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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" Disaster (TV Episode 1991) Poster

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Jump to: Character error (2)  | Continuity (1)  | Factual errors (1)  | Miscellaneous (2)  | Plot holes (3)  | Revealing mistakes (2)  | Spoilers (1)

Character error 

One of the biggest plot points involves Troi's command decision on whether or not to separate the saucer section and risk leaving behind survivors. Ensign Ro states that they have no reason to believe there are any survivors on the other part of the ship. However Troi should be able to easily sense the emotions of any living people on the ship, making her the only person who *could* determine this. This is completely ignored.

Ensign Ro asks Troi if she can sense anyone alive in the drive section and she states she can sense people are alive but not where.
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After the baby is born, Worf says, "I believe she looks like Chief O'Brien." But when we see the baby a few seconds later it is obviously Asian and therefore would look nothing like a white Irishman.
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Continuity 

The last seconds of this episode, Picard enters his room. The door is closing while he isn't inside the room yet.
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Factual errors 

When Geordi depressurizes the cargo bay, he and Beverly not only survive complete and instant depressurization, they can keep their feet on the floor and even hold on with one hand.
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Miscellaneous 

While Picard and the children are on the turbolift leaving the bridge, the movement of the light outside the window reveals they are moving up, rather than down.
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The idea that biracial children cannot look like both of their parents is naive at best, racist at worst. They get half their genetic material from each parent. Just because Keiko and Miles' baby has Asian features doesn't mean that Worf can't notice that she also looks like Chief O'Brien.
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Plot holes 

When Beverly and Geordi are trapped in the cargo bay, Beverly says, "Geordi, this wall is HOT!", Geordi, acts surprised and asks "Where...?". It has already been established that his VISOR can easily see the EM spectrum including infrared. Surely, he would have seen the wall was hot before Beverly ever touched it.
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When Riker and Data's head finally make it to Engineering, the entire section is devoid of personnel. We already know that LaForge is stuck in the cargo bay, but where is the rest of his staff? Isn't there anyone in command in Engineering? With the extreme effort it took Riker and Data to reach Engineering, it's unlikely that the crew could have easily left the section. And surely there are Starfleet protocols requiring at least some crew to man the section in a situation such as the one they're in.
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Since the Enterprise uses the Chain of Command system, it is not the highest-ranking officer who assumes command, but the highest ranking officer in the Command Chain. As a psychologist, that would not be Troi, but Ro.

With O'Brien on the bridge at the time and he wearing the pips of a lieutenant he would be the one command would fall to, not Ensign Ro, as a lieutenant O'Brien would outrank Ensign Ro.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Geordi depressurizes the cargo bay, everything is seen going into space except the panel leaning against the wall under the plasma fire.
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Holes indicating the placement of rank pips are already on Marissa's jumpsuit collar before Picard places the pips on her.
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Spoilers

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Plot holes 

Picard and the children escape the turbo-lift before it crashes. The quantum filament damages much of the ship but not the artificial gravity it must employ. Why does the design of the turbo-lift need enough artificial gravity to require locking clamps to prevent it from "falling" and killing its travelers?
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