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Episode 1604: Down to Earth


Having crashed a spaceship is a pretty hopeless situation. It's not like you can haul it onto the sand and patch the hull with coconut palms and be on your way. It's full of electronics and other sophisticated equipment which is no doubt damaged. If the hull has even the tiniest hole in it, it's not going to be any good as a space vessel. And it almost certainly runs on some fuel that is impossible to get wherever you're stranded.

Unless you're in Star Trek, where dilithium is incredibly rare... but exists on every second planet and in a pinch can be fabricated by carving it out of the aforementioned coconuts.

[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.]

Now this is the party I'm used to seeing. "Let's split up, we can do more damage that way".

Chances that K will stay there, and do nothing? Zero. Chances that they will steal a ship quietly? Zero. Chances that they will destroy the base completely on their way out? At least 50-50.

I'm reminded of James Bond villains, always making their bases out of explodium. No matter what, whether it's solid stone, underground, or on the moon, the base will explode or be destroyed.

Now, let's take a good look at that damaged ship. The left front and right rear look damaged. How in the heck did that large of a crash and fireball produce such localized and relatively small looking damage in two opposite spots of the ship without doing any damage to the passenger compartment in the middle?

— Keybounce

Hmm... has telling K-2 to sit in the time-out corner worked for Cassian before? If so, I assume it happened off screen.

Cassian is showing backbone though, so that's good. Maybe there is some hope for him and his leadership skills after all (although the "I'm going to be a team all by myself" line doesn't exactly help his case).

On to Bodhi now... he appears to be doing something sketchy in the last panel there. Is someone going to notice? He could easily ruin everything. If only someone had remembered to tie him up...

— aurilee


Cassian: How are we going to get to the second insertion point now? That's it, K, you're out of Alpha Squad. And you're grounded!
Chirrut: Literally.
Cassian: I'm off to work as a team on my own for a while.
{goes outside}
Cassian: I inspect the ship to see if we can repair it.
GM: <roll> No chance.
{returns inside ship}
Cassian: Okay, plan B. We steal a ship...
K-2SO: Yes!
Cassian: Quietly.
K-2SO: Well, I suppose that's all right.
Cassian: And K, you're staying here to think about what you've done. Again.

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Published: Tuesday, 23 January, 2018; 02:11:02 PST.
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