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Episode 1891: Misguided


Why fire one missile when you can fire several? The bad guys often have plenty of resources available. Sometimes the resources are faceless mooks who can wade into combat with the heroes, and be defeated by the dozen. The important thing is to throw numbers at the heroes.

One orc, or one dragon? Meh.

A thousand orcs, or a dozen dragons?

Now you're talking!

Commentary by Keybounce (who has not seen the movie)

We see how powerful the sands of time Tatooine are. Block signals, stop missiles, permit navigators to warp space, err, sorry, wrong desert planet.

TIE fighters landing? On a planet full of sand? Why do I think they'll have trouble with the thrust needed against gravity? Why do I think they'll have trouble landing with no landing gear, or taking off without a launch system?

Well, if the goal is not to land and take off, but to meet up with the Resistance, then good, and maybe a crash landing isn't such a bad goal. After all, any landing you can walk away from is a good one, right? Just find a ship graveyard, and aim for it. How hard can it be? I mean, it's not like they can miss the planet, right?


OK, maybe they can :-)

Possible title: "Missed. I'll run away" ("Missile? Run away").

Commentary by memnarch (who has not seen the movie)

A good a reason as any to go back down to Tatooine! Of course, that's assuming the missiles are locked on with something like IR frequencies and not visible frequencies. Tatooine probably blocks all of the usual IR scanning due to how hot the planet is, but as we've literally seen before, it doesn't stop anyone from being able to just look in the distance. The question then becomes, is Jim feeling lucky enough to outrun some missiles and ditch the fighter before it's blown up?

I didn't like the weird red bit on the side of the TIE fighter before, but it's actually very helpful here. In small images like this, I can still make out the side that's red. That helps me figure out that while Poe and Finn are still flying away, the guns are able to fire in reverse, possibly even rotating to do so. That's another definite improvement over the Empire's fighters in terms of general usefulness. We haven't seen any interior gunnery positions like with the Millenium Falcon, but I'm picturing Finn sitting in something similar in the TIE now.


GM: Ventral cannons fire! Missiles streak towards you, turning to follow your course.
[SFX]: whoooosshhh... whoooosshhh... whoooosshhh... {missiles launching}
Poe: Shoot them!
Finn: I’m trying!
[SFX]: whoooshh...
[SFX]: Pow! Pow! Pow! Pow! {Finn fires at the missiles}
[SFX]: vreeeeooooowww...
[SFX]: whoooshh...
[SFX]: Kaboom! {Finn destroys one missile}
Finn: There are too many! Fly down to Tatooine!
Poe: What? Why?
Finn: The sand blocks signals! It’ll fool the missiles!
Poe: That sounds like a crazy plan!
Finn: Also, if we land there, they’ll have trouble following us!
Poe: Now this is getting more sensible. I’m not sure I like it.

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Published: Sunday, 13 September, 2020; 03:11:18 PDT.
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