@Teral: Well, the TV explanation is that it cuts out a whole load of storylines where the UFP can take the moral highground. On the "in-universe" side, maybe it illustrates that the most successful races are the imperialist ones. After all, as you've maintained several times (
), the Federation is on the verge of collapse, and is often torn apart by inter-diplomat bickering.
@evan: Good point. That quote I heard probably only referred to the first (and I do mean first
) Star Wars film.
Of course, 2D starship combat is a moot point because the only reference point you have is the starships themselves.
And the starships are fairly lumbering constructs, so they can't manuever too quickly, and they fly close to each other to get the best possible accuracy with their weapons.
Why oh why do I feel this incessant need to rationalise this?
Oooh, oooh - I've got a possible way to rationalise that anecdote (forgive me if it contradicts with the episode as I haven't seen it) - maybe the mines are programmed to attract towards anything in a given arc?