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Star Trek: First Contact - You Thought the Sound Blooper Was Dumb...
Granted this is a dumb thing to point out but in the scene where Picard, Worf, or Hawk shoot a Borg you'll notice that despite the microgravity environment, the sparks drop.
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MIQUEAS writes:
Like you said "microgravity" there is some gravity and the enterprise has its own artificial gravity. If they are on the enterprise, Its gravity would pull on the sparks.
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PolpDanny writes:
The artificial gravity on the Enterprise would probably acting towards the lower decks of the ship ie down. That scene was on the dish thingy so the force would push the sparks off to the side of the battle, rather than towards the ship. What you think?
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MIQUEAS writes:
I think that each deck had it's own gravity. I'm not sure though. But if they did the deck under their feet would have pulled on the sparks.
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Max writes:
If the Enterprise's gravitational field did indeed affect the sparks as Miqueas says, then the trajectory of the sparks would have been much more gentle.
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captain simian writes:
earlier in that sequence, you might have heard picard say that the dish was charged, or polarised. as it seems that there is very little gravity on the dish, people would fly but things that were electrally charged opposite the dish would have a bit of attraction to the dish. so at first the sparks would go up, but the electrical charge of the dish would cancel the foward movment and accelerate the sparks rapidly towards it.

of course this is just covering the tracks of the cameras of course, nut it makes since to me...
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CX writes:
Actually, every object has its own gravity, which is proportional to the objects mass. There for, the sparks, which have very little mass, were drawn to the ship, which had a much greater mass.
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Mister Voice writes:
If the outer hull of the ship had any type of gravity what so ever, then why did they need magnetic boots to keep themselves from floating away (like several of the Borg did when they were shot by Worf and Picard in that scene)?
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Dweazzle writes:
Of COURSE they needed magnetic boots! The Enterprise's gravitational field would be nearly unnoticable to someone with the mass of a humanoid, but not to something as small as the sparks. The Space Shuttle has its own gravitational field, and we've all seen video of the Astronauts floating around. The same thing happens on the outside of the Enterprise. The gravity being generated INSIDE the ship doesn't affect anything on the OUTSIDE. As for the Borg flying off the ship after being shot, I bet the implants are shut down when the biological organism is killed. If the Borg is dead, so is the magnetic field he was generating to keep from floating away.
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Dragon934 writes:
I know it's never mentioned outside of ST:Enterprise but maybe the hull is polarised. Due to the power of a sovereign over the old NX-class ship, maybe it could keep its hull permanently polarised = mag-boots work (by switching polarity as opposed to switching on and off) and sparks (of magnetic metal) get drawn to the hull. Yes i'm clutching at straws a bit...
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