Star Trek

Errand of Mercy - S1-E27

Corrected entry: After Kirk and Spock's identities are revealed, they are taken to a prison cell. However, the Organians are a race of pacifists who abhor any act of violence - this should presumably include the act of incarceration. As such, there should be no prisons on Organia. Moreover, the Klingons are not stone masons; the prison cell shown in the episode is architecturally consistent with the other buildings on the planet so it was not constructed by Klingons (especially so quickly).

Correction: This is purely speculation. Being pacifists doesn't preclude them from having a jail cell, especially since the entire town was created for the benefit of outsiders.

Jason Hoffman

Patterns of Force - S2-E21

Corrected entry: The Ekosians have a modern society with large flat panel screens, but somehow haven't mastered color broadcasting.


Correction: This is due to when this show was made and the status of technology of the time. By this same logic, you can say the entirety of Star Fleet is behind with their technology is some respects. Like the simple blinking light displays of their computers and the monotone robotic voice of their computers.

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This Side of Paradise - S1-E25

Corrected entry: A captain from the 2200's owns Samsonite luggage from the 20th century.


Correction: The original Star Trek series was actually produced on a very limited budget of about $250,000 per episode, and many of the props were re-purposed items from thrift stores. It was not uncommon to see all sorts of 20th Century items (clothing, luggage, dining room sets, household spray bottles, salt shakers, et cetera) on any given Star Trek set. Keep in mind that those items were chosen because they were rather futuristic in appearance to audiences of the mid-to-late 1960s, even though they appear whimsically anachronistic to our eyes, just 50 years later.

Charles Austin Miller

Also the characters have access to replicators and super computer databases. The cases could be 23rd century reproductions, classic antiques, etc.

Court Martial - S1-E21

Corrected entry: Ben's plan is absurd, hiding and pretending to be dead in a ship of over 400. Eventually Ben has to eat or use the bathroom, someone would see him.


Correction: His plan is absurd, which leads to him being discovered, exactly as you say. He's shown to be deranged, if not insane, so this isn't a plot hole, it's a plot point.

Jason Hoffman

Tomorrow is Yesterday - S1-E20

Corrected entry: When the tractor beam crushes the fighter jet, Spock asks captain Kirk, "do you want me to turn off the tractor beam?" Why would Spock ask a stupid question like this?


Correction: Because he needs approval from the captain.

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The Naked Time - S1-E5

Corrected entry: Spock's super sensitive hearing somehow doesn't pick up Sulu talking to Riley about leaving the bridge.


Correction: Spock has excellent hearing, but if he was focused on another task he may have simply not been listening to them.

Jason Hoffman

The Naked Time - S1-E5

Corrected entry: Scotty is cutting through the bulkhead to get to the controls to open the door to get to engineering, but considering the time left, why not just blast through the door itself?


Correction: Think about it... He would be firing a weapon towards the door that has the engineering section where there are anti-matter reactors.

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For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky - S3-E8

Corrected entry: Spock says the planet is a spaceship and making corrections in its flight, later he states that it is on a collision course with Daren 5 planet, but if it can make corrections it should avoid the collision.


Correction: The ship was originally on a crash course with Daran V but Spock discovered that the Oracle computer that runs the ship had a faulty part that caused it to change course.

Day of the Dove - S3-E7

Corrected entry: Kirk's line, "We're a doomed ship, traveling forever between galaxies" is the only time original "Trek" committed the scientific blunder of confusing galaxies and solar systems. The Enterprise wasn't capable of intergalactic travel (that's leaving one galaxy and reaching another). Yes, it strayed briefly out of our galaxy several times. But it did not - and could not - cross to another one. That would take a warp 100-plus drive and thousands of years. (00:37:25)

Correction: In the course of a normal human lifespan, Enterprise wouldn't be able to travel to another galaxy. Given enough time however, it certainly could reach other galaxies. The plot of this episode is that they were (as you stated), doomed to travel forever (as opposed to the rest of their lives). Given all eternity, they would be traveling between galaxies.


The Squire of Gothos - S1-E18

Corrected entry: Trelane says he studied Earth images that travelled to him at light speed, and earlier they establish Gothos is 900 years from Earth. But Trelane references Napoleon and Hamilton, who weren't around until 1800 or so. That would put this episode in 2700, but the original Trek episodes are set in the 2200's.

