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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.
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 - information which is incorrectly rated as canonical in fandom or in official publications
The Continuities of Star Trek - from a single timeline to a multiverse, and how to deal with that
The Visual Continuity of Star Trek - examples of if and how visual continuity was maintained through the generations
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, Caitians, 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.
Treknology Reference Guide - concise list of the earliest appearances of Earth/Starfleet technologies
The Evolution of the Federation Emblem - exhaustive survey of all variants
The Evolution of the Federation Flag - investigation of all familiar and obscure variations
The Emblems of the Federation Founding Members - Earth, Vulcan, Andor(ia), Tellar
The Evolution of the Starfleet Medical Emblem - exhaustive survey of all variants
The Emblem of Starfleet Academy - overview of its evolution and of the correctness of the motto
The Emblem of Starfleet Command - exhaustive survey of all variants
The Emblems of Earth Starfleet and Earth Starfleet Command - overview of all variations of the two logos
Earth Starfleet and Other Space Service Emblems - ship and space program logos of the 22nd century
Pictograms from the Star Trek: The Motion Picture Peel-Off Graphics Book - spotting the logos from the book in canon Trek
The Evolution of the Klingon Emblem - exhaustive survey of all variants
The Evolution of the Romulan Emblem - exhaustive survey of all variants
Other Romulan Logos - communicator badge, Tal Shiar, Senate and more
The Evolution of the Ferengi Emblem - exhaustive survey of all variants
The Evolution of the Cardassian Emblem - exhaustive survey of all variants
Risian Logos and Design - all appearances of Risian logos, writing or other design elements
The Evolution of the Dominion Emblem - exhaustive survey of all variants
The Evolution of the Talaxian Emblem - survey of all variants and their (few) appearances
The Evolution of the Kazon Emblem - survey of all variants and their (few) appearances
The Evolution of the Vidiian Emblem - survey of all variants and their (few) appearances
The Evolution of the Alliance Emblem - exhaustive survey of all variants
Forgotten Alien Emblems - obscure Klingon and Romulan emblems of TOS
Reporters in "Star Trek Generations" - six journalists and surprising discoveries about their agency logos and costumes
Re-Used Graphics - still images, animated sequences
Props & Costumes
Uniform and Rank Inconsistencies - problems with changing uniform styles, emblems and rank signs
Geordi's VISOR and Eyes - evolution of Geordi's VISOR, implants and real eyes
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, medical furniture, other 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
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
Re-Uses of Sonobuoy Containers - U.S. Navy containers in more than 40 episodes and movies
Present-Day Devices as Props - or: what else game consoles and composters are useful for
Sets & Locations
The Evolution of the Enterprise-D Bridge - changes to the bridge set over the years
The Evolution of the Enterprise-E Bridge - changes to the bridge set between the movies
Changes to the TNG Sets Between Seasons 1 and 2 - several modifications revealed in screen cap comparisons
The Corridor from the Transporter Room to Sickbay - evolution of this small set from TMP to TNG
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
Reconstruction of the Odyssey Bridge - history and reconstruction of the set from DS9: "The Jem'Hadar"
Redresses of TNG's Alien Shuttle Cockpit - its modifications and appearances in no less than eleven episodes
Redresses of the Phoenix Cockpit - how the set from "First Contact" got a second life on Enterprise
Redresses of the Type-9 Shuttle Cockpit - its various re-uses for Starfleet and alien shuttles
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 14 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
Fictional Places on Earth - where Gravett Island, Sainte Claire, Portage Creek, Fair Haven and Carbon Creek could be located
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
Planets in TOS and TOS Remastered - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 - survey of the TOS planet models and how they were remastered
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's Crew Complement - casualties, crew count over time, crew appearances and names, other issues
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 eleventh 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
Discovery Klingons and Star Trek's Continuity - how different they really are and some more thoughts
Discovery Continuity Problems - where the series is not in line with classic Star Trek
Biography Inconsistencies - gaps in biographies and other anomalies
Spot the Difference - Spot and Livingston, two 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
The Proliferation of Dark, Gloomy and Empty Ships in Star Trek - examples and variations of the trope, and a gallery
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
Vulcan Lies and Errors - So Vulcans never lie?
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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