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"Star Trek: Voyager" Caretaker (TV Episode 1995) Poster

(TV Series)

(1995)

Goofs

Crew or equipment visible 

When Neelix shoots the water containers with his phaser, as the Kazon are running to fill their buckets, you can see the water spigot with the water coming out on the right container.
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Jump to: Character error (1) | Continuity (4) | Factual errors (1) | Miscellaneous (1) | Plot holes (1)

Character error 

Ensign Harry Kim is a newly commissioned Starfleet Ensign. The Star Trek Franchise has uses Navy / Nautical ranks, traditions and terminology. Ensigns are promoted without promotion boards in 2 years to Lieutenant junior grade. From Lieutenant junior grade, it is a minimum 2 years to full Lieutenant. Harry Kim must be the longest serving Ensign in history. Captain Janeway has the authority to promote all personnel under her command as she has the power to give "battlefield commissions" to personnel as she has done with Chakotay and Torres. The ranks of all of Voyager's officers and time in grade are questionable. Even prior to Voyager being stranded in the Delta Quadrant, senior officers and department heads on a ship of Voyagers size are junior officers and not appropriate for their positions.
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Continuity 

When we first see the shuttle carrying Tom Paris, the registry number is 71325. In the second shot of the same shuttle, the registry number is 1701-D, indicating it belongs to the Enterprise. In the final shot, when the shuttle is flying over the saucer section of Voyager, it has returned to 71325.
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At the start of the series the crew is seen using phaser and tricorder models from The Next Generation, however the models for these change to the First Contact designs later in the series. If the ship is lost in the Delta Quadrant with no way of contacting Starfleet, these updated models would not be available.
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After Torres & Kim are rescued on Ocampa, they are beamed directly to Voyager's sick bay, still wearing the clothes given to them by the Ocampan doctors. But when the scene segues back to Voyager's sick bay, Torres is wearing leather civilian clothes and Kim is wearing a uniform. (These clothes had been removed from them on the Caretaker's array.)
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Tuvok includes the Ocampan city's energy surplus that will "last at least five years" in the evidence he lists in support of the hypothesis that the Caretaker is dying. However, that information was revealed to Kim and Torres by the nurse who tells them how to access the surface. Nobody told the away team that information.
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Factual errors 

When Janeway first enters Engineering to investigate the warp core fracture, a technician tells her the pressure is 2100 KPa; she reacts as though that is dangerously high. Following the procedure to lower the reaction rate (and thus core pressure), the quoted pressure is 2500 KPa -- higher than before.
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Miscellaneous 

Lieutenant Tuvok wears the insignia of a lieutenant commander throughout most of season one in an apparent costuming error. It will not be until the season four episode VOY: "Revulsion" that he is actually promoted to lieutenant commander.
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Plot holes 

It's hard to understand why it would take Voyager so long to get back over a distance of 70,000 light years. Warp speed sees increase logarithmically. So even at a relatively slow Warp 8.4. Voyager would cover 991 light years in 11.3 hours. That would put Voyager back at earth in about 60 hours. Voyager would have had to have been thrown into another galaxy to have been decades away from home.
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