Star Trek: The Next Generation

Final Mission - S4-E9

Corrected entry: Why would the miners send a shuttle to get Captain Picard when the Enterprise has a compliment of shuttlecraft on board? Also, how could the Enterprise engineering team (led by Lt. Commander LaForge) miss that the thruster quad on the shuttle was near failure?

poehitman

Correction: These aren't plot holes, they are questions. Neither of these issues constitute a mistake in the episode.

BaconIsMyBFF

The Most Toys - S3-E22

Corrected entry: When Geordi, Picard, and Riker are discussing Data's shuttle accident in Picard's ready room, Picard addresses Geordi as "Lieutenant." In the American navy (which Starfleet is adapted from), a Lieutenant Commander like Geordi is addressed as "Commander", as it is higher in rank than a regular Lieutenant.

Cubs Fan

Correction: This "mistake" occurs several times in the series and can be easily explained by the fact that Starfleet is not the current, modern military. The series takes place hundreds of years in the future in a completely different organization than any military currently on Earth. Apparently in Starfleet it is acceptable to use either Commander or Lieutenant when referring to a Lieutenant Commander.

BaconIsMyBFF

The Best of Both Worlds (2) - S4-E1

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the episode, Admiral Hanson calls Lt. Commander Shelby, "Lieutenant" rather than the correct term, which would be "Commander."

Correction: This "mistake" occurs several times in the series and can be easily explained by the fact that Starfleet is not the current, modern military. The series takes place hundreds of years in the future in a completely different organization than any military currently on Earth. Apparently in Starfleet it is acceptable to use either Commander or Lieutenant when referring to a Lieutenant Commander.

BaconIsMyBFF

Hero Worship - S5-E11

Corrected entry: When Geordi calls Data while Data and Timothy are building the sculpture, Data refers to Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge as, "Lieutenant La Forge," instead of the militarily correct short form, "Commander."

Correction: This "mistake" occurs several times in the series and can be easily explained by the fact that Starfleet is not the current, modern military. The series takes place hundreds of years in the future in a completely different organization than any military currently on Earth. Apparently in Starfleet it is acceptable to use either Commander or Lieutenant when referring to a Lieutenant Commander.

BaconIsMyBFF

Encounter at Farpoint (1) - S1-E1

Corrected entry: Wesley walks out of the Halo deck, dripping wet. Things from the holodeck are not real and disappear upon leaving. Wesley should be dry when he passes the threshold.

Correction: Mistakes like these have already been entered and corrected. The holodeck uses transporter technology with replicators to generating actual matter in some instances, as well as projecting force fields to give the objects the illusion of substance. It's most likely food that is eaten in the holodeck is replicated matter and in this case, the water was also replicated matter and thus physically real, even after leaving the holodeck.

Bishop73

Timescape - S6-E25

Corrected entry: The "Romulan" that attacks Geordi is not standing in the spot he is in when time pauses again.

Correction: It's actually not a mistake, Geordi realises that the "romulan" wasn't in the right spot, it is as he begins to voice that something seems odd that he is attacked.

The Icarus Factor - S2-E14

Corrected entry: When Riker's father is talking to Troi, he says Riker has just been offered his first command (the USS Aries). However, Riker was already given a offer to command the USS Drake, which he turned down to join the USS Enterprise. This would be at least his 2nd offer to command, something his father would be aware of given his position, and following his son's career has he has.

Bishop73

Correction: He says that he has been offered his first command, not that it was his first offer of a command. If Riker turned down ten offers, the 11th would still be an offer of his first command since he doesn't have one yet.

Samaritan Snare - S2-E17

Corrected entry: In the shuttle Picard picks up the plate of sandwiches with his left hand while holding a cup with the right. After Wesley takes a sandwich, the camera cuts back to Picard, who has the plate in his right hand, and no cup to be seen.

Correction: Picard never holds a plate of sandwiches and a cup. He has the plate of sandwiches in his left hand and a 2nd, empty plate in his right hand. He gives the empty plate to Wesley as Wesley takes a sandwich. Picard then transfers the plate of sandwiches to his other hand so he can take a sandwich with his left hand.

Bishop73

Time Squared - S2-E13

Corrected entry: When Pulaski says "Your omelettes deserves nothing less", Riker is actually serving Pulaski, Data, LaForge and Worf scrambled eggs. (00:00:40)

Budoshi

Correction: She does say that, however she says it prior to Riker cooking the eggs. For whatever reason she may have been expecting omelettes and he simply made scrambled eggs. If she had said after seeing the scrambled eggs, it could be considered a mistake.

Bishop73

The Royale - S2-E12

Corrected entry: When Data is trying to talk to the elderly lady playing the slots, she is dropping coins and pulling the arm in much too rapid a fashion to allow the wheels to come to a stop. Also, she's continuing the motions as you hear the machine paying out.

Movie Nut

Correction: The Royale is not a real place with real people or real slot machines. It was created by an alien race with one dimensional characters and the old woman is just a cliché background character that doesn't interact with anyone. Her actions are completely constant with a poorly written book being interpreted by aliens (such as "an old woman wasting time playing the slots, pulling the handle over and over until she wins and never stopping after.").

Bishop73

Where Silence Has Lease - S2-E2

Corrected entry: Deanna is originally sitting on the bridge when they approach the zone of darkness, but after Picard tells Wesley to take them in, in the next wide shot Deanna disappears entirely and doesn't reappear throughout the rest of the scene - she only reappears much later when Riker and Worf return.

Correction: Wesley also says it will take 12 minutes to intercept the "hole." When Picard says let's launch a probe, Deanna is already gone. Picard then says this is close enough, indicating they've intercepted it. So almost 12 minutes have passed, plenty of time for Deanna to leave the bridge for a number of reasons that are simply not addressed on screen.

Bishop73

The Big Goodbye - S1-E12

Corrected entry: At the end of the episode after delivering his complex greeting to the Jarada, Picard and Riker head for the Turbo lift. Just as they are about to enter, Picard opens his mouth really wide as if making a funny face to someone inside the turbolift or maybe quietly celebrating a 'successful take' given the bizarre nature of the greeting! Although it was filmed from the side it is quite easy to spot.

Correction: Picard doesn't do anything close to that in this episode. He does however do something exactly as described in the later episode "Too Short a Season", an entry for which already exists.

Correction: This must be from an outtake or alternate scene, and since it's not included in the actual show isn't "eligible" for a mistake entry (not that there's anything wrong with Picard smiling). In the episode as it was aired, at the end of the episode, after the greeting, Picard and Riker do not go to the turbolift, they sit down. However, we do see Picard smirk when he turns to the side, but also everyone on the bridge claps for him and when he turns, he's still smiling.

Bishop73

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?

poehitman

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.

MissTCShore

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.

Bishop73

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.

envisaged0ne

The Royale - S2-E12

Factual error: 30 seconds in Geordi says: 'surface temperature -291 degrees Celsius'. (The scale only goes down to -273.15 which is absolute zero). (00:00:30)

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Deja Q - S3-E13

Picard: Return that moon to its orbit.
Q: I have no powers! Q, the ordinary!
Picard: Q, the liar! Q, the misanthrope!
Q: Q, the miserable! Q, the desperate! What must I do to convince you people?
Worf: Die.

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Trivia: The cast really are very good friends. At LeVar Burton's wedding in 1992, the best man was Brent Spiner and the ushers were Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes and Michael Dorn. And when Brent Spiner recorded an album (Ol' Yellow Eyes is Back), the backing groups listed as The Sunspots are again the male members of the bridge crew.

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