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Character error 

When Spock wakes up in the hut, his blood is red. But a Vulcan's blood is copper based and not iron. As such, his blood should be green.
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Anachronisms 

In the final practical scene of the movie, just before the time-lapse montage of the construction of the Enterprise-A, there are a few instances of 20th/21st century "Type G" (from, and most common - but not exclusively found - in, the British Isles) electrical outlets being visible on the walls aboard Starbase Yorktown.
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Continuity 

While it has been established that the Franklin was the first "Warp-4" vessel and was drafted into Starfleet at a later point after the events of "Enterprise", thereby earning the "NX-326" designation, the "NX" designation is still in fact an error. Within the Star Trek universe, NX is a designation used for lead ships in a new class during their evaluation and testing phases (such as USS Excelsior being NX-2000 in Star Trek III, but is designated NCC-2000 by the time Sulu is commanding in Star Trek VI) - as Franklin was already 10+ years old by the time the Federation was created and had already been replaced by more advanced technology (NX-01 Enterprise), the vessel would have been assigned an NCC-326 designation and not NX-326.
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When Kirk and Chekov boarded their respective escape pods, their uniforms were the usual yellow (command division). When they landed, they were wearing matching blue coverall uniforms.
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When Uhura speaks with Krall for the first time, Uhura's hair on her left shoulder switches between takes. It is both on her back when you see Uhura speaking and in the front of her body when you see her from the back.
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In one shot, Spock starts to cry and a tear runs down his cheek, in the next shot, the tear is gone.
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When McCoy pours the brandy for Kirk's private birthday toast, the noise of the liquid pouring is only heard twice. He does make a motion to pour a third time, but there is no pouring sound. However, it shortly after cuts to a longer shot showing three filled glasses.
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During the final assault, Spock states that there are three ships (Krall's ship and the attached "drill" ships) entering Yorktown. However, the initial attack on the Enterprise would lead us to believe there are four ships; Krall's and three attached drillers, not two as Spock's statement suggests. The only way this could be true is if one was destroyed, and this is never explicitly shown.
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Factual errors 

The USS Franklin is flown off the cliff at one quarter impulse. Since full impulse is equivalent to a quarter of the speed of light, one quarter impulse is ~40 million mph, which if available would not lead to the behavior of the ship seen in the film - the ship would fly straight up out of the planet's atmosphere within seconds.
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When the crew goes into free fall off of a cliff in the USS Franklin, they are shown to be restrained from falling forward by their seat restraints. However, this would only occur if the ship were decelerating. In fact, since the ship (and its occupants) are in free fall, they are accelerating at the same speed and the crew should be experiencing what we would call weightlessness. Of course, drag due to the atmosphere could create a differential in acceleration between the ship and the crew, but not to the dramatic extent shown.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When the Enterprise's deflector array is damaged, Kirk orders the ship to go to warp to escape the danger. According to Star Trek technology, starships can't go to warp without a deflector dish or they risk extreme damage from hitting particles at warp speed (the deflector, as it implies, deflects them). Given that the ship was in the process of being ripped into tiny pieces already, Kirk took a gamble.
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The movie takes place inside a nebula, and we are indeed shown a nebula: a huge gas cloud. The characters even refer to the density of gas as they move through it. It also has some rocks and debris in it, but Star Trek nebulae often have rocks and debris in them. (Of course in real life, nebulae and asteroid fields would be indistinguishable from vacuum as far as a tiny starship is concerned.)
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While it seems convenient that the Franklin worked so well for the crew of the Enterprise when the original crew was unable to repair it, there are a few things to take into consideration. When the crew of the Franklin gave up attempting to repair the ship they instead began to use the nebula and the drones to lure and attack nearby ships. If Jaylah and the aliens she saved Scotty from are anything to go by, they have been doing this for a while to a large variety of ships. We don't actually know how old Jaylah was when she found herself alone on the planet, nor how old she is now. It is entirely possible that, at the time her ship was destroyed, she was old enough to have been taught a few basics of engineering that, with time and a little natural genius not to mention extreme necessity, she was able to turn into a working a knowledge. While we don't know how long she has been there, it is obvious from her initial encounter with Scotty that she has spent at least a portion of her time scavenging parts from the ships Krall and his crew rain down on the planet and bringing them back to her "house" aka the Franklin. While it may seem surprising that she was able to repair the Franklin when its crew could not, she was only able to do so once Krall and his men, aka the Franklin's original crew, began to lure ships to the planet for her to salvage. By the time she had enough parts to repair the vessel. it is safe to assume that they had completely abandoned all thought of returning to their original ship and heading home. It is unclear exactly how much time the crew of the Enterprise spends on the planet, but at least one full day passes, the majority of which Scotty spends on the Franklin. Considering that Jaylah has spent a considerable number of years patching up the systems on the Franklin with whatever salvage she can find, and also taking into consideration Scotty's well-established genius, it is not entirely surprising that he was able to take it the last leg and repair it completely.
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The ship suffers damage and cracks into several pieces, without losing gravity or power. These very important functions are presumably designed to work properly despite damage to the ship. The movie establishes that the ship's actually designed to separate into two pieces and continue to operate normally.
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The amount on ships and soldiers that the enemy has in its swarm changes dramatically during the final battle. From a few thousand to tens/hundreds of thousands when they are attacking the station. However, previously in the film, it is stated that the planet has deep and large underground caverns so it is entirely possible that there were more ships underground.

