11 replies on “Stargate Atlantis Discussion – “Adrift, Part Two””

  1. Jethro says:

    Yrrrr
    After all the "Whoever from Stargate Atlantis is bored to death now, but they’re gonna be in MORE ACTION THAN EVER BEFORE!!!!" promos, I was kinda expecting, you know.

    Action.

    • Cerberus7 says:

      Re: Yrrrr
      There was action! They played asteroids. With jumpers. *sigh* Nevermind.

      • Trekkie says:

        Re: Yrrrr

        There was action! They played asteroids. With jumpers. *sigh* Nevermind.

        Not only that, there were incompetent never before really flown flyers that flawlessly executed the mission without a single death! There was no porkins moments! and Rodney managed a wicked last minute climb out after shooting an asteroid moments before it impacted the city and somehow the shrapnel of the explosion bounced off and everything!

        That being said, there was nothing else to watch yesterday afternoon when I was reviewing the DVR, so I’m not complaining. But still, Science Bitches! It works! sheesh

        • valen1260 says:

          Re: Yrrrr

          Not only that, there were incompetent never before really flown flyers that flawlessly executed the mission without a single death! There was no porkins moments! and Rodney managed a wicked last minute climb out after shooting an asteroid moments before it impacted the city and somehow the shrapnel of the explosion bounced off and everything!

          I’d be willing to ignore this break in believability due to the thought-driven nature of the puddle jumpers. I’m a bit skeptical to the number of PJs they had on hand, though, as I thought their numbers were far fewer.

          The scene that really broke my suspension of disbelief was when Sheppard threw Zelenka across the pit. Yes, he’s weightless, but not massless. He would still have inertia, and that sissy throw, combined with Sheppard’s "I’ll be pulled along" mass addition should have made for a very LONG drift to the other side.

          • jesusX says:

            Re: Yrrrr
            If you remember the scenes of the puddle jumper bay, there’s a lot fo them up in there. :)

            The scene that really broke my suspension of disbelief was when Sheppard threw Zelenka across the pit. Yes, he’s weightless, but not massless. He would still have inertia, and that sissy throw, combined with Sheppard’s "I’ll be pulled along" mass addition should have made for a very LONG drift to the other side.

            This was easy. A single human can push a big car on a level road. Pushing Zelenka, maybe 150 pounds, er, 70 kilos (god forbid we should come to the realization that if we redefine pounds to be 2.2 to the kilo it becomes a unit of mass) isn’t that hard. And with no gravity there’s no worry of his losing momentum. Don’t believe me? Lean against a wall, and push with your hands (without moving your feet). It’s trivial to push yourself.

            • valen1260 says:

              Re: Yrrrr

              Pushing Zelenka, maybe 150 pounds, er, 70 kilos isn’t that hard. And with no gravity there’s no worry of his losing momentum.

              I didn’t say it was impossible. My point was, Sheppard didn’t even "wind up" for the pitch. And the moment the tether pulled taut on Sheppard, the momentum should’ve been greatly reduced.

              god forbid we should come to the realization that if we redefine pounds to be 2.2 to the kilo it becomes a unit of mass

              What? The pound *is* a unit of mass, though ambiguously so.

              • Nickvotrobeck says:

                Re: Yrrrr

                What? The pound *is* a unit of mass, though ambiguously so.

                Actually, the pound is a unit of weight while the kilogram is a unit of mass, which are two different things. Thus a 220lb man would only weigh 36.7lbs on the moon, but on both the earth and the moon he would have a mass of 100kg.

  2. bombadil says:

    Sci-Fi lite
    Q: Which is worse, one big asteroid or one thousand small asteroid fragments?
    A: Either is pretty bad.

    lazy lazy writers…

    Pretty soon they are going to need Colonel O’Neill to return and channel his inner McGyver and apply massive amounts of duct tape to this city to hold it together.

    • nkuzmik says:

      Re: Sci-Fi lite

      Q: Which is worse, one big asteroid or one thousand small asteroid fragments?
      A: Either is pretty bad.

      lazy lazy writers…

      Pretty soon they are going to need Colonel O’Neill to return and channel his inner McGyver and apply massive amounts of duct tape to this city to hold it together.

      Well, strictly speaking small frags are are not as bad. See http://www.projectrho.com/rocket/rocket3x.html, specifically the Whipple Shield. Atlantis’s outer decks would act in such a manner, at least until there is sufficient swiss-cheese-ification. Then they just rotate the city, which they may or may not have the power to do.

      And if you use McKay’s Asteroids metaphor, remember that the incoming asteroids were "blown up," or in micro-gravity, "blown out." The impact of the drones on the front of the asteroids will vaporize most of the "forward moving" debris. Other parts will be blown "out" and "back." So blasting the big rocks actually does get a fair amount of the crap out of the way.

      But I still take issue with the number of jumpers.

      • Fozzy_Bear says:

        Re: Sci-Fi lite

        …least until there is sufficient swiss-cheese-ification. Then they just rotate the city,

        Wow.

        Dude, you just used ""swiss-cheese-ification"".

        THAT’s something you don’t see every day.

        • Nickvotrobeck says:

          Re: Sci-Fi lite

          Wow.

          Dude, you just used ""swiss-cheese-ification"".

          THAT’s something you don’t see every day.

          It reminds me of how Sam’s brain was "swiss-cheesed" by his Quantum Leap.

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