King Daniel Into Darkness wrote:
C.E. Evans wrote:
The only consistency about warp speed is its inconsistency--which could be explained if warp factors vary depending on local subspace conditions (Warp 4 here could be faster than Warp 9 there). And some ships may be able to traverse vast distances of the Galaxy very quickly if they know the location of "warp highways" (or subspace shortcuts). A Federation starship stuck in an unfamiliar part of the Galaxy may not, IMO.
This sounds okayish, but I find it hard to believe it could possibly account for the sheer difference in speeds we've seen.
It's very easy if we go with the idea that the Voyager
was just traveling carefully through the Delta Quadrant. Even so, there probably were instances in which the Voyager
was moving at "plot speed" like other ships, even if only briefly to get from one star system to another.