Funny, the initial post mentions Kirk and Spock learning that they can damage the villian's shields by "firing" on them as though the fact that no one else figured this out is absurd.
Since 1985 or so, no one on TNG did learn that lesson. How many countless episodes went something like this:
"Captain, they're firing on us."
"Warn them to stop."
"Captain, our shields are at 15%"
"Fire phasers at 1/4 power at their cargo holds as a really nasty warning."
"Captain, the Ferengi have boarded our ship."
"Well, thank goodness Picard was turned into a 10 year old in that transporter accident. I'm sure he'll figure out how to repel this invasion."