Star Trek: The Next Generation

Datalore - S1-E13

Character mistake: At the end of the episode, after Lore has been defeated, Picard asks Data if he is O.K. Data replies, "I'm fine." One of the plot points of this episode is that Data cannot use contractions.

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Suggested correction: That characteristic was not added to the character until season two. In the first season, Data uses contractions on a number of occasions.

It's still a mistake, even if it wasn't part of season 1 scripting. Just because we only learn later that Data doesn't use contractions, doesn't make this mistake invalid. We learn Data was specifically constructed that way and hadn't been able to use contraction since being created, which means all of season 1 he shouldn't be using contractions.

Bishop73

It would only be a mistake if he used the contraction after the trait was established for the character.

That's not how mistakes on this site work. It is still a valid mistake in the context of the entire show since the character trait had in fact been established. It's the same way for when shows do something like establish a character's birth-date in later seasons, but when episodes from earlier season have the character at the wrong age, it's a mistake for the earlier episodes.

Bishop73

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Suggested correction: This is only a mistake if the series is taken as a whole. At this point in the series, that particular trait wasn't part of the character. Data uses contractions multiple times in the first season, as the trait was added later.

While it was explicitly expressed in season 2 that Data can not use contractions, the fact that they did established this character trait means it's a valid mistake since the trait is meant to show Data could never use contractions since his creation, not that he suddenly developed it some 30-odd years later. Although it would probably be better to establish one character mistake for "all of season 1" than list every individual time it happened.

Bishop73

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Suggested correction: It is true that in later seasons he is unable to use contractions. However, since that characteristic was not introduced in the first season, this is not a mistake. His behavior is consistent with the character's behavior throughout the first season.

It's still a mistake, even if it wasn't part of season 1 scripting. Just because we only learn later that Data doesn't use contractions, doesn't make this mistake invalid. We learn Data was specifically constructed that way and hadn't been able to use contraction since being created, which means all of season 1 he shouldn't be using contractions.

Bishop73

Incorrect. It would be a mistake if he used a contraction after the trait was added to his character, but the mistake can't be retroactive as it wasn't a mistake for him to use it at that point in the show.

Rascals - S6-E7

Plot hole: 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.

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Suggested 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 affects, we can't say it is a plot hole that it doesn't.

BaconIsMyBFF

We'll Always Have Paris - S1-E24

Character mistake: When Data is on the planet, about to drop the material into the temporal rift, one of the three Datas asks which one of them should do it. The middle Data replies, "Me. It's me." Data is meant to be incapable of using a contraction.

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Suggested correction: That character trait was not established until season 2. Data uses contractions multiple times in the first season.

While it was explicitly expressed in season 2 that Data can not use contractions, the fact that they did established this character trait means it's a valid mistake since the trait is meant to show Data could never use contractions since his creation, not that he suddenly developed it some 30-odd years later. Although it would probably be better to establish one character mistake for "all of season 1" than list every individual time it happened.

Bishop73

Q Who? - S2-E16

Other mistake: Worf says the Borg have locked on a tractor beam, but in the next exterior shot there is no tractor beam visible between the two ships. Later there is.

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Suggested correction: Stating that it is locked on is not the same as stating it is engaged. For example, there are numerous occasions where they detect that phasers have been locked but have not yet been engaged/fired.

garok89

In regards to a tractor beam, locked on has always meant engaged and holding the target. Phasers are different as they need to be targeted. The tractor beam just has to hit the ship. I think this is a valid error.

oldbaldyone

Timescape - S6-E25

Factual error: Picard reaches for the bowl of rotten fruit, winces in pain, and suddenly his fingernails have grown about an inch. This was due to the fruit bowl being inside an area where time was moving much faster. The problem is, in order for his fingernails to grow, blood would have to supply the needed nutrients to his fingers at the accelerated rate. Since his heart is in normal time, being away from the bowl of fruit, there is no way his fingernails could have grown like that - his heart is only supplying a normal-time-continuum's worth of blood.

Matty Blast

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Suggested correction: This entry conflates rapid growth with sped up time.

Timescape - S6-E25

Plot hole: They have already shown that anything that comes into contact with the time bubbles is immediately affeceted. The engine running 47 days non-stop, the fruit againg, Picard's hand aging, etc. Geordi creates subspace isolation field that allows them to beam off the shuttle and onto the other ships to investigate. Problem is, the second the transporter beam hit the time bubble, it would have stopped and never materialized because it would have been affected by the extremely slow passage of time in that bubble. The warp core breach was affected as was the disruptor fire so the transport beam would have been easily affected. And they have never shown that have been able to alter the transporters in such a manner that would allow them to beam over.

