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Episode 1601: Fossil Fool


We did the mathematics:

whiteboard with mathematics on it

[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.]

Thank you Cassian, for reaffirming everything everyone was already thinking.

And I do believe Coruscant is basically doomed at this point. I mean, it was a precarious thing to begin with, but at this point everyone's just going to die from smoke inhalation. Which of course also means the Senate doesn't have much time left either. Vader is literally smoking out the Senate.

I guess removing the Orb accomplished two goals then... Yay?

— aurilee


First, instead of bringing in a super star destroyer full of wood every minute, why not just an uranium filled one or two?

Having an infinite power source to produce the 1038 J of energy needed makes a lot more sense than converting the entire mass of the death star to energy.

There is much to say about the impracticality of Coruscant.

The only way that Coruscant could make any sense is if there was some sort of second "Arkentool", that acted as an infinite heatsink. If you had both an infinite power source, and an infinite waste energy sink, then you would be fine. Otherwise, if you're going use the infinite power source to power a giant death laser, you really need to use the infinite heatsink to cool off after firing the laser.

Hang on: could a black hole act as something to suck up all that excess thermal radiation?

— Keybounce


Cassian: Lost Orb of Phanastacoria?
General Draven: It's an ancient Gungan artefact. Senators Bail Organa and Jar Jar Binks have compelling evidence that the Empire looted it during the Smelting of Naboo.
General Draven: It's some kind of... unlimited power source.
Chirrut: That's the power source Galen wants to put into the Peace Moon!
General Draven: Apparently they were using it to power Coruscant, but now they're shipping in a super star destroyer full of wood every minute to keep the lights on.
General Draven: It's a crazy theory, but some people think the Orb might have been moved.
Chirrut: We need to find the Orb!
Cassian: Eadu is a weapons research facility. That's a good place to start looking.
K-2SO: For so many reasons!

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Published: Tuesday, 16 January, 2018; 02:11:02 PST.
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