* Look closely at the ''Excelsior'' just before she gets walloped by the PlanarShockwave: You can see the ship is trying to turn into the shockwave (which, incidentally, is what [[TheCaptain Sulu]] ordered the helmsman to do a few seconds later.) Evidently the helmsman was on the ball and did his best to minimize the initial impact since there didn't seem to be time to get out of the way.
** More than minimizing the impact, the helmsman probably also realized that maneuvering in the shockwave and avoiding being dragged along with it required opposing thrust from ''Excelsior''[='=]s impulse engines.
* The disastrous dinner scene is one which is explainable by a number of factors ranging from alcohol to neither side having a real interest in peace except for the Chancellor. However, it becomes FridgeBrilliance when you realize Valeris and Chang were both sabotaging it. The first by providing the Romulan Ale which is a ChekovsGun that allows them to frame Bones for incompetence or malice. The second is the fact Chang is a student of Earth culture to the point he knows who Hitler is and quoting him was bound to get a reaction from Kirk. A reaction which would insult Gorkon who would ''also'' get it.
* The Klingon Blood Problem. It is a big plot point in this movie that Klingon blood is different from human blood when unmasking the assassin at the end of the story. The big assumption is that the two blood colors are different, i.e. the Klingons being shot earlier on are seen having pink blood and the assassin at the end is seen with red blood. Yet, the Klingons in all of the other Trek movies and TV shows bleed red. '''However...''' the difference isn't in color, and Klingon blood is normally red, like humans, only it turned pink due to some environmental mishap when the Klingon ship was under fire (loss of gravity? some gas tank got hit?). Notice how the person saying "This is not Klingon blood" when feeling [[spoiler: Colonel West]]'s spill is doing exactly that: ''feeling,'' not simply visually identifying the blood of the assassin. Klingon blood therefore must be of a different ''consistency'' than human blood, not color.
** The pink blood does introduce a funny bit of FridgeLogic: Do Klingons [[RealMenWearPink consider pink to be a particularly badass color]] the same way humans might describe something as being "blood red"?
* How did the Klingon warden know who was Kirk and who was the shapeshifter? Martia wasn't wearing her chains.
** Kirk was a Starship Captain. When he says, "Not me you idiot, him!" he says it like he's giving orders, not like a punk ass criminal.
** Not to mention that it didn't really matter ''[[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness who]]'' he shot ''first''.
** As has been noted elsewhere, Martia had slipped off her leg irons before leading Kirk and [=McCoy=] to the surface, while Kirk was still wearing his.
** Martia-Kirk also has different eyes than real Kirk.
* After Kirk dives onto the Federation President to save him from the assassin's fire, he curtly identifies himself: "Kirk. ''Enterprise''." Why do this? Because the Federation President is blind -- it's a subtle thing that's never explicitly stated in the movie, but upon re-watching it's surprisingly obvious. And naturally, the President would have no idea who just saved his life.
** Also notice that before he looks at ''anything'' in the movie, he puts on a pair of glasses. . .a proto-[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration VISOR]]?
** It makes a bit of [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic thematic sense too]]. If he's blind, he can't judge Klingons and Humans by [[FantasticRacism outward appearances]], and instead has to judge them by their actions and character. And the President is the main roadblock in the way of war between the Klingon Empire and the Federation of Planets after Chancellor Gorkon's death.
* It hit this troper that this movie finally ties up the personal character storyline for Captain Kirk that was established in ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Wrath of Khan]]''. In [=WoK=], Kirk complains about feeling old, useless, and generally accepting the best times of his life are behind him, something that [=McCoy=] chastises him for, encouraging him to be like his younger self before he truly becomes an antique. Certain events bring Kirk to feel rejuvenated and youthful enough to once again take up the captaincy of a new ''Enterprise''. When this ''Enterprise''[='=]s time has come and Kirk is faced with his mortality once again in ''Undiscovered Country'', Kirk plots a course to [[Literature/PeterPan Neverland]] ("Second Star to the Right and Straight On 'Til Morning"), informing the audience and reassuring himself that he intends to never grow old. Something that Kirk apparently follows through with until his death.
** A scene cut from ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' (because its poor quality made it completely unusable) would have would have had Kirk's first scene in that movie be a skydive… from orbit!
** The character arc actually starts with ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'': Admiral Kirk, Chief of Naval Operations, is chafing at his desk job and wants to get BackInTheSaddle. Unfortunately, he hasn't been in command of a starship for several years, and the ''Enterprise'' isn't the same as it was when he commanded her, thanks to a major refit she underwent. He spends much of that film butting heads with the younger Captain Decker. So the first film has him realizing he's not the same young captain he used to be, the second film has him accepting his mortality, the third and fourth have him defying death by bringing Spock BackFromTheDead and bringing the whales back from extinction to save all life on Earth, the fifth film was kind of a swing and a miss but should have been about how a mortal Kirk deals with the greater universe as a whole, as well as foreshadowing the shifting political tides away from what he knew for much of his life, and the sixth film is about letting go of life-long prejudices and accepting change.