Rlvlk

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Suggested correction: The subspace isolation field in conjunction with the phase discriminators were used to counteract this problem. Geordi and Data specifically mention how this would work. In addition, this same solution was used in the earlier episode Time's Arrow for a similar problem.

BaconIsMyBFF

Rightful Heir - S6-E23

Plot hole: During a private conversation with Worf, (the not yet revealed to be clone of) Kahless recounts a time during Worf's childhood when the actual Kahless appeared to Worf in a vision and told him he would do something no other Klingon had ever done. However, it would be impossible for a clone to have such a memory, as his creators would have no knowledge that such a memory even existed, let alone the circumstances and specific content of that vision.

Michael Albert

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Suggested correction: The implication is that Koroth or one of the other priests knew of Worf's vision. Given the purpose of the temple, and the fact Worf had discussions with Koroth prior to the clone appearing, it is obvious that Worf told either Koroth or one of the other priests the specifics of his vision and that his purpose for being there was he wished to see Kahless again.

BaconIsMyBFF

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Suggested correction: This scene is set in the past (as you said). At this time Data was a Lt. JG.

No, Data was not Lt. Junior Grade at this point in the past. This was when they were going on the Far Point mission and Data already had the rank of Lt. Commander.

Bishop73

Identity Crisis - S4-E18

Stupidity: When Riker and Worf are searching for Geordi on the holodeck, why don't they just terminate the program, instead of looking for him in the simulated jungle? Would have made it a heck of a lot easier to find him in the relatively small empty holodeck, invisible or not.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

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Suggested correction: Geordi had already mutated and since one of the abilities of the mutation is invisibility, shutting off the holodeck wouldn't have helped as, without being able to see Geordi, it would be impossible to know where or if he was still in the holodeck.

The original stupidity still holds though. As the original poster said, it would be easier to find Geordi in the smaller holodeck, without the simulated jungle, "invisible or not."

wizard_of_gore Premium member

No, it wouldn't. Before going to the holodeck, the computer was asked where Geordi was with the response he was no longer on board. This would indicate that any type of scanner would not be able to find him. Plus, how would shutting off the holodeck help? Geordi was now invisible, being invisible would have no shadow and shortly after Worf and Riker had even got to the holodeck, a partially mutated Geordi had already got to the transporter room and beamed himself down to the planet.

11001001 - S1-E15

Plot hole: The binars needed two people to upload the data back to their world but they only intended on keeping Riker in the holodeck. Riker is just one person. Picard came into the holodeck purely by accident - even Minuet said this was true. If Picard hadn't been there, Riker could not have uploaded the data on his own and the binars' plan would have failed.

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Suggested correction: The Binars only trapped Riker because they thought they might need someone to restore the computer for them, which wouldn't have taken 2 Enterprise crew members. It was the fact that the Binars got to their planet too late that required Picard and Riker to work together. However, the Binars already knew Picard was on the Holodeck before they initiated their plan because when Picard exits his ready room he says he's going to join Riker. Had Picard not done this, certainly the Binars could have kept a 2nd crew member on-board somehow, if needed.

Bishop73

The Pegasus - S7-E12

Continuity mistake: In the opening log entry of the first episode, Picard says that "I have been informed that a highly experienced man, one Commander William Riker..." He sounds as though he has been assigned a First Officer without knowing him. However, in this episode he tells Pressman that he read Riker's file, and wanted him, based on Riker's adamant refusal to obey an order that went against his safety protocol.

Movie Nut

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Suggested correction: There's no error here. Picard likely read the files of many officers and requested the ones he preferred, and Star Fleet informed him which one he would get.

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Suggested correction: Which episode is this for?

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Justice - S1-E8

Plot hole: The entire premise of the episode is contradictory; the franchise makes abundantly clear through the so called Prime Directive that the Federation abides to a code (often creating moral dilemmas that may require to stretch the rules) that says that their staff is not supposed to interfere in world that haven't reached warp capabilities, nor involve themselves in their internal matters. In the first half of the episode, Riker and the others just go 'mingle' with the frisky natives without a care in the world, and yet in the second half the Prime Directive itself is referenced explicitly and it is part of the plot.

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Suggested correction: They are just enjoying the hospitality of the planet's inhabitants. They are not interfering in their internal affairs or the development of their species. It's only when Wesley gets into trouble that the Prime Directive comes into play. The entire mission of The Enterprise is to make contact with other planets.

wizard_of_gore

Q Who? - S2-E16

Continuity mistake: In the Shuttle, Q's hair is arranged in bangs on his forehead. A split second later in Ten Forward, his hair is up and back from his forehead in the familiar style.

Movie Nut

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Suggested correction: Q's powers has shown in the past that he can change his looks in an instance, as well as his location and anyone else he chooses. This is precisely what happens here.

Bishop73

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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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?

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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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