Greetings! I've been reading this site for a while and have finally joined to be part of the conversations. For a long time I've wondered many things about ship-to-ship combat that has occurred in the various ST films. To begin: In TWOK, both Enterprise and Reliant are sensor blind when they enter the Mutara Nebula. However, the film shows that the ships are indeed visible when in close proximity to one another. Both ships have what appear to be portholes (which are lit) along the exteriors of the saucer sections, along with other portholes in various locations. external sensors were down, but internal ship communications were still functioning, so why not post personnel to serve as lookouts at those open viewports with the Mk-1 eyeball to call in what they see. Enterprise could have done this much more easier as she had a full compliment of crew, with possibly more crew than normal as training ships often embark more trainees than required (so they could get experience). The lookout concept could have also served the Kirk and the Enterprise well in ST6. Lookouts could have also observed when they saw a torpedo blossom and the approximate location, which could be relayed to weapons. Speaking of weapons, is there no way to optically or manually aim the phaser ball turrets that enterprise has? if there is a gunner at a console, he should be able to have some sort of manual control should other systems go down. in the ST6 scenario, they could have been scanning various sectors optically as Enterprise approached, and firing when the opportunity arose. The same weapon/lookout concept could have been used by the Enterprise-E in both Insurrection and Nemesis. At least in Nemesis the response to receiving fire from a cloaked ship was to fire a phaser spread, then target when something was hit. However, they shouldn't have had to fire as blind as they did. They could have observed fire and targeted a specific area rather than shotgunning fire everywhere. The Enterprise-E was a much bigger ship than a Refit Constitution, so they had a much greater crew compliment. Some yeoman could have been assigned the task of looking out a viewport. In ST6 was Enterprise alive only due to the fact that Federation torpedoes were being fired at her by Chang? The Enterprise-A took a hell of a beating to be sure, but if they had been Klingon torpedoes (the sort of type that one-shot-killed Grissom) would Enterprise have lasted until Excelsior arrived? Also, either Klingon Bird of Preys are either armored heavily (shrugged off two federation torpedoes in ST3 and took ~5 in ST6) or Federation torpedoes are weak. In Generations ~80 years later one Federation torpedo was able to take out a Bird of Prey, but only after using technobabble to disable their shields. Finally, I'm sure that it's been discussed several times, but the Enterprise-D even with no shields carried enough firepower to reduce a Bird of Prey to slag in short order. In the final climatic fight they fired one torpedo, while in the series several times the "spreader" multi torpedo was used. The D could also have rained down phaser fire on the Klingons, but the D had to be sacrificed on the altar so the new E could appease Berman and Braga.