Star Trek is only a show. It depicts the world of the far future, but is made by present-day people with present-day equipment. It is only natural that in 700 TV episodes and eleven movies not everything can be perfect. This section takes care of the inevitable inconsistencies and provides a look behind the scenes. Note that many if not most of the following are "light-hearted" problems though. I may have come up with explanations but unless otherwise stated I don't insist on them being the only possible truth. Please keep that in mind before contacting me about errors, negligences or omissions.
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The Realism of (Science) Fiction - whether Star Trek is really "bordering on silliness"
What is Canon? - definitions, reasons, interpretations and the EAS canon policy
False Canon - accounts which are incorrectly regarded as canonical in fandom or in official Trek
Exobiology & Alien Make-up
The Klingon Forehead Problem - the history of the legendary continuity problem and its new twist in Enterprise
The Evolution of Klingon Foreheads - fairly complete gallery and commentary
The Evolution of the Romulans - fairly complete gallery and commentary
The Trill Problem - how much they really changed from TNG: "The Host" to DS9
Vulcan Mind Melds - "The culture you've come to know isn't the one I helped to create." (Surak)
Races with Changing Faces - Major Races - make-up variations of Romulans, Andorians, Tellarites, Bolians, Bajorans, Jem'Hadar
Races with Changing Faces - Other Races - Gorn, Tholians, Nausicaans, Talarians, Tarkaleans, Rigelians, Coridans, Yridians, etc.
Re-Used Make-ups - the same make-up for different races in different times or quadrants
Re-Used Make-ups in VOY: "Tsunkatse" - identification of the many races that shouldn't be in the audience
In Alien Hands - variations of alien hands in Star Trek
Sexual Dimorphism of Star Trek Aliens - differences between male and female aliens
Aliens with Human Appearance - why so many aliens look like humans
T-Races - Tarellians, Terellians, Terrellians, Terrelians, Tyrellians galore - including a "T-Race Generator"!
Other Exobiology Inconsistencies - about humanoid kinship, evolution, "strong aliens", pon farr, Changelings, Klingon blood, etc.
History & Cartography
Warp Drive and Romulan History - how a throwaway line from TOS continues to cause unwarranted confusion
21st Century Earth History - thoughts about early interplanetary travel, the Eugenics Wars and the Third World War
Other History Inconsistencies - about the TOS movie timeline, the UESPA, first contact with the Borg, Klingons in the Federation, etc.
Other Cartography Inconsistencies - about the size of the Federation, the Rigel system, Vulcan's moon, etc.
Real Stars and Bayer Names - why Epsilon Indi is correct, "Ceti Alpha" is wrong and "Delta Vega" is crap
Physics & Engineering
Power & Propulsion - about the right intermix ratio, warp inside a star system, how to stop a starship etc.
Computers & Communication - about gigaquads & nanometers, holographic backups, universal translators etc.
Transporter, Replicator & Holodeck - about how transporters, replicators and holodecks may work, their limitations and problems
Weapons - about inconsistent weapon and shield efficiencies etc.
Other Technology Inconsistencies about structural integrity, inoculations, contending hardest substances, forgotten technologies etc.
