History Headscratchers / AlienNation

12th Nov '16 7:15:33 AM Harem-author
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** It's simple really, Emily's actress had obviously aged. There was no choice but to SORAS the character. Sean Six could still [[Main/DawsonCasting pass as a teen]] and babies can easily be swapped out without the audience noticing

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** It's simple really, Emily's actress had obviously aged. There was no choice but to SORAS the character. Sean Six could still [[Main/DawsonCasting pass as a teen]] and babies can easily be swapped out without the audience noticing
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** In Universe? BizarreAlienBiology. They made it a plot point that her SORAS was what allowed her to overcome the bio-weapon designed to kill her species beacuse of the massive hormone surge due to ''puberty.''
11th Nov '16 6:17:14 PM Harem-author
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** Many of the ship's systems were also scavenged by the Tectonese refugees. "The Soldier" was able to used his advanced medical scanner to help treat Emily because he "stole it from the ship" and nobody bat an eye at this explanation. (It was other things, like devolping a rash to the salt content in the air that actually tipped George off.) Also, the guy with the ship's beacon? A hobo who carries a bunch of trash in a stolen shopping cart.
11th Nov '16 6:02:30 PM Harem-author
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** One has to remember that the reason the "soldier" came calling in the fist place, is that a high-ranking Purist with connections in the scientific community ''sent a message'' to the Tectonese slaver empire and killed his fellow scientist who read and understood it, and the Tectonese Empire heard it. There are Purists who have such a strong IrrationalHatred to the Newcomers, that they're perfectly happy to call in the slavers to take them away, even if that means losing millions of their fellow humans in the process, and they have the power and the connections to make them very hard to stop.
28th Feb '15 3:50:25 PM QuantumReality
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*** The same one-liner also shows up in the novelization of the 1988 movie.
6th Dec '13 9:37:19 PM CaliforniaDave
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* The Five Year Gap between the end of the TV series and the movies. The only possible explanation for the completely inconsistent off-screen aging of George and Susan Francisco's three children is barely reconciled by the Literary Agent Hypothesis: Emily goes from 8 or 9 in the TV series (which lasted one season before being canceled before its time) to 13 in the first movie (her age was explicitly stated in ''Dark Horizon,'' and we know that, at least until the end of adolescence and the onset of early adulthood in their mid-twenties (when their aging process apparently slows down), Tenctonese development fits the human pattern (with the exception that Tenctonese toddlers enter some sort of coccoon in which they develop additionally, as Vesna was shown to do before she became Richie Cunningham in the later TV movies, and was supposedly off at Daycare the whole time). Meanwhile, Buck is still in high school in ''Dark Frontier'' (he was at least sixteen in the series). And Vesna? Barely seen after ''Dark Frontier,'' the first TV movie, but she seems to have been in suspended animation or something for five years because she's still an infant (this was necessary, as with some otherwise minor retconning ''Dark Frontier'' is a direct sequel to the canceled series' unresolved cliffhanger.

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* The Five Year Gap between the end of the TV series and the movies. The only possible explanation for the completely inconsistent off-screen aging of George and Susan Francisco's three children is barely reconciled by the Literary Agent Hypothesis: Emily goes from 8 or 9 in the TV series (which lasted one season before being canceled before its time) to 13 in the first movie (her age was explicitly stated in ''Dark Horizon,'' and we know that, at least until the end of adolescence and the onset of early adulthood in their mid-twenties (when their aging process apparently slows down), Tenctonese development fits the human pattern (with the exception that Tenctonese toddlers enter some sort of coccoon cocoon in which they develop additionally, as Vesna was shown to do before she became Richie Cunningham in the later TV movies, and was supposedly off at Daycare the whole time). Meanwhile, Buck is still in high school in ''Dark Frontier'' (he was at least sixteen in the series). And Vesna? Barely seen after ''Dark Frontier,'' the first TV movie, but she seems to have been in suspended animation or something for five years because she's still an infant (this was necessary, as with some otherwise minor retconning ''Dark Frontier'' is a direct sequel to the canceled series' unresolved cliffhanger.



