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Old May 6 2013, 01:46 PM   #50
Re: Saucer Separation

The way the separation maneuver was used in other episodes highlights a key difference between the oft-quoted "saucer allows innocents to be left behind when danger is anticipated" and the actual "saucer allows innocents to leave when danger is sighted".

In both "Encounter at Farpoint" and "Arsenal of Freedom", the saucer successfully escaped from an ongoing combat situation, apparently at rather high warp speed, when even a minimal breather for the actual vulnerable separation operation became available (mere seconds in the former, a few minutes in the latter). This would mean that Picard was correct in his "Heart of Glory" assessment that it would be premature to separate the saucer when going to examine an apparent battle site - the saucer could always be separated later.

Timo Saloniemi
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