* Careful viewers will ask themselves "How did the assassins beams to ''Qo'noS One'' and beam back when Valeris was on the bridge?" Aside from settings the transporter to a timer, you'll notice there's a female enlisted officer in the transporter room when Gorkon and his party beam to the ''Enterprise''. It's possible she had a peripheral role in the plot, not knowing why she had to beam two people over, or even thinking she was beaming over help.
** Look at the energy surrounding the two when they beam. It's red. That means they were transported to and from ''Qo'noS One'' by the hidden Bird of Prey.
* The painting Spock has in his quarters represents "the expulsion from Eden", what he calls an "old Earth myth." It also represents his silent tribute to [[Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier his brother, Sybok, who searched for Sha Ka Ree.]]
** Not to mention a subtle embrace of his human heritage, tying in with his discussion with Valeris regarding Logic being the embodiment of wisdom or merely being the start of it.
** Given that his [[Series/StarTrekDiscovery human foster sister]] is later revealed to have suffered a fall from grace herself (going from a First Officer on the verge of getting her own command to being imprisoned for mutiny), the painting carries quite a bit of potential meaning for Spock.
* The events of this movie occurred in both the main timeline and the "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E15YesterdaysEnterprise Yesterday's]] ''[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS3E15YesterdaysEnterprise Enterprise]]''" timeline. In the main timeline, it ushered in an era of peace with the Klingons. In the "Yesterday's ''Enterprise''" timeline, the actions of the ''Enterprise'' crew and Sulu [[NiceJobBreakingItHero allowed the Klingons to recover and later start a war the Federation was losing]].
* Azetbur is named Chancellor in her father's stead. However, chronologically-later episodes of Series/StarTrekTNG indicate that women aren't allowed to serve in the Klingon government. Continuity mistake? Or did something happen during Azetbur's regime that made the Klingons change it? Was Azetbur a particularly bad or incompetent Chancellor?
** The StarTrekTheLostEra novel "Serpents in the Ruins" offers an answer to this — Azetbur wasn't bad or incompetent, just that she continued her father's peace efforts and was killed by more a militaristic faction who believed the Empire had been at peace for too long and were no longer interested in accepting Federation aid. One of her successor's first acts was to simply ban women from serving on the Council, seemingly blaming her gender for her politics.
*** Note that this would also explain the above alteration to the timeline in "Yesterday's ''Enterprise''" — a militaristic faction coming to power in the Klingon Empire, interested in ending peaceful relations with the Federation, would be impressed by a Federation starship — indeed, not just any Federation starship but the Federation starship ''Enterprise'' — sacrificing itself to save a Klingon colony and view them as worthy allies. Without that act, we end up with the war that brought the Federation to the brink of defeat.
* For ''years'', I never realized that the President in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' was blind. Suddenly, the opaque pair of glasses he wears when looking at the Operation Retrieve plans make sense: they're an early form of the VISOR. Also, when Kirk dives over the podium and knocks him out of the way of assassin fire, he'd have no idea who did it — which is why Kirk says to him: "Kirk. ''Enterprise''."
** That one was actually more or less confirmed by [[WordOfGod Michael & Denise Okuda]] in the DVD text commentary for that movie — he was at least intended to be blind originally.
* When the ''Enterprise''[='=]s crew goes rummaging through Klingon phrasebooks to respond to an incoming hail, why could they not just configure their ship's UniversalTranslator to provide a one-way translation of the incoming hail? And could they not configure it to provide an in-ship text translation of their response and recite ''that'' across the com channel?
** Because Nick Meyer wants his books, dammit!
** Handwaved in the movie by having Scotty mention that the UniversalTranslator would be recognized, so Uhura had to speak Klingonese in order to fool the listening outpost into thinking that they were a Klingon ship. Creator/NichelleNichols had protested this scene (saying that Uhura would have been fluent in the language of their main enemy) but was overruled.
*** Presumably the Universal Translator sounds like Nurse Chapel, like all Federation computers.
*** The movie hints that the Translator has malfunctioned, likely due to sabotage, with the screen blinking over and over, but this is never said in the film.
** Mostly, Meyer overruled Nichelle Nichols for RuleOfFunny.
** In a strange example of EnforcedMethodActing done by the ''actor'' and not the director, Nichelle Nichols' apparent disgust upon closing the channel seems directed at Nick Meyer, rather than the Morska Listening Post.