History Headscratchers / Animorphs

10th Sep '17 3:12:01 PM JBC31187
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*** For a similar situation, look at [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Star Trek]] (it seems appropriate, considering how often it comes up in the books). A Galaxy-class starship like the Enterprise is a multirole vessel, which includes: deep-space exploration, diplomacy, research, and transport. It's also beefy enough to serve as a frontline warship. The much smaller Defiant class is what you get when you leave the guns and the engines, and strip away everything else. The end result is a pure warship that can fight larger vessels and win.
2nd Sep '17 5:32:42 PM Octoya
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** This isn't necessarily flanderization so much as the author needing to generate conflict in this area, since as you pointed out a lot of the Animorphs' missions would have gone a lot smoother if they could morph sentient morphs. It's also important to note that Cassie is a young teenager and teenagers are infamous for just starting to understand and question morality, sometimes seeing something as a much bigger deal than it is. I'm sure if someone like an Andalite scientist explained to Cassie all the specifics of how morphing sentient beings is effectively like changing into a new suit (with appendages), she would have conceded there wasn't a problem, but they didn't have anyone to affirm for them that no, it is nothing like controlling someone.
1st Sep '17 10:58:38 PM GroLor
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** Yeerks swimming around in little uniforms. [[UglyCute Heh]].
30th Aug '17 6:48:18 AM JBC31187
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** Near the end of the series, the Animorphs start recruiting disabled kids because they're unlikely to be Controllers. The kid who was paralyzed in a car accident is healed, and the kid who was born that way is not. So the morphing technology has some sense of what's "the original state" and what isn't, but I haven't a clue how that's determined.
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.
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