Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country
Star Trek Film
Praxis effect

The double shockwave produced by the explosion on Praxis

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Director Nicholas Meyer
Story by Leonard Nimoy, Lawrence Konner & Mark Rosenthal
Screenplay by Nicholas Meyer & Denny Martin Flinn
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Release Order
Previous Star Trek V The Final Frontier
Next Star Trek Generations
Story Order
Previous Star Trek V The Final Frontier
Next Star Trek Generations


After an explosion on their moon, the Klingons have an estimated 50 years before their ozone layer is completely depleted, and they all die. They have only 1 choice - to make peace with the Federation, which will mean an end to 70 years of conflict. Captain James T. Kirk and crew are called upon to help in the negotiations because of their "experience" with the Klingon race. Peace talks don't quite go to plan, and eventually Kirk and McCoy are tried and convicted of assassination, and sent to Rura Penthe, a snowy hard-labor prison camp. Will they manage to escape ? And will there ever be peace with the Klingons ? Written by Colin Tinto <>

Errors and Explanations - Nitpicker's Guide for Classic TrekkersEdit

Plot OversightsEdit

  1. Valeris being the first Vulcan to graduate at the top of her class. The other Vulcans to graduate from Starfleet Academy must have come no higher then second.
  2. Klingons having no tear ducts. The story about Klingons having no tear ducts could have been a bit of Klingon propaganda to enhance their reputation for toughness.

Changed PremisesEdit

  1. Use of thrusters only in Spacedock. Starfleet could have brought in the rule about using thrusters only in Spacedock because of the events in ‘Search for Spock’.
  2. Kirk’s comment about never being this close to a Klingon ship, despite the encounter with Klaa's Bird of Prey. This comment is specifically about the large K’tinga class ships, such as Kronops One.
  3. Absence of the warrior's Death Howl after Gorkon dies. Gorkon's desire for an end to the conflict with the Federation could have led him to leave instructions banning the warrior death howl in the event of his death. (This is in fact stated by his daughter Azetbur in the novelisation.)
  4. Azetbur replacing Gorkon as head of the High Council, even though females are not usually permitted to join. It is very likely that Azetbur was only allowed to lead the Council during the negotiations because, as Gorkon’s daughter, she would know more about his intended negotiation strategy. Besides which, it may not have been possible to select someone else in time due to the urgency of the situation.
  5. Klingons in this film having purple blood, while all the others have red blood. The purple blood Klingons may have died out by the ST:TNG era.

Equipment OdditiesEdit

  1. Absence of the touch screens from Final Frontier. They could have been part of an experiment.
  2. The assassins using a Klingon transporter beam to access Kronos One. The assassins could have been remotely transported to and from Enterprise by someone on Chang’s Bird of Prey.
  3. Non use of the universal translator. During the scene, Chekov clearly stated that they must reply themselves, as a Universal Translator would be recognised. [My emphasis] (In the novelisation the translator was sabotaged by one of the conspirators - I prefer the filmed version!

Continuity and Production ProblemsEdit

  1. Up arrow for Deck one. The turbolift may be designed to travel through a special docking port.
  2. Similarity between the floor plan's for the president's office and Ten Forward. The floor plan for Ten Forward could have been based of the UFP Presidential office.
  3. Owner of the heartbeat in the mind meld scene. In the circumstances, it's most likely to be Kirk, especially in view of his association with Spock.'

Internet Movie DatabaseEdit

Errors made by characters
(possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers)

  1. Early in the movie, Captain Sulu reports that his ship, the Excelsior, has been on a mission to catalog gaseous anomalies. Near the movie's end, during the climactic fight between the Enterprise and General Chang's cloaked bird of prey, Spock suggests that the enemy ship would be expelling gas under impulse power, and Uhura states, "Well, what about all of that equipment we're carrying, to catalog gaseous anomalies?" The Excelsior would have been carrying that equipment, not the Enterprise. Starfleet whould have assigned more than one ship to do the job.

