Merry Christmas wrote:
Exactly, why would they have suddenly changed course the first time through?
Yep, that's a pickle. The only answer I can give (aside from Timo's thoroughly reasonable interpretation!) is that, as per Worf's example of the Mobius loop, there was no first time through.
Rather, every time through, they were operating under the same information from a 'previous' loop, telling them to change course. Given the same information, any course change would be the same one, every time, even if they tried to randomise it (randomisation in computers is just based on set criteria, after all).
They were wrong, but, hey!