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Discussion in 'Prequel Trilogy' started by Jedi Gunny, May 22, 2008.

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  1. Jedi Gunny

    Jedi Gunny Yahtzee Host star 9 VIP - Game Host

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    In ROTS, why would the Seperatist forces use Buzz Droids. Cutting through a ship takes more time than just blasting away with turbolasers, so why add the droids? Are buzz droids just filler for the storyline, or did they serve a purpose?
     
  2. sith_rising

    sith_rising Jedi Master star 4

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    Seems like they would be useful for disabling a ship, assuming they didn't tamper with life support or something.
     
  3. _Sublime_Skywalker_

    _Sublime_Skywalker_ Jedi Master star 4

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    They're small, quick and scrap. They're also more so for outside the ship, as you see in ROTS, where they aren't really endangered but can disable a ship quickly. If Anakin wasn't there, Obi's mission would've been cut extra short.

    But part of me feels it was for storyline effect too, seeing as George always likes adding more and more FX and technology to each movie. Do buzz droids have their own action figures? Thats how you'll know for sure.
     
  4. rumsmuggler

    rumsmuggler Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    That's what they are used for.
     
  5. MOC Vober Dand

    MOC Vober Dand Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Does anyone know why buzz droids aren't susceptible to deflector shields? Do they only deflect laser fire?
     
  6. rumsmuggler

    rumsmuggler Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    The Jedi interceptors don't have deflector shields.
     
  7. MOC Vober Dand

    MOC Vober Dand Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Thanks. That makes sense then.
     
  8. TaradosGon

    TaradosGon Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I always kind of wondered why they didn't try to cut through the cockpit (and thus kill the pilot) and instead tried to disable the ship. Granted, Obi-Wan can't die in the prequels for obvious reasons, but were the buzz droids disabling the ship for capture or what? Why waste time taking more prisoners when the Separatists need to escape with the Chancellor?
     
  9. rumsmuggler

    rumsmuggler Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    They didn't try to cut into the cockpit because they aren't programmed to kill. Some of them might be programmed to kill, but the ones in ROTS were not.
     
  10. sith_rising

    sith_rising Jedi Master star 4

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    Plus, in a space engagement as heated as the one in ROTS, two Jedi sitting in immobilized little unshielded starfighters just screams either "destroy me" or "tractor beam me and have two Jedi prisoners". To quote Longshanks, "Alive if possible. Dead... just as good".
     
  11. rumsmuggler

    rumsmuggler Jedi Grand Master star 7

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  12. Dark_Jedi_Kenobi

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    It's probably easier to give the droid a cutting tool which has the ability to disable a ship and essentially kill the pilot than equip it with an offensive weapon of some sort.
     
  13. Droid

    Droid Jedi Master star 1

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    If buzz droids were built to be offensive weapons then rather than being equipped with a cutting tool they would have some sort of explosive device attached. The droids are built to perform routine maintenance outside of the ship, but during a battle they switch to attack mode.
     
  14. Alpha-Red

    Alpha-Red Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    The one thing I can imagine buzz droids being useful for is against gunship-sized vessels like the Millenium Falcon or whatever the Republic uses for troop transports, as a little droid with cutting tools could potentially do more damage over time in those cases than an explosive warhead would.

    Other than that the buzz droids are just another unpractical-weapon-that-looks-cool-to-OOU-audience just like the AT-AT.
     
  15. CountDoosheee

    CountDoosheee Jedi Youngling star 3

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    Honestly... one Buzzdroid. Sharp stick. Windshield.

    Game over for Jedi.
     
  16. rumsmuggler

    rumsmuggler Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    The Jedi of the PT are too cocky to wear flight suits, so that would work fine.
     
  17. Jedi Gunny

    Jedi Gunny Yahtzee Host star 9 VIP - Game Host

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    Good point. I never thought about that.
     
  18. DarthBoba

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    Not that Luke's flight suit would help much in outer space anyway. :p
     
  19. rumsmuggler

    rumsmuggler Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    They have some sort of shield tech that hold in a certain amount of atmosphere if they have to eject iirc..
     
  20. Dark_Jedi_Kenobi

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    I don't believe that the Rebels' flight suits had any sort of containment system built in but the clone pilots seen in ROTS may have had one. I know in EU republic commandos have a suit seal that will supply them with protection and oxygen for a period of time should a compartment decompress.
     
  21. _Sublime_Skywalker_

    _Sublime_Skywalker_ Jedi Master star 4

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    Im pretty sure the clone pilots in ROTS had working flight suits. Even in CW I and II, the clone troopers under Tiins command go out into space and climb on the ship. However, I never understood how Tiin was perfectly unharmed.
     
  22. MistrX

    MistrX Jedi Master star 4

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    They'd certainly add to the chaos. Plus, it seemed to me that they were a backup in case the missiles missed as they did.

    Though adding sensors to detect when to deploy them makes the missiles needlessly complex.
     
  23. timmoishere

    timmoishere Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    I think the missiles would have been more efficient if they just exploded whenever it ran out of fuel or whatever.
     
  24. rumsmuggler

    rumsmuggler Jedi Grand Master star 7

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    It makes no sense for the Clone pilots to have it and not the rebels pilots, but oh well.


    All Clonetrooper and stormtrooper infantry suits seal up like that.



    Tiin had on a space suit or clonetrooper armor on under his robes.
     
  25. Dark_Jedi_Kenobi

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    The difference being that the Republic/Empire was exceptionally well funded and could afford safety measures such as suit-containment whereas the Rebels would likely not have such funds. Realistically I was just going by the look of their flight suits. The clones wear a jumpsuit with a helmet that looks to provide some sort of seal while the rebel flight suit is self-contained with the helmet placed on the wearer's head at a later time.
     
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