Star Trek: The Next Generation

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.


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.

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

Skin of Evil - S1-E23

Corrected entry: In the very beginning shots of the Enterprise, the nacelles are not lit even though the ship is moving.

Correction: Picard clearly states in his log entry "Because engineering is involved in preventative maintenance of our dilithium crystals we are presently travelling on impulse power" the impulse engines are located at the stern of the saucer section.

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".


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

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

The Battle - S1-E9

Corrected entry: When Picard is introducing his staff, he says that Data is 2nd in command, when in Fact Data is 3rd in command after Riker, after Picard.

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

Jason Hoffman

Skin of Evil - S1-E23

Corrected entry: When Armus engulfs Riker and then covers the shuttle, shouldn't there be a bulge to show the first officer's position?

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.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Code of Honor - S1-E4

Corrected entry: As Picard walks up to Lutan and Hagon talking, Hagon's words don't match the movements of his lips.

Correction: Starfleet officers use universal translators to communicate with unfamiliar alien species. Since Lutan and Hagon are aliens (they look human, but in reality they are from Ligon II and Picard only mentions they are "similar" to an older Earth culture) they would most likely speak English only when talking with Starfleet officers, like Picard, and revert to their native language when talking amongst themselves (especially on their own world, where the scene was taking place). It's possible, then, the two were talking in their own language, which would be translated into English automatically while Picard was overhearing them, similar to a badly dubbed foreign film.

The Big Goodbye - S1-E12

Corrected entry: Picard leaves the holodeck with lipstick on his face despite the established 'fact' that holodeck matter cannot leave the holodeck (eg: ST:TNG, 'Ship in a Bottle').


Correction: Simple matter and objects can leave the holodeck. They are created using the same technology as the replicators. There are numerous cases where matter (paper, water, food) has left the holodeck, and this is accepted as part of the technology. Complex matter (i.e. people, animals, etc.) cannot leave the holodeck. The computer might have made the lipstick transferrable for a sense of realism - no reason not to.

Jason Hoffman

Skin of Evil - S1-E23

Corrected entry: When starting the warp-core the matter / antimatter is injected in the ratio 25:1. Four episodes earlier (S01-18, Coming of age) Wesley solves the trick question at the Starfleet entrance exam with the only solution : The ratio has to be 1:1.


Correction: Is this the proper ratio for a Galaxy class or a generic warp core? 1701-D is Starfleet's newest, most advanced vessel. It's possible that her core uses a different procedure for start up. Also, academies historically use older equipment for training purposes, since the state of the art is "on the front lines", making it even more likely that procedures on Enterprise are different from those in other vessels.

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 .


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 Last Outpost - S1-E5

Corrected entry: Data lists the colours of the German Flag in the wrong order. He says 'red, black and gold' - it has to be 'black, red and gold'. It's a little embarrassing for his historical data banks.


Correction: He lists the correct colors of the flag, so technically that is not a mistake.

Jason Hoffman

Encounter at Farpoint (2) - S1-E2

Corrected entry: It is later stated that Data can't use shortened expressions like 'I've' or 'I'll'. But in the pilot he says to Bones, "I'm an android".


Correction: I thought so too, but if you listen very closely, he does say "I am". He is speaking quickly, so it can be hard to make out.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

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.


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

Encounter at Farpoint (1) - S1-E1

Corrected entry: After the crew has separated the saucer section from the main section, we see the senior staff waiting on the bridge for the encounter with Q. Yet, on all the Enterprise blueprints and schematics, the main bridge is on the top of the saucer section. How can the crew let the saucer section go, wait on the war segment, and still be on the main bridge awaiting Q.

Correction: They are not on the main bridge anymore, they are on the battle bridge in the lower section.


Conspiracy - S1-E25

Corrected entry: At the end of the scene where Admiral Quinn is first walking around the Enterprise with Picard and Riker, a male crew member can be seen wearing a female officer's dress uniform.

Correction: Not a mistake. That was a normal uniform variation at that point in the show. It wasn't seen a lot, but it was intentional- not a mistake.


Skin of Evil - S1-E23

Corrected entry: Geordi's phaser falls out when the away team moves to help Riker and gets sand on it. After Picard beams down it's back in Geordi's holster, clean and shiny.

Correction: It was several minutes before Picard beamed down, more than enough time for Geordi to pick up his phaser and dust it off.

The Naked Now - S1-E3

Corrected entry: Even after La Forge wanders out of sick bay, the display above his bed continues to register his vital signs.

Correction: Not a mistake. As seen several other times in the series, the Enterprise's computer is capable of reading the life signs of it's crewmembers anywhere on the ship. That LaForge's signs appear on the medical display, is simply a matter of output chosen previously by the doctor.


Skin of Evil - S1-E23

Corrected entry: In the episode "Skin of Evil", right after Commander Riker gets pulled into the sludge type black substance watch the left side of the screen. When the away team looks into it after Riker's face comes out of the sludge you will see something plop into the goo, that was Geordi's phaser falling out of his holster when he leaned over the pool of goo.

Correction: Not a mistake, as it is possible to lose things like this in real life. The mistake is, however, that the phaser reappears later, which is already listed on this site.


Encounter at Farpoint (1) - S1-E1

Corrected entry: Riker says he reviewed the logs of the encounter with Q, where the alien kidnaps Troi, Picard, Tasha, and Data. But later he's unaware that Troi is a member of the crew.

Correction: Riker not only says that he reviewed the logs; he is also seen actively doing so on orders from the Captain. But more importantly, he never states that he was unaware that Troi was on board, he merely pauses and stares at her when they meet. This is because Riker and Troi have a romantic history together, so it is natural for him to have an emotional reaction when they meet again. To say that Riker was unaware of Troi's presence is an assumption, nothing more.


