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Mon, Apr 11, 2016, 5:01am (UTC -5)
Re: DS9 S6: Sacrifice of Angels

Bit late to the party, but... I'm on the 4 stars side of things.

Regarding space combat tactics: the 3D nature of space combat tends to be somewhat overhyped compared to 2D combat on Earth. In reality, the tactics are very much the same - in a fleet battle, you want to maximize local firepower at the point of contact. In the Age of Sail, that often meant crossing the T - in space, that might mean you have an angled-disk formation passing by an enemy's corner. It also might mean you have a concentrated small force charge through the center of a spread out large force, as happens in this episode - and is a tactic that has won real world battles as well. We're simply not given enough information regarding the relative fleet deployments to be able to tell whether or not this was a good tactical call, though it would seem that without a timely Klingon intervention it would have failed - so perhaps Sisko screwed up but got lucky.

But it is worth keeping in mind that sometimes the good calls in battle go wrong too - doing everything right doesn't always mean you'll win. It could be that Sisko was presented with a choice - attempt to go around the Dominion fleet, which might have worked but would have almost certainly taken far too much time to prevent the minefield from coming down (though the 2x larger defending force in the way would be able to reposition even more easily to still block you - this would only work if you had stealth capabilities, which the Federation does not), or attempt to pierce it despite the bad odds of success in the hopes that MAYBE the minefield could be kept up (and they don't even get there in time as it is). It's easy to stand back and try to later say one choice is the right one - it's very different to be the guy on the spot. I think Sisko made the right call - even a few minutes longer would've guaranteed absolute failure, as the Dominion fleet would've made it through the wormhole before the Defiant arrived, and would've been safe on the Alpha side from the Prophets' intervention.
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Sarah Palin
Wed, Nov 19, 2008, 2:57am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Six of One

Can you please add reviews of hunting weapons to this site?
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