Star Trek

This Side of Paradise - S1-E24

Corrected entry: Spock is wearing his normal blue uniform when shot with the "happy spores" from the strange plant. The next scene is with Kirk inquiring about Spock's location to which he is told nobody has seen him. Spock somehow manages to find some green overalls out in the meadows when we switch back to him.

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olohzika

Correction: Remember, Leila took Spock to that location for the express reason of having him infected. She likely brought civilian clothes for him, knowing he would no longer want to wear his uniform.

Jason Hoffman

The Menagerie (2) - S1-E12

Corrected entry: When Spock takes Captain Pike out of the briefing room, Pike appears, via the viewscreen, on Talos IV in the very next shot. There is no possible way Spock could have gotten Pike to the transporter room that fast.

Cubs Fan

Correction: Not a mistake. Pike's appearance on the screen is of his younger, uninjured self - obviously one of the Talosians' illusions. So they "jumped the gun" a bit by showing him on the planet before his actual arrival, but this image is only for illustration to the people viewing, so it doesn't matter.

Assignment: Earth - S2-E26

Corrected entry: Gary Seven transported down to earth using the enterprise transporter system. Because of this he should re materialise in the same fashion as normal, yet for some unexplained reason he comes from his safe in a cloud of blue gasses.

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olohzika

Correction: True, he used the Enterprise transporter, and people usually can't move when re materialization occurs. However, Gary Seven, with his advanced knowledge, would know how to work the transporter, target his safe/transporter (with vastly superior alien technology), and be able to walk out before the normal cycle was finished. This is due to the alien transporter being superior. In later incarnations, people can move while being transported.

Movie Nut

The Naked Time - S1-E4

Corrected entry: When Dr. McCoy is doing the surgery on Joe's wound, the indicators on the the medical readout screen are in different positions even though they all appeared to be dropping.

jbrbbt

Correction: The indicators for the bio bed would naturally be in different positions, indicating the different levels of Joe's vitals as they fluctuate. Granted, they were dropping, indicating he was dying, but until the body stopped, the instruments of that time would read out every beat until there was nothing to read.

Movie Nut

Operation -- Annihilate! - S1-E29

Corrected entry: When given the option of using intense light to kill the creatures, McCoy says that he could probably rig a cubicle in the bio lab to test the theory. However, that would require him to know engineering, and one of his caustic quotes is "I'm a doctor, not an engineer!", unless he requisitioned Engineering to help.

Movie Nut

Correction: Rigging a cubicle with lights wouldn't require engineering skills. He just meant he can set up some intense lights and focus them on a certain spot, not that he'll have to wire anything or build a special device.

Bishop73

The Return of the Archons - S1-E21

Corrected entry: As Kirk and co. carries O'Neil out of the alley, the supposedly unconscious woman in the black dress moves her foot out of the way as they pass.

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Jean G

Correction: The unconscious woman's foot did move, but not on her own - other cast members' feet caught and moved hers as they were exiting the scene.

Scott215

Whom Gods Destroy - S3-E14

Corrected entry: Garth, shape-shifted as Spock, applies the Vulcan nerve pinch to Marta. Since Garth can only imitate the physical appearance of someone and not that person's life experience, Garth would have no knowledge of the Vulcan nerve pinch. The same could be said of when Garth shape shifts into Kirk - if Garth had Kirk's knowledge, he would have known the counter sign that Scotty used to challenge him for the beam up.

Scott215

Correction: Garth, prior to being able to shape-shift and going insane, was a well respected Starfleet Captain and skilled tactician. In fact, he was required reading at the academy. Captain Garth would no doubt have extensive knowledge of Vulcans and the Vulcan nerve pinch, including learning how to do it.

Bishop73

Bread and Circuses - S2-E25

Corrected entry: The sword Spock is carrying disappears between leaving the cell and the group exiting down the corridor. No one else in the shot appears to have taken possession of it.

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Jean G

Correction: Spock does hand the sword to one of the submachine gun-armed guards before they are escorted down the corridor.

Scott215

Patterns of Force - S2-E21

Corrected entry: Kirk and Spock pretend to be filming Daras so they can enter the building where John Gill will give his speech. Look at the lamp Spock is holding. In the beginning it works, than a couple of scenes later it doesn't, and when they are outside the chamber where John Gill is, his lamp is on again.

Correction: Spock turns the lamp off and on as needed, so it isn't a mistake.

Movie Nut

A Piece of the Action - S2-E17

Corrected entry: Not only do the billiard balls on the pool table keep changing positions between shots, but Bela seems to forget what the cue ball is for, and starts hitting the colored balls directly into the pockets instead.

