Created By: TallensJanuary 21, 2014 Last Edited By: TallensJanuary 23, 2014
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Rushed Into Service

A new ship, vehicle, or technology is sent into action untested because it's needed right now.

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JARVIS: Sir, the Mark VII hasn't finished testing yet.
Tony: Then skip the spinning wheels, we're on the clock.

When something is brand-new, fresh off the assembly line, there is typically a period of testing and shakedown to work out all the bugs and make sure everything's working the way it should and ensure a smooth entry into service. The larger and more complex it is, the more tests it needs, but in this case, that important step is skipped and it's put directly into service.

Why? Because it's needed, right now!

This is common in military settings, where one side finds itself lacking in resources or up against something its current assets can't handle and so starts deploying things that really aren't ready yet. Ships that have just barely finished being built, and still have the paint drying, if that, tanks that were just designed suddenly being fielded, or at times computer systems that are compiled and implemented.

This can cause more problems, as parts of it will not be up to standards or even active at all. Field installations will then be required to get finished in days or less what might take weeks at a dedicated facility. Rushed programs will have many undetected bugs, and be unstable.

Compare Obvious Beta for when this happens in the gaming industry, though the consequences are generally less severe there, except possibly for the developers. Compare Super Prototype.

Examples

Film
  • Star Trek V The Final Frontier has the Enterprise-A being sent into action despite being barely operational to investigate a Hostage Situation.
  • Star Trek Generations begins with the Enterprise-B being forced to undertake a rescue mission despite being on a shakedown cruise and not having most of her main systems installed, which was supposed to happen on Tuesday.
  • In The Avengers, Tony's Mark VI armor is barely holding together, so he demands his AI butler JARVIS deploy his new Mark VII even though it hasn't finished testing yet. JARVIS manages to deliver it just as Loki throws Tony out a window.
  • The Mark I Jaegers in Pacific Rim were thrown together in 14 months. Unfortunately, this meant that certain features were skimped, including radiation shielding for the pilots. As a result, Marshall Pentecost (the Big Good, a former Mk. I pilot) is Secretly Dying of radiation poisoning.

Literature
  • In the Vorkosigan Saga book The Vor Game, the Prince Xav, the brand-new flagship of the Barrayaran fleet, launches for battle with construction crews still aboard putting in the finishing touches. Fortunately, getting there with big enough guns mostly ends the actual battle

Live Action TV
  • Stargate SG 1:
    • The Asgard ship O'Neill was barely out of drydock before it was used to draw a Replicator fleet away from the Asgard homeworld and blown up.
    • The Russian BC-304, Korolev, was rushed into service to help fight the Ori invasion at the Supergate, and was destroyed in the battle.
  • Stargate Atlantis: In an Alternate Timeline the newest BC-304, the Pheonix, was sent to the Pegasus Galaxy to help curb Michael's forces. It was so new that more than half it's systems were not operable yet and Carter and Mc Kay had to finish the work themselves.

Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • January 21, 2014
    justanotherrandomlurker
    Western Animation
    • Arthur plays with this in the episode, "Get Smart", in which Mr. Ratburn's class is equipped with a new computerized whiteboard called HUGO (a Shout Out to HAL-9000 from 2001ASpaceOdyssey) - HUGO claims Ratburn is incorrect in one of his lessons, despite Ratburn insist he's correct. Brain is suspicious of HUGO's true accuracy, and his suspicions are confirmed, not only by doing his own research, but also thanks, in part, to a vision he has where the laboratory HUGO was developed turned up its accuracy level was only 98%, which the developers dismiss, figuring 2% inaccuracy isn't going to make a difference.
  • January 21, 2014
    zarpaulus
    Earlier SG-1 example: The Asgard ship O'neill was barely out of drydock before it was used to draw a Replicator fleet away from the Asgard homeworld and blown up.
  • January 21, 2014
    Tuckerscreator
    • In The Avengers, Tony's Mark VI armor is barely holding together, so he demands his AI butler JARVIS deploy his new Mark VII even though it hasn't finished testing yet. JARVIS manages to deliver it just as Loki throws Tony out a window.

    This could make a good page quote:
    JARVIS: Sir, the Mark VII hasn't finished testing yet.
    Tony: Then skip the spinning wheels, we're on the clock.
  • January 21, 2014
    Larkmarn
    • The Mark I Jaegers in Pacific Rim were thrown together in 14 months. Unfortunately, this meant that certain features were skimped, including radiation shielding for the pilots. As a result, Marshall Pentecost (the Big Good, a former Mk. I pilot) is Secretly Dying of radiation poisoning.
  • January 21, 2014
    Dalillama
    • In the Vorkosigan Saga book The Vor Game, the Prince Xav, the brand-new flagship of the Barrayaran fleet, launches for battle with construction crews still aboard putting in the finishing touches. Fortunately, getting there with big enough guns mostly ends the actual battle
  • January 21, 2014
    Damr1990
  • January 21, 2014
    dalek955
    • In Honor Harrington, during the Second Havenite War, many Manticoran ships were deployed without completing full builders' trials, and sometimes with shipyard reps still aboard.
  • January 21, 2014
    Prfnoff
    Don't we already have this as Unfinished Untested Used Anyway? Maybe not, since there isn't much example overlap so far, but some sort of explanation on how they differ is needed.
  • January 21, 2014
    Larkmarn
    Definitely looks like we have this one covered.
  • January 21, 2014
    Tallens
    ^That's got a lot of superweapons and other gadgets. I was thinking of things a bit more mundane, like warships, and the like.

    So, the question is, would we be better served by having this to cover that, or by taking the examples we have here over there?

    That said, if we go with the latter option, there are some things about that page that could use improving, the Example As Thesis for example.
  • January 21, 2014
    Koveras
    • Deconstructed towards the end of Exosquad: Phaeton orders to release all Neo Lords currently in production to bolster the defense of Earth (under siege from Exofleet) but the incompletely bred Neo Lords dissolve into mush almost instantly and cannot be deployed to combat, effectively wasting all effort that went into the project.
  • January 22, 2014
    DAN004
    ^^ Just broaden the UUUA trope's description and then lump all the examples here into that trope.
  • January 22, 2014
    aurora369
    Real Life: the Chauchat machine gun from World War One. They didn't test it for reliability, of which it had none.
  • January 22, 2014
    randomsurfer
    • Inverted on Battlestar Galactica: Galactica is about to be retired but then the Cylons destroy all the newer, bigger ships which had replaced it, so Galactica is left as the only Battlestar in the Earth fleet.
    • Real Life: During The American Civil War the Monitor was rushed into production in order to combat the Virginia, the first iron-sided ship.
  • January 23, 2014
    Chernoskill
    Real Life:

    • For the 1943 Operation Citadel, which resulted in the Battle of Kursk, Hitler delayed the attack because he wanted to include the brand-new Panzerkampfwagen V Panther medium tank in the offensive. Not only did the Soviets have ample time to set up their defensive lines, the new tank was extremely unreliable and the vehicles suffered numerous breakdowns even before reaching the front.
  • January 23, 2014
    CrypticMirror
    Motion To Discard, as pointed out upthread, we already have this.

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