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Old October 20 2012, 01:48 AM   #42
Tiberius
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Re: FC plothole? Why didn't the Borg create the vortex in the Delta Q?

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I always figured that it was dangerous to go to warp inside a solar system if your engines hadn't been balanced. That's what caused the trouble in STIMP.
That's part of it. But DS9: "By Inferno's Light" has Dax object when Kira orders taking the Defiant to warp inside a solar system, suggesting it's hazardous even for a properly calibrated engine.
Maybe O'Brien had been tinkering with the engines and they hadn't had time to re-balance them yet.

I figure going to warp in-system kind of like speeding -- it's something that creates a risk of accidental harm to oneself or others, especially in a region with a lot of traffic, but the risk is justifiable for official vehicles in emergency situations.
That may be, but as I've said, we've seen the Enterprise warp out of orbit lots of times. One example that comes to mind is in "The Vengeance Factor," where the Enterprise warps out of orbit with the local dignitary on board. There wasn't really any emergency situation that called for warp speed at the earliest possible time, and acting recklessly without cause is not something I can see Picard doing when he got a local queen aboard.
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