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Episode 1608: Sweet Child of Thine

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Collateral damage is an effective way of encapsulating the horror of war or the ruthlessness of an enemy on a group of heroes.

Imagine The Joker. He doesn't care how many innocent bystanders get splattered in his running duels with Batman. That gives him a tactical advantage in the conflict, because Batman does care about bystanders. Of course, Batman overcomes this, because he's the hero.

But you can play on this in your games to, to establish two useful things: (1) that the villain is depraved and the heroes are morally superior, and (2) to make the odds appear stacked against the heroes, so that their victory - when and if it comes - feels like a real achievement.

[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.]

Oh, most interesting. Krennic did not want the messenger killed. Bodhi was not being backstabbed.

With a parabolic microphone.

If this little development was going over headset, Cassian might be able to keep that secret. But I don't see any headphones. So Bodhi now knows that he was not betrayed by the person he was working for.

So his loyalty is to...?

Err, hold on. (Re-checks archive)

Looking at the last two panels of 1607, as well as the first two panels of this strip, and comparing them to the archive around 1596, it isn't clear which one is which from the picture. If the top left of this strip is Krennic, then the hat, hairstyle, and uniform do not quite match what we saw in the past. But that seems to be what Cassian is radioing to the ship.

And Bria announces that she plans on killing Galen. In front of Bodhi. Who they trust.

— Keybounce

So Bodhi just saw firsthand how little the Empire cares about him, assuming at least Cassian relayed that bit of information or allowed Bodhi to listen in. This would be a good time for him to switch sides.

Jim's work with Bria here is actually quite impressive. He realised that given Bria's backstory, she would have had something planned out for this situation well in advance. As opposed to what old-Jim would have done, which is the definition of rash.

The question here is, what is her plan actually?

— aurilee

Transcript

Galen: Where's my business agent?
Krennic: Your messenger boy? Collateral damage.
Galen: Collateral damage to what?
Krennic: We hard wiped the Danuta Plateau data facility. It was surgical, as these things go.
Galen: Why was he in the archives when you went in?
Krennic: Negotiating a discount with Jabba. We got 100% off, as it turns out. Tastes sweet, doesn't it?
Cassian: {looking at them through the parabolic microphone scope} I radio the ship.
Cassian: We've spotted Krennic and are surveilling remotely. Looks like he did give the order to blow up Jedha.
Chirrut: How can you be sure?
Cassian: He just boasted about it to Galen.
Bria: Galen? Galen Erso??
Cassian: Uh... maybe? You're not going to do anything rash, are you?
Bria: No, of course not.
Bria: I've been premeditating this my whole life!


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Published: Thursday, 01 February, 2018; 02:11:01 PST.
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