* I have mixed feelings about ''Dark Horizons''. I'm glad they followed the series' premise through to its logical conclusion, but I can't believe human civilization didn't see it coming. Why was the Newcomers' arrival greeted more like a 3rd-world boatlift arriving in Florida than like Perry sailing into Tokyo Bay? ''No-one'' considered that being on the doorstep of a colossal, hyperadvanced, heartless, expansionist interstellar slave empire might prove slightly hazardous for planet-bound and technologically backward mankind? Even worse, ''Dark Frontier'' implies that even a brush with total destruction wasn't enough to spur the humans to try to close the technology gap with the Tenktonese. Yes, the soldier played along with George's scam, but noone on Earth knows that he did and they had no reasonable expectation that he would. And even if they had reason to be confident that they had tricked the Tenktonese rulers into staying clear of Earth forever, who's to say some other bunch of galactic thugs won't come calling in a century or two?

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* I have mixed feelings about ''Dark Horizons''. I'm glad they followed the series' premise through to its logical conclusion, but I can't believe human civilization didn't see it coming. Why was the Newcomers' arrival greeted more like a 3rd-world boatlift boat-lift arriving in Florida than like Perry sailing into Tokyo Bay? ''No-one'' considered that being on the doorstep of a colossal, hyperadvanced, heartless, expansionist interstellar slave empire might prove slightly hazardous for planet-bound and technologically backward mankind? Even worse, ''Dark Frontier'' implies that even a brush with total destruction wasn't enough to spur the humans to try to close the technology gap with the Tenktonese. Tenctonese. Yes, the soldier played along with George's scam, but noone no one on Earth knows that he did and they had no reasonable expectation that he would. And even if they had reason to be confident that they had tricked the Tenktonese Tenctonese rulers into staying clear of Earth forever, who's to say some other bunch of galactic thugs won't come calling in a century or two?



* How is it that they can eat raw, bloody meat, which contains both salt and water, they can beat a person bloody, without the salt water inthe blood burning their fists, and they can even have sex with humans, which also entails very, very close exposure to salty waterbased fluid? Is there another chemical, common in Earth biochemistry, that neutralizes salt water? If so, why on Earth don't they all carry little spraybottles of it?

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* How is it that they can eat raw, bloody meat, which contains both salt and water, they can beat a person bloody, without the salt water inthe blood burning their fists, and they can even have sex with humans, which also entails very, very close exposure to salty waterbased water-based fluid? Is there another chemical, common in Earth biochemistry, that neutralizes salt water? If so, why on Earth don't they all carry little spraybottles spray bottles of it?



*** Even so, kissing a human being should be at least as bad as slurping concentrated vinegar, which is 25% percent pure as opposed to regular 6% pure vinegar. Considering that salt water eats Newcomer skin like it was high-grade hydrochloric acid, even one third of that should be bad enough to cause extreme discomfort, especially in private places. Nevermind that most acids are actually pretty poisonous to humans even in low concentrations.

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*** Even so, kissing a human being should be at least as bad as slurping concentrated vinegar, which is 25% percent pure as opposed to regular 6% pure vinegar. Considering that salt water eats Newcomer skin like it was high-grade hydrochloric acid, even one third of that should be bad enough to cause extreme discomfort, especially in private places. Nevermind Never mind that most acids are actually pretty poisonous to humans even in low concentrations.



** In the novelization of "Body And Soul" (which came out well before the TV movie), it's mentioned that Sikes explained the concept of condoms to George, who replied with "And it fits?" Sikes then showed a condom to George, who unrolled it and asked, disbelievingly: "And it ''fits''?"



** LA seems to meet their physical needs perfectly, they require a warm environment so a lot of other place in the country are either too cold, too humid, or too dry (often all at the same time) for them. The other places that would suit them are simply too far and too expensive for the average Newcomer to relocate to permanently. You have to remember that they're refugees, it's the same reason why you see a lot of Cubans in Florida but not nessecarily in, say, Pennsylvania.

