|Star Trek Generations|
|Original air date||
10 February 1995 (UK)
Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Captain James Kirk meet in a time nexus, and combine forces against a scientist who is jeopardising the lives of millions of people.
Errors and Explanations - Internet Movie DatabaseEdit
- 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. (IMDB) We are several hundred years in the future, even in Kirk's time. How can we know this toaster does not operate the way we see it in the movie?
- The Guinan who appears inside the Nexus tells Picard that she is an "echo" or a part of herself the real Guinan left behind when she was beamed away onto the Enterprise-B. Obviously Picard was not yet born by then and Guinan would not have known him 80 years ago, so how would she know Picard once he's inside the Nexus, if she didn't known him when she was in there herself? (IMDB) They did meet before in TNG: Time's Arrow: Part 1 and Part 2. Guinan tell Picard if he does not go on this mission they would never meet. They actually meet in the 1800s. in Ten-Forward, Picard is unnerved by a conversation with Guinan, who insists he break with tradition and accompany the Away Team back to the 19th century. Although she can give him no explanation. Guinan fails to recognize Data, but she is not shocked when he tells her that they serve together on the same starship in the 24th century. She listens with great concern to his story, subtly revealing that she, too, is not from Earth.
- When Geordi returns to the Enterprise 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). (IMDB) One of the comments made by the Klingons while monitoring his activities is a recount of what he had done since leaving Sickbay. B'Etor first commented that "He bathed," so it's not unexpected that he would have changed uniforms.
- During the saucer separation sequence, there is a brief shot from under the Enterprise 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. (IMDB) Some of these 'stars' appear to move, suggesting they are in fact jetsam being released from the docking area.
- Picard does point out that Soran could simply fly into the ribbon in a ship. Data tries to explain this away by noting that all ships that approach the ribbon are either destroyed or severely damaged. But this doesn't explain anything, because as far as we know the destruction of a ship doesn't prevent its occupants from going into the Nexus, as happened to Kirk and, according to Guinan, everyone on Lakul. Anyway, Soran certainly believed that to be the case, because he wanted to go back after being beamed away from Lakul. So why opting for a ridiculously complicated plan the next time? (IMDB) One potential explanation is that the ribbon only provides an opening to the Nexus under some very specific circumstances, but the plot never addresses this crucial issue. See plot Oversight 11 in the Nitpicker Guide section for my personal explanation.
- In the TNG series (ep. 7.1 "Descent: Part 2"), the emotion chip was damaged when Data shot Lore, but in the movie it appears to be intact and ready for use. Although Data might have repaired it, this discontinuity is never addressed. Moreover, the chip in the movie looks nothing like the one in the series. Perhaps the emotion program was restored and tranfered to another chip, built to specifications left by Dr. Soong before he died.
- 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.The El-Aurians not informing the Federation about the Borg before the encounter at J-25 could be because they were either suffering from shock, or believed that the Borg had no reason to leave the Delta Quadrant at that time.
- 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. (IMDB) 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.
- In "Star Trek: The Next Generation: Brothers (#4.3)" (1990), Dr. Soong inserts the emotion chip into Lore (who is impersonating Data) inside the side of his neck, yet in this movie, George inserts the emotion chip into a slot on top of Data's head. Although it's possible that the chip can be inserted both ways, such a discrepancy should have been addressed. Soong probably developed several designs for the chip to cover any damage, and left space in Data for them. See corrections 38 and 40 in the Movie Mistakes section.
- Harriman getting flustered and displaying a lack of command ability during the crisis with the energy ribbon. It's not surprising Harriman is flustered! There are three living legends and a scrum of reporters on board, his ship is lacking vital equipment and personnel, and he has been forced to rescue a pair of refugee ships from a dangerous energy ribbon!
- Why wern't there any other ships in range? Any other starships in the sector may be busy on other duties. See Correction 31 in the Movie Mistakes section.
