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March 09, 2007

Top Twenty Comic Book Weapons

What, no Spider-Man making swords out of his webs?

Also, nine laws of physics that don't apply in movies.

I have a beef about that no-sound-in-space one, though. Of course sound doesn't carry in space. But almost anywhere interesting is going to have air in it. So when we hear the brrrrzzzap of laser beams, how do we know we're not hearing the sound the laser-cannons make inside the air-filled cabin of the starfighter?

All camera angles are "subjective," by which I just mean the shots are taken from a specific place. How do we know that most sound effects heard in space aren't "subjective" in the sense they're heard from the very limited number of places they can be heard from? If a TIE fighter explodes, can't the "boom" actually be from a "microphone" (stay with me) set inside the TIE fighter and the small pocket of escaping/burning air it creates upon explosion?

See what I'm sayin'?

I mean, yeah, there's no sound in space. There are also no cameras that just happen to be flying around taking dramatic pictures of the space fighting. Why assume those non-existent cameras are placed exactly where the non-existent microphones are? The camera might be a kilometer from the action, while the microphone is right inside the cockpit with the TIE pilot just as his world goes "boom."

Anyway-- this is how I explain it way in my own head, because a space battle without sound is just lame.

Thanks to Locusts & Honey, who's running a good caption contest, and WickedPinto.

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