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    Default Why are those ships looking so dark and odd-looking

    In my mind Ancient things (rooms etc) are bright and clean and futuristic, but those ships looke inside like some old abandoned Russian submarines. Why are they so dark and weird, why are there sometimes some liquid on the walls and steam in the air? I understand that they are old, but being so technologically advanced they shouldn't look old for us. Those corridors look like built in 20th century.

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    Default Re: Why are those ships looking so dark and odd-looking

    Because Destiny pre-dates Atlantis by millions of years. The Ancients were nowhere as advanced as they were when they build that Atlantis. Added to that, the Ancients expected to be there to do the upkeep, but they never showed. As a result, the maintenance is way behind.

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    Default Re: Why are those ships looking so dark and odd-looking

    destiny and the seeders are built to be rugged and functional.

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    Default Re: Why are those ships looking so dark and odd-looking

    Your all wrong, the destiny toilet backed up and spray the ship with ancient excrement. (which was aboard for some scientific reason)

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    Default Re: Why are those ships looking so dark and odd-looking

    It looks old because that's what the art department/producers wanted it to look like. There's nothing more to it. They wanted it to look old and rusty, so they went with an old and rusty steampunk/jules verne design.

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    Default Re: Why are those ships looking so dark and odd-looking

    remember that these ships are millions of years old. remember the Orion vs the Aurora in the virtual world ("Aurora"). in VR, it was all white and bright. in reality, it was quite dark.

    essentially, Destiny during it's launch probably would've been the classic white. but it's already a miracle that the ship still functions

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    Default Re: Why are those ships looking so dark and odd-looking

    Destiny is older, also - steampunk is awesome

    This is a fairly common complaint in sci-fi - the bright and shiny vs the dark and gritty.



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    Default Re: Why are those ships looking so dark and odd-looking

    Well, the reason I personally expected it to be bright and shiny was that even millions of years ago they were more advanced than we are at the moment. Shouldn't they have had better looking ships than we are at the moment?

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    Default Re: Why are those ships looking so dark and odd-looking

    Destiny is one gorgeous ship, but it's a matter of personal taste and how you see the world and see the future. Some see it as bright and shiny, and some don't. Nothing wrong with that. I also see the Destiny as fairly bright, as in - number of light sources. I just find that SGU uses shadows masterfully to create atmosphere and depth, a mood. That that is working is clear from the mood a lot of viewers have gotten. It might not be a mood that everyone likes but it's definitely effective.



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    Default Re: Why are those ships looking so dark and odd-looking

    Have we all forgotten how all their stuff looked like they were made of stone back in the MW?

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    Default Re: Why are those ships looking so dark and odd-looking

    like i said, in VR the Aurora was white and shiny but in reality it was dark and gritty.

    atlantis seems to be the exception here, but most ancient stuff is simply so old all the white and shiny has long eroded away. and it's already a miracle only the white and shiny went

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    Default Re: Why are those ships looking so dark and odd-looking

    There's reasons for a dark exterior, stealth. i.e. When you fall out of FTL, you don't want to look like a bright star for the blues (or whomever) to easily locate you with just optics.

    Beyond that metals tarnish with age. The crew is just a little lacking on the silver polish. Or motivation to spruce the place up. Plus they haven't found where they keep the light bulbs yet.

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    Default Re: Why are those ships looking so dark and odd-looking

    Probably, after flying through bunch of stars to recharge the power, the metal surfaces inside the ship got oxidized and the internal humidity turn the wall into dark color. Plus the gas filter has been malfunction quite a long time, chemical reaction on the air perhaps has a role to it.

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    Default Re: Why are those ships looking so dark and odd-looking

    I agree with the original post. Some of the layout seems really primitive seeing as they were already advanced enough to build Stargates. I could understand it not looking quite as polished as Atlantis but pipes and wires everywhere seems a little crude.
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    Default Re: Why are those ships looking so dark and odd-looking

    I choose to believe it was built with longevity in mind as opposed to comfort. The way it looks: All the rage a million years ago. I think the "bad" lighting is probably a little more realistic. The less frills their are, the less of a chance that the system fails.

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    Default Re: Why are those ships looking so dark and odd-looking

    Like ChloeOBrian said (love 24 btw), that and the fact that we, as people living today, associate those things with past society. Like the OP said, old Russian submarines. Will give us the feel like it is actually old. They did the same thing with Caprica, notice all the smoking and the clothes the Taurans wear.

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    Default Re: Why are those ships looking so dark and odd-looking

    I believe that the Aurora and Destiny Ships are dark coloured so they are harder to detect with the naked eye. Remember thousands of years ago there probably wasn't advanced sensor arrays on other ships, so being dark coloured would have been an advantage as you could almost blend into the background.
    The reason Atlantis is so white and clean is that it was a City Ship, city being the operative word. It was designed to house the Ancients first, and be a intergalactic ship second. Atlantis would have spent a great majority of its time on the ground or sea.

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    Default Re: Why are those ships looking so dark and odd-looking

    The reason Destiny looks so old and run down, is because IT IS old and run down.

    What other explanation do you need?

    Just because it is more advanced by our standards, but less advanced than Atlantis, doesn't mean that it has to suffer the "J.J. Abrams Trek Effect (needlessly bright, chrome looking and always clean)".

    What I am trying to explain is, not everything more advanced needs to have a shiney surface. If that were the case, then silver spray paint is obviously from the future or something!
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    Default Re: Why are those ships looking so dark and odd-looking

    Quote Originally Posted by zainea13 View Post
    Like ChloeOBrian said (love 24 btw), that and the fact that we, as people living today, associate those things with past society. Like the OP said, old Russian submarines. Will give us the feel like it is actually old. They did the same thing with Caprica, notice all the smoking and the clothes the Taurans wear.
    Yes its designed with the audience in mind. Another reason is that SGU is a more serious show compared to atlantis or sg1. So a dark and pessimistic look goes with that better than bright flashy colours.

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    Default Re: Why are those ships looking so dark and odd-looking

    Quote Originally Posted by spaceship View Post
    Yes its designed with the audience in mind. Another reason is that SGU is a more serious show compared to atlantis or sg1. So a dark and pessimistic look goes with that better than bright flashy colours.
    exactly its all about affect on the viewer, simply as that.

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