Angus Murphy Ph.D. was granted his doctoral degree by Savonburgh for his dissertation on the Gunman.
His hypothesis was that the
“Gunnman shifted the vocabulary of mech warrior conflict away from horrific violence and towards entertainment. It also placed the mech warrior into the arena of the common man. Prior to the Gunman all mech warrior fiction was pure proganda. In those story lines mech warriors descended from wealthy noble houses defended the honor of their nation states. Because Michael Long was a peasant who became a mech warrior to defend his home, he changed the focus of Battlemech violence from political to personal.”
As part of his thesis Angus Murphy assembled some of the more popular memes born from the series. Here are some excerpts from Murphy's dissertation regarding popular quotations associated with the show and his view of their meanings..
“Two particle cannons, no waiting”
Long said this line in episode 9 of the 1st season right before engaging an entire company of medium mechs. This line is commonly uttered by men with both fist raised and was also adopted as the motto of pit-fighter Na Phun Koo who won a record 14 titles on the world of Barras.
“I only need heat sinks when women are around.”
The character of Long never actually spoke this during the series, but it is still commonly attributed to the show. It is linked to that fact, that in the series Long’s Warhammer only had problems with over heating when he was battling the character of Kruppa. Long had five battles with Kruppa during the first three seasons and each ended with Kruppa running out of ammo and Long overheating.
“Here is a tactic for you, shoot them first and shoot them more often.”
This was Long’s response to a career officer from Capellan-March who is lecturing Long’s militia on battlefield tactics. This line uttered in episode 2 of season 2 formalizes the visceral and intuitive nature of Long’s character as a contrast to the unpopular Nobility. It is of note though that Long does eventually bond with the officer character by the end of the episode.
“A great mech deserves a great pilot, you are the only one I’d let in my cockpit.”
In the 11th episode of season 6, Kruppa and Long find themselves isolated together during a major invasion and Long suffers a head injury. Kruppa comes to his aid but he is unable to use the neural uplink. He allows Kruppa to pilot his Warhammer. This line is often repeated as a whole or in parts. One of the underlying themes of the Gunman series was that Battlemechs represented the character's id. Thus by allowing Kruppa into his Battlemech, Long is surrendering his basic needs and desires to her.
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