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Continuity 

In the scene where Devereaux verifies Taggart rank on rapier console, the rapier communicates with the Tiger Claw to verify code punched in. The Tiger Claw was in Radiation field preventing any communications according to Rosie.
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On the Diligent, Taggart asks to see Blair's Pilgrim cross. When he looks at it he exposes a dagger-like blade. The blade looks longer than the cross it came out of.
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In Admiral Tolwyn's communication to Capt. Sansky, the Admiral's name is listed as "ADMIRAL TOWLYN." While this sort of thing could normally be chalked up to human error, spelling such a high ranking official's name wrong would probably subject a soldier to severe punishment.
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Blair is referred to early in the movie as 1st Lt. Blair, but a few scenes later reports to the captain as Lt.(jg) Blair, the U.S. Navy's equivalent of First Lieutenant. Both are labeled as O2, technically the same rank level but different branches.
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When the Kilrathi are attacking Pegasus, they blast open both doors to the Command and Control room to enter. In the video on the drone seen by the Concordia Battle Group, only one door behind Admiral Wilson can be seen falling open.
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Factual errors 

While the Tigerclaw is hiding from the Kilrathi, the crew is cautioned to be very quiet. Sound does not travel through space, so the crew could blare rock music from every speaker at full volume and the Kilrathi wouldn't hear it even if their ship were five feet away.
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While generally unrealistic, one flaw in the space-fighting is especially obvious. In several scenes the fighters can be seen starting from the Tiger's Claw very similar to modern jet-fighters starting off aircraft-carriers. This includes the slight drop shortly after leaving the ship. In space, and thus without gravity, the fighters should have started smoothly and in a straight line.
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Early in the movie, during the Kilrathi attack on the Pegasus station, the computer screens repeatedly make reference to a "breech" of the station. The correct word is "breach." They're homonyms but mean completely different things.
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While it makes excellent action for a movie, a hull breach wouldn't crush and push a canister through the small opening in the outer airlock door as shown. After all, the ship is pressurized to 1 atmosphere (which is only around 14.5 pounds force per square inch) and therefore lacks the power to crush. The real danger is in being caught and asphyxiating in a sealed room that depressurizes and not getting "sucked out to space".
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When the Tiger Claw is hiding in an asteroid crater, the ship has shut down all active scanners and only has passive scanners enabled. However, when the sounding nukes are approaching, distinct sonar-like double pings can be heard, showing the incoming warhead getting closer. A double-ping would mean that an active signal is being sent from the Tiger Claw, bouncing off of the incoming warhead, and then returning to be detected.
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When Blair jumps into the Sol system tailed by the Snakir the scene switches to the waiting Concordia Battle group the marquee text gives their position as being in low orbit of Venus but the planet they appear to be orbiting is clearly Mars not Venus.
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Plot holes 

There's no reference to Blair losing/not wearing his Pilgrim Cross, but he says he doesn't have it when he's asked to jump into Sol to warn the fleet. (In a scene that was deleted, he killed Admiral Wilson aboard the ConCom with the cross and left it with the body.)
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

  • Angel's ship has been disabled by an exploding skipper missile, and Lt. Blair leaves her behind with only an hour of air. After the ensuing battle between the Tigerclaw and the Kilrathi ships, Commander Taggart orders the Tigerclaw to return to Earth space in two hours if he doesn't come back with Angel. He returns with her to Earth space AFTER the Tigerclaw has returned, i.e., after more than two hours, leaving Lt. Cmdr. Devereaux in space without air for at least one hour.
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