- Kirk making the adjustments to the Navigational Deflector. Kirk is the best choice to reroute the deflector controls - everyone in Main Engineering is busy trying to stop the warp core exploding under the stress. Besides which, Kirk retired no more than a year before, and would still be familiar with the way things work on a Starship and the technology on the Enterprise-B is not much different from that on the Enterprise-A.
- Picard’s reaction to the death of Robert and Rene being over the top. Not true - with Robert and Rene gone, there is no-one to continue the family line.
- The away team member who found the Romulan not informing his superiors. He probably can't believe what he is seeing, and wants Riker and Worf to see for themselves.
- Guinan failing to notice Soran until he left Ten Forward. Soran was hiding in the corner, and Guinan was busy serving people before helping La Forge deal with a newly emotional Data.
- Data and La Forge not going to the observatory with the first away team. There may have been no obvious reason to send them.
- Absence of the other members of the second away team when Soran found Data and Gordi. The other members of the away team could have beamed back from another part of the observatory before Soran fired his probe - this would explain how the transporter chief knew Data and Gordi had not returned.
- Data having his emotion chip installed during the investigation. He must believe the emotion chip will give him a better understanding of what is happening.
- Soran developing a device that can do the same thing as the Uthat 300 years early. Either Kal Dano developed the Uthat after finding Soran’s hidden notes, Soran developed his probe based on clues about the Uthat, or both.
- Soran insisting that changing the course of the ribbion is the only way of entering the Nexus. Soran would have rejected other methods because a) placing a starship within transporter range would risk the ship being destroyed or severely damaged before transport could be completed, b) he would not be able to fit into a class 8 probe, and c) the energy tendrils along the outer edge of the ribbion could have detonated the power system of a thruster suit or a shuttle, thus destroying them before they could reach the core of the ribbon, which Soran would need to reach to enter the Nexus.
- Crusher's statement about removing the nanoprope. Soran must have inserted a nanoprobe into La Forge’s heart when we weren’t looking. Indeed, a scene showing Soran admitting this was shot, but not included in the final film. (This would also explain Soran's 'heart wasn't in it' remark.)
- Bracing for impact in chairs that roll and have no restraints. The crew could prepare themselves by grabbing the tactical station rail, or lying on the floor next to the wall.
- Guinan's Nexus echo stating that she's there already. The Guinan outside the nexus will still be alive, as Picard is planning to return to a point before the shockwave hits.
- Picard and Kirk both in uniform in the Nexus. They were wearing uniform when they entered.
- Picard reaching to the right of the cupboard to get the dill, when Kirk said it was on the left. Picard is actually reaching towards the left of the cupboard from the right hand side.
- Picard returning to our time at the point where he is struggling through the gap under the shield. Picard probably chose this moment in order to distract Soran, so that Kirk can reach the bridge unseen.
- The senior crew serving together in future. The crew either received short time assignments while waiting for completion of the Enterprise-E, followed Worf's example and took extended leave, or a combination of the two.
- The reporter's comment about the Enterprise B being the first Enterprise in thirty years without Kirk in command. The reporter is technically correct – the ship Decker and Spock commanded was the refitted NCC-1701, the same ship Kirk commanded both before the refit, and during the V’Ger mission, for which Kirk replaced Decker as commander, before later replacing Spock as ship commander during the Genesis incident.
- Riker reacting with surprise on hearing the Romulans were searching for Trilithium when a substance with the same name is produced by the Enterprise-D's warp drive. Either there is more than one kind of Trilithium, or Riker is not familiar with it. See correction 18 in the movie Mistakes section
- B'tor having red blood. Differences in Klingon blood could be due to a whole verity of reasons: genetic engineering, Klingons from different regions have different blood, environmental change, etc.
- Starfleet appearing to abandon the Enterprise-B modification for Excelsior class ships. Perhaps after the Nexus incident, they considered the vulnerability of the secondary hull outcroppings to outweigh the benefits of safety and increased space - at least until the refit of the USS Lakota.
