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Favorite Space Battles
« on: August 09, 2005, 02:24:16 am »

My nominations:

1) The Battle of Endor (Return of the Jedi)
2) The Battle at the Ragnar Anchorage (Battlestar Galactica 2003 Miniseries)
3) The Battle in the Mutara Nebula (Star Trek II)
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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2005, 03:56:07 am »

the final battle, in the dominion war, at cardassia.(star trek: deep space 9)
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2005, 05:06:12 am »

1) Khan's Initial Engagement (Star Trek II)
2) The Battle Over Endor (Return of the Jedi)
3) The Borg Invasion (Star Trek: First Contact)
4) The battle against the mind demon (Forbidden Planet)
5) The final battle of the starcraft campaign, level 30, Overmind (I think that was its title?)
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2005, 05:29:57 am »

1) Khan's Initial Engagement (Star Trek II)
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Heh.  I'm actually trying to be inclusive of the entire movie in my original post--surely the entire engagement lasted a few hours and took place both near and in the nebula....
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2005, 03:09:00 pm »

- Robotech Episode 27: Forces of Arms
- Star Wars Battle of Endor
- Star Trek The Battle at Wolf 359
- One of the first Babylon 5 battles with the Shadows that ended as a draw
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Re: Favorite Space Battles
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2005, 04:43:13 pm »

What is the Dominion and what are Shadows?
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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2005, 04:48:40 pm »

The Dominion is a giant political organization run by shapeshifters on the far side of the galaxy from Earth, in the Star-Trek-verse. They can access our part of the galaxy via the wormhole near Deep Space 9.

The Shadows are an ancient race in Babylon 5 which are fairly central to the plot.

My favorite space battles?

Battle of Endor

The battle in which the Shadows destroy the Narn fleet. It's actually fought at long range! Now that's cool.

Mutara Nebula.
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« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2005, 05:16:06 pm »

"The Dominion is a giant political organization run by shapeshifters on the far side of the galaxy from Earth, in the Star-Trek-verse. They can access our part of the galaxy via the wormhole near Deep Space 9."

They never had the dominion in TNG (I never watched DS9--no engines). Weren't the borg supposed to be on the other side of the galaxy? Is the dominion supposed to be powerful enough to fend off the borg?


"The Shadows are an ancient race in Babylon 5 which are fairly central to the plot."

Are they "humanoids" with some cheesy make up, or are they something more "shadowy"?
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« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2005, 05:18:06 pm »

The Dominion, the region containing the Federation, Klingons, Romulans, etc., and the Borg form roughly an equilateral triangle.

The Shadows and the other ancient races are not at all humanoid. The shadows come closest*, and they're giant spider-like critters walking on six (or so) pointy legs and triangular heads, and they're usually invisible. This should give you an idea how different the others are.

*(except for the First One, and he may not really be restrained by form much)
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« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2005, 01:24:44 am »

"The Dominion, the region containing the Federation, Klingons, Romulans, etc., and the Borg form roughly an equilateral triangle."

So then how does the Dominion stack up to the Feds, Borg, Klingons, Romulans, etc.?


"The Shadows and the other ancient races are not at all humanoid."

Oh, I thought B5 was that show with the aliens that had those greyish frills on the backs of their heads (but were otherwise human), and was mostly DS9 with X-wings.
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« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2005, 06:13:53 am »

Nobody mentioned the battle of Yavin!

Although my vote goes to forbidden planet, except for the fact that it's not really a space battle there. So yeah, maybe endor.
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« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2005, 06:22:22 am »

"Although my vote goes to forbidden planet"

Damn me if that movie doesn't still create one creepy atmosphere. No overdone CG sequences, just invisible, unstoppable death.

That movie used to scare the shit out of me when I was a kid.
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« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2005, 05:01:28 pm »

So then how does the Dominion stack up to the Feds, Borg, Klingons, Romulans, etc.?

Well, they get into a war and the alliance of the Klingons and Federation are roughly evenly matched against them. Things go back and forth when they are totally cut off from reinforcement through the wormhole.


Oh, I thought B5 ... was mostly DS9 with X-wings.

You mean, DS9 was B5 without Star Furies... or a complicated long-term plot which was thought out in advance... (DS9 and Bab 5 showed up at roughly the same time, both appeared in 1993)

BTW, Star Furies kind of look like X-wings, but aren't otherwise at all similar. First, they maneuver with Newtonian dynamics. Their pylons are for extra torque. The weapons fire is not from the 'wing' tips. Also, they are short and stubby, not long.
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« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2005, 05:42:13 pm »

Yeah, that was one of the things I truly hated about Star Trek.  They always contradicted themselves.  In one DS9 episode, they say that Captain Kirk died in a transporter accident.  But in the Generations movie, they show that he originally died from getting fried by a deep space ribbon.

In B5, the story line stayed consistent throughout the series.  One good example of this is the story of B4.  They mention it's disappearance in the beginning, then they had an episode of it returning, and finally, there was an episode that explained exactly it's purpose and all the wacky things that happened in the previous episodes.  Good graphics or not, the story is what kept me watching this one.
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Re: Favorite Space Battles
« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2005, 10:50:04 pm »

Easy, the best combat sequences is Endgame, the second last episode of season 4, I'm pretty sure, of B5.

The thing I like most about B5 combat is that you actually can tell, just by instinct, know how much damage a particular shot did, its not like Andromeda where every single battle the freaking ship gets blown to pieces, I mean, come on, missiles that hit don't even leave scorch marks, yet the inside of the bridge has shrapnel flying everywhere.
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