In the "real Star Trek universe" photons are able to go warp speed. That is why they can be fired by ships moving at warp speed. Phasers, on the other hand, must obey the speed of light, and that is why they are useless to a ship moving at warp speed.
Yeah... and if you watch out for it you will notice that everytime in an episode shortly after the statement was made they fire Phasers at Warp like crazy. True for TNG + DS9 + VOY + ENT
So do we say this is a movie error? inconsistency etc. ?
or do we have some Trek Technobabble Solution why some ships in certain "situations" can do it anyway?
But then if phasers would not work at warp speed then neither would the lights inside the ship.
You would only be able to use a light that originated from a source ahead of you.
Would be interesting to experiment with.
Photons are originating from a source, and if that source is already moving at 'warp speed' I would imagine that said photons would be moving at the speed of light in relation to thier source. In the same way a projectile being fired from a moving object attains it's velocity in relation to the speed of the moving source and not 'ground-speed'.
If only I had a stationary laser and a laser on a rocket sled with devices capable of measuring thier arrival a few miles away. (or a few humdred miles depending on your timing capabilities)
I don't accept that there is one 'universal speed limit' to begin with.
Even in real world science there are several things that do move faster than light. Shadows can be made to 'move' faster than light, certain radiation waves can be made to move faster than light, and yet scientists take this and say "yeah, but that doesn't count because (insert non-sensical overly complicated double speak)".
It does seem striking that we're all accepting of the ships moving 'FTL' but questioning the energy beams moving 'FTL'.