Thank you for the welcome... and I'll warn you right now I'm rather prone to ignoring canon when it doesn't make sense... or at least sense to my understanding Of Things.
Makes for fewer "but what did they really MEAN?" situations when writing!
WASHBURN: ... Somehow the antimatter plant has been deactivated. The pods are empty.
KIRK: Deactivated? Scotty, could some kind of general energy dampening field do that, and would the same type of thing account for the heavy subspace interference?
SCOTT: Aye, that all adds up. But what sort of a thing could do all that?
Of course arguing "what does it MEAN" can be fun too. Right now I've set this as "story canon" for what I am working on.