- Placement of the Enterprise-B Deflector Control room on the side of the secondary hull. This could have been an experimental safety measure.
- Subdued lighting throughout the Enterprise-D. Maybe Starfleet has instigated an energy efficiency drive!
- Worf's clothes instantly drying wshen he leaves the holodeck. Activation of the Holodeck quick dry facility may have been accelerated because of what happened to Wesley in Farpoint. (IMDB) Immediately after Worf's promotion the crew goes to the bridge. Worf, who had just been soaking wet on the holodeck, is now dry, and his knee no longer has red paint on it. However, both water and paint weren't real - they were part of the holographic program, so they vanished the moment Worf exited the holodeck, leaving him clean and dry. Numerous episodes of several series are based on the premise that holographic objects disappear outside of holodecks or out of range of mobile holographic projectors.
- Only Crusher having a tricorder During the rescue mission on the observatory. Having more that one tricorder scanning in such a confined space could have resulted in confusion due to overlapping signals.
- Increase in size of the emotion chip. Soong must have left instructions in the event of the chip becoming damaged, to allow for the fitment of extra circuitry to restore function, while leaving extra space in Data's head to permit installation. See correction 40 in the Movie Mistakes section
- Data reorientating his desk in Stellar Cartography. Perhaps it was designed to be moved by the operator.
- Mention of the Bozeman, a ship that travelled forward almost a century in time. This could just as easily be a new ship with the same name.
- The graphics changing in Stellar Cartography. Data could have programmed this without making it obvious.
- Soran's Probe reaching the star in about eleven seconds and almost instantly altering the star. Soran’s probe may be fitted with either a micro-miniaturised warp drive/transporter combination, some form of time travel system for small, non biological, loads, or both, to allow it to go into the past after it had cleared the planet's atmosphere, thus causing an apparently instant change in the star. (which explains why the star didn't collapse during Soran's second attempt!) Of course, it would normally 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 (assuming the lack of time travel system for the warhead) 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. 'see corrections 15 and 23 in the Movie Mistakes section
- Picard materialising in a Blue Starfleet transporter pattern without his communicator. He must have contacted the transporter operator on route to the transporter room, and issued instructions to program the transporter to remove his combadge during transport to the coordinates provided by the Klingons. (We know the Klingons provided the coordinates, as the operator says 'Receiving the coordinates now, Captain' while Picard is stepping onto the Transporter Pad.)
- Nobody noticing Gordi's visor transmitting his visual inputs to the Bird of Prey. Soran's modifications must have included a means of masking the transmission.
- Sensors on the Enterprise not detecting Soran's 50-gigawatt force field. Soran must have incorporated a dampening effect.
- Displaying the shield modulation frequency on an open display. The engineering crew of a starship sometimes have to monitor the modulation frequency of the shields.
- Failure to remodulate the shield frequency. The torpedo impacts might have disrupted the shield control systems.
- Worf firing a single torpedo instead of the full spread Riker ordered. Riker pointed out that Worf only had one shot at destroying the Bird of Prey before it became fully cloaked. (IMDB) 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.
- Gordi not ejecting the warp core. Either the warp core ejection system was jammed due to battle damage, or the crew didn't want to risk the core causing an enviromental disaster by exploding in the atmosphere. See correction 34 in the Movie Mistakes section
- The Ten Forward windows remaining intact while the bubble on top of the bridge smashed. The Ten Forward windows received extra protection from the forward shields. See correction 24 in the Movie Mistakes section
- Kirk's clock playing the normnal tune without chiming. Perhaps Kirk decided to get a clock that only played the tune.
- Troi asking Data about not removing the emotion chip. Data and La Forge must have decided to find a way to remove the emotion chip from Data's neural network. [They must have found one by 2375, because, when Picard asks about Data's emotions chip in Star Trek: Insurrection, La Forge states "He didn't take it with him"].
