Star Trek

Court Martial - S1-E20

Continuity mistake: They said that engineering was "B" deck which is deck 2, but engineering is deck 7 which would be "G" deck.

All Our Yesterdays - S3-E23

Plot hole: The law officer who arrests Kirk recalls hearing Kirk call the "spirit" Bones. But he wasn't there when Kirk spoke to McCoy. He rushed into the scene several minutes later. If he's lying, how would he know that Kirk used the name Bones? He wasn't there to hear it. Even if he had been, Kirk did not refer to McCoy as Bones in that conversation. (00:10:50 - 00:19:50)

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The Menagerie (2) - S1-E12

Plot hole: Apparently there is some confusion over the distance between Earth, Starbase 11, and Talos IV. When Spock first meets Pike on Starbase 11 he tells Pike Talos IV is only six days away. Yet when Pike (in the recording) speaks to the Talosians for the first time, he says he is from a star system on the other side of the galaxy. If Talos IV was on one side of the galaxy and Earth was on the other side, it would take hundreds of years at maximum warp to travel from one planet to the other.


Errand of Mercy - S1-E26

Factual error: When Kirk/Spock enter/leave the Council Chamber, the doors quietly open unaided (as though there were motion detectors in operation), yet the Organian culture - determined by Spock to be approximately Class D minus on Richter Scale of Cultures - would not have had such technology. A fact overlooked by Kirk and more importantly, Spock.


The Enterprise Incident - S3-E2

Plot hole: Despite the Romulan ships keeping a close watch on the Enterprise, when they beam the disguised Cpt Kirk over to the Romulan vessel it goes undetected.


Space Seed - S1-E22

Plot hole: It is stated during the episode that Khan was, at one time, the ruler of over 1/4th the Earth's population, during a very key moment in the planet's history (The "Eugenics" Wars). Such a personage undoubtedly would be very well known to 23rd century Earth people, at a level of infamy approximating Julius Caeser or Adolf Hitler. Yet it is only 2/3rds the way through the episode, thanks to a computer search by Spock, that the crew divines his identity. Lt. McGivers at the very least should have almost instantly recognized him.

Arena - S1-E18

Revealing mistake: As Kirk and the Gorn battle, they briefly confront each other from opposite sides of a dead tree which has truncated limbs. One of the larger tree limbs on this supposedly uninhabited, tiny world has obviously been cut off with a chain saw or similar cutting instrument.

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The Galileo Seven - S1-E16

Revealing mistake: The stuntman playing Latimer is obvious when he falls after being hit in his back with the creature's spear.


The Menagerie (2) - S1-E12

Continuity mistake: As Veena (as the Orion Slave Girl) dances, the water in the pool is still, then in the Observation room, as Kirk and party watch, the water is disturbed. A moment later, it's flat calm.

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The City on the Edge of Forever - S1-E28

Continuity mistake: On the ship, McCoy gets injected, runs down to the Transporter, and beams to the planet. On the surface, he has a phaser, when he didn't have one when he beamed down.

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The Galileo Seven - S1-E16

Visible crew/equipment: As the camera swings around to simulate the crewman's gaze, the top of the background is visible for a second until the camera pans down.

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Visible crew/equipment: As the camera looks at the Galileo, if you look at the green background, you can see the top of the sound stage.

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The Galileo Seven - S1-E16

Revealing mistake: As Spock carries the crewman, the second spear hits a rock. As it does, you can see the Styrofoam chips fly up.

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Balance of Terror - S1-E14

Visible crew/equipment: As Kirk goes to talk to Uhura, the studio light is reflected of the second to left panel from Uhura.

Day of the Dove - S3-E7

Other mistake: As Kirk and party duel against the Klingons, there's a heavy-looking round conduit on the wall right before the turbolift door that gets knocked down so it stands as a big flower pot. A moment later, it's back in position.

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Day of the Dove - S3-E7

Continuity mistake: The first time we see the ship travelling at Warp Nine, it is moving in a level, straight path. Next time, the rear end is elevated above the line of flight. The next time, it's moving in level flight again.

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Spectre of the Gun - S3-E6

Audio problem: The bartender comes over and brings whiskey and five glasses, but we hear six glasses hit the table.

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Bread and Circuses - S2-E25

Revealing mistake: During the televised fight, in the wide angle shots, you can tell it's Spock's stunt double fighting.

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The Empath - S3-E12

Revealing mistake: When the Vian fires his weapon at Kirk after the crew finds Gem, Kirk flies backwards. At this point, Kirk is not William Shatner but a stunt double.

Assignment: Earth - S2-E26

Continuity mistake: As Gary Seven starts to talk to the computer, it has a light gray exterior. When it first talks, the trim turns purple, then it's back to light gray.

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Spock: Live long and prosper.

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Trivia: Gene Roddenberry created the transporter as an easier (and cheaper) way of getting Enterprise crew members onto a planet's surface, rather than landing the ship on the planet.

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