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  1. kalvasflam

    Yamato 2202

    The story is totally screwed up as far as the space battles and logic goes. A good story is something like MSG the Origin, the first few episodes where there was very few variants of mobile suits. 2199 was pretty consistent in terms of the mechanics if you think about it, Gamilas had a huge fleet which was built partly during Desslar's conquests. The Earth fleet was pretty pathetic. Then came 2202, and my rant. 2202 literally screwed the pooch with successive episodes, newly introduced warships are pretty quickly stormtrooperized for no discernable reason. The Medalusa class was the most powerful ship until episode 1 which several were shown in battle. Then came the mighty Calaklum, which was so awesome that it survived the WMG by Andromeda, and the pathetic shock cannons from Andromeda did nothing to that ship. (Sure, go ahead and tell me the WMG missed that ship and managed to hit everything else). By episode 7, there were millions of them, quite literally, which made the story utterly ridiculous. Why did we need them, because whiny Kodai had to justify the use of his pathetic WMG. Things are on a pretty even keel for a little while, because, hey, five Andromedas and some dozen dreadnoughts aren't that bad. I can even excuse the missile ships of idiocy in the Telezart portion of the arc. But then came the mighty battle of Saturn. In the original series, the Calaklums were not that numerous, led by a single Medalusa and supplemented by a lot of Kukulkans, then there was the Gatlantis carrier fleet. In terms of fleet organization, it almost made sense, that formation seemed a lot like the dreaded third or fifth fleet in WWII. But in 2202, what did Gatlantis bring to the party? Nothing but Calaklums, there were so many of them, it was insane. Oh, let's throw in a few sacrificial Nazca class ships so the Gatlantis fleet won't look too one dimensional. It's like a battle fleet consisting of nothing but New Jersey class battleships. But it's ok, at leas the human forces made sense, they had those new light cruisers and patrol cruisers, led by a single dreadnought and supplemented by a bunch of refitted Kongos armed with WMG. But then, to even things out, Earth spammed dreadnoughts. Oh, and remember when the mighty Calaklums just laughed off the Andromeda's WMG, and the shock canons couldn't even scratch the paint on those ships? Now, they were blasted to pieces with grim regularity by the dreadnought's shock cannons, that as far as I can tell were the same type as Andromedas. But don't worry, by episode 19, we'll up the number of specials, Andromedas by the dozens at least. New Andromeda class with more guns, Gamilas Andromedas, Andromedas with dreadnoughts attached. Oh, but for old time sake, we'll bring back some old Gamilas ships, and look, was that a Medalusa that was getting its ass kicked by some measly pieces of trash that was Gamilas cruisers? How the mighty has fallen. But lest we forget the important thing, by episode 17, WMGs were used with such regularity, it was essentially equivalent of atomic bombs being used like conventional artillery. If Starsha would've had the audacity to show up and lecture anyone, she would've been bitchslapped and then laughed out of town for her naivete. Times like this, I'm reminded of what Syndrome in the Incredibles said: *Everyone* can be super! And when everyone's super... ...*no one* will be. Yamato 2202 took the lovely notion of space battles as presented in 2199, took a crap on it, and then proceeded to kick the logic out of the situation, and slathered on the needless model kit variations to sell, then for good measure pissed on the entire concept and expect everyone to fall in love because, who doesn't like useless trash (Michael Bay Transformers) mashing into each other. end rant. Yes, for all that, I'll still watch the rest of 2202, I like a good train wreck.
  2. kalvasflam

    Yamato 2202

    I'm sure before long, there will be variations aplenty. Let's see, I think the dreadnoughts will already have three color variations, for the Andromedas, I see ten types now, don't we just love nice color schemes, then there are all of those options beyond that. Plenty of choices. Everyone will get some type of love. Ginga has a model kit, and that's before it gets released on the silver screen.
  3. kalvasflam