Continuity and Production ProblemsEdit
- Resemblance between Enterprise B Navigator and Enterprise D Security officer. Members of the same family, perhaps?.
- Change in communicator design. Possibly a fleetwide communicator upgrade.
- Worf shifing position during the change in camera angle when rescuing Soran. Probably done to make it easier to remove the debris.
- Evacuation of Sick Bay by the medical staff. Sick Bay was evacuated because it was located on deck 12 of the saucer section, just forward of the central core, and would therefore absorb a lot of the impact of the crash. See correction 20 in the Movie Mistakes section
- Barrels with the old style Starfleet logo in the cargo area. They were still useful.
- In the stellar cartography scene, while Data is conversing with Captain Picard about being deactivated, you can see that Data does not have his signature yellow eyed contacts in place. Brent Spiner's eyes are blue. Data's eyes in this scene are not blue, they may be a lighter yellow, but they are yellow.
- During the battle with the Klingon Bird of Prey over Viridian III, the Enterprise-D is shown sustaining hits to its front and rear. The bridge is shown taking damage from a shot fired at the underside of the Enterprise, despite being on the top of the ship and away from the Klingon's fire. Damage, particularly that inflicted by energy-based weaponry, isn't limited to external structural damage. The attack could have blown or disrupted a power conduit and the surge manifested itself on the bridge or the bridge consoles. Even here on present-day Earth, lightning doesn't have to directly strike your television in order to blow it.Corrected by JC Fernandez
- At the end of the film, Captain Picard is shown in a uniform with red on the shoulders and black on the rest (the Star Trek: Voyager/DS9 uniforms), yet when picking through the ruins of the Enterprise, he is seen in a black shoulders/red shirt uniform (the usual TNG uniform). The ship is in ruins: he couldn't have replicated a new uniform as the power is out. Replicators are not the only way for uniforms to be available. He could simply have had spare uniforms in a closet. Or one of the rescue ships could have replicated it for him.Corrected by Guy
- According to the laws of physics, a massive point source should exert the same amount of gravity on an object X distance away as a spherical object of constant density with radius less than X. With this in mind, the Nexus should not have deviated from its course when the star was destroyed (at least until after the shock wave had passed the planet, destroying it along with Soran). One of the major points in Star Trek is that laws of physics can be violated or altered. A possible plausible explanation is that Soran designed the weapon not only to destroy a star, but to change its mass and density in order to deviate the course of the Nexus.
- Geordi has returned to the Enterprise with his visor sending what he is seeing back to the Klingon ship. When Geordie is in Engineering the feed to the Klingon ship shows Geordie standing in front of a console despite the feed coming from Geordi's own visor. No it doesn't. The feed shows another crewmember stepping away from the console as Geordi's view looks down at the panel. Corrected by JC Fernandez
- As Data pulls his emotion chip from the holder, there is a shot of Geordi, and you can see through the visor (and they're not totally white!) You can sort of see through the VISOR, but you can't see anything distinctly. It may just be a reflection of his irises and pupils (which Geordi still has, though discolored) on the surface of his eyes. Corrected by JC Fernandez
- Near the beginning, on the Enterprise-B's maiden voyage, Sulu's daughter says something like "The starboard ship's hull is collapsing". Seconds later, the PORT ship on the viewer explodes. The port/starboard directions are always given from the FRONT of the starship. So, in this scene, with the Enterprise-B facing the ships, their port/starboard directions are reversed, meaning that if the ship to their port side exploded, it is, in fact, the starboard ship of the facing formation, because port and starboard are always based on where the front of the vessel that is being talked about is pointing. Corrected by wizard_of_gore
- The ribbon obviously moves faster than light (it covers the distance between star systems in a matter of hours), but when it passes Veridian III it moves much, much slower than light. This is a fictional object and, as such, can do whatever the writers need it to do. Perhaps it slows down when it encounters the gravitational forces in a solar system.Corrected by wizard_of_gore
- During Worf's promotion party on the sailing ship, a harbor buoy is seen in the background 20 feet from the ship. No it's not, that's just a piece of the ship.
