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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" Skin of Evil (TV Episode 1988) Poster

Goofs

Character error 

To compensate for the blue screen used during the filming of Tasha Yar's memorial, Beverley Crusher had to wear a greener uniform (instead of the normal blue). Likewise, Wesley Crusher's acting ensign uniform was slightly modified, replacing the blue shoulder stripe with a green stripe.
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When Armus "removes" Geordi's visor forcefully to toy with him and Data, LeVar Burton's brown eyes are visible as the visor leaves his face (especially visible with freeze frame). The character of Geordi is blind, with a fully white eyeball instead of a colored iris/pupil.
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Continuity 

When starting up the warp engine, Lt. Cmdr. Lynch sets the ratio for the matter-antimatter injectors at 25:1. Yet in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Coming of Age, it was established that there is only one ratio with matter-antimatter, 1:1.
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When Worf is first describing the half-buried shuttle, the top portion of the monitor display (above the topographical map with the shuttle) shows the full energy graph, long before the discovery of the energy fluctuations is made. Then, after the fluctuations are discovered, the graph is shown at its beginning.
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(at around 29 mins) When Picard crouches down while talking to Armus, the top of Armus' "head" can be seen rising out of the pool, in the lower right corner of the shot facing Picard. Then, in the immediate next shot facing the pool, Armus breaks the surface and rises again.
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Entering the Holodeck for the Memorial, Beverly is wearing a green/black uniform then Medical Blue later in the scene.
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Crew or equipment visible 

As Captain Picard walks up to the pool of slime for the first time, two white lights reflect off the surface. The same is also true in shots of Armus covering the shuttle. This has to be a reflection of studio lights, since there is no other sign of life on the planet and no other white light on the planet.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Geordi's phaser falls off into the oil slick-like creature (Armus) when he runs up to try and rescue Riker. However, it doesn't fall entirely into it but lands on the edge of the pool. Therefore, Geordi would have been able to pick it up again and clean it, which is why he later can be seen with his phaser back in its holster.
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Plot holes 

Despite Yar's injuries they do not beam directly to sickbay. No reason for this is given.
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Data as 3rd in command should return to the bridge to relieve Worf as soon as he gets back to the ship, yet he does not.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Armus re-emerges from his pool for the first time, the slime can be seen bubbling right at the area where the mouth would be. (This is because the actor in the costume had to spit out the goo in order to breathe after coming to the surface.)
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As Armus is pulling Commander Riker toward him, a wire can be seen disturbing the sand and the surface of the slime pool directly behind Riker.
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In exterior shots of the crashed shuttle, there are no skid marks or drag marks in the dirt behind it, as one would expect in a crash of this nature in a calm environment.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The cloud patterns behind Yar's farewell address alternate between close and far away, depending on whether the camera takes a close-up shot of Tasha or a distant shot. The different viewpoint of the camera naturally affects the appearance of clouds as well, whether they are holographic or real.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the camera pans over the crew during Tasha's memorial speech, a small hole can be seen in the fabric of the blue- or green-screen backdrop.
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