You mean that one battle where Darth Vader wants to capture a specific person and blowing the rebel base sky-high is therefore not an option?
No. But but having a Laser having the punch of several kg TNT would have been enough to take out the guys hiding in holes in Front of the base.
Yeah, I mean, it's not like there're important hostages, like say, the chancellor of the Republic, on that ship and therefore a good reason to skimp with the firepower.
And the other side was holding back, because? Jeah, they are stupid.
By all means, yes, go on. A, also thanks for conceding the whole rest.
In episode 3 is full of guys getting nearly hit with a laser and which are alive afterwards.
The tree example I do not know where I have it from. It might have been a book.
(In the forest the were just fighting against the walkers, which might have a bit less firepower. But they are still close to the size of an X-Wing.)
I really do not get the discussion George Lukas made perfectly clear what he considers his universe and what not.
So all I am saying is I like his and not the EU stuff and what some guys are trying to but into the "originial".
Because frankly I do not care who would win. I just do not get it how to rape a great story for the sake of having the bigger gun.
So yeah, I like a universe where Obi Wan is able to bend steel.
Yes I like a universe where you have to shoot the bad guy 4 times in the cheast so he is dead.
I do not care, that the "Lasers" tend to leave no mark on the ground.
I like a universe where the hereos can have bolts hitting right and left and still be up.
Frankly even if you would revisit the starwars weapon and come to the conclusion, that our current military would kick those guys asses, frankly I would not care.
Is it because this discussion was started with TOS and you just can't get over the fact, that StarTrek went on for another 200 Years?
Yeah, the TOS VS StarWars debate was quite fun as kids. (Because somehow they resembled each other)
But honestly StarWars VS TNG is just comparing apples to bananas.
Well, as I have seen my first StarWars movie, someone claimed that 1.5 lightspeed would be to slow to actually reacht anything. Yeah, in this universe. So what?
If first aked this question it seeme obvious to me. StarTrek has all the stuff, StarWars does not.
From Teleproters to replicators.
So, yeah you might go for the bigger gun stuff. Which is kind of silly to, since every of the new ships in StarTrek is quite capable of blowing several Planets to bit in a few seconds, because some guys did not pay much attention when wirting the scripts or it even was meant that way. I honestly do not know. (I found all of this during a 1 hour internet search yesterday. So I guess there is a lot more stuff out there.)
(And guess what: Thats the reason I just wateched a few episodes of voyager. Because I could not stand the power creep done there)
So excuse me if I can't tell much of the ships in neither StarWars not StarTrek.
But honestly it does not seem to matter anyway.
We've seen high levels of energy concentrated into tiny areas in Star Trek- the 10MJ phase pistol blast in ENT:'Regeneration' carries roughly the same energy as a modern hand grenade (the MK4A2 releases ~10.33448MJ) and didn't cause a grenade-like explosion.
In RL, the NIF's megajoule laser causes the target to implode- bearing very little resemblence to what a pound of TNT would do.
The point is, the energy has to go somewhere. There where lasers in Total Annihilation (video game) having a real high power, which would in no way kill a human. (But they would shoot through Planets)
(Description, in game everything was quite a bit different. Since they did kill light units anyway)
StarWars "lasers" tend to explode. And they do not tend to get out the other side of an spacecraft, person whatever. So all their energy has to be transformed in heat, radiation and pressure. All of those are quite deadly, if you blow them up to hiroshima scale. That really simple physics.
Again: It would be no problem if they did not use FULL POWER every time. But they seem to use only 0.1-0.2% regulary (if even that much).
So in most cases they could really use one percent of their firepower.
StarTrek has the same Problem, but they found several ways around it. (StarWars did not, because the Problem does not exist in the original Version.)