History AwesomeButImpractical / LiveActionTV

30th Mar '18 6:45:47 AM DarkHunter
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** Discussed in one episode of ''Atlantis'', where the expedition finds an Ancient ship travelling between galaxies at 99.9% of the speed of light. Rodney admits that while it's extremely impressive that the Ancients managed to accelerate a ship that fast, it's also functionally useless when they'd already invented reliable FTL drives, especially given that it's taken the ship over 10,000 years just to get a bit outside the Pegasus Galaxy at that speed.

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** Discussed in one episode of ''Atlantis'', where the expedition finds an Ancient ship travelling between galaxies at 99.9% of the speed of light. Rodney admits that while it's extremely impressive that the Ancients managed to accelerate a ship that fast, it's also functionally useless when they'd already invented reliable FTL drives, especially given that it's taken the ship over 10,000 years just to get a bit outside the Pegasus Galaxy halfway between galaxies at that speed.
11th Feb '18 12:34:43 PM ImpudentInfidel
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*** The series had to introduce a new model of phaser rifle that actually looked like a rifle later on when combat became a more common part of the series. There was no way for the actors to aim the earlier TNG ones and the resulting beams firing at odd angles looked ridiculous.
7th Feb '18 12:09:04 PM ABiPolarGuy
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*** The Enterprise of the original series was also supposed to be able to do this. From "The Making of Star Trek" (published mid 1960s), chapter 2 "Designed to operate separately from the rest of the ship, the saucer therefore contains all elements necessary for independent operation". It's not clear if this was more than an emergency escape measure, i.e if reattachment outside of a repair dock was possible. The book had Gene Roddenberry's approval. It was never done on the show. One episode "The Apple" possibly refers to it. Kirk says to Scotty "Discard the warp drive nacelles if you have to, and crack out of there with the main section, but get that ship out of there!"
21st Jan '18 9:18:01 PM DoctorNemesis
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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Doctor Dances", this trope is used to make an implicit comparison between the Doctor and LovableRogue conman Captain Jack Harkness. Part of this is the tools that both men use; Jack is equipped with a flashy sonic blaster which does awesome things like cut holes in walls and restore them -- against which the Doctor's sonic screwdriver, which takes hours to "resonate concrete" in order to achieve the same effect, looks more than a little naff. This earns some rather snide and dismissive comments on the screwdriver from Jack and Rose, who has fallen under Jack's sway a bit... except it turns out you can only use those cool features on the sonic blaster a handful of times before the battery completely runs out and it basically becomes a glorified paper-weight, whereas the humble-yet-trusty sonic screwdriver just keeps going and going. The point is made that while Jack has all the charm and outer trappings of the cooler-than-cool "Han Solo[=/=]Captain Kirk" space hero, he's ultimately a bit rubbish and not nearly as good as he thinks he is, while for all his eccentricities and nerdishness the Doctor is the real deal who ultimately gets the job done.

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In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Doctor Dances", this trope is used to make an implicit comparison between the Doctor and LovableRogue conman Captain Jack Harkness. Part of this is the tools that both men use; Jack is equipped with a flashy sonic blaster which does awesome things like cut holes in walls and restore them -- against which the Doctor's sonic screwdriver, which takes hours to "resonate concrete" in order to achieve the same effect, looks more than a little naff. This earns some rather snide and dismissive comments on the screwdriver from Jack and Rose, who has fallen under Jack's sway a bit... except it turns out you can only use those cool features on the sonic blaster a handful of times before the battery completely runs out and it basically becomes a glorified paper-weight, whereas the humble-yet-trusty sonic screwdriver just keeps going and going. The point is made that while Jack has all the charm and outer trappings of the cooler-than-cool "Han Solo[=/=]Captain Kirk" space hero, he's ultimately a bit rubbish and not nearly as good as he thinks he is, while for all his eccentricities and nerdishness the Doctor is the real deal who ultimately gets the job done.done.
** The Moment, the Time Lord superweapon which appears in "The Day of the Doctor", turns out to be something like this. It's a sentient super-weapon which is capable of destroying entire galaxies... except the fact that it's sentient means that it's also developed a conscience, and will sit in judgement over you as you use it. Meaning that if you still have a shred of conscience left, you shouldn't be able to use it, and if you somehow are still able to it will inflict a worse punishment on you for doing so, thus rendering any 'victory' achieved through using it [[PyrrhicVictory completely pyrrhic in nature]]. [[spoiler: However, it also turns out that because it's super-sentient, it will also try and work out some way so that you don't ''have'' to use it, even if it has to completely tangle up time and space in order to do so.]]
12th Jan '18 7:12:39 PM donwarr1995
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* ''TheGreatBritishBakeOff'': Flora's skillset in series 6 fell loosely under this; she just couldn't stop overdecorating her creations, often far beyond what was required. This resulted in her overextending her abilities which in turn weakened her overall efforts, producing among other things runny cream horns and an underbaked chocolate tart thanks to elaborate tuille and macaron decorations respectively. In the Class of 2015 special, it was mentioned that the bakers referred to this as "Florafication".
12th Jan '18 9:41:37 AM tromag
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** Wildfire's awesome destructive power is match only by the danger of handling it in a combat situation. Tyrion brings its full power to bear by laying a trap with it that eliminates the problem of misfiring catapults and fumbling handlers.

