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"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" Children of Time (TV Episode 1997) Poster

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Character error 

Klingons refer to themselves as "son of..." their own fathers. In this context the Klingons would refer to themselves as "Sons of Worf" as they are descendants of Worf.
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Continuity 

Sisko tells Yedrin Dax that no one has the right to ask Kira to sacrifice herself to save 8000 others. However, we know that part of the psychological test given to perspective Captains involves ordering (not simply asking) a crew member to sacrifice their own life to save others. Assuming Sisko has taken this test he would know that not only does he have the right to ask Kira to sacrifice her life, he is expected to order her to do so should the need arise.
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Factual errors 

It is established that Miranda's DNA is substantially similar to O'Brien's, as well as Rita Tannenbaum's. That analysis would be valid if Miranda were the daughter of the two, or at least granddaughter. But after 200 years and 7-8 generations down the line, it is more likely that each descendant - barring incest - has the genetic material of most of the original crew to more or less equal parts, not one dominant DNA in particular.
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Plot holes 

Given its proximity to Dominion space, it is unlikely that the colony would have been left unmolested by Jem'Hadar for 200 years.
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The settlement on Gaia seems to appear the moment the Defiant passes through the energy barrier. However, it is not actually this passage, but the encounter with the temporal anomaly and the subsequent crash landing in the past that leads to the colony's creation. Since that accident hasn't happened yet, the colony should not appear at this stage yet. Although, of course, there would then be no story.
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Spoilers

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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

We find out that Odo was infected with the morphogenic virus during the events of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Homefront/Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Paradise Lost in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: When It Rains.... Yet he was subsequently "cured" of the virus after being turned into a human in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Broken Link, so that even after he got his shapeshifting abilities back, he may not have been affected by the virus in this one. Odo would later be reinfected with the same virus by the female Changeling in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Behind the Lines.
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Plot holes 

When leaving the planet, O'Brien detects "an unusual temporal signature", just as if he had been unaware of its existence and significance. It is conceivable that he must have reported the anomaly in much the same way in the original event that led to the crash. However, considering the time the crew has until impact and how easy it seems to have been to avoid the anomaly and clear the barrier, it is rather odd that in the original event, they would have carried on flying into it like a moth into the light, instead of trying to get around it.
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