Crazy Eddie wrote:
No, they were not used at all while Robau was on board the Kelvin... or, for that matter, while he was alive. Both times Narada fires on them, their missiles are (partially) intercepted by sweeping red phaser beams. The torpedo cannons aren't deployed until immediately after Robau was killed.
Ah, true enough - I was completely mistaken there, getting it the wrong way around.
They're not. They were never used against Narada's missiles, and in fact we have no visual record of them successfully intercepting one. The trajectories of the pulses appear to be concentrated directly on the Narada
Umm, there's quite a bit of lack
of concentration there. Say, here:
It very much seems the white pulses are being used against the torpedoes - they simply are no good at it.
and immediately before Kirk begins his suicide run we see them focussing all of their fire in a single direction, evidently directly towards the center of the Narada's hull, at a time when the phasers are still sweeping laterally, screening the shuttles' escape.
Which is a smart move when it becomes evident that they are no good at anything else. Doesn't mean they would be any good as antiship weapons, either, though.