Sloppy Scripting Put A Massive Plot Hole In Star Trek’s And The Children Shall Lead Episode – SlashFilm


Prior to the “summon up the Gorgan” moment in the fourth act of the episode, Kirk hadn’t been told Gorgan’s name, and there was no way he could have learned it. Later, when Kirk finally confronts Gorgan, he asks the apparition’s name. One of the kids, Tommy (Craig Huxley), informs Kirk for the first time. “He is Gorgan,” Tommy says. “He is our friend — and he is all-powerful.”

Kirk’s use of the name “Gorgan” appears both in the original script and in the final broadcast version of the episode. It was an error that slipped through all the way to production. The Orion Press website posits that the gaffe was the result of an editing error during the scriptwriting phase.

Spotting errors in “Star Trek” is, of course, a robust extracurricular sport commonly played by Trekkies, and is usually done playfully. Indeed, author Phil Farrand assembled several definitive texts of “Star Trek” errors in “The Nitpicker’s Guide for Next Generation Trekkers” (1993), “The Nitpicker’s Guide for Classic Trekkers” (1994), “The Nitpicker’s Guide for Next Generation Trekkers, Volume II” in 1995, and “The Nitpicker’s Guide for Deep Space Nine Trekkers” in 1996.

Farrand noted several other conspicuous errors in “And the Children Shall Lead” beyond the mere Gorgan gaffe. For one, Kirk seems to have abandoned a pair of security guards on the planet when the Enterprise left with the children. Oops. In another scene, the children watch archive footage of their parents, and the recording device can be seen in the archive footage. Oops. Later on, Kirk and Spock enter a turbolift, give no voice instructions, yet still arrive at their destination.

Nitpicky? Definitely. Fun to spot? Absolutely. After all, being a Trekkie is a full-contact sport.

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