Whenever a show takes on the science fiction genre, it's bound to get analyzed like crazy and while some critiques are valid, many of the concerns I've seen people have are actually quite absurd. As such, I've decided to start a series of posts here that basically analyze common critques I've seen about the show.
This first post is all about the aliens and how some seem to think they are just not powerful enough. Whether it's the physical form of the skitters not being up-to-snuff or the fact that there are still so many humans around to put up a fight, some people are not happy with how the invading force has been realized.
Superior Tech Does Not Equal Superior Body
It's actually quite funny how we humans think that any sort of alien race that has the ability for interstellar travel must also be physically superior to us. Why would having bigger guns or better spaceships mean the creatures firing those guns or piloting those spaceships are somehow physically superior to us humans? For all we know the most powerful aliens in the universe are most closely related physically to a worm. Maybe it's because they are so weak physically that they've had such a focus on technological advancement?
The skitters in the show may not be giant all powerful world killers, but they also aren't worms. They are clearly more powerful than a single human, so what's the problem?
Big Ships Don't Mean Big Guns
I guess the fact that a single skitter by itself doesn't seem to be packing much heat. But of course, why should it? Humans, for the most part, are defeated. We're pretty much just trying to survive at this point. Skitters only seem to show up when they are backed by a mech or two and unless the humans have a significantly larger group than the aliens, the aliens seem to have no problem. And if the humans do
end up having too large a force? Well, we saw what happens during the first 10 minutes of the premiere when the aliens dropped some sort of bomb on a resistance group that decided to fight back just a little too
Sure, the aliens don't have some crazy armor or shielding that makes them almost impossible to kill, but again, why are we assuming they have that technology? Just because they have some cool guns, can travel space, and have some sort of EMP weapon doesn't mean they also somehow built really good ground troop armor/vehicles.continue reading...