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Episode 2058: Blunt Trauma

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All energy weapons should have stun settings. But imagine if low-tech weapons did too.

Think of a magic sword that could be switched between lethal damage and just knocking someone out, without the user having to resort to tricks like attempting to strike with the flat of the sword.

Okay, maybe that seems pretty pointless...

How about arrows that could knock people out instead of wounding them? Hey, we just come up with the ideas - it's up to you to try using them!

Commentary by memnarch (who has not seen the movie)

Oh, it's an energy mace/melee weapon, not a net thrower. That's pretty neat as well, especially as it looks like it's clashing with the lightsaber without getting bisected in return. That handle seems quite odd however; it looks like a tonfa, but with an end that could mess the user up more when being spun. Zeppo (and other mace wielders) must have some pretty strong grip strength to not hit themselves when swinging at opponents. I'm also not sure about a stun setting working that well versus a lightsaber. Maybe against someone who's a Jedi Knight (or at least Force sensitive) who can use a lightsaber properly the mace would get destroyed, but Finn needs to focus on not chopping himself up first.

The energy mace is definitely a stun weapon though. Stormtroopers were pretty well known for being weak-willed and poor at shooting (whether or not it's actually true), but even they wouldn't be stupid enough to 1v1 melee with a former trooper if that former trooper is wanted dead. I guess the First Order contacts passed the info to the troopers (and Kylo Ren) coming in that Finn had ditched their ride. I could see Kylo possibly wanting Finn back to implant some mind control triggers before sending him back to the Resistance because Poe disappeared from everyone's radar. Poe only had "you will be a double agent for me"; Finn might end up with something even more specific.

Commentary by Keybounce (who has not seen the movie)

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Transcript

Zeppo: This is some big mix-up, man. You gotta come back, sort it out. I’m setting this energy mace on stun.
Finn: That has a stun setting?
[SFX]: swing! {Zeppo swings the mace at Finn}
Zeppo: I got orders to bring you in alive.
Finn: I don’t have any orders.
[SFX]: kzkrkzkzk! {Finn parries}
Zeppo: What are you saying, man?
Finn: I’m free! Join me! Bring your family.
[SFX]: kzkrkzkzk!
Zeppo: I suppose outside the First Order you’re not getting shot at, attacked by monsters, and abandoned by your friends.
Finn: Um...
[SFX]: swing!
Zeppo: Friend.
Darth Kanata: Ouch. I bet that hurts more than the energy mace.


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Published: Thursday, 07 October, 2021; 02:11:03 PDT.
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