Graphics, Props & Costumes
Uniform and Rank Inconsistencies - problems with changing uniform styles, emblems and rank signs
The Evolution of the Federation Emblem - exhaustive survey of all variants
The Evolution of the Cardassian Emblem - exhaustive survey of all variants
The Evolution of the Dominion Emblem - exhaustive survey of all variants
Forgotten Alien Emblems - obscure Klingon and Romulan emblems of TOS
Variations of the TOS Desktop Monitor - investigation of its evolution and all variants, including TOS-like monitors in ENT
Variations of the TNG Desktop Monitor - investigation of its evolution and all variants, including the TNG movie monitors
Variations of the DS9 Desktop Monitor - investigation of its evolution and all variants, including other monitors of the series
Variations of the VOY Desktop Monitor - investigation of its evolution and all variants, including related monitors
Variations of TOS Computers - investigation of the evolution, variations and re-uses of the TOS computer props
Consoles Built for Star Trek - list of console props specially built for the Star Trek production
Consoles by Modern Props in Star Trek - list of console props rented from Modern Props
Re-Used Props - Stationary Consoles - viewscreens, wall- or floor-mounted consoles
Re-Used Props - Mobile Computers - desktop computers, handheld computers
Re-Used Props - Medical Instruments - Starfleet instruments, alien instruments
Re-Used Props - Engineering Tools - Starfleet tools, alien tools
Re-Used Props - Beam Weapons - pistols, rifles
Re-Used Props - Other Weapons - blade weapons, forcefields generators and explosive devices
Re-Used Props - Miscellaneous Equipment - robots, bulky equipment
Re-Used Props - Containers - cargo containers and tanks, other boxes and bottles
Re-Used Props - Furniture - tables, chairs, lamps, other furniture
Re-Used Props - Decoration - decorative windows, wall art, sculptures
Re-Used Props - Various Objects - musical instruments, tableware and vases
Re-Used Props - Badges & Jewelry - official badges and emblems, brooches and other jewelry
Re-Used Costumes - uniforms, civilian clothing
Re-Used Graphics - still images, animated sequences
The Thieves of the Delta Quadrant - re-used props and sets on the Mari homeworld (VOY: "Random Thoughts")
Prop and Set Oddities - inconsistent and otherwise unfitting props and sets
Present-Day Devices as Props - or: what else game consoles and composters are useful for
Sets & Planet Mattes
Changes to the TNG Sets Between Seasons 1 and 2 - several modifications revealed in screen cap comparisons
Variations of the Runabout Interior - a detailed look at the changes to this regular DS9 set over the years
Variations and Redresses of the Galor Class Bridge - its various appearances and the re-uses as other alien interiors
Re-Used Starship Interiors - Enterprise refit interiors, other starship interiors
Re-Used Shuttle Interiors - runabout interiors, other shuttle cockpits
Re-Used Building Interiors - single walls, full sets
Re-Uses of the Barkonian Village Set - tracking the evolution of this set through five episodes
Re-Used Planet Sets - different planet surfaces that are amazingly alike
Re-Uses of the Angel One Matte Painting - observations about Star Trek's most frequently used matte painting
Re-Uses of the New York Streets Set - in-depth investigation of the set that appeared in 13 episodes
Re-Uses of the Little Europe Set - in-depth investigation of the appearances as Sainte Claire and as Fair Haven
Re-Uses of the Vasquez Rocks Location - observations about Star Trek's most famous filming location
Locating Starfleet Buildings in San Francisco - matte paintings and their supposed real locations in and near the city
Planet Mutations - recurring planets whose appearance varies
Planet Surfaces in TOS and TOS Remastered - survey of the TOS matte paintings and how they were remastered
Re-Used Planets in TNG - all the planets that appeared from twice up to eleven times
Re-Used Planets in DS9 - all the planets that appeared from twice up to six times
"Chief Engineers of the Week" in TNG - illustrated list and musings on why the ship had so many chief engineers
Voyager Inconsistencies - including the famous Voyager shuttle count
Movie Inconsistencies - nitpicking in "Star Trek I...VI", "Generations", "First Contact", "Insurrection" and "Nemesis"
Enterprise Continuity Problems - where the series is in contradiction to established history
Enterprise Inconsistencies - other problems of Series V
A Close Look at 22nd Century Technology - complete analysis of its continuity and plausibility in Enterprise
The Problems of Canonizing TAS - dealing with possible continuity and compatibility issues
Star Trek (2009): Reboot or Multiverse? - thoughts on the continuity and the canon status of the upcoming movie
Dealing with Continuity Issues of the Abramsverse - general thoughts and the policy at EAS
Abramsverse Inconsistencies - continuity issues and nitpicking in the reboot movies
Biography Inconsistencies - gaps in biographies and other anomalies
Spot the Difference - animals with changing faces
Visual Bloopers - funny mishaps and editing mistakes
Visual In-Jokes - deliberate in-jokes on displays and props
Visual Crossovers with Other Series/Movies - other series or movies in Trek and vice versa
Star Trek Clichés - recurring oddities that deserve to be mentioned, but are not necessarily inconsistent
Ethics & Society
Genetic Engineering and Cloning - about the different ethical implications of this technology
Artificial Lifeforms - how their rights are gradually acknowledged
Alien Monocultures in Star Trek - Are the members of most alien species all alike, or is this impression deceptive?
Religion in Star Trek - Roddenberry's atheism and its impact on the series
Homosexuality in Star Trek - essay about the ongoing struggle to portray gay relationships
The Economy of the Federation - on the existence of money and free enterprises
Cultural Inconsistencies - inconsistent names, customs etc.
Human Names in Star Trek - evidence for lacking cultural diversity on Earth
Bad Ethics in Star Trek - episodes that relay the wrong message
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