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"Star Trek" The Naked Time (TV Episode 1966) Poster

(TV Series)

(1966)

Goofs

Character error 

When the first away team beams on board Scotty calls Kirk to let him know that they are being decontaminated. Kirk says "you better have medicine check them out." Medicine is in reference to pharmaceuticals; Medical would be a place on a ship.
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Jump to: Character error (3) | Continuity (6) | Errors in geography (1) | Factual errors (3) | Miscellaneous (2) | Incorrectly regarded as goofs (1) | Plot holes (1) | Spoilers (2)

Character error 

As has been pointed out in other episodes, Spock has super-sensitive hearing, yet he is completely unaware of the the conversation between Riley and Sulu when Sulu decides to leave the Bridge. Even when Riley nervously looks over to Spock's station and then says "Sulu" loudly enough to be heard with normal hearing, Spock doesn't hear him or know that Sulu has left the Bridge until later.
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Tormolen snaps that Sulu doesn't "rank" (outrank) him. Tormolen is a lieutenant junior grade (the only one seen in the series), while Sulu is a full lieutenant. So technically, Sulu does outrank him.
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As a bridge officer, Uhura no doubt was trained to assume the navigation station in an emergency. However, It is doubtful that a Yoeman such as Rand would be qualified to "TAKE THE HELM!!" when Kirk orders it.
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Continuity 

In the remastered edition, the planet rotates in one direction at the very beginning, but then rotates the other way for the rest of the show.
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When Spock enters the briefing room after being infected, the "Briefing Room 2" sign hangs on the bulkhead to the left of the door. When Kirk exits the same briefing room later, the sign is now hanging to the right of the door.
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When the infected Sulu comes on the bridge he is glistening with sweat. When Uhura tries to distract him the shot goes from a glistening Sulu, to Uhura and back to a nearly dry Sulu.
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When Kirk is having his emotional soliloquy in the conference room, Scotty enters, and Spock tells him that there is an intermix formula to restart the engines quickly and that he'd call it down from the bridge. However in the next scene, Spock and Scotty are in the Engine Room working together to restart the engines.
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When Kirk and Scotty break into the engine room, Kirk grabs the back of Riley's chair and turns it around to face him. There is an immediate cut to a close-up frontal shot of Riley, and Kirk's arm is nowhere to be seen on the chair.
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While Tormolen is being operated on, the display on the wall changes readings every time the shot changes from the low angle to the full-screen of the display and back.
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Errors in geography 

The outside view of the ship shows the planet to be rotating clockwise, the viewer shows counter-clockwise.
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Factual errors 

When Scotty finishes cutting through the bulkhead in order to regain entry to Engineering, the piece he cut out is very hot and in fact is smoking, but Scotty grabs it with his bare hands to remove it and yet doesn't get burned. Update: Note that Scotty grabs the cut panel at the bottom-right, where he had cut it much earlier. The panel was only smoking from the top, where he had just finished cutting it. The panel would have had time to cool at the bottom-right by the time he grabbed it. And, given the location of the cut panel, and the equipment behind it, the material used in the bulkhead would almost certainly have properties that would insulate the crew from any heat generated by the equipment behind the panel, so the cut piece would have been cool enough to handle.
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When Tormolen dies on the operating table, the body temperature gauge drops from normal to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (and presumedly lower) in a few seconds. However, normal bodies cool at just 1-2 degrees an *hour*. (This occurs many times throughout the series; this is the first death at a surgical table.)
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When Kirk specifies a course to leave the planet, he specifies a 'hyperbolic' course, which makes no sense, since it refers to a hyperbola. A hyperbola can be thought of as two parabolas facing each other (their open ends pointing away from each other). How that figure can be used to define the course of a single ship is difficult to imagine. It would be more likely that the correct course description should have been 'parabolic'.
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Miscellaneous 

Kirk's log entry at the episode's opening makes no mention of anything being amiss at the station below. However, Spock and Tormolen are both wearing thermal suits when they beam down inside the structure. They obviously knew something was wrong, but why was there no mention of this in Kirk's log entry?
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When McCoy goes to inoculate Kirk with the vaccine/serum, he rips the shirt off Kirk's shoulder before using the hypo. This is the only time this occurs when a hypo is used.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

There seems to be no rhyme or reason to how the infection is spread. Sulu and Riley are infected from fighting with a fully-clothed Joe Tormolen (but they did have contact with Tormolen's blood after he stabbed himself), and Chapel by a calm Riley, but Uhura, despite being manhandled by a sweating, stripped-to-the-waist Sulu, is not infected. People's immune systems and tolerance levels vary.
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Plot holes 

After it becomes clear that Riley is infected, Spock orders him to report to Sickbay and then calls security and tells them to "see to it that he arrives". Although Riley does go to Sickbay, he doesn't stay there and ends up taking over Engineering. Security apparently never follows up on Spock's order. If they had, they would have been there to stop Riley before he could get to Engineering.
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Spoilers

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Revealing mistakes 

After he dies on the operating table, Tormolen swallows when Nurse Chapel removes the respirator from his face.
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After the warp engines implode, the ship is going backward in time. They reverse course and time flows forward. The ship's chronometer is calibrated wrong - it goes from 7:59 to 7:00 to 8:01. (This has been corrected in the Remastered Edition.)
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