Discussion in 'The Members Lounge' started by Ebar, Jul 22, 2004.
Or to sell cinema tickets
.....for no reason in particular.....
By the same token, Roel. I never saw the value of Starfighters in Starwars. THey dispatch a squadron, we dispatch a squadron, and whoever wins is left with some fighters incapable of penetrating the enemies shields. Great. That was really productive.
The point of space fighters is that they allow the hero to look heroic. Also the odds are not many people are going to want to watch and film / TV program about the life and times of L25 the nuclear tipped interplanetary missile.
http://www.projectrho.com/rocket/index.html This is quiet interesting.
My favourite science fiction space ship would be the Tardis from Doctor Who.
It's very small on the outside, but absolutely huge on the inside, and it can travel anywhere in both time and space. That's a VERY COOL space ship! :smok:
My new favorite is the alien tripods from Spielberg's War of the Worlds.
The sheer menace! The creepy way they walk and move and best of all is the sound. That arrooougggghhh sound when they are up and hunting humans is so eerie. Then the use of the rhythmic mechanical sound that was best heard when it was directly above them as they hid in the farmhouse basement. He walked a fine line to stay true to the book and the earlier film without just copying them.
Granted a movie like that requires one to have the ability to suspend disbelief and imagine oneself in the position of being hunted by malevolent creatures whose sole aim is to exterminate human life.
Kind of like Islamic terrorists perhaps? Oh well, all topicality aside,
I really enjoyed that film :grin:
Pity the film was shite - good first 3/4 hour and final 10 minutes (less the final 5 minutes), bits in between were nothing more than a Tom Cruise 'look at me I'm fantastic' and the bit at the end when the only intact street in Boston was the one they were looking for with all his pregnant ex wife's family intact and his son rushed out to great him was ohh so chringeworthy I nearly pucked.
I'm certainly no Tom Cruise fan however I didn't see it the way you did. He did a creditable job in that role IMO. Where was the "look at me I'm fantastic" parts? As far as I could tell he didn't do much except try to keep himself and his kids alive. He had no master plan nor any plan at all except getting away from the aliens. He seemed to just react to what was happening around him. The grenade part was an exception it's true but come on, it is a movie..even then without the other people who pulled him back out of the opening he would have died.
One can nitpick to death any movie and certainly any sci-fi movie since they all are based on fantastic and unrealistic situations.
I demand a high degree of realism in movies based on real life events, like war movies for instance however when it comes to fantasy and science fiction one needs to loosen up a bit, eh wot?
hmm...i like stargate ships built by the USAF....
the newest battlecruiser
earth first captial ship
earth frontline fighter...the F-302
F-302 done by Ed Giddings
from his site http://www.stargate3d.fsnet.co.uk/
I find that the star-cruisers from Star wars and the Defiant DS9 are cool (im not a fan of deep space 9 , I saw it on Star Trek: First Contact)
For looks, and indimidation factor, I'd take an SSD anyday.
Although I'm hyping out if there area A-wings about (incedentally that was the cause of Executors untimely demise in the core of the deathstar)
Slave I's just a mean SOB, especially with what Jago had on her. No telling if it's still aboard and serviciable....
Millenium Falcon, just cause she's so damn cool
However, I think my dream ship (excluding my own Commissioner of course) would be the Piller of Autumn from the Halo series. Revoulutionary main cannon, and literaly the best the UNSC had to offer.....of course, her apparent demise in the ring instalation at the end of the first game presents a problem....
Now for that iritating X-wing vs various TIE craft:
TIE Fighter: Evenly matched as far as speed and manouverability were concerned, the proton torps, sheild and R2, gave the X-wing a dangerous advantage.
TIE Interceptor: Better speed than an A-wing (fasted snubbie in the Rebel arsenal) and better manouverability than the X-wing. But again the torps and shield give the X-wing an unfair advantage. Interceptors present a bigger problem then a standard TIE, but they're still inferior. In thier defence, though, it's only a slight inferiority complex.
TIE Defender: Easily superior to the X-wing. Equal in blaster cannon, torps, shields and hyperspace capability, the huge gain in manouverability and speed, put her ahead of the Interceptor and the addition of the duel ion cannon, means she can take out the X-wings shields then rip it apart with a few blaster shots or a torp. Had she been mass produced (lacking due to cost (5X that of regular TIE) and the defection of her creator) it's safe to say the rebellion would have been short lived even assuming the attack on the DSII suceeded.
So, interceptor ain't as good as was claimed and Defender would have proven a war winning weapon.....reminds me of the Me-262 somehow (no comment)
My God, this thread has been in limbo for nearly two years, Aug.28.2005!
Lost in space was it?
Let us hope it makes a return trip to where ever it has been! :roll:
The spaceship from the (sadly) short-lived series firefly was good in a highly utilitarian sort of way.
Having not even seen a whole eppisode, I can't say for sure, but I believe that was Serenity
And yeah she's an awsome ship.
Babylon 5 Omega class destroyers, Centauri Primus class ships, Narn cruisers, Enterprise-E, ISD, Andromeda Ascendant (kind of), Millenium Falcon, Galaxy class starship from Star Trek...
Serenity was a Firefly class transport vessel. Unarmed but highly versatile, a favourite of smugglers and small traders. Beautiful and practical, I agree. Also probably one of the few fictional spaceships that was actually built to scale on the set so that filming could be done inside it rather than in a studio.
This series and the accompanying movie is the best non-written SF I know.
While makes it all the more irritating that the series was cancelled in such short order. :angry:
Unarmed? That sounds kind of strange. No offense.
Department of the Bleeding Obvious at work again, I see