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Jean G

Correction: Bela didn't "forget" the cue ball. He simply tired of playing around during introductions, and used the shooting of the regular balls as a signal that he was turning his attention to the matter at hand, i.e., Kirk and company, and what he could get out of them.

Movie Nut

The Lights of Zetar - S3-E18

Corrected entry: Mira is supposedly weightless in the pressure chamber. But her tunic skirt remains perfectly flat and her long hair also "forgets" to float - it's hanging straight down below her head. Selective anti-gravity?

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Jean G

Correction: If she were lying flat on a surface, with her hair hanging down, when the anti gravity was activated, the cloth and hair would remain in this original position due to the absence of any gravity to affect their position. There are many videos of objects in weightlessness where astronauts placing an object in a spot in front of them, and it staying put, unless it were given motion from the touch of the astronaut.

Movie Nut

Catspaw - S2-E7

Corrected entry: Kirk, McCoy, and Spock are chained to the dungeon wall, with McCoy noticing he is next to a skeleton, also chained. This is incorrect, as a skeleton's bones are held together by cartilage, which would rot over time. Therefore, the skeleton would not be hanging intact, but would be a pile of bones on the floor.

Scott215

Correction: The dungeon and the skeleton are illusions specifically created to be frightening. Whether a real skeleton would remain intact is irrelevant.

Miri - S1-E8

Corrected entry: When Spock goes outside to scan the area he looks at the building directly in front of him, but when the child rubs away the dirt on the window Spock is seen looking at the ground to his right. But in the next shot Spock is looking directly at the building again.

jbrbbt

Correction: When Spock comes out, and sends the guards off, he begins to look at, and scan with, his tricorder, and routinely glancing at the buildings, keeping mindful of possible attack in a possibly hostile situation. When seen through to cleaned spot, he is still performing the actions.

Movie Nut

The Apple - S2-E5

Corrected entry: Kirk orders Marple to cut around a rock to the right and make a noise to distract their observer. But the actor appears to slightly screw up his cue: Marple promptly traverses the rock to the left instead of the right.

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Jean G

Correction: Kirk indicated to Marple and Chekhov that someone or something was behind the rock that Spock nodded towards to show Kirk where their "friend" was. Kirk told Marple to "cut around the rock to your right", meaning the the man go around the indicated rock (behind Spock) so that his movements would be to his right, thereby keeping the rock to his right.

Movie Nut

The Changeling - S2-E3

Corrected entry: When Nomad's bolt sends Scotty flying across the bridge, you can see the two rubber mats placed on the floor for the stunt man to land on.

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Jean G

Correction: There are no rubber mats anywhere for the stuntman to fall on. There was barely a second between impact and a person running to his side. He expertly landed in such a way as to avoid any major injury, save for a few bruises.

Movie Nut

What Are Little Girls Made Of? - S1-E7

Corrected entry: When the android Kirk is created from the oddly short-legged blank, the turntable rotates to show Chapel the new Kirk - and the indentation on the other side suddenly disappears.

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Jean G

Correction: When the duplicator table turns for Chapel to see the new android Kirk, the indentations on both sides are there.

Super Grover

Devil in the Dark - S1-E25

Corrected entry: Kirk informs Spock via communicator the Horta is ten feet from him, and Spock insists Kirk kill it. First, both know they cannot kill it with their phasers, and second, Spock's demand for Kirk to kill the Horta runs counter to the Vulcan philosophy of respect for all life. Spock would never want to harm, let alone kill, another life form.

Scott215

Correction: At this point they don't have any proof that they can't kill it, and since Kirk is in danger, it's logical to try. Also, Spock is half human and he's concerned about his best friend being killed. Logical or not, he'll want Kirk to protect himself at all costs. Other episodes have shown where Spock doesn't always behave logically when his friends are at risk and he lets his emotions come out.

envisaged0ne

By Any Other Name - S2-E22

Corrected entry: We see our heroes paralysed by the alien belt machines, we then cut to the intro movie. When we go back to them they are being disarmed by the female alien. She takes something from McCoy's hand, yet before the intro he had nothing in his hands.

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olohzika

Correction: Rewinding more, you will find that there is an instrument in McCoy's hand, only concealed while wondering the arrived aliens.

The City on the Edge of Forever - S1-E28

Corrected entry: In the credits, Joan Collins' character is named "Sister Edith Keeler." But her character is engaging in a romantic/sexual relationship with Kirk. He says he has "ulterior motives" towards her which she reacts to playfully and kisses him. Not appropriate behaviour for a sister, particularly in the time and place the episode is set.

