* So why ''didn't'' they delay the ''Enterprise-B'' launch until Tuesday, when it would actually be ready?
** Tradition? Every ship named ''Enterprise'' up to that point had left dry dock at least once before it was ready (''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise ENT: Broken Bow]]'', ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier''). In all seriousness, though, what kind of negligent, criminally irresponsible organization decided it would be a good idea to launch ''Enterprise'' without at least one medic on board? Say what you will about [[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry Admiral Cartwright]], but at least he kept shit running.
*** This is actually pretty common in real life, with ships being launched at times as little more than an empty shell. Their main systems are then installed during the fitting out phase, and then there would be a period of shakedown cruises before it's commissioned and put into service. A better question would be why were there no other starships at all around Earth?
** Maybe that was the only time Kirk and the other VIPs would be available for the christening. As they approached their deadline they realized they wouldn't have everything ready, but enough for a quick trip, and so they went ahead with the launch rather than give up on having Kirk aboard. Still rather negligent.
** It's also pretty clearly a press run - Harriman specifies that they're going not much further than Pluto and then back to spacedock. This is NOT a proper shakedown, it's just something done for the sake of the press or something. The Enterprise-E is said to have spent a full YEAR in shakedown status (though that length could have just been because it was one of the first active duty vessels of her class, unlike the Excelsior-class Enterprise-B), while this was a jaunt around the solar system and back to dock. It could be that there was some event or another that got Starfleet thinking 'hey, we've got a new Enterprise near completion, wouldn't it be neat to do some kind of celebratory press circuit or some such?' The Enterprise was engaged in what Harriman called 'a quick run around the block,' which means they were remaining close to major Starfleet installations - it's canon that there are Federation facilities at least out to Saturn's moons, so, given that it's humanity's star system, reaching out to Neptune or even Pluto and other objects in the Kuiper Belt with facilities is not out of the question. Under normal circumstances, if there were any injuries, if they weren't instantly fatal, they could probably make a quick pull over to one of them without much difficulty. Given the short trip they were expecting, it wasn't likely they would encounter anything too terribly dangerous, that they weren't expecting to engage in anything that would result in injuries a standard medkit couldn't handle.
* The Nexus introduces a plethora of logic problems:
** Why didn't Picard go further back in time to when Soran first arrived, so he could stop the whole thing?
*** Presumably he didn't want to introduce new problems into the time stream by going too far back, so he picked a time only a few minutes before his entry into the Nexus.
*** And there actually is an explanation for Picard not trying to prevent the loss of Enterprise. He isn't actually aware it crashed until the entire ordeal was over. This is best shown in a deleted scene where Geordi and Worf go to pick him up in a shuttle and Picard asks where the hell they've all been and if there was trouble with the Klingon's. You can still see it in the film itself if you look closely. Picard looks at the probe as it launches with baited breath, and doesn't look defeated until it hits, as if he was waiting to see if Enterprise would shoot it down, and when Nexus and Shockwave approaches Picard looks around confused, as if he's wondering why Enterprise isn't beaming him back to warp out of the area. And he later asks Guinian why she isn't on the Enterprise safe and sound when she'd actually been blown up with it at that point. This still doesn't explain why he doesn't go back to when he met Soran and arrest him immediately though.
** Where did the original Picard go when his future counterpart came out of the Nexus?
*** Maybe the Nexus also adjusts the time line when it inserts someone where they weren't before, so the original Picard was removed from the time stream (into the Nexus?) when his future self appeared in the same time and place.
** The first time Soran got to the Nexus he was on a ship. Why couldn't he do it again?
*** That ship also blew up. Approaching the ribbon in a ship is dangerous, and since there's no guarantee that Soran would get into the Nexus before his ship blew up he decided to use a planet instead.
* So we've got the ''Galaxy''-class Starship ''Enterprise'', the pride of Starfleet, one of the most powerful starships in known space against a much smaller, more lightly armed, obsolete Klingon Bird-of-Prey. The ''Enterprise'' has 10 phaser arrays which are arranged so that there are at least two facing you from any angle, can fire several simultaneously, and it can fire 5 torpedoes at once. Given this, does it seem possible, even likely, that the destruction of the ''Enterprise''-D could have been avoided had they simply gone for constant return fire with phasers and torpedoes and simply overloaded the Bird-of-Prey's shields before they did too much damage? We only see a single phaser shot before they start looking for a way to trick the enemy cloaking device.
** Because the bird of prey's first volleys were straight at the Enterprise's engineering section, the ship was heavily damaged before it could even return fire at all. Plus, a highly agile ship like that bird of prey vs a ponderous ship like the Enterprise, coupled with the fact that every shot it fires is IGNORING their shields, means the Enterprise was crippled fairly quickly, leading to a warp core breach. They'd probably have been ok overall if the core hadn't gone, but the Klingons did a LOT of damage.
** The Klingon ship wasn't obsolete - Worf mentions they were retired from service due to a design flaw in the cloaking device, which they then happily exploit. It also wasn't lightly armed - even small birds of prey are equipped with very big disruptors (for the ship's size) and photon torpedoes. It still needed the Enterprise's shield frequency to be a match for them. The tables are turned when their own shields drop and a single torpedo is able to cause enough damage to destroy it. The fight went exactly how you'd expect, if you knew enough about Trek ships.
** I pointed out on [[WallBangers/StartrekThenextgeneration TNG's wallbangers page]] that it's even worse when you consider the [[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock events]] that lead to the destruction of the first ''Constitution''-class ''Enterprise''. Still heavily damaged from ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', operating with a crew of six under heavy, jury-rigged automation, and lacking the ability to actually raise her shields, she ''still'' managed to give as good as she got from a Klingon Bird-of-Prey.
** Another problem with this fight is the ''Enterprise-D'''s armor. Even without her shields, the Mighty D has taken her share of beatings from different foes (up to and including the Borg) and still managed to weather off much of the damage like the LightningBruiser that she is. Here, she takes random potshots spread over her hull and ends up critically wounded.
*** The ship very rarely lost its shields even in the tv show. It's also unlikely the Enterprise has real armour that would make any difference. There are windows literally all over the ship, having combat armour would be a bit pointless. Also, the ship isn't a warship, at all. The only dedicated (combat-only) warship Starfleet were working on at the time was the Defiant-class.
*** At the beginning of the battle Enterprise takes two photon torpedo hits at very close range to the secondary (Engineering) hull, without shields. Even larger ships like the Galaxy-class can't ignore unshielded hits from matter-antimatter explosives. Look how much damage General Chang's Bird of Prey did to the Enterprise-A in Undiscovered Country, and that was with full shields. When ships take too much damage to the secondary hull, you get power problems and even warp core breaches - which is exactly what happens.
* Blink and you'll miss it, but at the very end, when Picard's going through the wreckage of his ready room, he finds the top half of the Kurlan naiskos that his archeologist mentor Galen gave him in season 6's "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS6E18TheChase The Chase]]." He then casually puts it down and leaves it behind. Now, "The Chase" established that the artifact was absolutely priceless (beyond which, it clearly had sentimental value: he was deeply touched by the gift even at the time, and then to top it off his cherished mentor was killed only a few days later). Why would he treat it so offhandedly, let alone abandon it altogether, especially after it survived the crash intact?
** WMG: The artifact was ''so'' valuable that he had it stored safely somewhere else (on Earth? in a museum?) and simply had a replica made for his ready room (we saw it on display in a few episodes of the series following "The Chase").
** Good explanation above. It's also possible he only cares at this point about the family heirloom he's looking for and isn't really worried about an artefact (though it being a replica does explain it very well).