Star Trek: The Next Generation

Yesterday's Enterprise - S3-E15

Corrected entry: Throughout the episode, Lt. Richard Castillo wears a Type 2 phaser, which was seen in Star Trek II. He should wear the phaser introduced in Star Trek V, or any phaser consistent to the timeline. The movie [ST V] and the episode were shot in the same year. The old phaser is clearly visible in the sickbay scene at 18:18. (00:18:15)

Correction: You are assuming that when a new piece of equipment is issued, it immediately replaces older versions throughout Star Fleet. In the Star Trek Universe, it has been shown that these sorts of changes take time. For instance, in the original series, the Pilot-syle uniforms were seen as late as the second season. If an officer is used to a particular style of phaser, he may very well continue using it even if there is a newer version available.

Coming of Age - S1-E19

Corrected entry: After Captain Picard guides Jake Kurland safely through his encounter with a planet's gravity, Picard instructs Kurland to report to Mister Riker. Riker is a Commander and the Executive Officer (XO); Mister is a title used as a rank honorific for someone holding a lower rank and not for the XO.


Correction: He is the captain of the ship. He has the privilege to call lower-ranked officers "Mister".


Booby Trap - S3-E6

Corrected entry: It's a given that the Enterprise had the ability to use phasers to fire at the aceton collectors, but since they run on energy, why didn't they use photon torpedoes to destroy the collectors? They don't rely on regular energy, but explosive force to do their destructive capabilities. Even those collectors wouldn't be able to withstand a matter/anti-matter explosion of a photon torpedo without any type of shielding.


Correction: A matter/anti-matter explosion still releases energy that other collectors would use. Matter/anti-matter explosions is how they power the ship, by harnessing the power from the explosion.

Silicon Avatar - S5-E4

Corrected entry: When Dr. Marr arrives on the Enterprise, she states that she's excited because there have never been survivors from an attack from the Crystalline Entity. They also state that the Entity consumes all organic matter (including bacteria) and leaves none behind. Later, when Dr. Marr and Data are inspecting the cave the colonists took refuge in, she states that on two other planets, victims took refuge in caves and still perished. Now if the Entity consumes all organic matter (including bacteria) and there were no survivors, how would they know where the colonists took refuge, or even if they took refuge there at all? If all organic matter is gone, then there would be no trace of the colonists remaining.


Correction: Synthetic clothes, equipment, luggage, any non-organic items the people had on them would be piled up in the caves. Once you know you're dealing with something that consumes all organic material, it wouldn't be hard to figure out what happened when you find a pile of polyester shirts and piles of keys and such lying in a cave.

Gary O'Reilly

The Big Goodbye - S1-E12

Corrected entry: When Picard leaves the holodeck after the holodeck character kisses him, the lipstick remains on his face. As we're told later in the episode, matter created on the holodeck cannot exist outside the holodeck. So once Picard left, the lipstick should have vanished since it came from a holodeck character. The "correction" that says simple matter can leave the holodeck is incorrect, since in another episode, they throw a book (which is simple matter) out of the holodeck and it dissolves.


Correction: The book was, as you pointed out, thrown. It was not being carried by a person. The technical manual states that many of the objects on the holodeck are in fact generated using the standard replication process. But when Picard threw the book, the holodeck simply recycled the energy from that book, the same way the food replicators recycle any food left over. When Picard walks off with lipstick on his face, or when Data walks off with a piece of paper that Moriarty gave him on "Elementary, Dear Data", the system allowed those things to be carried out without recycling them. You can take issue with what makes the holodeck decide when to recycle material or not, but the fact is simple: some simple objects can be taken off of the holodeck.

Garlonuss Premium member

Final Mission - S4-E9

Corrected entry: Why would the Enterprise need to tow the barge all the way through the asteroid belt? The reason given was they needed the deflector shields to clear a path through the asteroid belt. They could easily tow it enough to build up enough inertial speed, and then calculate the correct trajectory and have the computer tell them when to cut it loose on that trajectory towards the sun. Then increase speed and pull out ahead and clear out a clear path for the barge to pass through at a safe distance. The only reason to do it the way they did was to make it more dramatic.


Correction: You assume the asteroids are stationary. If the Enterprise is too far ahead, a stray asteroid could still enter the barge's path.

JC Fernandez

Clues - S4-E14

Corrected entry: At the end of this episode everyone gets up from being stunned a second time. When they go to check their stations and leave, does no one notice Star Fleet's time? They have been knocked out for 30 seconds and yet Star Fleet says it's two days later. Someone should be drilling Data again.