Peter Weekes

Correction: Edith Keeler wasn't a nun. She was a social worker, and thus, nothing she did would be considered inappropriate. She did work at the mission soup kitchen, where they would have called all women "sisters" just like they might call the men "brothers".

Bishop73

The Cloudminders - S3-E21

Corrected entry: When Plasus and two sentinels beam down to break up the fight near the mine, Plasus is on the end of the trio as they materialize. The camera angle changes as they step off the dais, and Plasus is suddenly in the middle.

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Jean G

Correction: When Plasus and the two sentinels are materializing on the landing pad, Plasus is between and behind the two sentinels (look at their feet in relation to the outer rim of the pad). The initial camera angle makes it a bit difficult to see, but the men are in fact positioned consistently during and after transport.

Who Mourns for Adonais? - S2-E2

Corrected entry: Spock says they've only managed to punch holes in the force field large enough to fire through. But when the Enterprise fires, the force field (in the shape of Apollo's hand) is no longer there at all.

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Jean G

Correction: When the Enterprise fires on the temple, the force field IS visible. However, as they continue to fire and damage the power source, the force field starts to fade and flicker in and out, until it is gone.

Bishop73

That Which Survives - S3-E17

Corrected entry: Spock wants Uhura to keep her eyes on the monitor every moment. (One fluctuation and Scott could die.) But he calls her name, making her turn away from the monitor and look at him, in order to tell her not to take her eyes off it.

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Jean G

Correction: Spock only gives her the instructions after Scott opened the access plate. Prior to that he gave no instructions for her to not take her eyes off the readings. Once Scott inserted the probe is when the magnetic readings needed to be monitored, calling Uhura's name and having her take her eyes off the monitor at that moment caused no danger (or plot hole error).

Bishop73

A Taste of Armageddon - S1-E23

Corrected entry: It is easy to tell where the matte painting and live action area meet when Fox and the assistant appear.

Movie Nut

Correction: How is this a mistake? Using matte paintings is a common technique used since the earliest days of cinema. There are many other examples throughout the series where they are used.

Is There in Truth No Beauty? - S3-E5

Corrected entry: In the sickbay near the end, Diana Muldaur got her line wrong, resulting in this contradictory dialogue: Kirk: "He'll die. But that's what you want, isn't it?" Miranda: "That's a lie!" Kirk: "Oh yes it is - you want him to die." Miranda's line was supposed to be, "That's not true," with Kirk's "Yes it is" contradicting her. As it stands, she claims it's a lie, and Kirk replies "Yes it is."

Jean G

Correction: Kirk's reply of "yes it is" refers back to his statement of what Miranda wants - "that's what you want...yes it is, you want him to die". He's continuing his train of thought, not replying to her statement.

Bishop73

The Cloudminders - S3-E21

Corrected entry: Just how the Troglyte spy manages to leap over one of the cloud city's balconies to his death is a bit puzzling. Stratos City is held aloft by huge anti-gravity generators. An anti-grav field should, sensibly, extend far enough past the balcony railings to keep people from falling off. Surely the self-obsessed Stratos dwellers would extend that field, since they want to protect their own skins above all else.

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Jean G

Correction: This is not a plot hole. It is your judgment that the technology should work this way.

The Tholian Web - S3-E9

Corrected entry: Spock has been known to say that Vulcans don't lie. But in this episode, he backed up McCoy who was trying to spare Kirk's feelings. When asked by Kirk about the final taped orders he left them, Spock said that "The crisis was upon us and passed so quickly there wasn't time to view the tape." A bald faced lie.

Correction: Spock says "the crisis passed so quickly," and then trails off. He never says they didn't watch it.

Spock's Brain - S3-E1

Corrected entry: When McCoy is working on putting Spock's brain back it is obvious that his arms are too high up to be doing anything other than fiddling about with Mr Nimoys forehead.

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olohzika

Correction: Of course, the good Doctor would not be fiddling with Spock's forehead using his hands. He'd be manipulating mechanical servos (Waldos) or something analogous, since reconnecting neurons would require microscopic instruments and likely nanotechnology.

The City on the Edge of Forever - S1-E28

Corrected entry: At the end of the episode, 7 people beam back up to the ship, which should be impossible since the transporter only had 6 pads.

jbrbbt

Correction: EACH transporter has 6 pads. Enterprise has more than one transporter (at least 4, I believe), so they can beam up 7 people, it's just that one will end up in a different transporter room.

