History Headscratchers / BabylonFive

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.
9th Dec '15 2:30:38 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.
9th Dec '15 9:20:35 AM gothelittle
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** Jerry Doyle is from Brooklyn, and it shows in his character's speech patterns and expression. Michael Garibaldi is from Mars, unlike most (maybe all) of the other main characters. Not every human from every area reacts the exact same way when angry or frustrated. Just try taking, for instance, one human being from rural Georgia and one from, say, Boston, and make them both frustrated. Then watch the reaction. Some people run hot, others run deadly cold, some become loud, others turn very quiet, some slow down, and others speed up. If every single character expressed their emotion in a similar way, I would have said that the characters were poorly acted.
8th Dec '15 1:45:21 AM Luppercus
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****Maybe Centauris get equally surprised when they learn that humans have only one.
25th Nov '15 10:02:03 AM Beppo
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** First Age of Mankind was 7 Billion BCE to 9000 BCE. During this time the First Ones appeared, the gateway to Thirdspace is opened, earlier First Ones leave the galaxy and the Vorlons and Shadows begin waging war on each other. 9000 BCE to early 2261 CE is the Second Age of Mankind. A lot happens in that time. To name a few things, the Vorlons and Shadows begin to shepard the younger races, the Book of G'Quan is written, the Taratimude get Techomage tech, the Shadow Wars begin, Valen shows up with Babylon 4, humans develop the technology to travel in space and colonize the moon and Mars, the Narn and Centauri have their conflicts, the Earth Minbari takes place, everything that happens in the series up until the Shadows and Vorlons leave the galaxy. With their leaving, it ushers in the Third Age of Mankind.

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** First Age of Mankind was 7 Billion BCE to 9000 BCE. During this time the First Ones appeared, the gateway to Thirdspace is opened, earlier First Ones leave the galaxy and the Vorlons and Shadows begin waging war on each other. 9000 BCE to early 2261 CE is the Second Age of Mankind. A lot happens in that time. To name a few things, the Vorlons and Shadows begin to shepard the younger races, the Book of G'Quan is written, the Taratimude get Techomage tech, the McRib sandwich is invented, the Shadow Wars begin, Valen shows up with Babylon 4, humans develop the technology to travel in space and colonize the moon and Mars, the Narn and Centauri have their conflicts, the Earth Minbari takes place, everything that happens in the series up until the Shadows and Vorlons leave the galaxy. With their leaving, it ushers in the Third Age of Mankind.
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