Incorrectly regarded as goofsEdit

  1. In the opening scene, Sulu's tea cup faces its printed side toward the camera which looks at Sulu, then Sulu drinks from it, we do not see him place it down. We see the cup next from Sulu's perspective, which is clear because not only is the printed text missing, but the handle is now on the other side. Other than the text and the handle, there is no other reference in either frame to determine which way the cup is facing, so there is no goof.
  2. Whenever Martia changes shape, her voice always remains the same. Yet when she becomes Kirk, her voice changes to match Kirk's. She may have been deliberately keeping the same voice earlier so Kirk and McCoy would be less confused.
  3. After the explosion on Praxis, the shock-wave radiates in a flat plane, even though in space we should expect a spherical propagation (in all directions). Although the filmmakers were obviously more concerned with visual impact than physical correctness, a flat shock-wave is not impossible, if the exploding device had proper dynamical characteristics (and for all we know it might have). Even in nature highly non-spheric explosions do occur. One example is an eruption from a black hole, which propagates in just one dimension (in the form of two polar jets) rather than three.
  4. SPOILER: When Valeris is being questioned after her discovery she quotes Kirk's "Let them die" line despite the fact that only Kirk and Spock were present in the briefing room when the line was originally spoken. She could've learned that from her co-conspirators, who might have been eavesdropping on Kirk and Spock (after all they just left that room a minute earlier). Also, Spock could've told Valeris about Kirk's opinions for any number of reasons.