Miri - S1-E8

Corrected entry: The landing party is out of contact with the Enterprise for two days because of the missing communicators. Wouldn't the Enterprise notice at some point and beam down some more, or make some other attempt to contact Kirk & Co.?

Correction: Before Kirk and co. loses their communicators, Kirk contacts the Enterprise and says that there should be no attempt to come down for fear of spreading the virus. The proof is they beam something down to Bones to help manufacture a vaccine.

Tomorrow is Yesterday - S1-E19

Corrected entry: If the Enterprise made sure everything was corrected to just before they went back in time (before actually going back to their own future) then there should have been no reason for Kirk and Sulu to recover the audio and video evidence of their arrival in the first place, since they made sure they were never there.

jbrbbt

Correction: They were unsure whether their sling shot experiment would work.

Court Martial - S1-E20

Corrected entry: The outcome of the court martial is already known before it happens. Since the captain's log is recorded after a mission giving a detail of what had taken place before the log was recorded, Kirk would not have been able to record his own log (as Captain) if he had been found guilty during the trial.

jbrbbt

Correction: The outcome of the court martial is known to the viewers, of course. If Captain Kirk had been convicted, there would be no more episodes of the show. The point of the episode is to reveal the details of how he was acquitted, as they unfolded, and the Captain's Log is added later as a narrative framing device. This cannot be considered a mistake.

The City on the Edge of Forever - S1-E28

Corrected entry: Since Kirk has to be on the Enterprise to record his Captain's log (after the events of the episode), we know he and Spock are successful in repairing the timeline since Kirk is heard making his log entry just before he and Spock go back to the past.

jbrbbt

Correction: He could make the log entry into a tricorder to be uploaded to the ship's log once he made it back.

Captain Defenestrator

The City on the Edge of Forever - S1-E28

Corrected entry: If McCoy changed the future history of Earth that causes the Enterprise not to exist, then the landing party and equipment should have ceased to exist as well.

jbrbbt

Correction: It's said at the beginning that the Guardian is at the center of a time distortion. That distortion could be protecting them.

Captain Defenestrator

Tomorrow is Yesterday - S1-E19

Corrected entry: Captain Christopher is beamed out of his plane while sitting down, yet he materializes on the transporter pad standing up.

jbrbbt

Correction: This happens in most episodes of all Star Trek series where someone is beamed aboard while in a seated position, often enough that it seems to be a standard feature of the transporter that people materialize in a standing position.

Captain Defenestrator

Operation -- Annihilate! - S1-E29

Corrected entry: When Spock tries and fails to beam down to the the planet, Kirk claimed to have ordered Spock to stay in sickbay, yet he never ordered it: he simply requested Spock to stay in sickbay. There is a difference between a request and an order.

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olohzika

Correction: In most branches of the military, a superior officer "asking" you to do something is easily considered an order.

Jason Hoffman

Assignment: Earth - S2-E26

Corrected entry: About 19 minutes into the episode, Scotty gives the altitude of the person Kirk and Spock are looking for as approximately 30 meters (approx 98 feet) using accurate Enterprise equipment up from where they are standing on the street. They go to apartment 12B which would be the 12 floor. The stories in the apartment build would have to be slightly over 8 feet high each for it to be the 12th floor. Apartment building stories are at least 10-12 feet each. They should have come out on at most the 9th floor.

terry s

Correction: First it was approximately 30 meters, as in an estimate. Round it up to 100 feet, 10 feet per floor, makes 120 feet. An approximation within 20 feet is not unreasonable. Thirty five meters may have been a better approximation to state, but 30 is not an inordinate amount off.

rswarrior

Errand of Mercy - S1-E26

Corrected entry: Kirk and Spock are thrown into a prison on planet Organia by the Klingons. The Organians, however, are a peaceful community where prisons make no sense.

harry mudd

Correction: The Organians faked their entire civilization, including both their own appearance, culture and buildings. As it is all placed there to fool visitors, a jail is not out of place at all, but helps maintain the masquerade.

Twotall

Assignment: Earth - S2-E26

Corrected entry: In a very strange coincidence, a little more than seven minutes into this episode, which aired March 29, 1968, Spock states there will be a major assassination today. Six days after the original airing, Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968.

terry s

Correction: How is this strange or a coincidence? Spock says there'll be an assassination, and nearly a week later an assassination occurs? Not even remotely trivia, and certainly not a coincidence related to Star Trek.

rswarrior

By Any Other Name - S2-E22

Corrected entry: When the crew is paralysed on the Enterprise, just after the aliens have taken the ship over, you can see Uhura blink once with her eyes when one of the male aliens is passing her.

