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"Star Trek" Let That Be Your Last Battlefield (TV Episode 1969) Poster

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Jump to: Character error (1) | Continuity (3) | Crew or equipment visible (1) | Plot holes (4) | Revealing mistakes (3) | Spoilers (1)

Character error 

At the beginning of this episode while questioning Loki, Captain Kirk says of the planet Charon "that's in the southern-most part of the galaxy, in an uncharted quarter." Yet, both Loki and Bele speak flawless English. There are no universal translators present, as there are in past seasons of Star Trek, and no mention of them.
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Continuity 

Captain Kirk calls a red alert, and the klaxon is heard and the red light is shown going on and off. When Bele appears, the alert is no longer heard, though the red light is still shown. After the commercial break, the red alert can be heard again, even though the "emergency" is over.
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When Kirk agrees to let Bele see Lokai in Sick Bay, he calls for Mr. Spock to go with them and Spock is seen entering the turbo lift behind the captain. But when they arrive in Sick Bay, Spock is not with them nor is he seen during that lengthy scene, but when Kirk returns to the Bridge, Spock is again with him when the turbo doors open onto the bridge.
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Chekov reports that Bele's ship is "out there" while at his station at the helm. When the camera shot from behind the helm shows Kirk and crew looking at the display screen appears, Chekov is not at the helm, but rather Hadley. When they cut back to a shot from the front angle as before to show the crew's faces, Chekov is back in his seat.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Bele is chasing Lokai around the ship, there is one shot which shows Lokai holding a rope that is attached to the camera dolly, evidently as a means to keep him a set distance from the camera.
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Plot holes 

Although Bele's ship is invisible, the Enterprise's sensors can detect it at all times, so it is completely illogical that Capt. Kirk wouldn't have ordered the firing of phasers or photon torpedoes or both before the ship collided with the Enterprise. For all Capt. Kirk knows, the ship may actually be a missile or other dangerous weapon of some sort. To allow it to come into contact with the Enterprise's shields without attempting to slow it down or destroy it makes absolutely no sense.
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Even though Lokai is ostensibly a prisoner aboard the Enterprise, there is no guard assigned to sickbay to ensure that he doesn't once again try to commandeer a shuttle craft.

Similarly, both Lokai and Bele are given the run of the ship at all times, even though it is known they are mortal enemies. The computer should not allow both beings to access the bridge.
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The first time Bele takes control of the Enterprise, Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Mr. Scott initiate the self-destruct sequence to force Bele into relinquishing his control. Kirk would rather blow up the ship than have it taken over by an alien. Later, Bele threatens to blow up the ship if Kirk doesn't allow the ship to go to Sheron. This is exactly what Kirk was threatening to do earlier.
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One of the key points to this plot is Kirk not knowing how to handle Beale and Loki. Who is telling the truth? However, Spock's Vulcan mind meld would have solved this issue. It was never mentioned.
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Revealing mistakes 

Although the shuttle-craft is stolen from Starbase 4, it's side clearly reads: "U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701/7" (archive footage from Star Trek: The Galileo Seven). In the digitally enhanced version, the number has been changed to SB4-0314/2.
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A large string/wire is clearly visible supporting the shuttle model as it enters the Enterprise hanger bay.
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Kirk asks, "Who are you?" Lokai says, "My name is Lokai," Kirk says, "Go on." Lokai, says, "I'm from the planet Cheron." Kirk says, "That's in the southernmost part of the galaxy, in an uncharted quarter. What are you doing so far from home?" If it's uncharted, how would Kirk know where it was and how far from it is from their present location?
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Spoilers

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Plot holes 

In the final chase sequence, Bele never saw Lokai enter the transporter room. How did he know that Lokai beamed down to Charon, and how would he know how to operate the transporter to follow him?
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