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** LA seems to meet their physical needs perfectly, they require a warm environment so a lot of other place in the country are either too cold, too humid, or too dry (often all at the same time) for them. The other places that would suit them are simply too far and too expensive for the average Newcomer to relocate to permanently. You have to remember that they're refugees, it's the same reason why you see a lot of Cubans in Florida but not nessecarily necessarily in, say, Pennsylvania.



* Whatever happened to the Tenktonese ship? Wouldn't it be thouroughly studied and reverse-engineered? Even if their FTL drive is damaged beyond repair, there are plenty of other devices that would revolutionize human science. The ship was obviously hovering for some time, implying some sort of anti-gravity and/or repulsor technology. There are life support, medical, security and plenty of other systems that could be studied. Hell, the alloys that make up the hull would probably help us figure out how to make better spaceships.

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* Whatever happened to the Tenktonese Tenctonese ship? Wouldn't it be thouroughly thoroughly studied and reverse-engineered? Even if their FTL drive is damaged beyond repair, there are plenty of other devices that would revolutionize human science. The ship was obviously hovering for some time, implying some sort of anti-gravity and/or repulsor technology. There are life support, medical, security and plenty of other systems that could be studied. Hell, the alloys that make up the hull would probably help us figure out how to make better spaceships.



*** In the comic, they have a depressingly convinient explenation: After the Tenctonese were evacuated from the ship, the ship went kablooey.

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*** In the comic, they have a depressingly convinient explenation: convenient explanation: After the Tenctonese were evacuated from the ship, the ship went kablooey.
10th Jun '13 9:52:06 AM 84788484
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** Lots of people live near large bodies of water and never learn to swim. Water will kill you that way whether it's like acid to you or not. People do silly things.


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** The plot's set there, and the episodes/movies don't show you things going on outside there. Hm, lemme think about this one...
10th Jun '13 9:47:28 AM 84788484
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I'm imagining the "Office of Alien Contingency Planning" is a nerdy lieutenant in the Pentagon basement who spends half his time trying to justify his job existing at all so he won't be deployed to Afghanistan.

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** I'm imagining the "Office of Alien Contingency Planning" is a nerdy lieutenant in the Pentagon basement who spends half his time trying to justify his job existing at all so he won't be deployed to Afghanistan.
** The Newcomers claimed their masters were dead when they arrived. As far as anyone knew, no one ''was'' coming after them and there probably wasn't anyone to do so. But even if there was going to be someone coming after them... what were they going to do? They couldn't actually send the Newcomers away, their ship was screwed up. The only thing humanity could do was exactly what they did do... be practical about it and start reverse engineering the everliving hell out of the technology.
5th Aug '12 9:09:14 AM arisboch
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*** In the comic, they have a depressingly convinient explenation: After the Tenctonese were evacuated from the ship, the ship went kablooey.
13th Jan '12 9:56:41 AM SirSapphire
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** LA seems to meet their physical needs perfectly, they require a warm environment so a lot of other place in the country are either too cold, too humid, or too dry (often all at the same time) for them. The other places that would suit them are simply too far and too expensive for the average Newcomer to relocate to permanently. You have to remember that they're refugees, it's the same reason why you see a lot of Cubans in Florida but not nessecarily in, say, Pennsylvania.




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*** This actually makes perfect sense for a genetically engineered slave race, this way they can have sex all they want, which helps keep them happy, but can't build up a large enough population to mount an effective rebellion because their masters could simply destroy the breeding stock, killing the species.
13th Jan '12 9:43:45 AM SirSapphire
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** Also do you have any idea how insanely improbable your own anatomy is? Your tongue is one of the strongest muscles in your body (if it were the size of an elephant's trunk you could uproot ''large trees''), there's a small organ behind your nose that isn't connected by nerves to ''anything'' (it's thought that it used to help us sense pheromones better) and men have a vestigial remnant of the vagina called the prostatic utricle that exists as a useless little pouch that hangs off your prostate, not to mention your liver, which can completely regenerate from only 25% of its mass.
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