Movie MistakesEdit

  1. When Spock places the viridium patch on Kirk's shoulder, its orientation is horizontal. In the very next scene when Kirk and McCoy beam to the Klingon ship, the patch is vertical. It looked square shaped to me.
  2. In the fight against the stealth attacking bird of prey near the end the Enterprise gets a torpedo shot through the saucer section leaving a big hole (it's a clear shot through as you can see it blasting from one side to the other) but later when you see the Enterprise and Excelsior attacking the bird of prey the hole is gone and instead you only see burn marks. At the end of the movie the hole is there only looks that way because of the camera angle and lighting.
  3. The assassin cuts a hole in the glass to kill the Federation president. But with the size of the hole and the placement of the scope on the phaser rifle, the assassin would not have been able to see out of the hole. The scope could be receiving input from a sensor aligned to the barrel,
  4. Every time we see a high ranking Starfleet Officer in the Starfleet Command scenes, they are wearing dozens of different badges and medals. Why don't Kirk and crew have any? In just the movies, Kirk and Co. have saved Earth twice and foiled an internal assassination attempt against the Federation President, as well as all the heroic and successful missions carried out in the original series. In the classic episode "Court-Martial" it lists Kirk as receiving the Starfleet Medal of Honor, the Silver Palm with Cluster, Starfleet Citation of Conspicuous Gallantry and Kragite Order of Heroism. And it is appropriate to Starfleet regulations to wear them. Kirk was wearing two decorations in the TOS episode "Court Martial" when he was framed for a crewmans' death. Kirk was wearing his dress uniform during the court martial, not his regular duty uniform. Higher ranking officers are probably granted permision to wear medal ribbons due to them usually having shore assignments.
  5. When Lt. Valeris is exposed as a conspirator, she states to Kirk: "'Let them die' you said. Did I misinterpret you?" However she could not have known this, because when he said it he was alone with Spock (after the original mission briefing at Starfleet Headquarters). Plenty of time after he said that for Spock to pass along that information to Valeris; it would have been logical for him to advise her of Kirk's feelings since they had a direct impact on the mission. Even if Spock didn't tell Valeris you must remember that she was part of a huge conspiracy to keep the war going between humans and Klingons. It would have made sense for someone to be listening in on the conversation in the briefing room. In fact, during the scene where Kirk says that, there is a shadow in the back of the room that many believe to be Valeris listening in. This is best seen in the widescreen version. Corrected by BocaDavie
  6. Why is Chekov, who is Chief of Security aboard the Enterprise-A, unaware that firing a phaser aboard ship sets off an alarm? Because, as can be seen throughout this movie (crewmen beaming off the ship to assassinate the Klingon ambassador, then tampering with files to make it look like the Enterprise fired the torpedoes) he's not a very good security officer. Corrected by JC Fernandez.
  7. Towards the end of the film, the Enterprise is getting an audio/visual transmission from Captain Sulu on the Excelsior. You see Captain Sulu on a big screen. Female Vulcan, Lt. Valeris, is standing right in front of the screen. You can see a ledge at the bottom of the screen, and her shoulders are even with the ledge, and she's near the middle of the screen. Then they switch to a shot of Captain Kirk, and then back to a closer shot of the screen. This time, Lt. Valeris has disappeared. You can see the bottom ledge and the middle of the screen. Then there's another shot of Kirk, then back to the screen, with Lt. Valeris magically back again. The shots of the screen without Valeris in front are shot from her position (but not her view) to give the audience an uninterrupted view of the screen. It's obvious we are closer to the viewscreen for those shots. In all the further shots, Valeris is in place where she should be. Corrected by John W Rosa
  8. In the scene where Lt. Valeris finds the gravity boots, at the end of the scene she attaches them to the locker door. Just before she places the boots on the door, you can see velcro or some other kind sticky material on the locker door. There are scratches on the door, not velcro or glue.Corrected by John W Rosa
  9. When Valeris slides down the pole, the corridor wall shakes when she bumps it. There is no reason a flexible panel can't be used to conceal a compartment of some kind, nor to assume the panel must be a totally rigid support structure. Corrected by John W Rosa
  10. After the first conference with the president of the Federation, all the men file out of the room, save Ambassador Sarek, who can be seen sitting in a chair beside the president's desk. In this shot, the president reaches for his eyeglasses. The very next shot cuts to the president taking off the glasses, showing the side of his desk where Sarek was sitting - but Sarek isn't there, and nor is his armchair. Carefully comparing the two shots, the second angle has moved to the opposite side of the desk so that Sarek (and his chair) are just off camera. Corrected by John W Rosa
  11. The character of Valeris was originally slated to be Lt. Saavik. The filmmakers tried to get Kirstie Alley back, but found out that her stardom in "Cheers" now made her too expensive. It was then decided that Saavik as she was known would never betray the Federation, so Valeris was created. This explains Valeris' infatuation with whether Spock is lying, as her words were originally Saavik's, mirrored in "The Wrath of Khan" (when Spock tells her, "I exaggerated," after she accuses him, "You lied."). First, Saavik was already recast with Robin Curtis for Star Trek III and IV, so Alley was barely an issue for this film. Second, the exchange you mention is not a reference to the earlier film, but to the long-standing stipulation that Vulcans, as a rule, do not lie, established early in the original 1960s TV series. Corrected by John W Rosa
