Star Trek The Motion Picture
Stardate(s): 7411.4-7414.1
Star Trek Motion Picture 01
Enterprise in Drydock

The refitted USS Enterprise in Drydock.

Production Info
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IMDB Ref tt0079945
Previous (Films) None
(Original Series)Turnabout Intruder
(Animated Series)The Counter Clock Incident
Next Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan
Release Info
Previous (Films) None
(Original Series)Turnabout Intruder
(Animated Series)The Counter Clock Incident
Next Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan


Kirk reunites his original crew to save Earth from a powerful machine life-form known as V'Ger.

Errors and Explanations - Nitpicker's GuideEdit

Plot OversightsEdit

  1. Non identification of Spock by the shuttle pilot and Enterprise computer. Either this information was classified for security reasons, or it is standard procedure not to reveal passenger identification unless they confirm they actually wish to remain aboard long term.
  2. McCoy's use of Imperial measurements. McCoy considers himself to be an old fashioned country doctor.

Changed PremisesEdit

  1. Different appearance of the Klingons. The Klingons from the series are the result of the Klingon Empire attempting to enhance their warriors with Augment DNA, as revealed in the Star Trek: Enterprise season 4 episodes Affliction and Divergence.
  2. The large moonlike object in the skies of Vulcan. This is more likely to be orbiting the other planet. As a side note, it seems to have completely disappeared in the Director's Edition - a fact confirmed in the Movie Inconsistancies section of Ex Astris Scientia.
  3. Non use of the Vulcan hand sign along with the words Live Long and Prosper. This could be a nonverbal rebuke from the Vulcan Masters, due to Spock's failure to completely purge his emotions.

Equipment OdditiesEdit

  1. Kirk transporting to the orbital complex instead of directly to the Enterprise. Kirk probably wanted to discuss the Enterprise refit and the new mission orders with Scott in the privacy of a travel pod.
  2. Use of Starfleet Command and Enterprise transporters to transport the same people at the same time. Starfleet may be using it’s Earth based transporters to supplement/back up the new transporters on Enterprise as a precaution, as evidenced by Rand asking Starfleet to override the transporters on Enterprise.
  3. Transmission continuing after the destruction of the Klingon ships. The sensor probe could have been programmed to record images, to allow Starfleet to examine the configuration of the ships, as well as intercepting transmissions.
  4. Transmission continuing after the destruction of Epsilon 9. V’Ger could have continued transmitting images from the location of Epsilon 9.

Continuity and Production ProblemsEdit

  1. Floodlights click off instantly without dimming. Twenty third century floodlights must be able to go of instantly, just like current light bulbs.
  2. Chekov's unnoticed arrival on the Bridge. There is plenty of time for Chekov to sneak in behind Spock and past Uhuru, before the turbolift doors close, without appearing in shot, especially as the camera is focused on Kirk sitting in the center seat. [1]

Errors and Explanations - Internet Movie DatabaseEdit

Incorrectly regarded as goofsEdit

  1. When Kirk first comes on board Enterprise he is called "Admiral," and then "Captain" a few seconds later. (IMDB) It is customary for the person in command of a ship to be addressed as "Captain," regardless of his military rank.[2]

Errors and Explanations - Ex Astris ScientiaEdit

  1. Decker tells Kirk, "Admiral, this is an almost totally new Enterprise." And this is true. The Enterprise in this movie is evidently not the same ship as the one of TOS. While the core of the Enterprise may still be the same, most of its surface has to be completely new, because of the different proportions. There are precedents in real life that warships were rebuilt in a way to only resemble their original appearance. Still, it is hard to believe that Starfleet would literally rip apart the complete ship, which seems to be just the same or even more effort than building one from scratch.The ship was probably considered too great a symbol of human achievment to be scrapped, but may have needed a complete rebuild to allow her to remain operational.
  2. At the time of TOS, every starship had its individual badge, the one of the Enterprise being the arrowhead. But in TMP all Starfleet Personnel that we see on Earth (not those at Epsilon IX though) sport the arrowhead too. (EAS) The following films and ultimately TNG will make clear that the arrowhead has indeed become the general symbol of Starfleet.
  3. Kirk tells Scott that the alien machine is three days away from Earth, and that "the only starship in interception range is the Enterprise". In other words, Starfleet has nothing within three days of Earth, the center of the Federation, or within three days of that machine if you will, than a barely operational ship that needs to be launched prematurely, with untested warp engines! It doesn't really become more realistic in retrospect considering that several later Trek movies will use the same lame excuse for the Enterprise being the only ship to deal with someone or something. The other ships where either urgently due for upgrading or too far away.
  4. Quite unlike the Enterprise of TOS, the new TMP ship has a warp reaction assembly that is several decks high and that would set the standard for all Federation ships to appear in the later series and movies. It may not have been visible or easily identifiable in the original series.
  5. "My oath of celibacy is on record, Captain." Ilia's statement, as well as the amazement of the crew to her being Deltan, is out of place. It doesn't make any sense considering that we learn nothing about the Deltans in the movie, except that they can somehow take away a person's pain. And even if we take into account that Deltans, with their "highly developed sexuality", as described behind the stage, have a distracting influence on the rest of the crew, it is still inappropriately sexist to require or only expect an oath of celibacy from them. Deltan sexuality could be damaging to non Deltans if not kept under control.
  6. Kirk says "we must now risk engaging warp drive while still within the solar system." This is one of a couple of instances where going to warp inside a solar system is considered unsafe, while on most other occasions it was no problem at all, including directly warping into and out of orbit. (EAS) Rather than this being a general problem, Kirk may have deemed it risky with the ship's untested warp engines. And indeed, as Scott reports, "it was an engine imbalance that created the wormhole in the first place."
  7. When Kirk is returning from the lounge and taking his place in the center seat again, the ship is already at red alert. But as Decker explicitly states a few seconds later, the "screens and shields" have not yet been raised (and Kirk orders to keep them down, because it could be misinterpreted as hostile). This is in contrast to numerous other situations, in which red alert includes the raising of the shields (which is usually the least to be done in case of an impending battle). The shields do not automatically activate when Red Alert is sounded.
  8. We see only in a split second how the Ilia probe punches a hole into the sickbay door. When the camera is on her again and she steps through the hole, there should be either large chunks of metal pointing outward, or an according amount of debris on the floor, but there is neither of that. The inner edges appear to have been folded back onto themselves.
  9. Curious as they are, the machines on that planet took all the effort of finding out about the probe's origin and building a huge vessel around "V'ger", but they didn't even clean the probe, which would have revealed its full name? And even if removing the dirt was considered unnecessary, wouldn't it have been easy to scan through it to find the whole name? The Machine beings were probably more concerned with repairing major damage and accessing the operational programme. In any case, the identification subroutine could have become corrupted.
  10. V'ger is supposed to receive a binary code from the Enterprise, but what Decker reads out is all decimal. Well, it could be a BCD code, although I doubt that with its unused codes (6 per 4 bits) it would have been used for an interstellar probe. Decker could be reading out a decimal translation of the binary code.
  11. Where does V'ger/Decker vanish in the end, without destroying Earth's surface? (EAS)It must have travelled to something like a parallel dimension. [3]


  1. Nitpickers Guide for Classic Trekkers
  2. IMDB entry tt0079945
  3. Ex Artis Scientia

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