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Jump to: Character error (4)  | Continuity (6)  | Crew or equipment visible (2)  | Factual errors (2)  | Miscellaneous (3)  | Incorrectly regarded as goofs (2)  | Plot holes (7)  | Revealing mistakes (8)  | Spoilers (18)

Character error 

On the Enterprise-B, Ensign Sulu says that the starboard ship is collapsing. What we see on the screen is the ship exploding on our left, the port side of the ship.
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One of the journalists refers to Chekov as "Captain", even though he wears the rank insignia of a Commander.
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When the Klingons are observing the display from Lt. Commander La Forge's compromised visor, the tactical display, and the comment from one of the Klingons is that the "Shield Modulation" is 257.4MHz. That is a frequency, not a type of modulation; i.e. AM, FM, F1B, etc.
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The characters of Dr. Soran and Guinan are both from a "race of listeners" called the El-Aurians. However, when narrating Soran's file in Sickbay, Dr. Crusher incorrectly refers to him as an "En-Laurian".
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Continuity 

In 6th season's "Starship Mine", it is established that trilithium is a waste product of warp engines. It very well could be a "nuclear inhibitor" and capable of being turned into a weapon since arms dealers were trying to steal some.. Why, then, when Worf is briefing Riker on it, do they both act as if it is something they've never heard of?
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Data's emotion chip was previously seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Brothers and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Descent: Part II, but it looked and operated very differently then. Also in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Data didn't want to use the chip because it might have changed his personality to the worse - there was never an indication that it could "overload his neural net", which seems to be his only concern now.
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On Veridian III the clouds in the sky come and go between scenes.
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Scotty is present on the Enterprise B when Kirk is seemingly killed. However, in the Star Trek: The Next Generation Episode "Relics", Scotty says that Kirk himself was probably responsible for his rescue, implying that Kirk was still alive when Scotty disappeared.
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Worf bends over twice when he uncovers Soran.
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When Geordi returns to the Enterprise-D after his capture on the Klingon Bird-of-Prey, he is seen talking to Data in sickbay. Geordi is wearing the older Starfleet uniform (yellow jumper with black shoulders) but in the next scene when he walks into Engineering, he is seen wearing the newer uniform with the colors inverted (black jumper with yellow shoulders). While it is true that B'Etor comments that "He bathed" and therefore it's possible he would have changed uniforms, that would not explain the reversal of colors. All his uniforms would have the same color scheme, either black with yellow shoulders, or yellow with black shoulders - not a mixture of the two.
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Crew or equipment visible 

On the Enterprise-B bridge, when the ship is hit and crewmen go flying, you can see one man go over the bridge railing backward... twice, from different angles. When he lands the second time, the edge of a blue pad to cushion his fall pops up into the bottom of the shot.
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(at around 1h 20 mins) At the beginning of Picard's fight with Soren on Veridian III, when Picard is seen as having the advantage on the steel bridge, you can see the shadow of a cameraman in the lower right corner.
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Factual errors 

Even if a collapse of a star could affect its gravity, this effect would propagate no faster than the speed of light, according to the theory of relativity. The same goes for all the other effects that are mentioned in the movie (e.g. increased radiation). And yet, according to Data, the destruction of the Amargosa star affected an entire sector (many light years across) in mere hours, instead of years.
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It was said that the rocket Soran launches would reach the Varidian sun in 11 seconds. This would be impossible because the rocket does not have warp capability to allow it to travel the speed of light. And if the sun were so close that the rocket didn't need a warp engine, then the planet could not have an atmosphere to be able to sustain life (even though uninhabited, there was vegetation).
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Miscellaneous 

The explosion of the Klingon Bird of Prey is the same one that was used in Star Trek VI for the explosion of Chang's ship.
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Why would Soran's missile need to have a cloaking device? There is no-one he would need to hide it from.
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On the Enterprise B, a reporter remarks to Captain Kirk that "this is the first Enterprise in 30 years without James T. Kirk in command". She obviously hasn't done her Starfleet homework. In Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)- which is set approx. 3-5 years after the original Star Trek Television series- Captain Willard (Will) Decker was in command of the Enterprise, until Admiral Kirk took over during an emergency mission. And, a few years later, when "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" (1982) takes place, Captain Spock is in command of the Enterprise until- just like before- Admiral Kirk takes command during an emergency situation (the distress call from space station Regula I).
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

