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Spoiler Video: Science Behind a Last Jedi Scene

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Valashu Elahad

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Also....

Would manufacturing something similar be feasible...

<. < You heard nothing.

Move along.

Edited by Kredis Valor, 11 January 2018 - 05:03 PM.


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This video is a fantastic breakdown of what real world warfare in space would look like. Among other things it relates to why the 150km range for turbolasers is complete poodoo, why missiles would be the dominant weapon in space, how detection works, so on and so forth.

 

But it's not how Star Wars works. As the guy mentions at the end, if such a technique were common place or acceptable there would be no other weapons. Why bother when all you need is a paperclip to turn any other ship into so much space dust. Furthermore ships have shields, and in fact there's an article somewhere out there that mentions the only reason it works is because the Supremacy uses the same 'phased shields' (or some other technobabble nonsense) as Starkiller Base, which can be penetrated by something moving at lightspeed. The implication therein is that functional shields would otherwise prevent such a thing from happening.

 

The last factor to consider is that an RKKV able to do something even remotely similar to what the Raddus does would easily qualify as a superweapon, so it's simply banned by the rules.

 

tl;dr: If you want Star Wars style space battles, you can't have the above. Full stop.


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Vanessa Vantai

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I guess all starships with a hyperdrive are superweapons now.

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The usage of ships in this way constitutes a superweapon because as Cyrus Tregessar says, there would never be a need for any other weapon. The Rebels in ROTJ could have just brought along some empty crusiers and fired them through the second death star, or through the Executor at least.

 

It comprises a superweapon because there is no realistic way for the other writer to avoid something coming at light speed. It's one of those scenes which looks cool, but which absolutely wrecks anything where greater thought is needed.


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there is no realistic way for the other writer to avoid something coming at light speed.


This is kinda obvious lol. No worries you two, the last was a definite joke. I love Nerdist, wanted to share a fun tidbit, and had to crack a ridiculous joke

Glad you all got a kick out of it though! I recommend looking at the other SW related Because Science videos, such as the lightsaber cutting video.

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