In Star Trek: Insurrection, there's an encounter between the USS Enterprise E (under Riker's command) and two Son'a ships.The dialogue goes like this:
OPS OFFICER: Commander, I'm showing two Son'a ships on an intercept course.
RIKER: How long till they reach us?
OPS OFFICER: Eighteen minutes.
GEORDI: We won't be able to get a transmission out of here for at least another hour.
LT. DANIELS: They're hailing us. [Daniels is the tactical officer]
RIKER: Tell them our transceiver assembly is down, we can send messages but not receive them.
LT. DANIELS: I don't think they believe us.
RIKER: Why not?
[AN EXPLOSION ROCKS THE SHIP]
RIKER: Photon torpedo. Isn't that the universal greeting when communications are down?
GEORDI: I think it's the universal greeting when you don't like someone.
How can the Son'a hit the Enterprise with a torpedo from 18 minutes away?
Are torpedos really that much faster than ships?
Was the Son'a torpedo launced much earlier and just not detected in time?
Is this somehow related to the environment inside the "briar patch"?