Originally Posted by Vertigo
To be fair he makes the point early on in the series that such a paranoid suppression of technology would no longer be necessary as they would have long since stopped searching for humanity. Also since ordinary (not tight beam style) radio communications is pretty much undetectable beyond around a light year it would be a very lucky alien to stumble on them. So it would be reasonably safe for the Safehold residents to begin developing higher technology without much fear of discovery.
Then you have to consider that the aliens thoroughly trashed humanity the first time around and they now have several centuries additional advance in technology whilst the humans have gone several centuries back. Even Merlin's high tech is no higher than at the time of the extermination by the aliens. So really it would be a little ridiculous to expect Safehold (a single planet) to be able to take on the aliens.
I guess he could do it but I think it would have to be a separate series set many hundreds of years further into the future for it to be even remotely plausible.
Geez, I am bummed out. You make a good point about the technology although I thought the way Merlin was introducing concepts and letting the locals come up with ways of applying them had already produced some approaches he would not have thought of. It would seem to me that would be true throughout the process of dragging them to his technology level and I thought that might be the genesis for enough advancement to get us to where we need to go.
I would be fine with a very extended time line though and if he wants to do that in another series that would be just fine
with me. I suppose I will adjust but somehow the undercurrent of eventually getting past the tech restrictions and kicking some alien butt added a bit of edge for me. Good thing I find the church so disgusting since that should provide enough need for righteous retaliation to keep me going.