Greg Cox wrote:
Dale Sams wrote:
Worst? The Enterprise Incident.
*These* are our heroes?.
To be fair, the Romulans had used their new cloaking device to launch devastating sneak attacks on Federation outposts just two years earlier. ("Balance of Terror," of course.)
Was Starfleet just supposed to ignore that threat and hope that the Romulans didn't do it again? Maybe against Earth or Vulcan or major colonies and populations centers?
A little duplicity and espionage seems preferable to waiting for a full-scale Romulan invasion, even if a certain Romulan commander ended up feeling used.
Just clearing up a few things.
The cloaking device in Balance of Terror works badly. Enterprise picks up 'something' almost immediately. Enterprise Incident is a new improved cloak. You probably knew this, but your post doesn't make it quite clear.
The Romulans don't do full-scale invasions immediately. They probe, they test, they INCITE. Then...maybe...they invade "Not with one ship, but everything they've got".
So exactly how are the Romulans supposed to react when Federation officers deliberately violate the Neutral Zone, board a Romulan vessel and steal a crucial piece of technology?
What would the U.S. do if Chinese soldiers boarded a US Carrier and flew off with an F-22? Point being, that's NOT 'a little duplicity and espionage' Now maybe this fits the definition if Kirk and Spock infiltrate a base, make off with some plans and the only one who knows about it is one female Romulan clerk.