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Fighters have deflector shields?!

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Fighters have deflector shields?!

Toat's Avatar

01.12.2012 , 04:34 PM | #11
I mean do you want some challenge or like shooting fish in a barrell? just ignore the deflector shield effect if it bothers you.

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ErikModi's Avatar

01.12.2012 , 04:47 PM | #12
Actually, during the trench run, while the turbolasers are firing the order is given "Switch all power to front deflector shields." As Vader and his wingmen enter the trench:

Gold Leader: The guns, they've stopped.
Gold 5: Stabilize your rear deflectors. Watch for enemy fighters.

Yes, in the movies, the deflector shields didn't seem to do much for the Rebel ships. Part of this can be attributed to the firepower and accuracy of the TIE Fighters, but part of it is just the fact that using CGI to show the deflector shields wasn't an option, and contrary to popular belief, Lucas isn't interested in adding CG to EVERY scene in the OT with the Special Editions. In The Phantom Menace, when Anakin's overheated N-1 Starfighter powers up, you can clearly see the deflector shield appearing around the ship, and you can even see the battle droid's blaster fire ricocheting off the shields moments later.

So yes, starfighter-scale deflector shield technology is commonplace in Star Wars. It's not even that expensive. TIE craft (Fighters, Bombers, Interceptors) didn't have it because they relied on speed and maneuverability, and were to some extent "expendable." Even the Eta-2 Actis Interceptors Anakin and Obi-Wan flew at the beginning of Revenge of the Sith didn't come equipped with shields, because Jedi pilots had such superior reflexes that the extra mass of adding a shield generator would have made the ship too clumsy for them to fly to its full potential. This level of agility made the fighter popular among non-Jedi Aces who could take advantage of it, and may have been part of the decision to excise shields from future Imperial craft.
Jedi vs. Sith, Page 97, column 2, paragraph 4, line 1:

Prior to the Battle of Ruusan, the Jedi used crystals from many different sources, and ignited lightsabers in every known hue, including purple, orange, and gold.

GymQuirk's Avatar

01.12.2012 , 05:56 PM | #13
Quote: Originally Posted by Idunhavaname View Post
They do have shields. The more unbelievable thing is how can a single freighter manage to destroy an entire destroyer... (looks at Exeutor)... oh crap.
If Executor had been in open space, there would have been time for secondary control systems to kick in and restore command to whoever was senior on the auxiliary bridge.

Unfortunately, there was this Death Star in the area that she managed to run into...

Kashaan's Avatar

01.12.2012 , 06:04 PM | #14
Unfortunately, OP, this is just a case of misunderstanding the lore, no offense.

Nearly all fighters have shields. TIE fighters are the only ships that didn't reliably have shields. Even if the ships in the movies didn't look like it, that was due to limitations of special effects. They mention setting shields to "double front" and similar.

The 90s Star Wars games (X-wing, TIE fighter, Vs., etc...) actually illustrate how it works pretty well.

In this game, as you level up and get more difficult missions, you're supposed to be fighting tougher competition. So of course the competition is going to be using tougher shielding.
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