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Episode 1879: In For the Long Hall


Almost any route can be justified with "it's a shortcut".

You know that interminable route that the taxi driver who barely speaks English seems to take you on the first time you're in a foreign city, which somehow ends up costing five times what the guides tell you it should cost to get to your hotel? It's a shortcut!

Game worlds are, if anything, even more full of helpful people willing to take you on various "shortcuts". Any time characters rely on someone to transport or lead them somewhere, there's the possibility of an entertaining shortcut along the way.

Some variants on "It's a shortcut":

Commentary by Keybounce (who has not seen the movie)

So what was going on here in the original? Finn shoves Poe into a side room, starts smiling, then gets all frowny, then leads Poe by gunpoint to the hangar bay.

Was it "Hey, don't you remember me?"?

Was it "<smile> I have an offer, I don't like this place, why don't we both break out?"?

Was it... yea, I can't think of anything else.

But here? They're lampshading the whole "Taking a valuable prisoner into the hanger bay". But a long, intricate series of passageways and tunnels? That would be like saying that one exit from the hangar bay goes to the main area of the ship, and the other would be some sort of maze of twisty passages, all alike, where if you know to take the NE exit at the right place you make it out of the tunnels into a room with a giant control panel to turn off the tractor beam open up the next section of the ADVENTure?

Naah, that would be ridiculous. :-)

Meanwhile, a title guess: "The worst laid plans of micey men".

Commentary by memnarch (who has not seen the movie)

Such a range of emotions on Finn in the first half. And pretty much an instant 180 in opinion too. But, Finn's got their orders and sometimes that means not going with what they're comfortable doing. Though in this case, that is probably going to mean that all the low-level soldiers start treating Finn as an actual traitor unless Kylo, Hux, Phasma, and whoever else can convince them that the upcoming "blown up crap" was all part of the plan.

Another set of intricately long tunnels? That doesn't make sense, those are all for the laundry chutes! But really, Finn should have at least done something to cover up the outfit Poe's wearing. Where everyone else is wearing white or black, brown is going to stand out like a sore thumb. These PIE fighters don't look very big, so I'd be a little worried about life support as well.

These also don't look like the TIE fighters I remember. It's like an invert filter got stuck on for just those ships. I always thought the side fins were solar panels of some kind, so having them colored white completely throws that idea out for me. Perhaps I've not kept up to date with the latest technology, but white seems counterintuitive to generating energy. I mean, if they're cooling fins then white is a good idea, but waste heat never seems to be a thing in Star Wars.


Poe: Here’s the plan. You escort me to the hangar deck. We’ll jump in a PIE fighter, run the gauntlet of defences, and blow some crap up!
Finn: You know... the more you talk, the more appealing that sounds...
Poe: All right! We’re gonna do this.
Finn: This is crazy.
Poe: Yeah!!
Poe: Okay, we head to the hangar. You keep a blaster on me.
Finn: Wait. Why would I be walking a valuable prisoner through the hangar?
Poe: It’s a shortcut.
Finn: To...?
Poe: To yet another intricate series of unnecessarily long passageways and tunnels.

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