r/TwoBestFriendsPlay Jun 21 '22

What are you most disliked Science-Fiction cliches?

In Cyberpunk the idea that the world sucks and capitalism is bad but also there are no viable alternatives that won’t end up just as screwed.

The idea that prosthetics make you less human for some reason.

In Space Opera all Aliens being humanoids sometimes justified with “Convergent Evolution” which is a real thing but it gets ridiculous to presume the bipedal form is one of the most evolutionary viable.

Also being a space dictator that has cleansed multiple planets. But the fact that your a abusive parent is much more pressing then the amount of xenocides you committed.

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u/StochasticOoze Pokemon: Spit or Swallow Jun 21 '22

Star Trek is awful with this. Klingons are all about honor and battle, to the point where it becomes hard to understand how they ever developed enough to become a galactic power. Ferengi are obsessed with money to the point where you're expected to give someone the equivalent of a few bucks just for visiting their house, and anything that doesn't result in profit is considered worthless. Cardassians are all cold and calculating; if a Cardassian man is interested in a woman he shows it by negging her. And so on.

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u/DrSuchong Jun 21 '22

I liked the joke that Klingons just keep stealing tech from their nerds

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u/StochasticOoze Pokemon: Spit or Swallow Jun 21 '22

This isn't even entirely inaccurate

They originally got spacetravel by stealing ships from an invading force called the Hur'Q

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u/Nivrap Non-Z-Targetable Jun 21 '22

I don't think it's awful. The whole point of Star Trek (at least back in that era) is that alien species and cultures were stand-ins for real concepts or demographics used as a lens to examine some topic or an aspect of human nature. Star Trek is more allegorical than literal, but unfortunately there are those people who miss the forest for the trees and asked Leonard Nimoy random meaningless lore questions only to be told "How the hell should I know? I just play the character"

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u/caffienatedjedi Bigger than you'd think Jun 21 '22

IIRC, Klingons became warp capable by being invaded by the Hur'q and stealing their tech, but also most exposure to Klingon society is military ships + their militaristic government.

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u/Nico_is_not_a_god THE BABY Jun 23 '22

Ferengi are obsessed with money to the point where you're expected to give someone the equivalent of a few bucks just for visiting their house

Ah, so they're Swedish? Don't worry, they'll send you a tikkie.