Correction: Data explicitly states when explaining the earlier attempt that he modified the ship's chronometer so that the crew would not know time had passed. Data (with the crew's help) corrected all of the "clues" the crew found in the previous attempt. It would be a simple task for data to adjust the chronometer to run a tiny fraction faster for a short period so that it would catch up with the actual time without the crew noticing.

All Good Things... (2) - S7-E26

Corrected entry: When 'present day' Picard talks to the Romulan commander, they each agree to send one ship into The Neutral Zone to investigate the space anomaly. But after this you never hear anything about the Romulans again. As paranoid as Romulans are, I find it hard to believe that they'd just let the Enterprise go play around in The Neutral Zone without keeping an eye on them. And there is no dialogue to indicate that the Romulan ship might be cloaked either; you'd think something with that kind of tactical import would be pointed out.

Correction: The fact that something is rare, or 'hard to believe', does not make it a mistake. There could be any number of reasons why the Romulans don't show themselves again.


Skin of Evil - S1-E23

Corrected entry: When the away team goes down to the planet, the oily blob blocks their path, like a moving moat, and Riker gets sucked into that. But later, the blob returns to covering the shuttle craft like it did before they arrived. But Riker is still inside it, he is released only later. So the moat is temporarily gone. Where is he supposed to be during the time that the black blob covers the shuttle?

Correction: The material and properties that comprise Armus (the oily blob) are unknown - since the tricorders cannot scan it. So we can only extrapolate from what we see and hear. When Riker is absorbed by the entity, he is essentially made part of the oily blob. in other words, he's liquefied. So Riker is still a part of Armus when it envelops the shuttle, he just doesn't have his physical form.

JC Fernandez

Correction: He says Data is his "Second Officer" meaning he is next in the chain of command after Riker, who is the first officer.

Evolution - S3-E1

Corrected entry: About halfway through the episode, Wesley comes to the realization that his nanites are causing the malfunctions on the ship, because they escaped from the lab. Shouldn't he at least have know that the nanites had escaped, when he awoke at the beginning of the episode and found that the container had been left open? He might not have known they would become destructive, but he would have known they had escaped.


Correction: He knew they had escaped the container, not the lab. According to his dialogue with Guinan, the nanites were supposed to be confined to the lab.

JC Fernandez

Who Watches The Watchers - S3-E4

Corrected entry: Picard decided to beam the leader of the village to the Enterprise. While on the bridge, he orders Data to beam her directly to transporter room one as soon as she is alone. Picard goes to the transporter room, tells the crewman he will handle this himself, and then proceeds to beam her up without notifying Data not to do so.


Correction: He commed Data while en route to the Transporter Room.

JC Fernandez

Timescape - S6-E25

Corrected entry: Geordi, Troi, data and Picard learn that they are able to interact with "objects" within the bubble of extremely slow moving time. This is to allow them to open doors and move throughout the ships. Problem is it would be impossible. By Newtonian physics, to move an object you must overcome the force holding it in place. To lift an object, you must overcome its weight: its mass times the acceleration due to gravity (roughly 9.8 meters per second per second) The problem is that with time moving extremely slow, any object would be extremely heavy because the acceleration due to gravity just increased ( a second in the bubble would seem to equal an hour, maybe even more, outside the bubble).


Correction: Actually, if what normally takes a second to fall takes an hour, acceleration *decreases*. So assuming normal physics apply, objects would be lighter.

JC Fernandez

Timescape - S6-E25

Corrected entry: After Troi sees the effects of the first time bubble, Data comments that his internal chronometer is in synch with the runabout's computer. That would mean the first bubble also enveloped the computer, but nothing it controls was affected: gravity, navigation, attitude control, inertial dampers, life support, etc. These systems are normally controlled by the computer, only when something significant changes do they require crew input.


Correction: The first bubble only affected Troi; in this particular bubble, time moved more quickly, giving her the appearance that everything outside the bubble was "frozen." But the others and the ship were actually unaffected, which is why Data's internal chronometer is in synch with the ship's computer.

JC Fernandez

Correction: We do not know the exact nature of Armus or his abilities, so we cannot say for sure if such a bulge should appear.


Family - S4-E2

Corrected entry: In the scene where Picard is walking towards his house with his nephew, the cameraman walks backwards and there are tall bushes on the left side of the screen. As the cameraman walks backwards, he brushes up against leaves and small branches and you can see them move after he walks past them.

Correction: The movement of the bushes is being caused by Picard's nephew, who is hiding behind them.