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Budoshi

Correction: Normally paralysis stops only voluntary muscle function. If involuntary muscle function was also stopped their breathing and hearts would stop also. There are many paralyzed people who have muscle spasms in their paralyzed limbs.

papajim

By Any Other Name - S2-E22

Corrected entry: If you look closely at the bottle of scotch Mr Scott is holding, you can see the word Whisky written on it. As it happens that is the Irish way of spelling the word, the Scottish spell it Whiskey. Since he states it is scotch, i.e. Scottish Whiskey it should be spelt the Scottish way.

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olohzika

Correction: Actually, it's the other way around: the Scottish and Canadian spelling is 'whisky'; the Irish and American spelling is 'whiskey'.

Xofer

Obsession - S2-E13

Corrected entry: Kirk said that the creatures planet was 1000 light years away, later on in the episode he states that they are only 17 days away from said planet. At the Enterprise cruise speed of warp 5 it would take them about 46 years to get there, even if they could maintain their theoretical maximum speed of warp 9.6 it would take them about 5 years. To get there in 17 days they would have to achieve an impossible warp factor of 27.8.

olohzika

Correction: Since the show never establishes what the warp factors mean in terms of velocity, the entire point is kind of moot.

JC Fernandez

A Piece of the Action - S2-E17

Corrected entry: Kirk says that three jacks would make a shrug and the Oxymx's goon would be disqualified, yet despite this his next card is a jack and Kirk tells him it's good.

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olohzika

Correction: Kirk is making the rules up as he goes along. Since the objective was to keep the game going and distract the guards, if he ignores or misses a rule, it is a deliberate choice on his part or at most a character mistake.

Guy

The Doomsday Machine - S2-E6

Corrected entry: As powerful as the Enterprise is, a 229 meter vessel would not really stand a chance against a several mile long planet destroyer. Despite this, the Enterprise survives several hits with only minor damage.

olohzika

Correction: Size matters not... sorry, wrong space opera but the correction still stands. There's no way to make this claim without knowing the specific effects from the attack. The size of the ships is irrelevant. Birds brought down a jet in Manhattan not too long ago.

JC Fernandez

Devil in the Dark - S1-E25

Corrected entry: After Kirk shoots the Horta it retreats down a tunnel which is visible. When Kirk and Spock arrive at the tunnel entrance Spock states it was made within the last two minutes. How could the Horta have just made it when it was already there?

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olohzika

Correction: The Horta ran through the same tunnel it had created two minutes before.

JC Fernandez

Show generally

Corrected entry: Jeffrey Hunter, who played Jesus in King of Kings, was the original captain of the USS Enterprise, namely Christopher Pike.

Correction: This is hardly trivia. He played Pike in the rejected pilot, which was subsequently released (and used in flashbacks), so anyone watching would know this.

Jason Hoffman

Spectre of the Gun - S3-E6

Corrected entry: For the first and only time in the series, Kirk refers to the ship's phasers (when he orders an attack on the Melkotian buoy) as "phaser guns."

Correction: This isn't a mistake. It could barely be classified as trivia.

Where No Man Has Gone Before - S1-E3

Corrected entry: When Kirk fired the phaser rifle the second time, we continue hearing the sound even though the beam had stopped.

Correction: Of course. Light travels faster than sound. We see the light from the phaser disappear well before we'd hear the sound stop, just as we see lightning before we hear thunder.

Court Martial - S1-E20

Corrected entry: In the bar scene where Kirk gets the cold shoulder from his Academy classmates, those men seem to be wearing Enterprise badges on their tunics, rather than the badges of their proper ships.

Correction: Given the number of ships in the fleet many of the insignia are likely very similar. The differences may not be obvious at this distance.

The Trouble With Tribbles - S2-E15

Corrected entry: There is something funny about the station's storage compartments: first, since when do these compartments need overhead doors, especially since it is supposed to store several tons of goods (one big set of doors would be enough). And second, loose grain (and especially since it is so valuable for the project featured in the episode) would hardly be kept just like this, ready to pour out whenever the compartment doors are opened. It should have been stored in some sort of containers.

Correction: It isn't a mistake simply because you don't approve of the design. Also, the overhead doors may be access doors to get ABOVE the grain for sample access.

Turnabout Intruder - S3-E24

Corrected entry: Spock claims complete entity transfer has never been done anywhere in the galaxy - they did it in "Return to Tomorrow" with Sargon and the others.

