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Ghost Leviathan
Mar 2, 2017

Exploration is ill-advised




Generally the ground warfare is more like, attacking/defending key things that are too important to nuke from orbit since these massive galactic empires actually need infrastructure and factories and farms.

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Ghost Leviathan
Mar 2, 2017

Exploration is ill-advised




Preem Palver posted:

The coolest thing about those sorts of episodes is that they're all directed by Teal'c's actor.
After 6 years of being bald and saying "Indeed" for half his dialogue, I'm guessing he went to the producers and told them he would leave unless he got hair and creative control of 1-2 episodes a season where he'd gently caress a hot woman, have everyone generally adore him, and do some low stakes bad guy bashing.

Funny thing this is more or less what happened with Worf in DS9, and counting bald black guys, Avery Brooks got to direct some major episodes

Ghost Leviathan
Mar 2, 2017

Exploration is ill-advised




Anonymous Zebra posted:

Teal'C gets some of the lowkey funniest lines even early on in SG1. Like there is an episode where ONeil casually mentions that Teal'C has watched Star Wars a few times and Teal'C deadpans, "600 times. I have watched it 600 times." Or very late in the series Claudia Black get impregnated by Space Gods and everyone is like, "A virgin birth?! You mean like..." and Teal'C interrupts, "Like Anakin Skywalker!" with a big smile on his face.

The serious, stoic dude is always the funniest guy on the show.

Ghost Leviathan
Mar 2, 2017

Exploration is ill-advised




mind the walrus posted:

(and not that interesting besides; they have that shonen anime vibe where they're tailor-made as a response to the status quo).

I never thought of it this way but this explains a lot of shonen antagonists. Though I always found that makes things interesting, with DBZ especially, where the antagonists are specifically thematic counters to the protagonists. Of course, good shonen fights are clashes of personality and ideals as much as screaming light shows.

I'm also pretty sure they killed off Chewie because he's a pain in the rear end to write in prose.

Ghost Leviathan
Mar 2, 2017

Exploration is ill-advised




I'm reminded of Mortal Engines ending with the not-Terminator robot being woken up after hundreds of years, being assumed to have been a statue in the woods, and is brought into the village and sits down to tell the people the stories of the days when cities moved.

Ghost Leviathan
Mar 2, 2017

Exploration is ill-advised




Sarcastro posted:

This, exactly - Chewie, as beloved as he was/is/always will be, was not useful as a written character due to the language thing (at least at the level of writing for the great majority of EU writers).

The funny thing is that going by tone, Chewie is probably the most sarcastic character in Star Wars.

Ghost Leviathan
Mar 2, 2017

Exploration is ill-advised




It's not proper genre fiction til the author takes a hard swerve into their horrible fetishes and ideas of gender roles

Ghost Leviathan
Mar 2, 2017

Exploration is ill-advised




Patrick Spens posted:

The didn't ignore steam power because of prestige, they ignored steam power because they didn't have the metallurgy base for steam power to be anything more than a curiosity. Roman smithing was terrible compared to even medieval times much less the 1700s.

Yeah, a lot of people don't understand that technological and scientific advancement requires a much broader tech base to make something viable, not just possible to technically throw it together. On top of having the trade network and infrastructure. Romans didn't even have crop rotation iirc. (They relied a lot on Egyptian grain)

Ghost Leviathan
Mar 2, 2017

Exploration is ill-advised




Actually was made canon that Saiyans didn't actually evolve on a high gravity planet, they destroyed their original homeworld (Sadala, of course) in a war and conquered the planet of the Tuffles (who actually ARE short and stocky as you'd expect heavyworlders to be) and renamed it Planet Vegeta.

Also reminded of a fun bit in the Buu Saga where one of Babidi's henchmen is from a high gravity world and turns the arena high gravity thinking it'll make Vegeta helpless, and is loving floored that Vegeta is just amused and says he actively goes out of his way to train in high gravity

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Ghost Leviathan
Mar 2, 2017

Exploration is ill-advised




It's more like the fun kind of Star Trek deus ex machina that's so much more bullshit when you vaguely understand the science it just becomes funny.

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