- Near the end, when Data and Troi are searching through the rubble of the crashed Enterprise, there's a bright blue container in the background that's plugged up with plywood. I've watched the movie several times for this and never seen it. Besides, why can't they have plywood in the future?
- In the final fight between Picard and Soran, the remote control for the rocket falls on the broken bridge. A few shots later, the control is on the other side of the bridge. The camera angle changes so it becomes confusing but it definitely stays on the same side.
- Before Kirk jumps the gap on his horse while in the Nexus, 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. Watching carefully, it's still there, it's just that the camera angle changes.
- During the crash sequence on the Enterprise-D, Worf is flying all over the place in the background. Immediately following the star drive's destruction, the shock wave 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 Deana 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. The ship is being violently shaken, it's logical that Worf will be in many different places in a short period of time.
- When Picard first meets Kirk in the Nexus, Kirk's uniform jacket (which he was wearing aboard the Enterprise-B) is seen lying on a nearby rock with the Starfleet insignia pin still on it, but the Insignia pin is pinned to Kirk's vest for the duration of the movie. Everything in the Nexus is an illusion, so the appearance of the insignia pin on the uniform jacket can be discounted.
- It is difficult enough to believe that a missile not much longer than an average car would be capable of destroying a whole star, but if you can swallow that, how come when it does finally explode on the launchpad it only produces enough of a blast to kill the bad guy while Picard and Kirk are presumably only a few yards away behind some rocks? As was discussed in the film, the missile contains stolen trilithium which will set off a destructive chain reaction in the star. The actual explosive yield is negligible, it is not explosives that destroy the star but the chemical chain reaction interfering with the fusion reaction of the star. Corrected by Soylent Purple
- As Picard is walking up Kirk in awe, we find him doing an excellent job of chopping wood. The camera changes to Picard, Kirk, and then to Picard, before finally switching back to Kirk again. After the fourth piece falls he pauses and says 'Beautiful day' and the camera changes, so as to get a shot of both of them. Just after he says that he raises his axe to get ready to chop a piece that wasn't there a split second ago. The Nexus is a projection of the mind. Things can change there instantly, without error. Picard has children, Kirk is in his past. It's all art of the same level of unreality.
- When Picard finally manages to squeeze through the hole in the force-field, and confronts Soran, they have a brawl. The actual time elapsed from the confrontation to the launch (I choose these points as the emergence from The Nexus later to the point when everything is hopeless, respectively), is fifty seconds. When Kirk confronts him after the entire bit in The Nexus, it's actually two minutes and ten seconds before Soran cloaks the missile, and another forty before is launches again after it's been uncloaked. How is this a mistake? Guinan specifically stated that Picard could've left the Nexus to go to any time he wanted, and go anywhere he wanted. Because the sequence after the Nexus is longer than the one before the Nexus, it is safe to assume that Kirk and Picard went back to Veridian III a little bit before the fight sequence before the Nexus. Although one gets the impression from the movie that Kirk and Picard return to the moment of Picard's first confrontation of Soran, it doesn't have to be that way.
- When Worf tells Riker the Romulans were looking for Trilithium on the station, Riker acts as if he never heard of it before, and Worf explains that it is an experimental compound that the Romulans were working on. However, in the Next Generation episode, "Starship Mine", terrorists steal Trilithium resin from the warp engines to sell as a weapon, and Picard seems to know a great deal about it. That entire Next Generation episode takes place on the Enterprise with only Picard and the terrorists. It was scheduled for maintenance and no one was supposed to be aboard. There was no reason then or now for Riker to ever hear of trilithium.
