it was discovered that Data's "cover story" about the missing day was untrue. Picard's question to the alien about who they are, could be interpreted a number of ways, and not just to identify what their species is called.


Up The Long Ladder - S2-E18

Corrected entry: When the head Bringloidi starts a fire in the hold, Lt. Worf informs him that a force field will cover the fire until it is extinguished. But in many later episodes you see fires burning, and nothing happens. At most, they will let the air out of the room, but no force fields.

Richard Welty

Correction: The fire suppression systems are known to fail when a ship has taken a lot of damage. There has even been an occurrence of an officer stating, "Fire suppression systems are not functioning."

Identity Crisis - S4-E18

Corrected entry: Near the beginning of the episode, when Geordi and Suzanna are in Ten-Forward, Geordi's rank insignia switches from the two-and-a-half pips of a Lieutenant-Commander to the three pips of a Commander. Geordi is then called to the bridge, and when he gets there he is wearing Lieutenant-Commander's pips again.

Correction: The light reflecting off the third pip makes it seem like it's gold in color.

Unification (2) - S5-E8

Corrected entry: In the beginning of the episode, when they show the "previously on Star Trek: The Next Generation" segment, the Enterprise is shown at the abandoned shipyard, destroying the weapons transport ship instantly with a phaser blast. In the previous episode, the Enterprise only damaged the ship. The ship exploded a short time later due to the weapons it was carrying.


Correction: This is the abbreviated recap of the previous episode. It cuts the events of the episode into a few seconds. This is intentional and a common method in TV.

Jason Hoffman

The High Ground - S3-E12

Corrected entry: In the beginning of the episode after the explosion, Dr Crusher wants to stay and tend to the wounded despite the danger of further explosions/terrorist attacks. Picard, Data, and Worf all tell her to go back to the Enterprise but she refuses. This leaves a perfect opportunity for her to be kidnapped. If she had just beamed the five or six wounded people injured people to the Enterprise sickbay, she would not only have removed herself from danger but also have taken the wounded to a state-of-the-art medical facility instead of feeling around for broken bones and telling them not to worry about the gaping bloody holes in their bodies.


Correction: It's been stated numerous times in Trek history that beaming someone who is severely injured is potentially dangerous. It would have been irresponsible of her to beam them without first ascertaining their physical state and stabilizing their conditions.

JC Fernandez



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