The Neutral Zone - S1-E26

Corrected entry: The model of the Enterprise in Raymond's quarters has the warp nacelles on backwards.

Correction: When in the episode is the model described as being of the Enterprise? Not an error.


Coming of Age - S1-E19

Corrected entry: Jake Kurland is described as a skilled shuttle operator, yet he still manages to unbalance the shuttle's engines.

Correction: Licensed surgeons (whom we can assume are 'skilled' based on their schooling and licensing) have been known to leave surgical instruments inside patients. Pobody is nerfect. Not a 'mistake' or 'plot hole'.


Skin of Evil - S1-E23

Corrected entry: When Riker is dragged into the pool of goo, his head reappears for just a moment, then is pulled back into the pool. Note that his mouth is open and fills with goo, but his mouth is above the surface. Obviously this is a mask that is pulled under.


Correction: The pool of goo is a living, shape shifting entity called Armus. If Armus wanted to only partially fill Riker's mouth with some of himself, it surely would have been in his power.


The Battle - S1-E9

Corrected entry: Riker refers to Bok as captain, when in fact the commanding officer on a Ferengi vessel is Daimon.

Correction: True, but Daimon is the Ferengi equivalent of a Starfleet Captain.

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When The Bough Breaks - S1-E17

Corrected entry: With such advanced technology, the Aldeans should've known the effects to the ozone layer their device has.

Correction: With our non-advanced technology, we should know what effect we're having on our environment, but we seem to be doing a pretty good job of being in denial about it.


Season 1 generally

Corrected entry: In certain episodes on the back of the bridge, black squares are placed on the screens.

Joseph Z

Correction: Way too vague. We're supposed to look at each episode to wonder which ones you're talking about?

K.C. Sierra

Code of Honor - S1-E4

Corrected entry: Near the end of the episode Picard directs Lutan and Hagon into the observation lounge - when they leave the bridge the two of them go first, but a split second later when they cut to a shot of the lounge, Picard arrives first and they come in after him - how did Picard get in front of them?

Correction: In the blueprints that come with the Star Trek Collectors Edition Magazine, there's a short corridor between the Bridge and the Lounge, which also leads to what appears to be a bathroom.

The Battle - S1-E9

Corrected entry: Riker locks a tractor beam on the Stargazer with its shields up, even though it is established TNG-era tractor beams can't do that.

Correction: It has also been established that as time passes in the TNG universe, new technology allows them to overcome older technology. For example, they are unable to beam through shields, but in several episodes they manage to do it anyway because of inferior/flawed technology. Remember, the Stargazer is an old ship and its shield technology is outdated.

When The Bough Breaks - S1-E17

Corrected entry: The Aldeans offer to provide the Federation with extensive scientific knowledge in exchange for children, because the Aldeans are barren. Troi, Crusher, and Riker reject this offer immediately, and the Aldenas kidnap seven children from the Enterprise. It's totally understandable that the crew of the Enterprise would be unwilling to part with their children. But are there not any human or humanoid children living as underpriveliged orphans, either in the Federation or under the awareness thereof? Surely there are many children who would benefit greatly from being raised on Aldea, even though no such children were on the Enterprise. The Dominion war and the Cardassian occupation of Bajor orphaned thousands. And surely, if given a choice, at least some of these children would choose to live in a place with new parents who would love and pamper them, thus avoiding any moral dilemmas.


Correction: That would be selling children: slavery. Giving children in exchange for scientific knowledge is the selling a person. The Federation cannot interfere in the societies of non-federation planets: The prime directive. They cannot simply take Bajoran war orphans and take them to Aldea. And even if they could, no society would exchange their orphans for the knowledge, see above reason. The Aldeans are unable to have children because their planetary cloaking device has rendered it impossible for them to have children. It sterilized them. They will no longer use the cloaking device for this reason. It would doom any child brought to their planet to the same fate. That is why they gave the kids back instead of fighting. The cloak will no longer be used: therefore, the planet's location will no longer be secret. Since it will no longer be secret, families will be able to immigrate to the planet and the Aldeans can teach them.


Angel One - S1-E14

Corrected entry: At the end of the episode the Enterprise heads off to ward off Romulan Warbirds, but according to "The Neutral Zone" the Romulans haven't been heard of since the "Tomed Incident."

Correction: The Enterprise simply could have been responding to a false alarm at the end of this episode.

Where No One Has Gone Before - S1-E6

Corrected entry: While the starship Enterprise is (at first) flung only two million light years away, it is stated that it would take over three hundred years to return to the Federation. This is, of course, ridiculous, when compared with the time scale associated with the 70,000 light year jump in Voyager.

Correction: This wouldn't be a mistake on the Next Generation as much as it would be on Voyager, since this episode was made several years before Voyager.

Heart of Glory - S1-E20

Corrected entry: The Klingon Korris makes reference to the Klingons' homeworld as "Kling." - "I refuse to let the traitors of Kling pick the meat from my bones." This is the first and only time the Klingon home planet is called "Kling" - it is later "officially" named Qo'noS in the sixth Star Trek movie.

Correction: They actually say "Kli", not "Kling". It's like "Earth" and "Terra" - two names for the same planet. But if you analyse the word klingon, the litteral translation to english is "inhabitant of Kli". With this same rule, humans (terrans) are called "terrangans" in the klingan english dictionary.

Encounter at Farpoint (2) - S1-E2

Corrected entry: When Wesley leaves the Holodeck he's completely wet. That's not possible because the water was holographic, and should have disappeared right after he left the room.

Correction: Everything in the Holodeck starts out Holographic, until someone interacts with it. The replicators can easily replicate water, so the water that Wesley had on him was real.


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