History Headscratchers / Animorphs

25th Jun '17 10:25:07 AM nombretomado
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** It's also an unnecessary argument. By the end of the series Humanity and the Animorphs were engaged in a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Total_War Total War]]. A Total War is SeriousBusiness wherein victory is the ''only'' objective with all directives being secondary, including the ObstructiveCodeOfConduct. To borrow from TheOtherWiki total war is a war ''limitless'' in its scope in which a belligerent engages in the mobilization of ''all'' their available resources in order to crush their rival's capacity for resistance. In a total war, there is less differentiation between combatants and civilians than in other conflicts, and sometimes no such differentiation at all, as nearly every Alien resource, civilians and soldiers alike, can be considered to be part of the belligerent effort. In facing a war of cultural extermination Total War isn't just recommended, it's '''mandatory'''. This doesn't mean being [[StupidEvil unnecessarily cruel]], but it does mean that if presented with a path to victory, you take it without regard to what that path might entail. Facing a complete invasion by alien [[BrainSlug brain slugs]] I don't see why Jake should have any qualms about killing 17,000 of the enemy occupation force to save his planet and his species. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMk5sMHj58I You fight to win the war]]. If WarIsHell then best it be dispensed with quickly.

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** It's also an unnecessary argument. By the end of the series Humanity and the Animorphs were engaged in a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Total_War Total War]]. A Total War is SeriousBusiness wherein victory is the ''only'' objective with all directives being secondary, including the ObstructiveCodeOfConduct. To borrow from TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki total war is a war ''limitless'' in its scope in which a belligerent engages in the mobilization of ''all'' their available resources in order to crush their rival's capacity for resistance. In a total war, there is less differentiation between combatants and civilians than in other conflicts, and sometimes no such differentiation at all, as nearly every Alien resource, civilians and soldiers alike, can be considered to be part of the belligerent effort. In facing a war of cultural extermination Total War isn't just recommended, it's '''mandatory'''. This doesn't mean being [[StupidEvil unnecessarily cruel]], but it does mean that if presented with a path to victory, you take it without regard to what that path might entail. Facing a complete invasion by alien [[BrainSlug brain slugs]] I don't see why Jake should have any qualms about killing 17,000 of the enemy occupation force to save his planet and his species. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMk5sMHj58I You fight to win the war]]. If WarIsHell then best it be dispensed with quickly.
7th May '17 1:33:43 PM Sculcuvant
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** If we're looking for precedent, sea cucumber's have the ability to partially liquefy themselves so that can fit in small crevices, nooks, and crannies. I'd subscribe to the theory that Yeerks probably have a similar ability

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** If we're looking for precedent, sea cucumber's have the ability to partially liquefy themselves so that can fit in small crevices, nooks, and crannies. I'd subscribe to the theory that Yeerks probably have a similar abilityability.
** This is WildMassGuessing but what if Yeerks have minor morph-like abilities that allow them to reshape their bodies to fit into the hosts (or vice versa), and the Morphing technology was built using some of their biology?
7th May '17 1:27:35 PM Sculcuvant
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** Also, Ax (And Visser One if I recall) makes a big deal about how fast human technology evolves, they find it scary.
6th May '17 5:25:14 PM Argon2
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** Tell that to the innumerable military commanders throughout the 20th century who ordered attacks on civillian cities during wartime. By your logic, almost every officer serving in any military force has committed "war crimes".

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** Tell that to the innumerable military commanders throughout the 20th century who ordered attacks on civillian civilian cities during wartime. By your logic, almost every officer serving in any military force has committed "war crimes".
24th Apr '17 1:59:10 PM KaiYves
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* In some parts of the fandom it's popular to draw parallels between The Sharing and the ChurchOfHappyology for purposes of parody. How much of this is present in the books themselves and how much of it is just the unintended realization that both involve "aliens inside of your brain"?
24th Jan '17 8:33:45 PM Sarah1281
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*** Well what nearby habitable planets are any of them aware of to point them to? What makes them think they can trust the Mecora to fly off to parts unknown just to keep their future on track? And Tobias didn't want to tell the whole group so they wouldn't have to try and vote on it and be democratic and whatnot and maybe not be allowed to do what he had to to save the future and so they wouldn't have to live for it. Plus if them all fleeing the planet was really an option why did they ask the kids to sacrifice their chance to go home instead of just doing that in the first place? I really don't think they had the capability to leave as quickly as they would have needed to to survive.
24th Jan '17 5:43:50 PM KaiYves
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** I honestly never thought about this for over a decade until a fan blog pointed it out, but couldn't they have kept Earth's history on track by getting the Mercora to leave, maybe by lying and saying the nuke wouldn't be strong enough to do anything to the comet or sabotaging it but claiming that was because it had been damaged in stealing it? I get that even if they got the Mercora to fly to Mars to escape the impact they might come right back to Earth once it became habitable again, but if they could direct them to some habitable planet maybe they'd stay there and Earth history could go on like we knew it. I dunno, I just feel bad for those poor broccoli farmers...
7th Jan '17 5:31:59 PM JBC31187
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*** In ''Visser'' Visser One gives a lecture on the five classes of species Yeerks sort us in. Class Ones can't be used at all. Class Twos like Taxxons can be infested, but are poor hosts. Class Three Hork-Bajir are physically tough, but have small numbers and slow breeding. Class Fours are simply too powerful to enslave at the moment, like Andalites. Only humans qualify as class five, with our large numbers, decent physical form, and limited technology. So, the Ssstram, Mak and Nahara were probably class twos or threes, and just weren't worth bringing to Earth.
4th Dec '16 1:30:29 PM tropette
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** As a point of comparison take Jake, who had (from the outside) the perfect life: jock, good student, loving family, (presumably) close friends, natural leadership ability. After the war, the only real psychological difference between Jake and Tobias was that one was a human and one was a bird. Otherwise, both of them were pretty much equally disconnected from humanity.
4th Dec '16 1:20:20 PM tropette
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** For all we know, "Aximili" and "Elfangor" ''do'' mean "Big Tree" and "Tasty Grass." Why do people who speak English use strange words like "tree" when they could be meaningful like "árbol" or "baum"?
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