  12. In the prison, Kirk is being accosted by the huge alien that wants Kirk's clothes. The alien shouts angrily at him, yet the voice you hear doesn't match the alien's lip movements. In fact, most of the time the alien's lips don't even move. He's an alien and doesn't conform to human attributes (like the alien with his genitals on his knees). Corrected by JC Fernandez
  13. After Spock orders the search for the gravity boots, there is a scene of a crewman removing a wall panel. As he swings the panel past the camera, the dimensions of the panel are seen on the back in black magic marker. There is no reason that panels can't have their dimensions written on them in anything that looks like magic marker.
  14. In his log entry at the beginning of the movie, Captain Sulu mentions that he has been commanding the Excelsior for three years on a mission in Beta Quadrant. In the next scene, as they walk into the briefing at Starfleet Command, McCoy asks where Sulu is. Kirk has to remind him that Sulu is now a captain, and on assignment. It seems odd that McCoy wouldn't have known that, or that he would have expected Sulu at a briefing taking place very far away from the location of Sulu's mission. In any large organization not everyone knows where everyone else is at all time. Kirk's reminder may have been a way of saying that a captain is not always able to be where he would like to be. He may have orders to be elsewhere. Corrected by papajim
  15. When the court is listening to the playback of Kirk's personal log stating he never could forgive the Klingons for the death of his son, General Chang is standing behind Kirk and several meters away. He asks Kirk if those were his words. Kirk says, "Those words were spoken by me." When Kirk's defense counsel objects, we see a wide angle shot of the room behind Kirk, and Chang is no longer there. Chang is standing by the technicians operating the audio equipment, below and to the right (from the judge's perspective) from where the judge sits. The view of this section of the courtroom is obstructed by the ledge in the shot where the defence counsel objects. Corrected by JC Fernandez
  16. Enterprise hits the prototype Bird Of Prey with a torpedo they build with the equipment they're carrying for categorizing gaseous anomalies. At the beginning of the film, we hear that its actually the Excelsior that is out on a mission categorizing gaseous anomalies. Considering Enterprise was at dock and the crew decommissioned, its unlikely they would have had the equipment on board. There are any number of reasons why the Enterprise could have had this equipment on board. Perhaps it was there for a long time, and they were waiting to transfer it to another vessel. Also, the crew was not decommissioned at the beginning of the film, considering they were sent to escort the Klingon ship through Federation space. Corrected by wizard_of_gore
  17. When Praxis explodes, it's real bad luck that the Excelsior is on the same level as the two-dimensional expanding shock wave. Couldn't the crew bring the ship easily out of the way by moving it "up" or "down"? Excelsior is not using long range sensors at the time, so they don't detect the shock wave until it's almost upon them. First, they don't have time to react and, second, the ship can only move vertically using thrusters, which are not fast enough. Corrected by wizard_of_gore
  18. When the Klingon Ship is attacked, the the colour of Klingon blood is a very bright purple. In Star Trek Generations, one of the Klingon sisters is hit in the mouth and the blood is red. This film came first, so this is not a mistake for this film. It's a mistake for the next film that fails to maintain the continuity. Corrected by John W Rosa
  19. When the Chancellor's ship is fired upon by the cloaked Bird of Prey, the clock above the Enterprise bridge viewer shows the time as 01:18. When the assassins have beamed back to the Enterprise and the Klingon ship begins to list, the time is 01:38. Right after this, when Chang tell Kirk that he will "Blow you out of the stars", the clock above the bridge viewer shows a time of 01:29. This is on the DVD version. Who said it's a clock? It could be a magnification scale for the main viewer, an increment of pitch or yaw, or even 'elapsed time' from a given event point, and it has been reset to begin from another point in between the times we see it.
  20. Spock interrogates Lt. Valeris with the mind meld, he finishes and takes his hands off her. She is in some kind of emotional trauma, her mouth is wide open gasping like a fish and she's whimpering. Spock turns around and the camera angle changes to face him. In the background Valeris is standing there looking very cool and calm. I'd imagine it would be rather difficult to collect herself in less than a second. Vulcans have the ability to block off all emotions, so it is possible for her to regain her composure very quickly.
  21. When searching the crew quarters, a magnetic boot is found in Dax's locker. The locker door either shows damage in the paint when the scene had to be re-shot or it's the device to hang a non-magnetic boot onto a non-metal door. This is evident both when Valeris hangs the boot on the door and when Chekov removes it later on. It is someone's locker that is probably opened/closed 3 or 4 times a day. It is bound to show some wear and tear. Corrected by Soylent Purple
  22. Right before Kirk beams aboard the Klingon vessel, Spock pats him on the back. He turns around and you can see the large black tracking device that Spock has stuck to his back. Throughout the film they use this device to track Kirk. Kirk was arrested, sentenced, and sent to a prison. Kirk wears his uniform throughout this entire process and the tracking device is blatantly obvious on him. Why didn't any Of his many Klingon guards frisk him and remove it? This is not a tracking device, it is simply a patch made of viridium. The Klingons might not have known what is was or, if they did, that the Enterprise's scanners were capable of detecting this substance across a great distance. Corrected by wizard_of_gore
