History Headscratchers / BabylonFive

5th Jan '17 10:43:45 AM gothelittle
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** When Earth first started getting out into space and 'playing with the big boys', they involved themselves in the Dilgar War. This left them getting a bit 'big for their britches' and making a stupid mistake that brought on the Earth-Minbari War. Dr. Franklin started medical school just a couple of years after the Dilgar War ended, and his focus has always been xenobiology. It makes sense that he might not recognize her as a Dilgar initially but, once he's identified her as one, he can guess at her age from her appearance.
5th Jan '17 10:09:26 AM gothelittle
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** The way this was done, granted, we never saw or heard from her again, and JMS has taught us to doubt what seem to be certainties (in this case, "so she was taken and dissected and that was that"). One could very likely write a full-out fanfiction about her Ironheart-enhanced personality's slow flight to overcome the planted personality, a flight from the Psi Corps, a new challenge, perhaps joining the effort to hide telepaths or going out in search of Ironheart herself, and have it not contradict a word of canon. Perhaps the implanted personality is defeated, or maybe it continues to fight and neither side regain full autonomy, or maybe one or the other side slowly subdues the other long enough to live and die. Write it well enough, and JMS might even agree to include it as canon. Or we can each write our favorite fates for her in our own heads. Nothing in the series demands that Ironheart-enhanced Talia never came back.
30th Nov '16 11:29:09 AM RavenWilder
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* Why'd it take so long for Earth to forbid people traveling to Babylon 5? The station declared itself independent from Earth in mid-Season 3, and actually exchanged fire with and shot down Earth Force ships. By most standards, that's high treason, and should make them a full fledged enemy of the state. Yet, apparently, Earth civilians could still travel freely to and from Babylon 5 until well into the fourth season. ''Any'' government allowing that seems implausible, but a fascistic government that's imposed martial law on all its territories? How the hell did they allow ''that''?

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* Why'd it take so long for Earth to forbid people from traveling to Babylon 5? The station declared itself independent from Earth in mid-Season 3, and actually exchanged fire with and shot down Earth Force ships. By most standards, that's high treason, and should make them a full fledged enemy of the state. Yet, apparently, Earth civilians could still travel freely to and from Babylon 5 until well into the fourth season. ''Any'' government allowing that seems implausible, but a fascistic government that's imposed martial law on all its territories? How the hell did they allow ''that''?
30th Nov '16 11:28:35 AM RavenWilder
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** Because it would have shortened the lifespan of anyone who used it to give him extra time. Sheridan isn't going to accept an extension of his life at the cost of his friends'. He didn't even consider using it to save the life of Ivannova, his best friend and closest human ally. He considered the technology too dangerous to use, even for personal benefit. As far as he's concerned he died at Za'Ha'Dhum and the twenty years Lorien gave him are extra and he's made peace with that. Besides, if Lorien can't extend his life any longer it's unlikely a piece of tech built by an even more primitive race could.

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** Because it would have shortened the lifespan of anyone who used it to give him extra time. Sheridan isn't going to accept an extension of his life at the cost of his friends'. He didn't even consider using it to save the life of Ivannova, his best friend and closest human ally. He considered the technology too dangerous to use, even for personal benefit. As far as he's concerned he died at Za'Ha'Dhum and the twenty years Lorien gave him are extra and he's made peace with that. Besides, if Lorien can't extend his life any longer it's unlikely a piece of tech built by an even more primitive race could.could.
* Why'd it take so long for Earth to forbid people traveling to Babylon 5? The station declared itself independent from Earth in mid-Season 3, and actually exchanged fire with and shot down Earth Force ships. By most standards, that's high treason, and should make them a full fledged enemy of the state. Yet, apparently, Earth civilians could still travel freely to and from Babylon 5 until well into the fourth season. ''Any'' government allowing that seems implausible, but a fascistic government that's imposed martial law on all its territories? How the hell did they allow ''that''?
27th May '16 9:58:41 PM Erzengel
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*** The problem with trying to use Newton's first law as an explanation is that it doesn't work so well in orbit. When you're orbiting a planet, you're constantly under the effect of an outside force -- the planet's gravity. Assuming they aren't held to each other by some sort of field (force field, magnetic field, quantum levitation, whatever), then each strut would have its own orbit; its own inclination, its own eccentricity, its own periapsis and its own apoapsis. Without some sort of control thrusters, they would drift apart or together very quickly, and with control thrusters they would use a ''lot'' of fuel to maintain relative position. The important thing to keep in mind is that when you're closer to the planet, you're traveling faster, and the higher your inclination the further away from the equator you'll go (non-linearly). If you want to see it in action, build it in VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram and watch the pieces spread apart and then close together only to spread apart again over time. This is why you generally try to keep objects far away from each other in orbit, unless you're trying to dock (which is to say, intentionally trying to collide with another object), because orbital dynamics are hard.
25th Apr '16 4:52:44 PM saatii
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*** They don't need trigger guards as they can't be fired without turning them on (BZZZT).
30th Dec '15 9:35:42 PM Luppercus
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* If you watch carefully among the group of ambassadors and other unspecified workers in the meetings you can see some human extras, so probably one of them is Earth’s ambassador or at least some sort of representative, just doesn’t have a high profile as Sheridan.

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* ** If you watch carefully among the group of ambassadors and other unspecified workers in the meetings you can see some human extras, so probably one of them is Earth’s ambassador or at least some sort of representative, just doesn’t have a high profile as Sheridan.
30th Dec '15 8:54:24 PM Dgon
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**It is very possible that Centauris just assumed that humans had similar genitalia, in a similar way on how we as an audience assumed the same until the series shows otherwise. Besides Centauris at first thought that humans were a long lost Centauri colony.
23rd Dec '15 6:53:30 PM timemonkey
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* How come Sheridan didn't use the alien capital punishment/healing device to fully restore his life energy? Or just "borrow" a couple years from his friends? I can't believe that at least most of the crew wouldn't practically trip over themselves to offer up at least a few years.

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* How come Sheridan didn't use the alien capital punishment/healing device to fully restore his life energy? Or just "borrow" a couple years from his friends? I can't believe that at least most of the crew wouldn't practically trip over themselves to offer up at least a few years.years.
** Because it would have shortened the lifespan of anyone who used it to give him extra time. Sheridan isn't going to accept an extension of his life at the cost of his friends'. He didn't even consider using it to save the life of Ivannova, his best friend and closest human ally. He considered the technology too dangerous to use, even for personal benefit. As far as he's concerned he died at Za'Ha'Dhum and the twenty years Lorien gave him are extra and he's made peace with that. Besides, if Lorien can't extend his life any longer it's unlikely a piece of tech built by an even more primitive race could.
15th Dec '15 7:32:28 AM CGAdam
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** I assume it was tolerated because the two of them were part of two separate command structures. She was serving under General Franklin aboard his ship, Garibaldi was head of security on a space station in neutral territory. Not really much room for a conflict of interest or anything like that.

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** I assume it was tolerated because the two of them were part of two separate command structures. She was serving under General Franklin aboard his ship, Garibaldi was head of security on a space station in neutral territory. Not really much room for a conflict of interest or anything like that.that.
*How come Sheridan didn't use the alien capital punishment/healing device to fully restore his life energy? Or just "borrow" a couple years from his friends? I can't believe that at least most of the crew wouldn't practically trip over themselves to offer up at least a few years.
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