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Character error 

Worf's attitude when talking to Data about his personal project on the bridge is inappropriate. Data outranks Worf.
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Picard orders Data to sever contact with Sarjenka. Data responds to Picard's order by piping the transmission from Sarjenka into the captain's quarters, violating a direct order.
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Continuity 

When Riker is talking to Wesley in Ten Forward, Rikers glass is sitting in front of him. The handle keeps facing away from the camera when the camera angle keeps changing from Rikers POV to Wesleys POV.
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Miscellaneous 

When Riker is Talking to Wesley in Ten Forward Riker picks up his glass by the handle and takes a drink when the camera angle changes not 2 seconds later the glass has turned around and he is holding it on the opposite side of the glass and not the handle.
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Plot holes 

The Federation's Prime Directive is a hard rule of noninterference with less-developed cultures. Picard is vehement about it in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Justice. But he does a 180-degree turn when he hears Sarjenka calling for help. This contradicts Picard's behavior in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Encounter at Farpoint, when the Bandi city was being destroyed and the people were screaming for aid, and he calmly sat and discussed his options. Likewise in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Symbiosis when one of the Onarans begs for help, Picard refuses, citing The Prime Directive.
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Picard's decision to help Drema IV rests solely on his own emotionalism, which is exactly the type of action that the Prime Directive was designed to prevent.
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Revealing mistakes 

After Data brings Sarjenka with him to the bridge, and Capt. Picard asks Counselor Troi to escort Sarjenka to Sickbay, she resists and raises her hands in front of her face in fear, and when she does so, you can easily see the fake fingertip extensions on her hands.
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