After Soran punches B'Etor, her lip bleeds and the blood is red. This is not an error. Except for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, where Klingon blood is bright pink, it's always red, so, at most, this goof belong to that movie, not this one, and even in that movie it's not a goof (see trivia section for "The Undiscovered Country").
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During the saucer separation sequence, there is a brief shot from under the Enterprise-D showing the saucer leaving the stardrive section. In that shot, what appear to be stars can be seen through the saucer itself, seemingly, due to ineffective or incorrect compositing. However, some of these "stars" appear to move, suggesting they are in fact jetsam being released from the docking area.
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Plot holes 

The apparent or implied speed of the ribbon changes tremendously throughout the movie. Judging by the way it's passing over Veridian III, it's obviously moving at a very small fraction of a speed of light. An object moving at near light speed (not to mention warp) would be well clear of the planet in less than a second (much less than a second for warp speed). The fact that the ribbon's trajectory was so significantly altered while already inside the Veridian system also indicates a small velocity. On the other hand, the ribbon traveled from Amargosa to Veridian system in just a few days, if not hours, which requires warp speed. Not a high warp, though, because the Enterprise could easily beat it to Veridian, but still, many times the speed of light. However, Data says that the ribbon "passes through our galaxy every 39.1 years", which suggests that it moves outside of the Galaxy in that time frame, and that requires ultra high warp - beyond Enterprise's capabilities.
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After Picard was beamed to Veridian III, the Enterprise crew didn't know his location, and had to scan the entire planet to find him. For this to have happened, Picard must have been beamed down using the Klingon transporter, otherwise his destination would have been in the Enterprise's computer. But when Picard is shown arriving to the planet, he is clearly in a white Federation-type beam, and not a Klingon red one (seen previously on the Amargosa station, for example).
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On the Enterprise-B, a science officer says: "The Lakul is one of two ships transporting El-Aurian refugees to Earth.". If people knew about El-Aurian refugees in the 23rd century, they should have also known about what made them refugees, i.e. they shouldn't have learned about the Borg only in the 24th century. No reason is given as to why all El-Aurians would hide this information for a century.
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The El-Aurian refugees rescued by the Enterprise-B are ostensibly fleeing from the Borg. Guinan mentions in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q Who (which first introduced the Borg) that she wasn't on her homeworld when the they attacked, yet she's among the survivors who are rescued. Furthermore, the Federation never knew of the Borg until "Q Who": did no one between 2293 and 2371 ever ask these refugees what they were fleeing from?
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In the battles against the Borg, the Enterprise-D crew were pioneers in shield modulation to try and avoid the Borg attacks. Yet in this film, neither the engineering nor tactical crew ever attempts to re-modulate the shields. Although Geordi LaForge may have been the one responsible for modulating the shields and his visor would give away the frequency, he did not due so in the battles with the Borg, that was handled by Data.
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Tampering with Geordi LaForge's visor has happened before and in a plot involving the Klingons. In season four, episode twenty-four, LaForge is brainwashed by the Romulans to assassinate a Klingon colonial governor. To further the plot, his visor is altered to send him signals and instructions by the treasonous Klingon ambassador Kell to further the assassination plan. Fortunately, the plot was discovered and Geordi began a debrief with Counselor Troi to recover. Since the Klingon civil war that erupted at the end of this season involved Lursa and B'Etor as rebel leaders and their forces receiving Romulan help, you would think that after Geordi was freed from their clutches in "Generations," his old visor would be discarded (or handed into security) and a replacement replicated before he could return to duty.
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Viridian III is described as being uninhabited, so who built the gantries at the launch site? The rocket and launch platform may have been beamed down, but the gantries, walkways and steps have been anchored into the rock and give the appearance of having been there for some time.
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Revealing mistakes 

