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Episode 1613: Slapdash


We've said it before, but make your villains villainous. They should be the sort of person who the crowd erupts from their seats cheering when they meet their untimely end at the hand of the heroes. If you need to bring out the pantomime villain tropes to get the message across, so be it.

[Reminder: Our guest commentators have not seen Rogue One. Part of the fun is seeing how their untainted impressions re-interpret the movie through the lens of our comic.]

Clearly, Epsilon Squad was always a key part of Cassian's plan and everything is going swimmingly.

I'm a little uncertain about Bodhi's reaction though. Is he "out of here" because he refuses to accept that his beloved Empire could really be this bad? Or is he "out of here" because he realises now that his whole life has been wasted working for a corrupt empire and he now needs to do some soul-searching?

Either way, I'm personally still having trouble with his name. I keep reading "Bodhi" and thinking of a vampire lady, as that is the Bodhi I'm most familiar with. So apologies to this Bodhi, but I think it's going to be a while before I can accept him as a male not-vampire.

— aurilee

"The party is never so split that it cannot be split further". All we need to do now is split up Chirrut and Baze.

"Compliance has shot through the roof". Ahh yes. Everyone obeys the computer. Just follow what the Nazis tell you to do. Here's a row of switches with ever increasing voltages, keep giving them to the test subject when the test subject fails to give the correct answer.

The figure I heard was that you get 97% compliance, and only 3% resistance. Of course, that's before you wind up threatening entire planets for having a little bit of disobedience. In fairness, they haven't done that yet.

— Keybounce


Galen: You can't shoot my scientists!
[SFX]: Slaap! {Krennic backhand slaps Galen, and Galen falls to the ground}
Krennic: Never tell me what I can't shoot. The whole Empire is behind me.
Galen: Where the hell do your orders come from?!
Krennic: Lord Vader's initiative will ensure peace throughout the Galaxy. Since adopting his efficiency measures, compliance has shot through the roof.
Bodhi: I don't like where this is going.
Cassian: Look, now do you see why we fight against the Empire?
Bodhi: This is ridiculous! I'm out of here!
Cassian: Bodhi! Wait!
[SFX]: skedaddle... {Bodhi runs off}
Cassian: <sigh> I guess you're... Epsilon Squad.

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Published: Tuesday, 13 February, 2018; 02:11:01 PST.
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