    Yamato 2202

    So, let's see, they decided to do the thing that would help to drive up the storyline, bring back the only character that I remotely care about. I wonder if the Dessler part is going to be in ep 20 or 21. Lots of new ships, Gamilas type Andromedas, not just carriers, but now battleships. The EDF threw up what I assume was a 10 gun battleship. I hope the story is as good as the animation. But we seem to be getting stormtrooperization of ships really fast. The boosted Andromedas are now ramming Gatlantis battleships, this is even before the episode gets released. I do think the one weakness with this entire show is how they depict time. In the three years they had the time dance, they launched five Andromeda class, and now, in a span of months ( am assuming its only months in between ep 1 and ep 18), they are launching two new ship types at least, well over a dozen Andromedas, not including the Gamilas variants. I'm going to assume that the Andromeda Yamanami is on is actually not the original, because they can't be sitting there having a stalemate for weeks on end. So, this is just a bit nuts. I would be curious to see if someone actually put up the statistics on the battle of Saturn, and what happened afterwards. It wouldn't surprise me if the number of ships went into the thousands.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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."
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Oh man, how sad, the entire New Republic is essentially just one system. Take it away, and there is nothing. That's really putting all your eggs in one basket. Good point on how they managed Rey, her part of the story and Kylo's in terms of interactions was actually pretty good. And the lightsaber fight was still awesome. But the rest of it, like the escape from FO, well it seemed like someone decided it was a good idea to mutate Empire Strikes Back and then crossbred it with the worst parts of the prequels, except they couldn't quite make it all fit, and decided to get high and come up with some weird stuff.
  18. The funny thing is that by the end of TLJ, the Resistance effectively became a terrorist organization. A small cell of insurgents bent on undoing the existing power structure. I'm sure more than enough discussion has been had about how empty the rest of the movie was in terms of filling in the blanks on what the state of the rest of the galaxy was. I might be misremember but very little was said about the rest of the New Republic. The FO essentially blew up one system and whatever was around it, but what about the rest of the galaxy as a whole? Yeah, I'd agree there, he essentially said, screw it, I'll substitute in my own idea, and if you want to finish it intelligently, I want to head up the next movie. Job security. Rian Johnson basically had the same effect on the new Trilogy as Brett Ratner on the first three X-men films, the only difference is that Ratner screwed up the last of the trilogy, Johnson's doing more damage since he whacked the middle episode.
  19. I would be curious to see how they wrap up this series. I applaud the idea of a different direction, because if they didn't have Kylo knock off Snoke, it would've been a predictable redemption/reunion thing with Kylo (whether he dies or not is not relevant). But this unexpected change with Kylo could be good or bad, you could literally see that they have a dumpster fire of an ep IX with some weird Kylo redemption thing or Kylo going off the deep end, and gets killed. The one thing that they can't really do is not wrap up the Kylo/Rey arc. But they set up too difficult a trajectory due to how Ep VII and VIII went, ythey have to wrap this up in one movie. One has to hope there are no more side shows with Finn, Poe, Rose, and company, because that's just going to lead us literally nowhere, and at this point, those characters all became extras. I would give this series a more than even chance of being even worse than the prequel at its end, and that was with TFA having a pretty good start.
  20. Entering rant mode: And people wonder why nobody trusts the news media these days. All we get is click bait and crap like this. Throw in the words: racist, social justice, black lives matter, Trump, illegal immigration... and there is an instant reaction from people, and our media doesn't help at all, all these people care about are eyeballs, if there was a mass shooting, or a riot, or whatever, our media will be right there to cover it with their spin and whatever crazed political agenda they have. If it happens to tear apart society a little bit, well, it's not their fault. When I saw that idiotic article, my first thought was I hope this guy's research isn't government funded, because what a waste of time and money. TLJ was awful on its own. The bad plot, the useless side trips, the scale of it was worse than all of the prequels combined. If they literally made a ten minute short about Kylo and Rey and that throne room scene, it would've been heads and shoulders above. And don't get me started about Leia's magical force power, how convenient that was, it was too bad there wasn't a turbolaser bolt blasting her at that point. Done Ranting. And now, for a moment of levity. I think I need to go pee right now, odd, I just went half an hour ago. I bet it's the Russians fault. Quick, somebody call CNN, MSNBC, and Fox. P.S. Azreal, how dare you claim to be a Russian or Chinese troll, that's cultural appropriation I'll have you know. The Russian and Chinese trolls will be filing suit shortly.
  21. Amen, they could've cut out the Vader scene at the end, and it would've still been a good movie.
  22. Yeah, good luck with that. For episode IX, they simply need to find a way to kill off all of those with the Skywalker genes, and possibly even Rey, and get back to people shooting each other with blasters.... oh yeah. And star destroyers. May be Star destroyers armed with FAST PACKs... sorry, I'm thinking Yamato 2202 as I write this. And because of that, Rian Johnson killed the character... Sweet revenge.
  23. kalvasflam

    X-Men: Dark Phoenix

    Hey, I thought JLaw was tired of X-men movies, and weren't going to do them any more. I guess she realized that it's still great money in showing up and having blue makeup slathered on, right? As far as Disney and X-men are concerned, I'm sure it's in Sideshow Bob's plan to eventually bring all of Marvel's assets back into the fold. I am curious though on how they plan to close out the MCU. They have taken this thing pretty far, but all good things must come to an end. I'm not sure I see an Avengers 5.. Although I suppose those guys could be persuaded for the right amount of money. I mean after Thanos, they need to start up a new arc, and that might be problematic. Hope they do a good job with this one though.