but nuking your own ships is too redicolous, even for them.
No it's not. They were needed sacrifices.
If they weren't there the GTVA would have had a very easy escape. And if the GTVA wanted to, they could have attacked the Saths with a multitude of bombers from their Hecates. They could take down maybe ten of them that way. Probably more. With the Shivans running around the system the GTVA will have a much harder time doing anything in the system, let alone attacking the Saths. If the support fleet wasn't in position, the Sathanes may have had to engage the GTVA themselves, which would have been a great big bother.
It makes no sense. How is their sacrifice necessary?
The fighter/bomber complement of 80 Saths was more than enough to harras GTVA ships trought the system and protect the saths. The shivans didn't really need any ships other than the saths.
Even if they did need others for diversion, why not pull them back to GD 5 minutes before the big bang? Why lose them when you don't have to? The GTVA can't to nothing in 5 minutes to stop the saths, especially since it has civies to escort.
I'll buy your argument when you can tell me what the Shivan's objective was
. What's that? You can't
, because nobody knows
and attributing fear to the bloody Shivans
is a cop out? Thought as much.
As Snail said, nothing about the Shivan character that we know of
(and we know precious little at that) would preclude them sacrificing juggernauts to achieve whatever it was they were up to. Why they didn't bother to engage us (in a fight that would pretty much spell out our extinction) in favor of mucking about with the star is the real question, not why they would "throw ships away".
It's also one that I'd prefer never
be answered, unless it's [V] doing it. You can't answer questions like this within the boundaries of canon, and any answer yielded is no better then bloody fan fiction
. But then, the only Shivan theory other then my own I can even stand to read is Snail's, mainly because he doesn't actually try to explain
the Shivans, just to examine the timeline and possible chain of events. Well, not the part about Legos or whatnot.
Demystify the Shivans and you destroy their allure. If we ever fully understood them we would no longer want
to, it's precisely because
they're mysterious that we find them so interesting. Without that, they're just [insert generic space villains here]. Presupposing you know how they think Trashman is a pretty big step onto that path. I'd advise against it.