As Worf climbs up the side of the 19th century ship, you can see that his pants legs are red in front. (The paint on the ship wasn't dry when they filmed it.)
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The uniforms worn by Riker and LaForge don't fit. This is because they're using the same ones worn by cast members of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
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When Geordi and Data are looking at Data's emotion chip you can clearly see LeVar Burton's eyes through Geordi's visor. As he raises his eyebrow while emoting to Data's dialog, the lighting, which is more indirect and from above, filters down between his face and the visor back-lighting the visor and making his right eye visible. As he turns his head slightly you can also see his left eye, but not as clearly.
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The Enterprise-B's hull has outcroppings on either side of the main deflector, indicative of a modified Excelsior-class design. However, these outcroppings are not present as it warps past on its way to the Lakul and the Nexus energy ribbon (this is actually a reused shot from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country where the Excelsior was charging to the Enterprise's rescue).
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Roads are visible in the background during the climatic fight sequence on Veridian III, which is supposed to be uninhabited.
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When Data and Geordi look at Data's emotion chip, which is supposedly suspended in a forcefield, the long close-up shows by the wobbling of the rotating chip that it is hanging from a string. The difference in motion is unmistakable.
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The Enterprise-B has outcroppings on either side of the deflector dish, however if you look at the ship's schematics in the background and inside the turbolifts, you can see those schematics are of a standard Excelsior-class vessel, and those outcroppings do not appear on them.
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After leaving Spacedock and Captain Harriman mentioning going out by Pluto and back one of the reporters asks if they're going to test the warp drive! Like they could go that fast otherwise.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Kirk circles his horse around Picard, his dialogue concerning the empty captain's chair sounds as if it was dubbed in afterwards.
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Character error 

Near the end of the film, Troi and Data are talking about Data's emotion chip. Troi asks Data why he didn't remove it. Data replies that after experiencing hundreds of distinct emotions, he is now prepared for them and his feelings will no longer control him. However, it had been established earlier that the chip had fused into his neural net, and thus was currently unremovable. He even stated separately that he wished to be deactivated until Dr. Crusher could remove it.
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Continuity 

During the crash of the Enterprise-D, Worf is flying all over the place in the background. Immediately following the stardrive's destruction, the shockwave sends Worf flying to his left. He crawls back to his station and then falls to his left again. Immediately following, as Riker is screaming to Deanna for a report, you can see Worf's hands holding on to the railing right behind Riker. The next instant, he is to the right of his station (our left, bringing himself up) and in the very next scene he is seated at his station.
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When Picard and Soran meet on Veridian III, talking about the Borg and time ("It's like a predator. It's stalking you."), there's one sequence when Picard and Soran stand face to face. You can clearly see that the sun is shining on the left side of Picard's face, but it's also shining on the left side of Soran's face, so they can't look at each other. Later on, Picard watches the trilithium missile launch and the sun explosion. He seems to be blinded by the sun, but again, it's shining on the left side of his face, so he can't be looking at it.
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When the Enterprise clandestinely triggers the Bird of Prey's cloaking device, the time it took for Riker to order the torpedo to be fired, then having it hit Lursa & B'Etor's vessel, was far more than what was earlier said was required (approximately two seconds) to hit the Bird of Prey before the torpedo lost its target lock.
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Factual errors 

