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  1. kalvasflam

    Yamato 2202

    Looks entertaining. It was kind of funny how there is suddenly a break in the action, it's like that old Star Trek episode where they encountered the Borg, immediately after the Borg tractor is cut off, Picard shouts: "conference, now" and the main characters all saunter off to the conference room to discuss the next course of action while a very real enemy is just sitting there, doing nothing. PLOT DEVICE. Zordar can't be bothered with the human/Gamilas battle fleet immediately, he needs to head off and choke out Sabera again. It's funny though, what happened to the other two Andromeda class ships? why is the Andromeda itself sticking around? why didn't its DNs get close and act as a booster? so many questions, and no answers at all.
  2. kalvasflam

    Aircraft Super Thread Mk.VII

    For direct energy weapons, there are a few considerations, such as range, and the amount of power needed. to do sufficient damage. You can technically buy laser diodes that runs in the hundreds of Watts, stack a bunch of them together, and you can get up to tens of kW range pretty easily. A potential reference point would be the AN/SEQ-3, it is estimated to be running at 15 kW to 50 kW, my guess is that this is really a pulsed laser. Now, it's a big sucker since its mounted on a ship, but in theory, you could mount that onto an F-35, and it could be powered by the engine on that particular plane without any problems. But then you'd have to propagate enough of that energy through the air to physically do damage to an air frame, or may be detonate something like ordinance or fuel. The physics of it becomes a problem, the real airborne testbeds thus far have been mounted on the 747, the YAL. Then for fighters, you have to somehow mount the weapon on, and be able to steer the beam physically onto a target. Which is technically something that has already been worked out given the availability of laser jammers that can target missiles. However, even though this might be technically feasible, the practical reality is that the laser probably can't be just mounted to a fighter for air to air combat. My guess is that the laser above probably has range under 10 miles, but that assumes the power can be scaled up. This is great as long as your target is within visual light of sight. But in any type of aerial engagement, the fight is supposed to be BVR (beyond visual range), this usually means air to air missiles. If you get too close, the whole point of stealth start to become irrelevant because the other side might see you. And if you have directed energy weapons, so might they. My guess is that lasers might be good to take down relatively undefended targets like tankers or transports and such, but any type of counter air would still require lots and lots of AAMs. That said, I would guess that it might actually be possible for lasers to take down incoming AAMs, it would be a pretty small window for engagement, but definitely possible as long as the laser is oriented in the right direction.
  3. Star Wars movies always seem to have issues with time. I think the time period in TLJ might actually be easier to explain if it weren't for the Reylo interactions. Because you could infer that Rey was with Luke for months while the actions between the Resistance and the FO was taking place over the span of just a few days. ESB is quite a bit harder consider how the rebels all left Hoth at the same time, for Luke to realistically get more than a few days of training with Yoda, one would have to infer that the Falcon was playing hide and seek with the Empire in the asteroid belt for weeks. But then, if we put any of these movies to any kind of serious analysis, everything would start to fall apart. So, I guess we just have to completely ignore disbelief and enjoy the show.
  4. You know, this is the problem with going all in on these social issues for the movies, they've done such a horrible job that they end up making woman look bad. The impression you walk away with on Phasma is that she is nothing more than a specially dressed, babble spouting, idiotic nutjob. Congrats Hollywood, way to make a strong female character. Then with Rey, they went the opposite direction, she's essentially the second coming of Anakin Skywalker, so damned powerful that she can fly ships without training, duel with lightsaber and use the force with nary a glance. Disney should just stick with what its good at, great popcorn flicks, stop trying to be so social on everything.
  5. Well, let's be honest, Fett probably got lucky somehow, and then had a series of lucky coincidences which cemented his reputation. But listen, it can only improve from there, the actor for Jango is going to be Aquaman's dad. So, that's gotta be a good thing right? His son talks to fish... that's definitely an improvement over "My son got swallowed by a stationary thing in the middle of the desert because a blind guy accidentally shoved a pole into his rocket pack, and he fell in." Hmmm, that came out wrong. Oh well. As for Phasma, I argue she would fit right in with the KoR. Because if the guys Reylo minced in Ep VIII were KoR, let's face it, they were pretty incompetent and stupid too. Hello, your boss just got offed by his apprentice, and now the few of you morons are going to fight him? Then what? The logical process of thought would've been, "Oh crap, Snoke is dead, we're going to get revenge, and kill his assassin... wait a minute, let's say we kill these two, then what are we gonna do? What the heck, why are we risking life and limb for a dead guy again? Screw it. I'm going to sit back and do nothing, that's usually a good idea. After all, no reason for the apprentice to be mad at us, we've just stood around posing."
  6. Her armor does stand out. You know what it says, out of a sea of white targets, that chrome piece of crap is screaming "SHOT ME, SHOT ME" How she managed to become a leader of anything is beyond me. As for the difference between her and Fett, to be honest, sometimes, people can't tell if you're an idiot or an incompetent if you don't open your mouth, but if you start talking, they'll have confirmation.
  7. Are you kidding me? Phasma was probably one of the KoR, that she'll come back extra crispy with a side of BBQ sauce is not necessarily a bad thing. Finn needs to have an enemy. A nemesis, cause otherwise, who is Finn going to test his awesome hand to hand skills against. Certainly not Rose. And let's face it, Kylo would just own him.
  8. Having power and the ability to use said powers are two completely different things. It was interesting how Leia suddenly decided to go all Mary Poppins in outer space considering that she had shown no such aptitude in the previous movies. But whatever, I'm sure Luke had been training her somehow. As for the knights of Ren, I'm sure we'll see them in Ep IX. They'll be da bomb.
  9. kalvasflam

