Phasers are a bad idea
I’ve noticed more and more in sci-fi that handheld laser weapons aren’t showing up like they used to. Firefly, for example, which happened chronologically after the events in Star Trek, uses projectile weapons (mostly) that aren’t too dissimilar to the ones we have today. A few odd lasers and beam weapons pop up every now and again, but for the most part, it’s pistols and assault rifles.
This actually makes a lot of sense to me. Projectile weapons have pretty decent killing power, don’t require recharging, and come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and powers. What’s not to like there?
Of course, part of me — and maybe this is the old-school geek part — misses phasers. They just had the shock and awe power going for them, you know? When the aliens landed and started shooting everything in sight with beams of deadly light, you knew shit was about to get real.
What about you, folks? Have a preference? What’s the best sci-fi weapon you’ve seen?