Correction: This is the first time its being done by a human. In Return to Tomorrow the aliens did it.

The Conscience of the King - S1-E13

Corrected entry: When Spock talks about his ancestors, McCoy comments that they were "conquered." Not only does Spock later say (in "The Immunity Syndrome") that Vulcans have never been conquered, but we've never heard anything in Star Trek or its sequels mentioning Vulcan's "conquest." And yet Spock doesn't mention that McCoy is in error - something he never refuses the opportunity to do.

Correction: Maybe McCoy was referring to The Vulcan Renaissance, mentioned in a 3-episode arc of Enterprise. It was discovered that the Romulans were corrupting the Vulcan High Command, causing them to stray from Surak's teachings. To McCoy, this could have been a "conquest".

The Tholian Web - S3-E9

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the episode the bridge crew is looking at the viewing screen as the Defiant draws closer. By the time Capt. Kirk says "The Defiant", it is totally obvious that it's a starship. However, when Kirk says "The Defiant", the bridge crew gives quite a reaction as though they had no idea what this thing shaped a starship was until Kirk clued them in.

Correction: ...or they had no idea it was specifically the Defiant, which they may have believed couldn't be there.

johnrosa

Whom Gods Destroy - S3-E14

Corrected entry: Garth can apparently shapeshift clothes (or he doesn't wear clothes and the "clothing" we see is shapeshifted skin). But when Garth changes from Cory to Garth, a working phaser appears at his holster - where'd it come from? Or how'd he create it?

Correction: The weapon was concealed while in the form of Cory.

johnrosa

Let That Be Your Last Battlefield - S3-E15

Corrected entry: Kirk says Cheron is in an uncharted region of the galaxy. How does Kirk know about it then? Later Spock identifies its exact position when he says the ship is heading for it. Again, if it's "uncharted" how do they know where it is to figure out this stuff.

Correction: Cheron may be an obvious 'marker', a known distant system that has yet to be charted in detail, but the existence and location of Cheron itself is known, much like knowing the moon was above earth centuries ago, but its details had yet to be charted.

johnrosa

Spock's Brain - S3-E1

Corrected entry: When they arrived in the system they said they were heading for the sixth planet in the system of Sigma Draconis, but in his captain's log about halfway through the episode, Kirk calls it Sigma Draconis VII.

Correction: Sigma Draconis VI and VII may have orbits that intersect twice, so that, when first discovered and named, SD VII was seventh from the sun, but on this visit, it is 'currently' the sixth. (See "The Wrath of Khan" for the Ceti Alpha V & VI mis-recognition issue for a similar, not identical, situation.)

johnrosa

The Gamesters of Triskelion - S2-E16

Corrected entry: For not knowing anything about the concept of "kissing," Shahna reacts just like a normal human would (closes eyes, leans forward, drops her jaw.)

Correction: Purely a reflex, not a mistake. While she may not have done it before, she seems to respond to it just fine. But then, she is a humanoid, so why expect her reflexes to be that different?

johnrosa

The Trouble With Tribbles - S2-E15

Corrected entry: When Scotty comes into the messhall holding a bundle of Tribbles, you can see that the middle finger of his right hand is missing. (A result of Doohan's WWII D-Day fight; Normally, the show made every attempt to hide this.)

Correction: Unless Scotty is shown or stated to have all five fingers on both hands elsewhere in the series, this isn't a mistake.

johnrosa

The Deadly Years - S2-E12

Corrected entry: Kirk switches back and forth between miles and kilometers in this episode (20,000 mile orbit, 200,000 kilometer range of destruction.)

Correction: The distances were described using the system of measure wherein the specific distance can be described by the most round number. Example: If something is 1.1 quarts, he'll just say it's one liter. We can assume humans can handle the conversion in their heads easily in the future.

johnrosa

The Doomsday Machine - S2-E6

Corrected entry: Spock says that they will be unable to close with the Machine because Enterprise's energy cells will draw its attention, but then later he says it ignores ships such as themselves beyond a certain size radius - which is it?

Correction: Spock is cautious about energy early on, but later determines size is the draw. He simply doesn't say 'Gee, looks like I was wrong.'

johnrosa

Wink of an Eye - S3-E11

Corrected entry: This episode breaks the laws of physics. After Kirk has been hyper-accelerated to Scalosian rate, he fires a phaser at Deela but the phaser light crawls out slowly and she steps out of the way. Phasers would fire at the speed of light, which is CONSTANT, a fundamental basis of modern physics. She would not have been able to avoid getting shot regardless of being hyper-accelerated.