- At the very beginning of the movie, we see a bottle of champagne flying in space and crashing upon the hull of the Enterprise-B. Champagne is squirting around. Well, as Khan said, it's very cold in space. The champagne should be frozen and be shattered into little pieces. Even today, they make special (read: cheap) champagne to be used when launching ships that is never intended for drinking. In the future of Star Trek, the need to have a "champagne" that will survive a few moments in space has arisen, so if the champagne is still the same not-intended-for-drinking special brand, it would be conceivable that they added some heavy-duty anti-freeze. Corrected by Twotall
- When Worf, Riker, and Picard are discussing shooting down Soren's missile, Worf say that the missile would take 11 seconds to reach the sun, while locking on to it could take between 8 and 15 seconds. Riker says, "That's a pretty big margin for error," and Picard replies, "Much too big." Of course, the bigger the margin of error for something is, the more likely it is to be successfully accomplished. What they should have said was that it was a small margin for error. A large margin for error being 7 seconds. That means there is a lot of time there to make a mistake. A small margin would be better since it would mean there are fewer seconds in which something could go wrong. There's a difference between a margin OF error and a margin FOR error.
- When Picard and Data are in Stellar Cartography, Picard asks Data to show him what system Nexus will come closest to. He shows him the Veridian system. The planet that Soran wants to be on has 3 moons. When you later see the shock wave hit the planet, destroying it, there are no moons shown in orbit. There are also no moons shown anytime Soran and Picard are on the planet. Moons aren't necessarily visible from the surface of a planet. The moon is only visible because it reflects so much light, something that all moons don't do. In addition, some moons are very small.
- When Data and Troi find Spot, it's right next to several containers clearly marked HAZARDOUS MATERIAL. Don't you think it would be wise to dispose of the hazardous materials, before letting anyone, much less senior officers, poke through the rubble? The containers could be empty or still intact enough to keep the crew safe from the contents. Data and Troi are also searching for survivors using a tricorder, which would also notify them if the area was contaminated.
- Soren launches the missile at the sun, the sun blows up, and the planet along with the Enterprise and its crew, are destroyed - the first time around. The movie shows the missile being launched, and a few seconds later (maybe 10) the star blows up - and this is seen in real time on the planet. Forgive me, but even if the missile made it to the star in a few seconds at warp speed, it would still take the light (and thus just about everything else, including gravitational effects) from the star to manifest itself on the planet! (It takes about 8 minutes for the light from our Sun to reach the Earth, for example). I agree that it should take time for the light from the destruction of the star to reach the planet but not the gravitational effects. Things like planets orbit stars not because there is some kind of particle or energy being exchanged between them but because the gravitational field has warped the space they are travelling through. As a result of this when the gravitational field was changed space would have snapped instantly to its new position producing instant gravitational effects. (see Stephen Hawkins:- A Brief History of Time if you don't believe me).
- When the Enterprise crashes on Veridian III, the clear dome/skylight thing over the bridge is broken. What could possibly have done this? The dome certainly wasn't glass...it was made of the same stuff all of the other windows on the ship were made of, and none of them were broken....besides, in the crash shots, nothing happens to the Enterprise that could break that dome. It may not have been glass but that doesn't mean that whatever it was made of wasn't brittle. As for what smashed it the impact of the collision would likely have severely twisted the structure of the ship. Assuming the material to be brittle twisting the frame work sufficiently would cause it to shatter.
- When Data finds Spot after the Enterprise D has crashed he starts to cry, yet on the STNG TV show he states he has no tear ducts (episode where his mother comes aboard and is damaged, she too is a android). Pay close attention to his eyes. You never actually see tears going down his face. Besides which he could always have had Tear Ducts installed later.
- Picard and Kirk come back from the Nexus to the surface of Viridian 3 to stop Soren from launching the missile. He can go wherever and whenever he wants, why doesn't he go back to the Enterprise B when Soren was aboard and arrest him without difficulty? Because not only would Picard be trapped 75 years in the past but his presence there would probably contaminate the timeline. That's why he chose to go where he did. And in the end he was able to defeat Soran so any questions of "Why didn't he go back to this time?" are irrelevant.’’
