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Old February 11 2013, 12:43 PM   #7
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Re: Warp, Motion, Accelleration... ugh...

tighr wrote: View Post
The Picard Maneuver depends on instant warp from full stop.
I rolled my eyes the first time I heard about this tactic. STAR TREK assumes starships that maneuver at many times the speed of light. Thus, they need FTL sensing and navigation systems, otherwise no one would ever be able to engage another ship. The ships would be like Deela in "Wink of an Eye" casually stepping out of Kirk's phaser fire.

Then some TNG writer invoked a "fossil light" battle tactic—akin to someone trying to use ramming against a modern carrier battle group.

So the "Picard Maneuver" invokes "super physics" while relying on basic physics to work.
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