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Old February 28 2013, 01:15 AM   #8
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Re: Episode of the Week: 2x05 "Loud As A Whisper"

I think in DS9 they toned down the power of phasers so they could have more interesting ground battles, except when they were being used at a very close range to execute someone.

In TOS and TNG phasers were kind of inconsistently destructive. They vaporize a complete object but don't harm the ground around it. In Frame of Mind Riker implied a phaser at the highest setting could destroy half a building, yet nobody ever turns them up that high.
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