2015-09-18

Unanalyzable

Hat tip to SDN's Mange:

"Star Wars Aftermath wrote:
In the deep well of Outer Rim space [...] The debris: the pulverized remnants from the comet Kinro, a celestial object once predicted to carve a path clean through the Core Worlds many eons ago, sure to destroy one or several planets and the people on them. The history books suggest that it was the Jedi who banded together, and several gave their lives (some, just their minds) willing the comet to break apart before it ever even punched a hole through the Mid Rim."

So we have a Cosmic Comet controlled by Darth Skeletor, I guess?



Even a ball of ice the size of Ataecina cruising around (a) isn't a comet and (b) would pretty much destroy just one planet even if it excelled at billiards and could just tip planets as it passed.  Oh, and there's the whole "this isn't an emergency" thing, what with comets being slower than light.  Hell, even a comet at relativistic velocity would take hundreds to thousands of years to cross the indicated distances, as evidenced by the fact its broken-apart debris (which should have simply resulted in a shotgun spray) was still in the Outer Rim. 

That's right up there with Not-Our-Spock being late to the destruction of Romulus by a slower-than-light blast wave from a supernova of some other star, which should have been a readily predictable event, then complaining afterward that he "had little time" to drop a vial of Red Magic to swallow it up.  Little time for what?

These new universes of Trek and Wars are silly and much too "soft sci-fi" to deal with.  Voyager technobabble and Crazy Spinny Chicks were bad enough, but I'm not navigating mental hoops for utter crap.

5 comments:

  1. "The history books suggest that it was the Jedi who banded together, and several gave their lives (some, just their minds) willing the comet to break apart before it ever even punched a hole through the Mid Rim."

    So why are Jedi needed to deal with this "comet"? Why not just use ships with their weapons and tractor beam, or bombs, or build a Death Star sized object to ram it?


    "That's right up there with Not-Our-Spock being late to the destruction of Romulus by a slower-than-light blast wave from a supernova of some other star, which should have been a readily predictable event, then complaining afterward that he "had little time" to drop a vial of Red Magic to swallow it up. Little time for what?"

    A planet or star blowing up and causing faster then light shock waves that threaten ships and planets light years away was nothing new in Star Trek. Singling Star Trek 09 out really doesn't make sense.

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  2. That IS true. The shockwave caused by the explosion of Praxis was no less absurd.

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  3. But at least Praxis was unnatural subspace stuff related to dilithium and energy production.

    I don't know of any FTL shockwave beyond that which was created by a star ("Half a Life", "Generations", et al. come to mind). Supernovae are STL events in Trek. And black holes are STL vacuums for them. It's crap, y'all.

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    1. We know from TNG: Suspicions that there are a number of stars with super dense corona laying around.

      We know from TNG: The Last Outpost that the Tkon Empire was destroyed when a single star went supernova.

      From TNG: Pen Pals we know that dilithium crystals just sitting in a planet's crust can cause it to melt or explode.

      We know from the Praxis explosion that dilithium can cause FTL shock-waves.

      From this we can conclude that there is president for "unnatural stars" being common enough that they don't really register on the strangeness meeter, at least one other empire has been wiped out do to a single star going supernova, and we know that things blowing up do to naturally accruing things can cause FTL shock-waves in Star Trek.

      I don't really care if you like Star Trek 09 and into Darkness, but you shouldn't throw stones when inside your own glass house.

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  4. While it is non-canonical, Star Trek Online suggests that the Hobus supernova was an artificially-created phenomenon. Apparently, the star was blown up by some superweapon, and the shockwave somehow traveled through subspace. I don't remember all the details though.

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