- Near the end of the film when the Klingons are attacking the Enterprise-D and the Enterprise crew is discussing how they can defeat the Klingon ship, Riker orders Worf to prepare a full spread of torpedoes. Yet, when Riker gives the order to fire only one torpedo is launched. Enterprise has been shot by the bird of prey a number of times. It's possible that the torpedo launchers are damaged at this point.
- Let's face it... The battle between the GALAXY-class ship and the TWELVE YR OLD BIRD OF PREY is really ridiculous. The Enterprise has no shields, so what? Does this hinder its weapons? The ship tries to escape and almost doesn´t fire. Why? The flagship of the Federation should be able easily to vaporize that old Klingon vessel with only one big salvo of torpedoes, or by firing phasers permanently (they did the same in the TNG-episode "Yesterday´s Enterprise"), no matter if they have shields or not. The Enterprise in "Yesterday's Enterprise" would be a very different ship as it's in a timeline that has been at war before Enterprise was made so shields & weaponry technology will become top priority for research & should be stronger & more powerful than our Enterprise. We also know that a lucky shot can knock out weapons or severely damage them so you'd want to make sure your weapons had the best chance of either disabling or destroying the enemy before loosing them & not having any other option.
- When Picard and Kirk are fighting Soran to stop him from launching the rocket that will destroy the planet's sun, what was the big hurry? If they fail, they will be absorbed in the Nexus. Guinan, in the Nexus, said a person leaving the Nexus could time travel to any time period he/she wanted. They could simply keep leaving the Nexus to the same point in time until they destroyed the rocket. Starship captains NEVER think in terms of failure.Corrected by Tailkinker
- Why is Dr Crusher evacuating people from sick bay? It's in the saucer section,and everyone is being evacuated to the saucer section? There are actually multiple sickbays on the Enterprise-D. There is at least one in the stardrive section. In addition, the main sickbay in located in the forward section of Deck 12, which would take the brunt of the impact of a crash landing
- When the Enterprise-B takes off at the beginning of the film its Captain clearly states they were just making a short trip around the block. That would probably mean not much further than the Solar system's edge - definitely not leaving the sector. But when soon afterwards they encounter the Nexus it is the only ship close enough to come to the rescue. What, so close to Earth? Shouldn't sector 001 be abundant with ships? Sector 001 full of ships? Of course. But how many warp capable ones with high enough crew capacity to make a rescue? Any full sized starship in Earth orbit would almost certainly be in Spacedock, and it would take quite some time to get even a skeleton crew aboard, to say nothing of going through departure protocols. As for smaller ships, it's been well established that they have lower warp speeds. (Even in TMP, Spock's shuttle had to be attached to a warp sled to reach the Enterprise at all.)
- Data's emotion chip was fused into his neural net and doctor Crusher said it "could not" be removed. If that is so why would Counsellor Troi ask him why he decided not to remove the emotion chip, if it "could not" be removed? Data says that he wants to be deactivated until Dr. Crusher figures out how to remove the emotion chip. She must have figured out how to do it near the end of the movie, but Data declined.
