Trope-a-Day: Rock Beats Laser

Rock Beats Laser: No, no it doesn’t.  The history of galactic warfare is the history of superior technology consistently crushing inferior technology in Curb-Stomp Battle after Curb-Stomp Battle.  Most of the time, it’s not even sporting.

There are a very few counterexamples brought up, but when examined, those actually have to do with the superior technology being in the hands of absolute idiots, who don’t understand how to use it properly, or the inferior side (not being Medieval Morons, after all), going out and making or acquiring some superior technology and the knowledge to use it – or at least some high-tech mercenaries – of their own their first priority.

But where there’s not some sort of sideways dodge like that involved, Laser always beats Rock.