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** Wildfire's awesome destructive power is match matched only by the danger of handling it. Bronn ''immediately'' points out how dangerous it is to use a weapon that will set fire to your own army the second someone drops one (which is almost guaranteed to happen in a combat situation. Tyrion brings its full power situation). Tyrion, however, is smart enough to bear by laying a trap come up with it that eliminates the problem of misfiring catapults and fumbling handlers.a way around this.
4th Oct '17 3:12:01 PM werthead
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*** The original model of the Enterprise-D in''Star Trek: The Next Generation'' was effectively retired in Season 3, as a new, smaller and more practical model was introduced. However, this model was also not capable of separating. The cost of dragging out the old model, refurbishing it and using in the Season 4 opener was prohibitive, effectively meaning it couldn't be done again without a feature film budget.
17th Sep '17 9:24:57 AM PlasmaTalon
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** Owning any castle isn't all its cracked up to be as Jaime tells Bronn. They attract lots of attention in war, and most of the taxes the owner collects go into basic maintenance rather then their coffers.
26th Jun '17 6:42:05 AM cdrood
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*** It should also be noted that one of the uses of separation was in direct opposition to its intended purpose of getting civilians to safety. In "The Best of Both Worlds" it was actually used to provide the Borg with a second target.
31st May '17 3:57:43 PM icewater
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** The bat'leth, while definitely a CoolSword, isn't very practical in a realistic swordfight. For one, the normal stance requires the use of both hands and severely limits the reach. If you grip it in one hand, then you have an unbalanced weapon with no hilt and a ''pointy end'' facing your gut. Made more jarring by the fact that Klingons ''do'' have normal swords, but only one is ever used. Duras uses one in his fight against Worf but loses, as Worf has the advantage of vengeance on his side ([[spoiler:Duras having just killed Worf's girlfriend]]). Also, most fights with the bat'leth show it as a slow, cumbersome weapon that could likely be overcome by a nimble swordsman with a rapier. Additionally, let's not forget that Klingons still use swords in the days of directed-energy weapons. It's even explicitly mentioned that an old lady with a phaser could hold off a dozen Klingon warriors with bat'leths. However, at least one of the novels states that the bat'leth was designed for large close quarters battles in narrow city streets, presumably of similar size to modern starship corridors - so it is slightly [[JustifiedTrope justified]].

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** The bat'leth, while definitely a CoolSword, isn't very practical in a realistic swordfight. For one, the normal stance requires the use of both hands and severely limits the reach. If you grip it in one hand, then you have an unbalanced weapon with no hilt and a ''pointy end'' facing your gut. Made more jarring by the fact that Klingons ''do'' have normal swords, but only one is ever used. Duras uses one in his fight against Worf but loses, as Worf has the advantage of vengeance on his side ([[spoiler:Duras having just killed Worf's girlfriend]]). Also, most fights with the bat'leth show it as a slow, cumbersome weapon that could likely be overcome by a nimble swordsman with a rapier. Additionally, let's not forget that Klingons still use swords in the days of directed-energy weapons. It's even explicitly mentioned that an old lady with a phaser could hold off a dozen Klingon warriors with bat'leths. However, at least one of the novels states that the bat'leth was designed for large close quarters battles in narrow city streets, presumably of similar size to modern starship corridors - so it is could be slightly [[JustifiedTrope justified]].
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