Correction: You assume that Trelane lived only on that planet. Rather, Trelane was a powerful energy-entity that did not actually live on the planet, he was just playing with it. Trelane's kind could go anywhere in the galaxy they wanted, at will. In fact, Trelane's parents merely allowed him to play with a whole planet to keep him occupied. As an energy-entity, Trelane had obviously observed Earth from much closer range, at some point, which is when he became fascinated with 18th Century Earth civilization and warfare. But, when the Enterprise encounters him, he's "playing" elsewhere in the galaxy, now 900 light years from Earth.

Charles Austin Miller

The Menagerie (1) - S1-E12

Corrected entry: Kirk says to the Admiral (actor Jose Ferrer) "Once more, Jose."

Correction: Kirk is speaking to Commodore José Mendez (played by Malachi Throne) and thus calls him by his character's name. Additionally, José Ferrer never appeared in Star Trek.


Metamorphosis - S2-E9

Corrected entry: The crew of the Galileo are stranded because there is a "dampening field" preventing the shuttle craft and its equipment from working. But the device they use to short out the "companion" works.

Correction: Since we have no idea how the field works, or the nature of the Companion, this can't be considered a mistake.

Jason Hoffman

The Mark of Gideon - S3-E16

Corrected entry: The whole plot centers on the crowded conditions of the planet. The people are literally bumping into each other. Even if they had the blueprints to build a full size model of the Enterprise, there would be no room for it.

Correction: That's actually a plot point of the episode; that they were so desperate for this to work they were willing to sacrifice that much space.

Jason Hoffman

Space Seed - S1-E23

Corrected entry: During Kirk's fight with Khan in engineering, he pulls a white rod from a console and uses it to subdue Khan. The rod is very light, and several times when Kirk hits Khan with it, Khan shows no reaction at all.

Jason Hoffman

Correction: First off, we do not know how "heavy" the rod is, but could have been handled easily by Kirk due to adrenaline from the fight. Second, in context of the story of Khan and his people being genetically engineered super humans, Khan would be able to absorb some of the blows Kirk delivers to him.


This Side of Paradise - S1-E25

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. (00:17:40)


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-E13

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. (00:10:30)


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-E5

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.


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

The City on the Edge of Forever - S1-E29

Corrected entry: After extinguishing the fire, Spock pulls a large vacuum tube out of the primitive computer power supply he's constructed on the bed. When the shot changes, the tube is back in place again. (00:30:00)

Jean G

Correction: Before Spock removes the burnt out vacuum tube he picks up a new one which he replaces it with while the camera is on Kirk.

Peter Wallace

Amok Time - S2-E1

Corrected entry: Spock presents himself to Dr. McCoy in sickbay to be relieved of duty for "killing" Captain Kirk. However, as a medical officer, Bones has no place in the ship's chain of command. Doctors have an officer's rank in recognition of their education and value to the service, but no authority over military matters. (For example should Kirk, Spock and Scotty be indisposed, command of the ship would fall to Sulu who is in the chain of command even though McCoy has a higher rank) If Spock believes he should be relieved for breaking regulations and committing murder, and thus confined until court-martial, Scotty would be the one to do it, as he is the next senior officer. And this is not a character mistake, Spock quotes regulations regularly, there is no way he'd ignore chain of command. Contrary to what viewers seem to think, militaries have regulations and officers don't get to ignore them and do what they feel like! The only reason Spock talks to McCoy is so Kirk can walk out of the back of sickbay and create a nice emotional moment.

Grumpy Scot

Correction: McCoy is a full commander and is in the chain of command. There are several reasons Spock may have chosen McCoy, the most likely being that Scotty simply wasn't available at the time. In any case, you're assuming regulations in the future must be identical to regulations in today's military. In the future, the regulation may simply require him to turn himself into the the first available officer above a particular rank. Spock also knew the reason for his killing of the captain was directly related to his mental state, which would fall under McCoy's expertise.

Jason Hoffman
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Charlie X - S1-E3

Visible crew/equipment: After McCoy examines Charlie and they talk about how Charlie learned to talk by just listening to the ship's tapes, when Charlie stands up the two actors' marks can be seen on the floor - the short one for Charlie and the longer one for McCoy, where they both will stand momentarily.

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