  23. The character of Colonal West is an uncredited character. This character is portrayed by Rene Auberjunois, the same actor who plays Odo on DS9. Any actors appearing in a ST movie out of character are uncredited. (Neelix as the Holodeck Mate'd in ST: First Contact, and Tuvok on the bridge of the Enterprise B in Generations) However, this came out before DS9, so he must have already been signed on to the series. Very unlikely - the film came out in 1991, and DS9 didn't premiere until two years later. It would be unheard of for an actor to commit that far ahead - it's highly likely that the character hadn't even been developed at that point, let alone cast. The real reason is that Rene's scenes were cut from the original cinematic release, hence no credit. They were restored for video and DVD releases, where he remains uncredited, possibly because he was in DS9 by that point. That being said, your basic point is incorrect - despite playing Worf in the Next Generation at the time, Michael Dorn is credited for this film (he's listed as "Klingon Defence Attorney", but is named in the film as Colonel Worf, possibly an ancestor of his usual character). Corrected by Tailkinker
  24. Captian Sulu's coffee mug clearly shows "NCC-2000 U.S.S. Excelsior" on the side of it. A few scenes later, when the mug is vibrating and bouncing around on the table, the writing is gone. The writing remains the whole time, it's just that the side of the mug without the writing is facing the camera.
  25. When Kirk is being arrested on the Bird-of-Prey, they show him being handcuffed. Then there is a cut to a close up of Kirk saying something, then back to a wide shot of him being handcuffed again. Not sure where you got the idea that he was being handcuffed again. Kirk's hands were in the cuffs when the wide shot was shown, and the Klingon made no gesture that he was putting them on again.
  26. At the beginning of the movie, the Excelsior is hit by a shockwave coming from the Klingon moon Praxis (the Excelsior would be in Federation space, dozens of light years from the moon). The force of the shockwave is such that the ship is physically thrown about, as are the crew. A blast that is so strong at such an extreme range would surely destroy not only the moon but also the Klingon homeworld and most other things in Klingon territory. This, however, isn't the case; Praxis is later shown to be only half destroyed. This is actually quite easily explained. There are three components to consider, the nature of the shockwave, the direction of travel, and the relative masses of the Excelsior versus star systems and planets. The shockwave we saw, first of all, was subspace-based. This accounts for how fast and how far the shockwave travelled. The accident was caused in a dilithium mining facility, an explosion of any type surrounded by that much dilithium would necessarily cause a strong subspace reaction. Next, an explosion does not necessarily always explode in all directions evenly. When a reactor wall gives way, the explosion goes in all directions, but it does NOT DO SO EVENLY. The bulk of the force goes where it is easiest for it to do so. Were this not a fact of physics, rocket engines would not work. It is not at all inconceivable that the primary force of the explosion was outward away from the planet, and only enough force went in the other direction to shatter about half the moon, thus sparing the other half of the moon and leaving Kronos initially untouched physically (though radiation dammage and the falling debris will soon cause major trouble). Now, even with the shockwave travelling out away from Kronos, everything along the way is going to be hit. But the amount of force in the subspace shockwave shown in the movie CAN NOT POSSIBLY equal the force of the PHYSICAL shockwave. The subspace shockwave was created from translating part of the energy of the physical shockwave into subspace. Also, the original author seems to use laws of physics that apply to the physical world when guessing the power of the initial shockwave. However, subspace is a VERY energetic medium, so while some power would be lost, a subspace shockwave would last much longer (time) than a phsical shockwave, because it would lose power much slower. So while the Excelsior was tossed around like a poker chip, a planet with a mass BILLIONS of times that of the Excelsior (much less a star with an additional few million or so times as much mass) would be completely unaffected.
  27. Captain Kirk and Dr. Mccoy escape from the Dilithium mines together with the shape shifter. They go to the surface and get out of the magnetic shield that prevents Enterprise from beaming them up. When they fight and get discovered later, it seems it is all a setup and they are beamed up by Enterprise just before they are shot. But why did the shapeshifter lead them to a place outside the magnetic field? If only they were inside it (no markings around to show they are outside the field), they could never have been saved. The Klingons (for whom the shapeshifter is working), need a reason to shoot/kill Kirk and McCoy. I know, I know, Klingons don't normally need a reason to kill something, but this is a special case. Kirk and McCoy weren't killed after their trial as a peace gesture to the Federation. Killing them inside the shield, from which they can not be rescued, would be seen by the Federation the same as executing them. By them being outside the field, where they can escape, they are fair game to any prison warden. The Federation would understand that their death was acceptable under the circumstances and the summit on Khitomer would continue as scheduled, giving the conspirators a chance to kill the Federation president, just as they killed the Klingon Chancellor. They've been trying to start a war the whole movie, but Kirk keeps getting in the way, by trying to save Gorkon, by actually escaping from Rura Penthe, and then by disrupting their attempt on the President. Without actions of the crew, the conspirators would have succeeded.