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Corrected entry: In series 7, episode "The Pegasus" it is revealed that it has been 9 years since Riker served above The Pegasus. It is also stated that this was Riker's first position since leaving the academy. By this point in the series, Riker must have been the Enterprise's 1st officer for at least a few years (probably 7 as this is the 7th series, but let's say 4, as a timescale is rarely mentioned in the whole series). Furthermore he was already a 1st officer before he got the gig on the flagship, so let's say he was already a 1st officer for a year before TNG. So if he has been a 1st officer for 5 years, are we to assume that it only took 4 years after graduation for Riker to go from cadet to commander? Also, Riker was offered his own command in series three, meaning that it would have only taken him around 6 years to become captain. There's an episode where Data told Q that in order to be captain it takes years after leaving the academy - he definitely says one would have to spend 8-12 years in the lieutenant grades alone. Riker is good, but he's not that good.

Correction: There is not a formula for how fast someone get promoted, it's based on a lot of things, not just years of service, or years at a certain rank. Since we do not have all of the information, we do not know the reasons why he may have been promoted faster than the typical person.


Timescape - S6-E25

Corrected entry: Part of Absolute Zero, 0 degrees Kelvin, deals with the stoppage of time. As long as an atom is in motion, it is generating heat. Lasers are being used today not to remove heat from molecules, but to slow them down to the point of almost stopping and that is the closest to Absolute Zero scientists have been able to hit. That being said: The temperature in the Enterprise and Romulan ship would be far colder than that, and very much closer to 0 than the temperature of space, to Picard, Troi, Geordi and Data. They have an isolation field around them, but that is not a life support generator providing them with neither heat nor oxygen. They would quickly freeze to death in that time bubble and slowly suffocate since the atmosphere would nearly be solid to them.


Correction: Geordi and Data built the isolation field, they surely would have taken this into account, the field might very well provide both. Without actually being able to nearly stop time around normal people, I don't think we can say what its effects will be on them. The science on Trek constantly violates today's "known" physics, just as a 747 violates the "known" physics of the late 1800's ie. "man will never fly".

Grumpy Scot

When The Bough Breaks - S1-E17

Corrected entry: During the 'little power demonstration' a repulser beam hits the Enterprise and throw it three days away from the planet. But no-one on the bridge shows any signs of movement - even the standing one. Remember every space battle when after each hit you see people flying through the air . (00:25:20)

Correction: Since the Enterprise has artificial gravity and inertial compensators, the crew is usually unaffected by changes in speed or trajectory - no one is slammed to the back walls when they go to warp, for instance. These systems are often affected as power is rerouted to shields during a battle. The momentary readjustment results in crewmembers falling or flying. Clearly, these systems weren't affected by the repulser beam.

JC Fernandez

The Naked Now - S1-E3

Corrected entry: When Wesley demonstrates his miniature tractor beam, he looks over his shoulder. The controlling device in his hands shakes a little during it - but the model stays very calm in the air. (00:18:10)

Correction: Wesley is more than intelligent enough to design the device to compensate for minor movements by the user; he wouldn't want the object being tractored to be shaken unnecessarily.

Tailkinker Premium member

Too Short a Season - S1-E16

Other mistake: At the beginning of the episode, when Picard and Riker leave the bridge to head to the teleport deck to receive the admiral and his wife, as the lift door opens Patrick Stewart makes a face at the film crew off-screen as he walks off the bridge. (00:02:05)

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Relics - S6-E4

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Scotty: [slowly] N, C, C, 1, 7, 0, 1. No bloody A, B, C, or D.

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The Measure of a Man - S2-E9

Trivia: When Riker views Data's file on his computer, Data is listed as "NFN NMI Data." This stands for "no first name" and "no middle initial."

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Question: Were people able to "lock" the Holodeck doors so that others couldn't just walk in on them? I don't recall an episode where the doors were locked that wasn't because of some malfunction. It seems like Lieutenant Barclay, for example, would either lock the doors during his "fantasies" or have some "fail-safe" that shuts the program off when being walked in on. Otherwise, it's just a really dumb thing to do (for him or anyone playing out a fantasy) knowing they could easily be caught.


Answer: Yes. The doors to the holodecks can be locked when in use by anyone aboard the Enterprise so they couldn't be disturbed. However, high ranking officers like Captain Picard could override the doors as it's seen that overrides are in use even for the crews quarters. Even Barclay, when he's indulging in one of his fantasies could have the doors to the holodeck unlocked by an override code.

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