The Battle of the Line...

The Battle of the Line...

Postby SuperSaiyaMan12 » Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:37 pm

We know there were 20,000 humans participating in the battle, but doesn't that seen a little low? Its the last defense of Earth. Shouldn't 200,000 or even 2,000,000 have been marshalled for the defense?
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Re: The Battle of the Line...

Postby Aaron » Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:41 pm

That's likely just the number of crew on the ships and fighters, not those in any planetary defences. B5 was a little light on the size of fleets and crews.
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Re: The Battle of the Line...

Postby Deepcrush » Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:56 pm

The battle of the line had some 20,000 ships. Anywhere from one to two thousand of them were capital ships. The rest were fighters and shuttles.

B5 was never really light on the numbers of ships. Remember that each race had only a single home world, not dozens or hundreds like SW or ST. Also remember that by the Battle of the Line the EA had been on the worst end of a very costly war for the last two years.
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Re: The Battle of the Line...

Postby Aaron » Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:22 am

Is the actual quote 20,000 people or 20,000 ships?
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Re: The Battle of the Line...

Postby Deepcrush » Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:44 am

Ships, Sinclair said that only about 200 ships survived the battle which would mean that almost no one would have died if it was only 20,000 people.
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Re: The Battle of the Line...

Postby kostmayer » Thu Aug 27, 2009 2:03 am

In "Late delivery from Avalon", Dr Franklin says that "20'000 of our best went in, and a little over 200 survived". It always sounded to me like he was talking about people, not ships.

Can I ask what episode Sinclair stated that 200 ships, survived, I have them all to hand atm.
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Re: The Battle of the Line...

Postby Aaron » Thu Aug 27, 2009 2:09 am

kostmayer wrote:In "Late delivery from Avalon", Dr Franklin says that "20'000 of our best went in, and a little over 200 survived". It always sounded to me like he was talking about people, not ships.


That's what I got out of it as well.
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Re: The Battle of the Line...

Postby kostmayer » Thu Aug 27, 2009 2:22 am

I googled the quote, and it seems there's some pretty - shall we say "heated" debate about the subject elsewhere on the net. If you think we're bad behaved sometimes you should read some of those boards.
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Re: The Battle of the Line...

Postby Aaron » Thu Aug 27, 2009 2:24 am

Got any links?
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Re: The Battle of the Line...

Postby kostmayer » Thu Aug 27, 2009 2:29 am

"You ain't gonna get off down the trail a mile or two, and go missing your wife or something, like our last cook done, are you?"
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Re: The Battle of the Line...

Postby Aaron » Thu Aug 27, 2009 2:36 am

Ugh, Spacebattles.
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Re: The Battle of the Line...

Postby Deepcrush » Thu Aug 27, 2009 3:24 am

The whole "Only two hundred" thing counting people wouldn't make sense since a Nova Class has more crew then that. Not to mention that we have more then one Earth Cruiser surviving which has a crew around that number.
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Re: The Battle of the Line...

Postby Sionnach Glic » Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:20 am

kostmayer wrote:I googled the quote, and it seems there's some pretty - shall we say "heated" debate about the subject elsewhere on the net. If you think we're bad behaved sometimes you should read some of those boards.


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Re: The Battle of the Line...

Postby Deepcrush » Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:13 am

I'm going to have too disagree with that one Rochey. IMO, SW and ST fans tend to take the cake on crazy.
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Re: The Battle of the Line...

Postby Tsukiyumi » Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:32 pm

Rochey wrote:Damn right. Even the most totaly out of it Trek or Wars fans are nothing compared to the worst of the Babylon 5 fans.


You're getting awful close to versus territory there, Rochey. :wink:




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