    DC Aquaman

    Ok, I don't care who is playing Aquaman, but the guy talks to fish.
  10. kalvasflam

    Avengers 4

    Thor movies were mostly carried by Loki, and Loki still did a lot of that in the third one. The other characters stepped up. It certainly didn't hurt to exclude or limit other characeters, no more Padme Amidala saying: "you're breaking my heart" was a huge improvement. The Jane Foster character was just not that good. At best, she was a vehicle for getting Thor back on Earth. I liked the fact that they knocked off the annoying parts of the Asgardians: Warriors 3, and thank goodness Sif was a noshow. I agree though, not as much in the way of repercussions, but it still did advance the overall MCU plotline a little by bringing the Hulk back into the mix.
  11. kalvasflam

    Avengers 4

    yep, gotta admit, for the MCU, the Capt America series was actually the best of the individual ones, certainly better than Thor, and I'd argue better overall than Ironman. Although Thor's last outing redeemed the series.
  12. kalvasflam

    Yamato 2202

    So, this is the secret plan, while the story telling in 2202 has went down the tubes and we've hit full speed on the copier, the way to lure back fans is to provide appropriate fan service. 2199 certainly set up the franchise well with all those strong females characters, if Yuki doesn't work, send in Yamamoto and Melda with even less clothing and more suggestive poses. Throw in some bananas and cherries while you're at it. The male brain can be turned into mush, and after they've become pliable, they'll accept however much BS we put into the series. Oh, and for the bluray editions, we'll also put in more special fan service material with special shots and profiles (at never seen before angles) of these dolls.
  13. For the answer to that, I direct you to this famous quote: Dark Helmet: Now you see that evil will always triumph, because good is dumb. Thank you Mel Brooks and Spaceballs.
  14. I think there are too many unknowns with the state of the rest of the galaxy to be sure. It would be pretty weird if the bulk of the Republic military and all of the decision making authority was just in one system. Sure, you might be able to take out the seat of political power, but there is usually someone left over, and the militaries typically don't act that stupidly to concentrate everything in one place. Also, for the US, DC can be turned into a crater, and that still wouldn't buy whoever it is reprieve from retaliation. The military command structure would still be there, and there is always a designated survivor somewhere. I don't how deep the line of succession goes really, but you'd have to take out a whole lot all the way to eliminate the US government. But anyway, I guess we're probably expecting a bit too much for movies to emulate the reality.