Star Wars vs. Babylon 5 -- Round Two of the Scifi competition

Discussion in 'SciFi & Fantasy' started by CounslerCoffee, Apr 16, 2005.

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Which would win?

  1. Star Wars

    10 vote(s)
    47.6%
  2. Babylon 5

    11 vote(s)
    52.4%
  1. Starthane Xyzth returns occasionally... Valued Senior Member

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    You know, it IS a rather superfluous English letter.

    The relatively few words spelt with Q could be formed just as easily using KW. It would be more useful to have a single letter for the TH sound, like the Greeks do.
     
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  3. Arquibus Master of Useless Information Registered Senior Member

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    For that matter, why "K" ? C is perfectly capable of covering for it. Isn't it?
     
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  5. Kron Maxwell's demon Registered Senior Member

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    Will Everyone Pleeeease Stick To The Topic ????????
     
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  7. Sagebrush Registered Member

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    [ B5 has nothing remotely comparable to a Death Star; and the Starfuries, or Minbari/Centauri/Narn spacefighters all appear less formidable than X-Wing or TIE fighters.

    One problem, though...the Vorlons have the capability of putting a planet-destroying death ray into a relatively fast ship only 3-4 miles across, while the Empire needs a slow moving, moon-sized battle station for its primary weapon.
     
  8. dis' guy Registered Member

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    In terms of fighters, Babylon 5 would win. Star furies can move in one direction while facing and firing in another. Were they used in the trench run Darth Vader would never have made it to the second movie. That said star furies are slower than star wars ships, so in order to win they'd need to use their superior maneuverability. Narn Fighters have armor on the scale of TIE defenders, mibari fighters are extremely destructive, and at the beginning of season three the Centauri were fighting a war on many fronts and somehow winning. If we include the shadows and vorlons then star wars fighters really get wasted.

    As for WARSHIPS: Earth alliance alone could take the empire. Omega class warships have two super-lasers and can launch dozens of fighters. plus they have 72 missle silos and 32 plasma cannons. earht has hundreds of them
     
  9. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    So can X-wings; they just never thought of it.
     
  10. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Star Wars would totally win. It's fantasy - there are no rules.
    B5 is hamstrung by the need to cowtow to actual physics.
     
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  11. dis' guy Registered Member

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    not necessarily... have you seen the episodes with time travel... logic just flies out the window with physics over a volcano... then decide to work properly and fall into the Volcano and die, letting Babylon 5 time travel be the equivalent of the force: it fills in any plot holes.
     
  12. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    Most movies never think of it. Spaceships always have thrusters that are only ever used to move them forwards. When they meet in space, they tend to park in a single plane, sometimes side by side. You hardly ever see ships meeting at a 90 degree angle, for instance. Mostly, the only time they move out of a narrow plane is in the middle of a chase sequence.
     
  13. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    That's because all those marks in those seats are too dumb to understand that spaceships are not airplanes. (Or so it would seem.)

    Less cynically: attention to detail in physics tends to distract from the central message - which is almost invariably character interaction. I'm pretty sure producers would be appalled if they witnessed their audiences examining the vectors and momentum changes when they should be watching the main characters.

    That kind of trick is better served when the weirdness of a scenario is important to the story. "Look how they park their vehicles. That's makes me uncomfortable about them."

    Sad but true - even us technophiles are still tugged more by our feelings for characters than for spaceships.

    Of course, B5 did break that spell.
     

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