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6th Sep '16 11:25:45 AM Mooncalf
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* The Florans and Avians of ''VideoGame/{{Starbound}}'' skirt the trope. Florans are violent savages who find time better spent ssstabbing things than learning higher science, so they prefer to just scavenge technology from other races (usually after a good bout of ssstabbing). Avians were granted advanced technology by unknown aliens, but the full understanding is solely in the hands of the Stargazers (their high priests), as is the only supply of the Avolite crystals said technology depends on, thus ensuring that the priesthood remains in power.
24th Aug '16 12:30:16 PM Gamermaster
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22nd Aug '16 1:55:33 PM TheRoguePenguin
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** Same with the Kazon from ''Voyager'', who have interstellar spaceflight forcibly appropriated from their Trabe conquerors, but can't figure out how to synthesize water...
*** Or even melt an ice-asteroid.

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** Same with the Kazon from ''Voyager'', who have interstellar spaceflight forcibly appropriated from their Trabe conquerors, but can't figure out how to synthesize water...
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water. Or land on a planet that has water. Or even melt an ice-asteroid.ice-asteroid. These are a people so backwards that the ''Borg'' deemed them unworthy of assimilation.



At one point it's revealed that Klingon tissue is resistant to the phage, setting up a plotline putting half-Klingon B'lanna Torres in jeopardy of being harvested -- never mind that a simple tissue sample, along with cloning technology, would be all that the Vidiians would need. Both are within ''20th century technology'', let alone what the Federation has available, and yet this win-win (the Vidiians cure the phage without harvesting B'lanna, and ''Voyager'' gets a valuable ally in return) never occurs to ''anyone'' involved. Worse still, there was one point where the Vidiians kidnapped B'lanna and somehow physically split her into her component human and Klingon halves. If you can do that, surely you could have just taken a blood sample and made yourself a full-Klingon B'lanna without all the fuss.
*** You don't even have to clone a ''person''. Just clone organs.

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At one point it's revealed that Klingon tissue is resistant to the phage, setting up a plotline putting half-Klingon B'lanna Torres in jeopardy of being harvested -- never mind that a simple tissue sample, along with cloning technology, would be all that the Vidiians would need. Both are within ''20th century technology'', let alone what the Federation has available, and yet this win-win (the Vidiians cure the phage without harvesting B'lanna, and ''Voyager'' gets a valuable ally in return) never occurs to ''anyone'' involved. Worse still, there was one point where the Vidiians kidnapped B'lanna and somehow physically split her into her component human and Klingon halves. If you can do that, surely you could have just taken a blood sample and made yourself a full-Klingon B'lanna without all the fuss.
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fuss. You don't even have to clone a ''person''. Just clone organs.
7th Aug '16 12:20:23 AM AnotherDuck
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* The aliens in ''Film/IndependenceDay'' are sufficiently advanced to have interstellar capability and DeflectorShields, but in other respects their offensive capabilities are not particularly more advanced then ours. Their doomsday weapons are about as effective as nukes; their attack ships have about the same aerobatic capability as our own fighter jets; their {{Plasma Cannon}}s really aren't any more effective than bullets, and their computers are so jerry-built that a human with a laptop can hack them. In his review of the film, Creator/RogerEbert made a list of the things the aliens were arguably advanced enough to do but didn't, such as taking out everything from orbit, or knocking out our communications with an EMP, or of course, investing in proper virus protection.

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* The aliens in ''Film/IndependenceDay'' are sufficiently advanced to have interstellar capability and DeflectorShields, but in other respects their offensive capabilities are not particularly more advanced then than ours. Their doomsday weapons are about as effective as nukes; their attack ships have about the same aerobatic capability as our own fighter jets; their {{Plasma Cannon}}s really aren't any more effective than bullets, and their computers are so jerry-built that a human with a laptop can hack them. In his review of the film, Creator/RogerEbert made a list of the things the aliens were arguably advanced enough to do but didn't, such as taking out everything from orbit, or knocking out our communications with an EMP, or of course, investing in proper virus protection.
6th Aug '16 8:02:15 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** The novel ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'' reveals that even the Covenant's own [=AIs=] are seriously hampered by the same religious dogma as the rest of the Covenant. When Cortana begins messing around with the ''default settings'' on the slipstream drive and the plasma weapons, increasing their effectiveness, the Covenant AI shows up, angry at this heresy. It even appears to just be a copy of a human AI with Covenant programming shoved into it; as it turns out, AI research is heavily restricted in the Covenant for religious reasons, to point where the punishment for trying to make a fully self-aware one is death.

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** The novel ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'' reveals that even the Covenant's own [=AIs=] are seriously hampered by the same religious dogma as the rest of the Covenant. When Cortana begins messing around with the ''default settings'' on the slipstream drive and the plasma weapons, increasing their effectiveness, the Covenant AI shows up, angry at this heresy. It even appears to just be a copy of a human AI with Covenant programming shoved into it; as it turns out, AI research is heavily restricted in the Covenant for religious reasons, to the point where the punishment for trying to make a fully self-aware one is death.
6th Aug '16 8:01:10 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** Ironically, other supplemental materials point out that the Prophets and Elites in the B.C. era were already at roughly the same technology level as humans ''before'' they ever began reverse-engineering Forerunner technology. The Kig-Yar (Jackals and Skirmishers), who are more like privateers than full members of the Covenant, also had space-faring technology before encountering the Covenant in 1342 AD, though it was inferior to that of 26th century humanity's.
** The novel ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'' reveals that even the Covenant's own [=AIs=] are seriously hampered by the same religious dogma as the rest of the Covenant. When Cortana begins messing around with the ''default settings'' on the slipstream drive and the plasma weapons, increasing their effectiveness, the Covenant AI shows up, angry at this heresy. It even appears to just be a copy of a human AI with Covenant programming shoved into it.