Also, the amount of soldiers that would be needed to pilot all the ships would be huge as it was shown that they contain at least one soldier in each ship. But when they were watching the video logs near the film's ending, Captain Edison clearly states that they found drones. It is quite possible that the bulk of the enemy fleet is made up of drones and controlled by the hive mind that the music disrupts.
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When Kirk and Jaylah appear on the bike, they are already traveling at speed. They could have either been transported from outside of the ship to another location, or and more likely, they are leaving the area of the Franklin that was covered by the holographic shields.
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When Kirk takes a seat in the USS Franklin, he buckles up with old fashioned hip seat belts. In the next shot, he suddenly has the newer shoulder chain-like seat belts The shoulder belts were there the whole time, he simply hadn't put them on yet; they cut away to other characters as Kirk put the shoulder belts on.
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Kirk find the vintage bike on board the Franklin and says "My dad had one of these when I was a kid". Kirk never knew his father George Kirk, he died the day he was born on board the USS Kelvin. (James actually said, "My dad had one of these when *he* [George] was a kid", not when James was a kid.)
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Plot holes 

The number of the fighters in Krall's swarm varies immensely: the docking spires visible inside Krall's base only appear to be able hold maybe a few hundred ships. The swarm forming above the base shortly before the final battle already is made up from a few thousand ships, while in the final battle itself, there are several tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands. Krall's base is also nowhere large enough to offer space for all the pilots of the swarm ships, which are shown to be manned by at least one soldier each.
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Character error 

After the Vulcans have informed Spock about the death of Spock Prime, he gives them the Vulcan greeting "Live long and prosper". They reply with the same words. Usually, the proper response is "Peace and long life". However, particularly when leaving each other, the statements are given the other way round. It is rare that both parties would say "Live long and prosper".
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Factual errors 

Ranks are awarded, not applied for. As such, Kirk could not have applied to be Vice Admiral of Starbase Yorktown. Moreover, since the person in command of Yorktown was Commodore Paris, a Vice Admiral rank would put Kirk above her by two ranks, effectively giving Kirk three promotions at once (from Captain over Commodore and over Rear Admiral straight to Vice Admiral). Finally, a lower rank (to the new rank, in this case, Commodore) wouldn't normally ever advise someone of higher rank of their "application acceptance" and promotion. An Admiral or Fleet Admiral would normally advise a new Vice Admiral of their new rank.
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When the saucer section of the Enterprise crashes on Altamid, it stays relatively intact. However, an object of that size that enters the atmosphere of an M-class planet with shields and stabilizers down (meaning in an non-braked fashion) should burn up - at least much more than depicted - due to atmospheric friction. Even if it wouldn't, a structure that massive would undergo major disintegration on impact due to the negative acceleration. In any case, such an impact would result in a great deal of ground displacement and therefore a big crater.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When the Enterprise is being attacked and starts to roll in space, the crew (again) starts running along the side walls of the deck and back again. It's already been established that artificial gravity comes from "grav-plates" installed under the walking area/deck floor. However, as inertial dampeners are needed to counteract accelerations that the crew might feel as the ship moves, when those were taken offline (or at reduced power) the rolling of the ship introduces another pseudo-gravity, causing people to walk along the walls.
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The NX class USS Franklin was referred to as the first Warp 4 vessel, even though the earlier USS Enterprise NX-01 was the first Warp 5 vessel. Per Dylan Highsmith - Editor on Star Trek Beyond: "If you want the official explanation on the Franklin and its warp factor: it was a MACO ship (or a United Earth Starfleet ship that housed MACO personnel at times) that predates the NX-01. When the UFP Starfleet is formed, MACO was disbanded and the ship was reclassified as a Starfleet ship [with the USS identifier]. The ship is then "lost" in the early 2160s. It was important to everyone that the ship, like Edison, predate the Federation; that thematically, the ship mirrored an earlier time in history and served as a bridge in design between then and the NX-01. Doug Jung and Simon Pegg may have worked up something [on an official launch date], but if they did it never made it to script or screen. Either way, it predates the NX-01, and was reclassified after the UFP is formed."
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Plot holes 

Ignoring the fact that the USS Franklin somehow landed on the planet intact, it is never explained how the young Jaylah was able to rebuild or repair the ship to the extent she did. It is also not explained, that if Jaylah was able to do it, how come the original crew, with all their first hand knowledge and experience, were also not able to do it. Krall spent decades on the planet, trying to get off, but it seems he had a perfectly suitable ship the entire time, and Jaylah (with no experience working on ships such as the Franklin), was able to repair it.
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At the end, Krall and the swarm speed off to attack Yorktown. One assumes that their ships are fairly fast since they get there in minutes. The Franklin can only do Warp 4. "Horse and buggy" Sulu called it. Should not the Franklin have taken hours if not days to get there, not keeping pace with the swarm?
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