When Soran's probe hits the Veridian star, the sun instantly darkens. While the probe can travel faster than light and needs 11 seconds (as stated in the movie) to reach the sun, the light itself still requires more time to reach Veridian III. If the distance is similar to the Earth's from the sun, about 8.5 minutes.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The Guinan who appears inside the Nexus tells Picard that she is an "echo" or a part of herself left behind from the Enterprise-B, before Picard was born. How would she know him? Possible answer: Guinan's younger self had already met Captain Picard from her future, when he time traveled to 1893 in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Time's Arrow: Part II. Another possible answer: the Nexus Guinan could be just a manifestation of Picard's own conscience to remind him that he must not stay in the Nexus if he is to bring Soran to justice.
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Picard chooses to leave the Nexus with Kirk and go back to Veridian III only minutes before the launch, when he could have picked any time and place he wanted to return and stop Soran. For example, he could go back further in time and simply not allow Soran to go back to the Amargosa observatory. However, this and any other plan would only postpone the problem - nothing would prevent Soran from trying again, perhaps thinking of something even worse next time. Even if he was convicted for making illegal weapons, he'd be out of prison by the time the ribbon comes back again. Obviously, Picard wanted to get rid of Soran for good, and the only moral (not to mention legal) way for it was to catch him in the act and kill him in a fair fight, so it won't be a murder. It might seem silly at first, but we do know that Starfleet officers take morality and honor (not to mention law) very seriously. Indeed, every time Picard chose to face Soran directly and not ambush him or shoot him in the back, and even then he couldn't kill him, but he did find a clever way around it after all, and that was the only time and place he could've done it.
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Riker orders Worf to launch a spread of torpedoes at Lursa's and B'Etor's Bird-of-Prey, yet the exterior shot shows the Enterprise firing only one. Evidently, Worf was confident that a single torpedo would do the job (and he was right). Being the tactical officer, that's his right to make such a call (perhaps one torpedo is easier to target than a spread). And since Riker actually said to prepare a spread, not to fire one, then technically Worf didn't even disobey an order.
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When Dr. Soran fires the rocket from the planet to destroy the Veridian star, in reality, even traveling at light-speed, it would take at least several minutes for the rocket to impact the star. For example, it takes light from our star - the Sun - 8 minutes to reach Earth (traveling at light-speed). In the movie, it only takes 11 seconds for the rocket to reach the star, as Worf calculated earlier in the movie. Evidently, the rocket had warp drive capability. It makes perfect sense, because a slow moving rocket would be vaporized by the star before it could reach the central core, where the reactions (which have to be inhibited) take place. Of course, it would still take at least several minutes before any effect is seen from the planet, because those effects travel at the speed of light (at most), but for all we know that's exactly what happened. Although only a few seconds of movie time pass between the launch and the implosion, the latter is in the next cut. The rocket's contrail is gone in the second cut, indicating that some time has passed between the cuts. And since Picard could do nothing after launch but standing helplessly, there would be no point in wasting movie time on this period.
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In the transporter, when Picard is being beamed to the planet's surface in exchange for Geordi, you can see his communicator pin. When he is on the surface of the planet, the pin is gone, and when he meets Kirk in the Nexus, the communicator pin is back. However, since Picard appear to be in the same beam as Geordi, he must have been transported to the Klingon ship, where his communicator was taken away to prevent the Enterprise from finding him. But even if he was transported directly to the planet, the Klingon transporter could prevent the communicator from rematerializing (for the same reason as above). We know from the series that transporters can do things like that, and it should be obvious that Picard was traveling through a Klingon beam, otherwise the Enterprise would know his position on the surface, but they didn't. The only problem with these explanations is that the beam does look (and sound) like a Federation beam, not a Klingon beam - but's that's a different goof. As for the Nexus, a sudden reappearance of Picard's communicator is no stranger than appearance of his dead nephew or his non-existing family - anything is possible there.
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The toaster in Kirk's house may look like a Dualit, which doesn't "pop up" when done toasting. When done this model keeps the toast inside to keep it warm. There's a manual lever to raise the toast for removal. But we are several hundred years in the future, so how can we know this toaster does not operate the way we see it in the movie?
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When the Enterprise crashes on Veridian III, the scene in a crew members quarters, the windows above them shatter. However in Star Trek: The Next Generation it was established that the windows are made of transparent aluminum, if so, they would not shatter like normal window glass.

Sapphire glass used on watches and phones is synthetic aluminium oxide Al2O3. We don't truly know the properties of transparent aluminium, but it can be crystal lattice compound instead of pure metal lattice aluminium. After all different aluminium's used to build cars, planes, boats etc. are not pure aluminium but mixtures of different metals. Transparent aluminium can also be trademark like Gorilla Glass, which isn't made of gorillas. Thus we don't know how it behaves under stress.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Picard's children arrive when he first enters the Nexus, his youngest son, Thomas, can be seen mouthing the lines of his two sisters.
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When Data discovers his cat in the wreckage of the Enterprise, when he begins to cry, it is clearly visible that his makeup is coming off under the tears.
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After Pichard retrieves Captain Kirk's body from the chasm, he then entombs it in layer of rocks while awaiting the rescue shuttle. As we see Captain Picard standing next to the grave in the long shot, we can see a considerable difference between his standing height and the length of the tomb of Captain Kirk, even though, while alive, they were very close in relative stature.
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During the second saucer crashdown sequence after the trip through the Nexus, the first shot of the saucer hitting the planet surface is a swapped shot. It's made clear by the ship's very visible registry NCC-1701-D facing backwards.
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Before Kirk jumps the gap on his horse, there is a shot from beneath the gap, looking up, and there appears to be a dark colored board or bridge across the gap. When we see Kirk jump the gap, the board is no longer present.
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