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If you're going for full-blown realism, space combat will probably be nothing like the movies. I read an article about it awhile back, and the gist of it was it'd have a lot more similarities with submarine warfare (also not correctly portrayed in film!) I'd imagine it'd involve a lot of radar guesswork ("is that a space ship? Or just another asteroid?") and long-range missiles, most likely. Space is pretty big and it'd probably take decades with an FTL drive to even wind up in the same quadrant as your enemy.
So, in short, inter-planetary warfare probably would not exist. It'd either be a MADD-type situation or just one planet with superior technology obliterating another.
IIRC the TH Lance deals 8 shield and 4 armor damage. The biorelay I think is just 8 and 8, which means that it's going to eat up armor faster, making it easier to accidentally destroy the ship.
For disabling ships, though, I'd try blasters or chain guns. Easier to control, especially if your target ship doesn't have a whole lot of armor.
I wasn't around back then, but I'll pipe in anyway. Glad to hear that EV impacted you so positively. All three EV games made me lose a lot of sleep, miss homework, and probably gave me a pretty severe Vitamin D deficiency. Even then, I knew it was bad for my grades and overall health, but I couldn't stop.
Ironically enough, now it's something I look back on and have fewer regrets about. It's made me curious about all kinds of things that I thought I'd have no interest in: math, programming, and it's turning me into a true learner.