  28. In the beginning of the movie, Sulu's Captain's Log (voice-over) tells how his ship, Excelsior, is cataloging gaseous anomolies. Later, when the Enterprise has no way to fire back against a Klingon ship that can fire while cloaked, Ohura says, "What about all that equipment we're carrying to catalog gaseous anomolies?" Why can't Enterprise be on the same mission as Excelsior? Starfleet has hundreds of ships, surely 2 can be doing the same thing simultaneously. 'Corrected by Grumpy Scot' Editor's Note: This makes sense, especially as you wouldn't expect a single ship to chart widely separated areas.
  29. Throughout the movie, and including the climatic battle sequence between the Enterprise and General Chiang's Bird of Prey, Scotty is wearing his black "casual" duty uniform. When Kirk and company beam down to Kitimer, Scotty is wearing his red uniform. When they return to the Enterpise, he's back in his black uniform. Scotty just put on his red uniform jacket over his black utility overall top. He took it off when he got back. The pants are the same. Corrected by Grumpy Scot
  30. When communicating with the Klingon vessel, Uhura uses a book to search for the correct words and translation. She can't use the universal translator to do the job for her, because the Klingons would recognise that. Why doesn't she use the universal translator as example and then simply repeat it to the Klingons, instead of making a mess of it with the books? The universal translator doesn't work that way. As revealed on the DS9 episode "Little Green Men", the UT is an aural implant that changes the soundwaves to the correct language for the user. If Uhura speaks in direct Klingon, the UTs the Klingons have won't have to do any work and it would sound more natural to the Klingons than if Uhura spoke her native Swahili (which, according to the ST universe, is what she's usually talking in) and had it translated.
  31. Towards the end of the film when the Enterprise is under attack by the invisible Klingon ship, Spock asks Dr. McCoy if he'd like to perform a surgery on a torpedo, to enable it to detect the plasma emitted by the Klingons. But McCoy is a medical doctor and can hardly be qualified for this work. Why doesn't Spock just ask Scotty, who is also present and doesn't have anything else to do? Scotty isn't really available at that time. He's busy with keeping up the shields. Besides, there isn't very much time to look for someone else, and, all Dr. McCoy has to do is hand over some tools at Spock, so he doesn't need very much of a qualification for that.
  32. In begining of the movie, a moon in the Klingon home system explodes, sending out a shockwave that travels across Klingon space, across the neutral zone and into Federation space to hit the USS Excelsior so fast that it wasn't detected before it hit the ship. First of all, the shockwave should be restricted to the speed of sound, it would have taken years to arrive to the Excelcior's location and second, in the movie S.T.: Generations, a shockwave from a collapsing star takes several minutes to hit a space station in the same system. The "speed of sound" is only important when there's some kind of medium that can carry sound waves, since sound is nothing but vibration of the medium's particles. In space there is not such a medium. So: no medium, no sound, no speed of sound. Based on that, the speed of sound cannot be a limiting factor for the shock wave's speed. In fact, it is said in the movie that it is a "subspace shockwave." We can assume that subspace shockwaves can move faster than the light, since the warp drive which is based on subspace distortions allows faster-than-light-travel. All in all - no mistake.
  33. Years of dispute with the Klingons, and Federation engineers haven't managed to circumvent the cloaking device - yet a 100% effective torpedo is built on the Enterprise by a doctor, during a battle, using instructions from a radio-operator, in under 10 minutes. Makes you wonder why Starfleet actually has engineers. Spock was with McCoy when they were modifying the torpedo. It's true that the engineers should have discovered this earlier, but Uhura points out that Enterprise is currently carrying extra equipment for studying gaseous anomalies. Corrected by wizard_of_gore
  34. When communicating with the Klingon vessel, Uhura consistently mispronounces the Klingon word for 'over.' The Klingon she's speaking to pronounces it 'reen.' Uhura keeps pronouncing it 'ren.' The mistake is relevant because they're speaking Klingon directly to avoid being recognized as a Starfleet vessel. Seems more like a "you say po-tay-toe, I say po-tah-toe" thing. Like saying "yeah" vs. "yes". After all, the Klingons still bought it. Corrected by Grumpy Scot
  35. During the scene in which Bill and Admiral Cartwright discuss Operation Retrieve with the Federation President, the person who briefs the president on Operation Retrieve is called Colonel West. But when you look at West's uniform closely, it can be seen that he carries the rank of Admiral. And according to many Star Trek sites, the rank of Colonel doesn't even exist in Starfleet's ranking system. Gene Roddenberry suggested that there are Starfleet Marines. We even see them in DS9. Colonel West could be one. Doesn't explain the Starfleet Naval uniform unless he was undercover for some weird reason. Corrected by Grumpy Scot
  36. The shapeshifting woman at the dilithium mines where Kirk and McCoy are sent changes her shape often to a big monster, small child, etc., but her voice always remains the same. However, when she takes Kirk's shape she also takes Kirk's voice. She most likely did that to fool the others who didn't know who was the real Kirk, as we also see that she can change her voice before then anyway. When she is leading them through the mine, just before changing into the little girl, she calls out something to the klingon guards in a voice that is most obviously different from her regular voice. She probably didn't change her voice when speaking with Kirk and McCoy simply because they would not have recognized her otherwise, but she was playing with them when she changed into Kirk.


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