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10 Dumb Mistakes Star Trek Wants You To Forget

With both Star Trek: Generations and Relics, the sixth-season episode of The Next Generation, featuring Scotty, there was bound to be a clash of continuity here. Both scripts were co-written by Ronald D. Moore, which makes the error here a little more egregious. In Relics, Scotty is saved from suspended animation in a transporter beam, believing Kirk to be his saviour.

However, in Star Trek: Generations, Scotty is on board the Enterprise-B as it encounters the Nexus. This mission was one for the history books, as even Riker is able to instantly identify it as the mission 'where James Kirk died.'

In the years that have passed, Scotty's apparent memory failure has been put down to signal degradation while trapped in the transporter, but the truth is far more simple. Generations hadn't been written by the time Relics was airing, and Scotty was a last-minute addition to the film when both Leonard Nimoy and Deforest Kelley either refused or were unable to appear.

This is more apparent in Generations than anything, as Scotty's dialogue is much more 'Spock-y' than ever, owing to the fact that the Vulcan's lines were handed more or less wholesale over to the engineer.