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Old September 25 2012, 11:46 PM   #16
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Re: Why were ships so fragile in DS9

Purely aesthetical reasons: those large-scale battles would've looked very silly if all Ships were standing still shooting at Shield bubbles for 5 minutes before one dropped down.

To have movement, you need to mow down some of the Ships pretty fast, so the Defiant can carve up foes with its forward-facing weapons while manoeuvering around.

Slow battles with Shields are fine when there are few Ships and the story requires time to ponder options, but for large-scale battles it wouldn't look right.
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