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In the mid-27th century, the Terran Confederation is at war with the felinoid Kilrathi Empire. After destroying a Terran base, the Kilrathi have seized a NAVCOM unit with the hyperspace jump coordinates to Earth. With Terran reinforcements scheduled to arrive two hours after the Kilrathi hit Earth, it falls upon the starfighter carrier TCS Tiger Claw to keep the Kilrathi busy. Written by
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The characters who are based on characters from the games are Blair, Maniac, Angel, Paladin, Admiral Tolwyn, Hunter, Knight and also Lt. Cdr. "Bossman" Chen (the unseen dead pilot whose name is written on this side of the fighter Blair sits in when he first meets Angel). The other characters such as Captain Sansky and Commander Gerald are new to the Wing Commander universe. Other references carried over from the games include the ship names TCS Tiger Claw (originally called the Tiger's Claw), TCS Concordia, Diligent, Snakeir, Rapier, Broadsword, Hornet and Dralthi. See more »
When the Tiger Claw is hiding in an asteroid crater, the ship has shut down all active scanners and only has passive scanners enabled. However, when the sounding nukes are approaching, distinct sonar-like double pings can be heard, showing the incoming warhead getting closer. A double-ping would mean that an active signal is being sent from the Tiger Claw, bouncing off of the incoming warhead, and then returning to be detected. See more »
[Blair is sitting in the cockpit of a parked Rapier fighter on the flight deck]
Two Dralthis on your tail. One above, one below. You got five, maybe ten seconds. Clock's ticking, what do you do?
Simple. I go vertical and inverted, do a 180 at full throttle, apply brakes and drop in behind them.
Bang, you're dead. Not fast enough. Dralthis are too quick, particularly in a climb. You've just taken a missle up your tailpipe. OK, let's reverse the situation, you're locked on a Dralthi, it goes ...
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I finally gave into my curiosity and rented "Wing Commander" last night... and I found myself kinda... you know... liking it.
It is NOT great cinema or great science fiction -- everyone likes to climb all over this movie for scientific errors and not being close enough to the Wing Commander games. Well, scientific inaccuracies don't bug me (I'm an English major!), and I never played the Wing Commander game. Maybe that's the secret to enjoying this movie -- if you take it completely on its (meager) merits, it's not all that bad. It's nowhere near as good as classics like "Star Wars" or even somewhat similar films like "The Last Starfighter" or "Starship Troopers," but it entertained me. I dunno, sometimes you don't need your horizons challenged, you just want to sit back and watch aliens get blow'd up real good, you know?
I consider this a guilty pleasure.
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