The Librarian wrote:
A better question is why the final decision is presented as either/or: use the tractor beam or vent the shuttlebay. Do both! Better yet, do both without spending thirty seconds debating it. The tractor beam would have worked fine if it had been used immediately.
Honestly, that ALWAYS been my problem with Picard's style of Command. If Kirk was in Command, and an officer said 'collission course' -- Kirk would have IMMEDIATELY barked an order and the ship would have been saved (or not.)
What's the first thing out of Picard's mouth when Worf says 'collision course'?
Sorry, but WTF? Is he the Captain or not?