I was browsing another forum and I was reminded of that terrible episode of The Next Generation where the Enterprise is confronted by craft armed with good old ordinary lasers and our trusty space heroes just laugh it off. That’s driven me nuts for years since lasers are likely to be the most effective weapon against the Enterprise!
A laser is just a coherent beam of light. The shields are invisible. Ergo a laser weapon would pass right through their shields to burn a hole in the hull, kill anyone behind it, and potentially do some real damage. And as a bonus it would be invisible when fired in a vacuum so they might not even realize who’s shooting at them.
It was a stupid line thrown out to tell the viewer how much more advanced the technology in Star Trek is to our ordinary present day tech (cause that faster than light travel and gravity control weren’t enough) but it really says that the writer had no clue what a laser was beyond the SF concept. You can fanwank in explanations but its hard to get past the fact that light easily reaches them.
I know it’s a silly thing but it’s bothered me forever and it feels good to let it out. Anyone else with a scifi annoyance that’s gotten under your skin for years you want to let out?