The Cool Ship needs an equally cool weapon. If it's a sufficiently humongous Cool Ship, it will be equipped with a Laser Beam on steroids: the Wave Motion Gun — an enormous Ray Gun that fires a massive energy beam capable of blowing away an …
I'm a fan of JMS, but...
1: He's lying; Crusade comes from SBY. They're even on a mission to save Earth from alien-inflicted illness.
2: He's a repeat offender. The monastery in DoFS isn't from Canticle, my ass.
Also, Coaltongue is more similar to Yamato than to Excalibur.
I already had the feeling when we first met them in adventure 6, but due to a recent game release, I cannot help but wonder whether Rush and Merton are hommages to Reno and Rude from FF7. The similarities between Reno and Rush are exceptionally striking, even if Reno lacks the immovable rods.
Also, now that we finished, I got to take a glimpse into the source material myself and see what I can find.
My first original find back in the days had been the von Recklinghausen doctors which might or might not be another coincidence: Heinrich von Recklinghausen - Wikipedia - his dad is referenced there, too
(As a sidenote: Almost bursting into laughter because you just hear the name Morbus Recklinghausen in a diagnostic lesson with the other teachers/students not knowing what's going on was quite the moment)
Also, from #13:
World of Ruin - oh my, FF6 again. The world map in the second half is called World of Ruin and I'd totally make that joke in my recaps
You're my only hope - Star Wars, Princess Leia's famous quote "Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope"
God is dead - Quote from philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche
Rock of Ages - a movie, a rock festival and also a reference to the Rock of Cashel (which is referenced as the "stone of destiny" in other fiction)