A few very belated comments on your past exploits...
Fun fact about fighting the Thraddash: They have 8 crew and also, the maximum number of point-defence laser systems you can have is 8. I once found it amusing to load my ship up with PDLs and use them to get insta-kills on the Thraddash.
Regarding the zombified Umgah not telling jokes, it's possible that those were cut in the version of the game you're playing, but I also wonder could it be because you talked to them before they got zombified? (If you've already heard their "normal" jokes, perhaps Zelnick doesn't get the option to ask them about their sense of humour)
Not quite an insta-kill; 5 shots doing 6 damage each is 30 damage, and Kzer-Za/Khor-Ah ships each have 42 crew.
Yeah, that would be my choice too. By all means, Trog, test your configuration to see how it works, but if you replace the rear and side cannons with Shiva furnaces, I think you'll find you recharge fast enough to get three volleys out very quickly and nothing (unshielded) in the game can stand up to that. (18 damage X 3 = 54 damage!)
EDIT: Still catching up; I'm sure I'll have more comments as I do. Back when you first got the Dnyarri, you visited the Arilou homeworld and expressed disappointment that they didn't say anything about it. This is very strange, because there actually is supposed to be new dialogue at that point.
Stuff like this is what makes me a die-hard fan of the original game. Who knows how much dialogue you're missing out on, because they made strange choices of what to cut?Hey looky what we've got. The Talking Pet!
So you do, my clever child!
You must have obtained some sort of psionic nullifier, am I right?
What a fine weapon the Dnyarri will be against the Ur-Quan, your enemy.
But I warn you, beware!
You now possess one of the most powerful creatures in the history of your galaxy
and also one of the most evil... as you judge evil.
We warn you, do not believe anything the Dnyarri says.
It speaks only the lies it believes will convince you to set it free
and that you must NEVER do.