Star Trek: The Next Generation

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.

Correction: But it still existed as a place. It had been known and inhabited and explored for hundreds of years. Somewhere doesn't have to be a US state for someone to want to visit it.

Also, it may not have been a state yet, but it was still an American territory; we purchased it from Russia in 1867.

Cubs Fan Premium member

This is true. Thank you for the info, I humbly stand corrected.

Movie Nut

Rascals - S6-E7

Corrected entry: After Picard, Guinan, Ro, and Keiko all beam back to the ship and have been transformed into children, their clothing hangs loosely on all four. Later, Dr. Crusher even states "But as far as we can tell, only their bodies were changed". Presumably they replicate a change of clothes that fit before the next scene. However, no one on the medical team addresses the fact that the now pre-pubescent Captain Picard has an adult-sized parthenogenetic implant (fake heart) that was mentioned in many previous episodes.

Correction: There is not enough information on the artificial heart itself to say with any certainty that it would have any adverse affects on a person were their body size to shrink. Since we don't know if it definitely would have any negative effects, we can't say it is a plot hole that it doesn't.


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.

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.


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.


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.

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).

Relics - S6-E4

Corrected entry: Scotty and Geordi use the shields of the Jenolan to 'jam the doors' of the Dyson sphere so the Enterprise can escape. They get beamed out an instant before the ship is destroyed. But in numerous episodes before and after this one, it is impossible to beam through shields - they would have died along with the Jenolan.

Correction: They beam out in the time between the shields failing and the Jenolan being destroyed. This is not any kind of stretch. Many times in Trek a ship has performed a transport in a split second when shields are lowered.

Grumpy Scot

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

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

Tapestry - S6-E15

Corrected entry: When the Away Team beams to Sickbay with Picard at the beginning of the episode, Dr. Crusher asks what caused his injury and Worf responds that it was "a compressed teryon beam" from an alien weapon. However, when Picard is telling Q about his regrets he says that if he'd had a real heart he "wouldn't have died from a random energy surge 30 years later." Either Patrick Stewart was ad libbing and no one caught the contradiction, or the left hand didn't know what the right hand was doing on the writing team for that particular script.

Correction: Picard was hit by a Lenarian tetryon beam. If he didn't have the artificial heart, he would have lived. But since he had an artificial heart, a random energy surge in the heart killed him.


Birthright (1) - S6-E16

Corrected entry: When Data is hit by the power from the alien device the second time the camera zooms in on his face. The interface cable that was previously attached to his head is gone, later when he wakes back up, the cable is reattached.

Correction: The cable could have easily been blown off by the energy discharge, and reconnected by the crew to help diagnose Data's condition after the blast.

Rascals - S6-E7

Corrected entry: A transporter accident transforms Picard, Ro Laren, Guinan and Keiko O'Brien into small children who appear to be about 12 years old. Picard is 30-40 years older than Ro and Keiko. Guinan is over 500 years old. Why are they all returned to the same age?

Grumpy Scot

Correction: Simple - their bodies have all been 'reset', as it were, to the same stage in their lives - apparently just before the onset of puberty. Therefore, they all appear to be the same age.

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Relics - S6-E4

Corrected entry: After Geordie and Riker get Scotty out of the transporter, Riker introduces himself, including the ship's name. As soon as Scotty hears him say "Enterprise", he says "The Enterprise, I should have known, I'll bet Jim Kirk himself pulled the old girl out of mothballs to come looking for me". But Scotty was there when Kirk was "killed" by the Nexus in the beginning of Star Trek: Generations. That took place before this episode. Since Scotty was there when Kirk "died", how could be bet that it was Kirk who came looking for him?

Correction: This is a mistake, but more of a mistake on the movie Generations, then the series. This episode was written and aired (1992) before the movie Generations (1994). At the time the episode was written and aired, the events of the Generations had never happened (so what Scotty said could have been true, at that time).

Bruce Minnick

Conspiracy - S1-E25

Continuity mistake: In the beginning of this episode, Riker orders Geordi (who was navigator at the time) to increase to Warp 6. In response, Geordi replies, "Aye sir, full impulse."

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Question: Near the end when they are in the holodeck for the memorial ceremony for Lt. Yar, Dr. Crusher's uniform is green and seconds later it is blue. After watching it several times, it does not appear to be a trick of the light. What happened here? Why would she have on a green uniform in the first place?


Chosen answer: The uniform does indeed change colour. It may be due to the need for a green screen in part, or perhaps some lighting altering our perception. That being said, it certainly looks green at the start, blue thereafter.

The show has been done in HD now and not sure if they fix this problem.


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