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15 mistakes in The City on the Edge of Forever

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The City on the Edge of Forever - S1-E29

Continuity mistake: After Edith stumbles and nearly falls down the stairs, she still has both her shoes on. But after the kiss, she proceeds up the stairs and is now carrying one shoe. She had no time to take it off, as she was, er, busy with Kirk the whole time. (00:43:55)

Jean G

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Suggested correction: Short version is, the Enterprise has more than one transporter room. The Animated Series references at least four on the Enterprise from this era. There are also cargo transporters, which aren't normally calibrated for personnel, but can be, albeit at reduced capacity and increased energy usage.

The City on the Edge of Forever - S1-E29

Continuity mistake: The bundle of clothes Kirk steals from the balcony changes several times while he and Spock face the policeman. The red shirt is not visible, then is hanging down on the right, then isn't. It then disappears from view until they reach Edith's basement, where Kirk puts it on. Two belts, two jackets and Spock's cap also seem to have added themselves to the bundle somehow. They're not there when Kirk first dismantles the tangle of clothes in the basement.

Jean G

The City on the Edge of Forever - S1-E29

Character mistake: When Spock is finally able to determine that Edith must die to restore time, Kirk asks Spock how it will happen, and Spock tells him he can only estimate general events, not specifics. However, after Spock's previous attempt, he tells Kirk he'd seen her obituary. The obituary would necessarily include how and when she died.

The City on the Edge of Forever - S1-E29

Other mistake: When talking to Edith Keeler one evening, Kirk refers to a star in Orion's belt, pointing it out. The shot then cuts to a scene of the horizon. The sky is quite cloudy and the light from the sun is still lighting the horizon. The stars would not be visible.


The City on the Edge of Forever - S1-E29

Factual error: When Edith Keeler is killed by the truck, it is traveling at about 25 miles per hour. At that speed and her weight around 120 pounds, she would have been thrown about 50 feet. However, she's seen dead on the ground in front of the mission where she was hit.

Mike Lynch

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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What Are Little Girls Made Of? - S1-E8

Question: When the Enterprise is in orbit, it uses the Impulse engines to maintain orbit. The Impulse engines are located on the back (aft) of the primary saucer. Why were these not on or lit up? Unless they're using gravity, but there are the familiar engine sounds.

Movie Nut

Chosen answer: If they're in orbit, they're being pulled along by the planet's gravity well, therefore, impulse engines would only be used for minor corrections and would be "on standby" while in orbit, but not active. (Like keeping your car idling without revving the engine and creating plumes of exhaust).

Captain Defenestrator

Thank you for the info.

Movie Nut

Answer: Happy to help.

Captain Defenestrator

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