Correction: Being hyper-accelerated, time is moving at a faster rate for them. The phaser is not hyper-accelerated so she easily steps out of its way. In near light-speed physics frame of reference becomes particularly important.

Rlvlk

A Piece of the Action - S2-E17

Corrected entry: The U.S.S. Horizon wasn't violating the prime directive, the prime directive was formed in 2253.

Correction: The episode never claimed that it did. The episode revolved around the concept that damage had been done before the prime directive was in place.

Bread and Circuses - S2-E25

Corrected entry: We hear about "Hodgkin's' Law of Parallel Planet Development" but it still seems unlikely that this planet is going to have the same names for its deities as Earth's ancient Rome.

Correction: The Universal Translators adapt indigenous languages and terms into the closest Terran equivalent. The planet's deities' names may have been different.

Wink of an Eye - S3-E11

Corrected entry: The physics here don't make any sense. If the Scalosians are moving 840 times faster, that means when they walk down a corridor (at 2 miles/hour, their speed) they are really moving at about 1680 miles per hour - that's Mach 2. The Scalosians don't create sonic booms, and they don't have any trouble stopping and turning corners despite the Mach 2 speeds they're moving at.

Correction: Time was accelerated for them too. They had to stand in place for several of their minutes to be seen. They said it would the equivalent of standing still for several hours.

Rlvlk

Where No Man Has Gone Before - S1-E3

Corrected entry: When the Enterprise is heading outside the galaxy, from the scene showing the ship at the edge of the galaxy, it looks like the ship could easily go over or under the pink area and solve the whole problem. Of course, it would have been a pretty short show.

Richard Welty

Correction: The pink boundary at the edge of the galaxy is only shown from the same plane of space the Enterprise is at. If the Enterprise tried to go up or down the pink boundary would still be there.

Mark English

Where No Man Has Gone Before - S1-E3

Corrected entry: When the Enterprise reaches the lithium processing plant on Delta Vega, a deserted planet that even the ore ships only visit every twenty years, why do they have lots of control panels, many rooms, and a BRIG at the processing plant? All of which work?

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Richard Welty

Correction: http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Delta_Vega. There is no listing for when the site was built. At the time it was built, it could have been manned and then left to automatic control.

Rlvlk

Where No Man Has Gone Before - S1-E3

Corrected entry: At the beginning, Kirk is talking about the Valiant having only impulse power so it didn't have enough power to leave the galaxy. Given the size of the galaxy and Kirk later saying that since the Enterprise was now on impulse power "that planets that were only hours away are now months away", it would take the Valiant about 200 years to get to the edge of the galaxy, thus arriving about the same time as the Enterprise. Also, the Valiant would have had to be launched around 1966.

Richard Welty

Correction: At some point the Valiant encountered a magnetic storm and was swept towards the edge of Galactic barrier because its impulse engines were not strong enough. It was swept ½ lightyear out of the galaxy, thrown clear, and then turned and headed back into the galaxy. http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/SS_Valiant

Rlvlk

Show generally

Corrected entry: Romulans come from the planet Romulus, which has a nearby twin called Remus. These planets are named for the mythical founders of Rome, the twin sons of the war god Mars and the Vestal Rhea Silvia. But Romulans would not know about ancient Earth history, so it seems unlikely that they would name their planets after our mythology and refer to themselves as "Romulans."

Mark Bernhard

Correction: They didn't, any more than the Vulcans chose to name their planet after the Roman god of fire. These are simply the names given to those worlds by the humans - the universal translator is programmed to use Romulus and Remus to replace the true names of the planets. The same follows with the species name.

Tailkinker

The Enterprise Incident - S3-E2

Corrected entry: The Romulan Commander believes that Spock is trying to steal the cloaking device. So she hauls him down to the room holding it, goes into the room, and looks pretty much everywhere except the spot where it was mounted - doesn't she know where the device is. Finally her sub-commander tells her that it's gone, and she turns around and sees the empty slot.

Correction: She's not an engineer, and quite obviously has no idea how the cloaking device works nor what it looks like. Most people have no idea how their car runs, and it makes sense for the commander of the vessel to simply know what happens, not how it happens.

The Trouble With Tribbles - S2-E15

Corrected entry: How in the heck is the bartender getting all the tribbles from under the bar without bending his knees?

Correction: The bartender may have a shelf that is just under the bar, so he wouldn't have to bend his knees to get the tribbles who have collected there.

