(Created from the full-length episode as found in the VHS home video set. Time 00:00 is roughly when the episode actually starts, within a couple of seconds. I will try to name the shots used, since the TOS stock footage bin was heavily used and reused.)
Conventions: If two effects shots are shown back to back, I will not
give a time for them, instead grouping them both under one timeslot. If I
give a time for it, that means at least one other shot (like a bridge
scene) occurred between it and the shot before.
|00:03 -||Enterprise enters orbit in the standard rear shot. Stars not
|06:45 -||Orbit shot. Stars not moving.|
|7:00ish -||Kirk orders Sulu to proceed to the other planet in the system at
"sublight point-zero-three-seven". That's 11,092 kilometers per second,
if you're wondering.
|11:17 -||High forward shot of Enterprise, ship moving slowly relative to
camera. Stars at moderate speed.
(sensor ghost found, starts to move closer, but not quickly)
|14:01 -||Klingon ship on the viewscreen. This is the standard
stationary-relative-to-the-camera shot of the Klingon ship.
|14:10 -||Same "stationary shot" used above, but with a few faster stars.
(I think in the whole "stationary shot" sequence stock footage the first
few seconds don't have many stars, then one or two zip past, but I don't
remember ever seeing the whole thing.)
|14:15 -||Enterprise passes. Forward shot of the ship, camera below
centerline. Fast stars.
Then Klingon ship. This shot has moderate-speed stars, and
the Klingon ship starts at the middle left of the screen and moves up and
to the right, until only her right nacelle is visible. I call this the
Spock (on Klingons): "... pacing us, precisely matching our
|14:40 -||Enterprise passes from left to right, broadside shot. No moving
Klingons pass left to right, broadside shot. Stars moving
quickly right to left!
|20:27 -||Enterprise passes, one of the
below-centerline-toward-right-of-camera shots. Stars moving fast.
Klingon moderate-star-speed (mod) "high pass" reuse.
|22:07 -||Enterprise passes, fast stars.
Klingon mod "high pass" reuse.
|32:15 -||Sulu reports Klingons have changed course, headed for Enterprise
at warp speed.
|- Beginning of 1st Pass -|
|32:30 -||Klingon mod "high pass" shot is used on the viewscreen.|
|32:44 -||Spock: "Their speed is better than warp six, Captain."|
|33:16 -||Klingons on the viewscreen, but this shot looks like they overlaid
the viewscreen on top of the mod "high pass", because the ship is moving
the same but seems a little larger. Moderate speed stars, either way.
|33:25 -||Klingon "high pass" reuse on viewscreen, like we saw at 32:30.|
|33:46 -||Sulu starts range callouts, saying 100,000km|
|33:52 -||Klingon "high pass" reuse on viewscreen, first couple of seconds
of that shot.
|34:02 -||Klingon "high pass" reuse on viewscreen. Next couple of seconds
of that shot.
|34:07 -||Klingon "high pass" reuse on viewscreen. Last seconds of that
shot, with nacelle flyby. Possible viewer overlay, as from 33:16, but
mod-speed stars either way.
|36:35 -||Scotty reports the converter assembly fused. He's apparently
fixed the bomb, but they still can't go to warp because they need
dilithium crystals. Theirs look burned.
|39:26 -||Klingon "stationary shot" on viewscreen. Moderate speed stars.|
|- 2nd pass begins and ends. We do not see the Klingons. -|
|- 3rd pass begins -|
|40:47 -||Klingon "high pass" on viewscreen.|
|40:50 -||Spock on Klingon speed: "... greater than warp 7."|
|40:55 -||Enterprise "wallow" pivot shot, from the right, focused on the
saucer. Slow stars.
|40:58 -||Klingon fires. Short shot from in front, slow stars.|
|- 4th pass begins -|
|42:42 -||Klingons, "high pass" on viewer. First few seconds of shot.|
|42:50 -||Same shot, a few more seconds.|
|42:53 -||Enterprise turns to port. Camera behind ship. Extra-fast stars.
Klingon fires. Front shot, slow stars.
|- 5th pass -|
|44:31 -||Sulu: "He's starting his run"|
|44:33 -||Klingon "high pass" on viewer.|
|44:44 -||Enterprise gets warp power. Kirk: "Prepare for warp maneuvers."
Still at sublight, though.
|45:19 -||Enterprise traveling. Reuse of 11:17, mod stars.
Klingon "high pass" reuse. Reversed shot, so K passes right
to left. First few seconds of shot.
|45:49 -||Klingon "high pass" reuse reversed, a few more seconds of shot.
Enterprise, forward shot. Moderate to fast stars.
|45:57 -||Klingon "stationary shot", reversed. Moderate speed stars. Fires
|46:10 -||Enterprise now goes to warp two pivot. "wallow" shot sped up,
moderate to fast stars.
Klingon front shot, slow stars, firing.
|46:22 -||Enterprise fires torpedoes. Standard firing shot, from the lower
right, looking up at the ship. Moderate star speed.
Klingon "stationary shot" reversed on viewer. Moderate stars.
Gets hit by torpedoes.
|- Klingons withdraw -|
|47:00 -||Kirk: "Resume course for Troyius"|
|47:08 -||Fast Enterprise pass, camera in front of ship. Fast stars. Cuts
immediately to orbit entry shot, no moving stars.
|48:44 -||Enterprise in orbit. No moving stars.|
|49:28 -||"Warp two," says Kirk. Standard departure shot, very slow stars.|
Rough star speed groupings: Not moving, slow, moderate, fast
`Number of times "moderate" was used to show impulse: At least 9
`Number of times "moderate" was used to show warp: At least 6
(I left some out of the warp category where logic suggests the ship was still at warp, but Wayne Poe claimed it wasn't due to the effects. I counted as impulse@moderate the ones where Sulu was calling out range.)
`Number of times "slow" was used to represent impulse: 1, the wallow
`Number of times "slow" was used to represent warp: 1, warping out of orbit
(I left the Klingon third pass out, since Poe believed it to be proof of impulse, I think it isn't, but I wouldn't want either of us to beg the question)
`Number of times we saw the Klingon ship with fast stars: One, and it
occurred at low impulse.
`Number of times "fast" was used to represent impulse: 6 or 7, including the one Klingon one above, and including the one Poe mysteriously claimed as the Enterprise going to warp with impulse engines. I didn't leave that one out.
`Number of times "fast" was used to represent warp: 1, assuming the Enterprise warped to Troyius and didn't resume her original speed when she resumed original course.
So, looking at the episode as a whole:
Fast stars = Impulse, maybe warp, but
Impulse has the lead by
several hundred percent.
Moderate stars = Warp or Impulse, Impulse has the lead by 50%
Slow stars = Warp or Impulse, 50-50
Well, hey, look at that. Sure looks consistent to me.
Actually, looking at what equals what above, it looks like the slower stars usually represent faster speeds, percentage-wise. :)