Technically, this story doesn't have any kind of time travel
in it. Similar to the oversights that commonly occur
to many people who try to explain Einstein,
relativity, and the speed of light, it only LOOKS like
the Stargazer travels a tiny bit back in time to appear
in two places at the same time, thus confusing the enemy.
So there clearly is a difference here between what ACTUALLY
happens, and what it should LOOK like. Cool. However,
the Visual Effects department clearly took their cue from
what actually happens, instead of really visualizing what
the Enterprise crew should have seen. All in all, the writers
themselves probably haven't thought this one all the way through....
At no point should anyone see two versions of the Stargazer
during the Picard manoeuvre. However, for a brief time, a ship
in the right position might see THREE.
That's right, THREE. While the ship is still visible in its
original position, it should suddenly appear in the new position.
The instant that a second ship appears,
a third ghostly/streaking image of it
should be seen almost in almost the same place, but traveling
towards the original position. Yes, backwards. The light from
those images will get to the observer in REVERSE order from
the order in which
things originally happened. When the ghostly/streaking ship
is seen to reach the ship at the original position, both will
disappear, leaving the ship in the new position as the only one
seen in the sky.
If this entire manoeuvre is shown to last the
usual length of Star Trek ship streaking visual effects, it will
be noticeable but probably not last long enough for any enemy
to target the wrong ship (especially since the new position
is right in their face). If we were to get technically real
with the timing,
and the Stargazer were close enough to be within visual range
in its original position, you'd be lucky to see more than one
ship in more than one frame of film. Hardly long enough to
truly confuse the enemy. Mind you, a quick move is good tactics
anyway. Even without still appearing to be in the old position,
the enemy might still be targeting it and unable to adapt quickly
It is refreshing to see the crew's characters begin to gel in this
story. It's particularly amazing how much mileage many of them
get out of Picard's headache situation, leaving stiff acting
behind and suddenly having natural understandable emotions to play.
Riker equally gains much from dealing with the Ferengi
second-in-command. This seems to be one of the Next Generation's
better efforts for season one so far. Nice.