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Episode 2476: It Hurt Just as Bad When I Had to Watch You Go


Heroes can't just be heroic any old place. You need a challenge, and a cause. Opening a stuck jar of pickles just won't cut it.

Heroic exploits are made in the face of adversity, not while out shopping for groceries. They're in dangerous locations, not waiting in a queue for the bus.

So provide some cool locations with interesting and difficult problems to be solved. A lost pyramid that only reappears from the shifting sands of the burning desert for 24 hours once every decade. A harrowing overland trek through a spider-infested forest. A siege where forces are desperate and running out of food. And maybe then opening that pickle jar can become a heroic action.

Commentary by memnarch (who has not seen the movie)

Hmmm. So excepting any potential hyperjumps we could have missed, this means that Crait was in the system the Resistance jumped to about 190 comics ago, right? Sure, there was the big extended chase scene, but I've rather written that off as just framing weirdness at this point. Perhaps I shouldn't have?

Anyway, the brief time skip to having Poe and Leia on this evac shuttle is nice. It avoids all the nitty gritty of needing to launch the shuttles, and it lets us see whatever happens with the Raddus. Hopefully we get to see something impressive; it'd be really disappointing if that was just an off-screen thing, or only partially shown, like a lot of the space battles. Admittedly though, it's a fair bit harder to tell what character is talking if there isn't a face to go with the speech balloon, so it's an understandable choice. Plus, it takes a lot more panels for action bits; we'd be here for decades if we went through all the fight sequences like that!


GM: While Rey screams, Poe jolts to consciousness on board an evacuation shuttle.
Poe: Wow, that sound really carries!
GM: That’s not what I—
Poe: Wait. I’m on the shuttle? Where’s the Radish?
GM: You see it through the viewport, receding as your shuttle flees.
Poe: Oh man! If that ship rams the fleet and I’m not on it, I’ll regret it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of my life.
GM: Through the opposite window, slowing approaching, is the planet Crait.
Leia: Poe! Look at this.
Poe: Nice planet, but—
Leia: This is our last stand. If there’s anywhere for heroes to be made, it’s there.
Poe: Awesome! That’ll cut short any regrets!

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