Mark English

The Menagerie (2) - S1-E12

Corrected entry: At the end of part 1, Starfleet relieves Kirk of command and tells him and everyone else to stop viewing the Talosian transmissions during the court martial. At the beginning they say they can't stop the transmissions, go back into the courtroom, and watch them anyway. Why don't they just go to a different room, or cover the screen with a cloth?

Correction: Keep in mind the entire situation was being controlled by the Talosians. Even the commodor was an illusion created by them.

The Trouble With Tribbles - S2-E15

Corrected entry: Kirk says the Klingons will always be accompanied by an equal number of security guards, but there are no security guards present during the bar fight.

Correction: With the appearance of the Klingons, it is likely that Kirk ordered his crew members on shore leave to keep an eye on their counterparts. As you may notice, as Chekov, Scotty and their companion enter the bar, two other Enterprise members take their leave; obviously the guards supposed to watch the Klingons in the bar before them.

Wink of an Eye - S3-E11

Corrected entry: Just after Kirk is "accelerated" by the Scalosians, he draws and fires his phaser. Even if the burst was a mere microsecond in length, wouldn't the instruments he hit be fried?

Correction: It's unlikely. Phasers are rarely used at their highest setting - combined with the very short beam time, this would be enough to spare the instruments any damage.

Tailkinker

The Corbomite Maneuver - S1-E10

Corrected entry: Kirk calls the Enterprise the "United Earth Ship" (U.E.S.) Enterprise, he should have said "United Space Ship" (U.S.S.)

Correction: In the Enterprise episode "The Forge," we see the Earth embassy on Vulcan is called the "United Earth Embassy." Since United Earth was a term in widespread use, many people may still use it occasionally, like Kirk did in this episode.

The Galileo Seven - S1-E16

Corrected entry: Just before Kirk talks to Spock inside the shuttle, he walks across the bridge, you can see Spock at his station on the bridge, then Kirk talks to him in the shuttle.

Correction: The person you see behind Kirk is not Spock, it is simply a dark haired person in a blue uniform who has replaced Spock at his station. There is a quick glimpse of his ears and they are not pointed.

Tomorrow is Yesterday - S1-E19

Corrected entry: Why do Sulu and Kirk beam down into the Air Force base in standard Starfleet uniforms? On later such missions (Assignment: Earth - Patterns of Force) they have suitable clothing made up, but here they just stand out like sore thumbs.

Correction: In the other episodes mentioned, they were trying to blend in with the people on the planet. In this episode, it was a covert mission. They did not plan to see anyone so what they wore was unimportant.

The Man Trap - S1-E1

Corrected entry: When McCoy tell Kirk that the dead crewman has no salt in his body, the blood pressure gauge was almost all the way up, that would mean that there was too much salt in his body.

Correction: A dead person cannot have any sort of an accurate blood pressure reading.

The Man Trap - S1-E1

Corrected entry: Despite the fact that McCoy has a tricorder that can scan for life forms, Kirk orders him to return to the Enterprise to scan for life forms there.

Correction: The tricorder can only scan the immediate area, but from the ship he can scan the entire planet.

Plato's Stepchildren - S3-E10

Corrected entry: Kirk says the Platonians moved to their current planet when their last planet "novaed." Planets don't go nova - stars do.

Correction: He probably meant that their previous planet orbited a star that went nova, ie the planet was "novaed".

The Ultimate Computer - S2-E24

Corrected entry: When the M-5 computer goes crazy and starts shooting at the other starships, Commodore Wesley INSTANTLY concludes that Capt. Kirk has lost his mind and is trying to kill everyone. Not even for one second does the Commodore think that the M-5, which is going through it's trial test and which has complete control of the ship, is the cause of the problem.

Correction: Kirk was supposed to be able to activate and deactivate the M-5 at will; so the Commodore probably thinks that Kirk still has control of the ship and the M-5, and is giving the order himself to attack the other ships.

The Naked Time - S1-E4

Corrected entry: Spock starts to lose control of his emotions and is desperately struggling with himself. He goes into a room and the automatic doors open for him. As they close behind him, Spock leans back against the doors. The doors should sense something approaching and open again, depositing our heroic Vulcan on his back in the corridor.

Correction: Throughout all Star Trek series, it is obvious that the computer monitors doors, and knows when to open them or not. For example, the doors of someone's quarters don't automatically open when a visitor arrives, the doors stay closed while the person 'rings the doorbell'. So, when someone leans back against a set of doors, the computer would keep them shut, to avoid the person falling backwards.

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