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** Ironically, other supplemental materials point out that the Prophets and Elites in the B.C. era were already at roughly the same technology level as humans ''before'' they ever began reverse-engineering Forerunner technology. The Yanme'e (Drones) and Kig-Yar (Jackals and Skirmishers), who are more like privateers than full members of the Covenant, Skirmishers) also had space-faring technology before encountering the Covenant in 1112 and 1342 AD, AD respectively, though it theirs was inferior to that of 26th century humanity's.
** The novel ''Literature/HaloFirstStrike'' reveals that even the Covenant's own [=AIs=] are seriously hampered by the same religious dogma as the rest of the Covenant. When Cortana begins messing around with the ''default settings'' on the slipstream drive and the plasma weapons, increasing their effectiveness, the Covenant AI shows up, angry at this heresy. It even appears to just be a copy of a human AI with Covenant programming shoved into it.it; as it turns out, AI research is heavily restricted in the Covenant for religious reasons, to point where the punishment for trying to make a fully self-aware one is death.
19th Jul '16 11:03:51 PM GamerFromJump2
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*** You don't even have to clone a ''person''. Just clone organs.
6th Jul '16 2:23:34 PM eroock
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-->--'''Kang''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

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-->--'''Kang''', -->-- '''Kang''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
7th Jun '16 1:24:38 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The Zentraedi of the ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' franchise are somewhat this when introduced. While they have and can operate their machinery, they have no knowledge of how to repair it or build anything new with the technology, beyond what the automated factories spit out. It makes sense in context for the series, since the Protoculture made them for war and this lack of knowledge would make it less likely for the Zentraedi to rebel.

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* The Zentraedi of the ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' franchise are somewhat this when introduced.introduced in ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross''. While they have and can operate their machinery, they have no knowledge of how to repair it or build anything new with the technology, beyond what the automated factories spit out. It makes sense in context for the series, since the Protoculture made them for war and this lack of knowledge would make it less likely for the Zentraedi to rebel. Zentraedi who have assimilated into human society are more likely to avert this.
3rd Feb '16 5:52:01 PM TheUnknownUploader
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** A major plot point in several incarnations of the story, when Ford and Arthur end up on a spaceship with the rejects from an allegedly-dying planet. Basically, [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans the most intelligent caste tricked everyone else]] into evacuating their planet under the pretense that it was going to become unable to support life. They kept the manual labourers and workers, getting rid of only those who were culturally or industrially unproductive: bureaucrats, insurance salesmen, telephone sanitizers, hairdressers, advertising executives etc. These lesser castes eventually landed on prehistoric Earth, equipped with advanced technology but not knowing how to make or repair it themselves. It's suggested that these people were behind the legend of Atlantis, and eventually wiped themselves out in a spectacularly stupid manner. An aside/footnote in the novels (a Guide entry, in the TV series) explains that with this useless third of the population out of the way, the people of Golgafrincham made great cultural, scientific and technological advances before [[{{Anvilicious}} being wiped out]] [[RuleOfFunny by a virus contracted]] [[KarmicDeath from a dirty telephone]]. In the novel in which they appeared, ''Life, the Universe, and Everything'', Ford tells Arthur that ''these'' are the ancestors of modern humanity, not the Neanderthals Arthur tries to teach Scrabble to.

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** A major plot point in several incarnations of the story, when Ford and Arthur end up on a spaceship with the rejects from an allegedly-dying planet. Basically, [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans the most intelligent caste tricked everyone else]] into evacuating their planet under the pretense that it was going to become unable to support life. They kept the manual labourers and workers, getting rid of only those who were culturally or industrially unproductive: bureaucrats, insurance salesmen, telephone sanitizers, hairdressers, advertising executives etc. These lesser castes eventually landed on prehistoric Earth, equipped with advanced technology but not knowing how to make or repair it themselves. It's suggested that these people were behind the legend of Atlantis, and eventually wiped themselves out in a spectacularly stupid manner. An aside/footnote in the novels (a Guide entry, in the TV series) explains that with this useless third of the population out of the way, the people of Golgafrincham made great cultural, scientific and technological advances before [[{{Anvilicious}} [[DeathByIrony being wiped out]] [[RuleOfFunny out by a virus contracted]] [[KarmicDeath from contracted by a dirty telephone]]. In telephone.]] [[spoiler: And the novel in which they appeared, ''Life, the Universe, and Everything'', Ford tells Arthur that ''these'' are the end up becoming human's ancestors instead of modern humanity, not the Neanderthals Arthur tries to teach Scrabble to.cavemen.]]
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