With Memorial Day weekend awaiting, my thoughts turn toward the military and the brave men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. On a less serious note, whenever I think of the military and how it's portrayed in science fiction movies, I think of the weapons that are used In combat.
In scenarios that are set in the present day, the weapons that draw attention are the ones employed by aliens. That's a sad thought, since it conveys the belief that advanced civilizations will still spend a dismaying amount of time fighting one another. In future scenarios, the weapons could be anything -- but they tend to be ones that look familiar, even if they sound more like something out of Flash Gordon.
1. Lightsaber from Star Wars
From the first moment a lightsaber hummed to life, it was bound for the unofficial hall of fame of sci-fi weapons. Described by Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guiness) as "an elegant weapon for a more civilized age," it springs from a modest-sized handle to its full length near-instantaneously, the distinctive hum only hinting at its dangerous potential. The "traditional" model introduced in the original trilogy saw an upgrade in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, as depicted above. Not only were the lightsabers themselves created digitally for the first time, but Darth Maul sported a wicked-looking dual-blade model of his own devising.