- In TNG, after the Enterprise defeated the Borg at Earth it became standard Starfleet procedure to modulate shield frequencies to prevent an enemy from matching weapon harmonics to shield frequencies (this allows a weapon to pass through the shields and directly strike the ship) In Generations, the Klingons acquired the Enterprises shield frequencies and matched their weapons to them, thus destroying the Enterprise-D. Yes, but how did they get those frequencies? They were looking through Geordi's eyes. And he is the one most likely to be modulating the shield frequencies. They could have been changing their weapons frequencies as they watched him modulate. Corrected by Garlonuss
- Riker seems to have forgotten some of his bridge officer training. Why did he go to all the trouble of evacuating the main section, with desperate running through corridors and teddy bears being lost on the way, separating the two sections and crashing the saucer into a planet, killing everyone. Did he forget the simple phrase "Eject warp core"? Wouldn't do any good if the core ejection system was damaged. Also the crash doesn't kill everyone, the nexus wave does a bit later. Corrected by Grumpy Scot
- Guinan's race was destroyed by the Borg and rescued from the Nexus by the Enterprise-B, but they never must have mentioned it to the Federation because they were unprepared in the 24th century for their arrival. Who says they didn't mention it? How many worlds has the Federation seen destroyed by unknown races? Was there enough evidence beside survivor stories to convince them that the Borg were any worse than the Klingons or Romulans? If so, after 80 years with not even Borg rumors, the information would be gradually forgotten. Corrected by Grumpy Scot
- Soran needs to get to the Nexus. There is a planet that the Nexus will miss unless the sun is destroyed, in which case the Nexus will fly right through the planet. So Soran camps out on that planet and tries to destroy the sun. Before he blows up the sun, the nexus is seen flying through the sky BELOW the clouds. This is just not possible. On the enterprise, Picard and Data study holographic charts that show how huge the Nexus is, and how far away from any clouds the Nexus will miss the planet by. A very large object in space can be seen in the daylight (haven't you ever seen the moon during the day) and appear to be in the atmosphere.
- A small point, but all the way through the movie, the cast revert from the Next Gen' two piece uniform to the Deep space nine style jump suit. In one scene, Picard is wearing the old style, while Riker is talking to him dressed in the new style. Why are the senior officers wearing two different uniforms? The Jump suits were the new uniforms the old style ones were being phased out so some uniforms may either not have been issued yet or were being replicated/washed/altered during the course of the movie.
- The emotion chip in Generation is very large compared to the one shown in the TV episodes where Data first shows it and where he gets it from his brother. How could the chip have grown? Also Data's "father" build the chip specifically for him so why would it overload any part of Data? ‘’Dr. Soong says it will give Data basic human emotions (fear, joy, love and hate most likely). It is quite possible Data built on to it to allow a wider range of emotional possibilites. It overloaded him because he didn't test it with its new capabilites before he first used it.’’ Corrected by Grumpy Scot
- In Star Trek TNG's 4th or 5th season, they bring Scotty back for an episode under the pretence that he put himself into a continuous feedback loop in the transporter in order to survive a crash. The episode was called 'relics'. When Geordi, Worf, and Ryker beam down, the free him from the transporter. As soon as Riker says that he is from the starship Enterprise, Scotty immediately says 'the Enterprise. I'll bet old Jim Kirk himself dragged her out of mothballs to come looking for me'. But wait. In Star Trek Generations (the movie), Scotty was on the Enterprise B when (he believed) Jim was pulled out of the ship when the Nexus (which no-one understood, at the time) collided with the ship. So, as far as Scotty is aware, Jim is dead. So why the statement in Relics about Jim being around to come looking for Scotty? When they free Scotty from the transporter loop, Geordi says something like it has suffered less than 1% degradation. Obviously, the memory of Kirk's death was in that 1%.Corrected by Grumpy Scot
- Wasn't the emotion chip originally inserted via Lore's mouth, not through the top of the skull? It looks a lot bigger in the movie, too. It can be reasoned that the cranial slot seen in the movie could be Data's equivalent of a USB port (notice there was more than one). The emotion chip was damaged (as explained in 'Descent'), and it may now be larger because it is placed inside a special corrective unit to enable it to function properly. That unit then fits into the universal port.
- Riker's DS9 style uniform is way to small, and Geordi's DS9 style uniform is way too big. That's because Jonathan Frakes borrowed Avery Brook's (Sisko) and LeVar Burton borrowed Colm Meaney's (O'Brien) uniforms from Star Trek: Deep Space 9. Neither Gates McFadden or Marina Sirtis wanted to wear Terry Farrell's (Jadzia Dax) uniform and so they stayed with the TNG style uniform.
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