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Episode 1728: Turning to The Dark Slide


In the context of a typical role-playing game, it makes sense to expose your character's children to weapons and teach them about them. And train them in the use of pole arms and lockpicks and thaumaturgic circles. After all, you may need a backup character to take over after that little jaunt to the nearest dungeon goes a tiny bit wrong.

[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.]

A flashback! A flashback!

Or, should we call it a prologue? Since it's in the middle of the story, an in-logue? Who really says that a prologue is better than a flashback?

This is a role-playing game. Is this a sequence where the GM and the players are playing out what happened in her childhood? Is this something that was in Bria's character background that Jim forgot about? Is this a declaration by the GM about what happened in her past?

But in the last two panels, they sit there, err... stand there facing each other off.

The dramatic statement by the "uncle" that Bria knew, knowing who he's talking to: "so, did you collect enough blasters, little girl?" The disrespect inherent in calling her "little girl".

And then, the reference to the giant blaster collection, the defiance of the disrespect of an adult talking to someone still considered an insolent child.

Let's take a good look at the scenes in the flashback. Panel two and the lights make it look like that is some type of weapons fire. Perhaps the town they are in is under attack, and they are actually trying to make plans for how they will get out. This would make panel five a sad goodbye panel.

The language of the little girl in panel five makes me wonder: What would she have done if she had come across some sort of oversized blaster? I mean, other than a ship weapon.

— Keybounce


Krennic: No, you remind me of someone...
Krennic: If you just put things in a document nobody ever reads it. You need dot point summaries.
Galen: But it's dumbing down the research!
Young Bria: Daddy, I love you!
Galen: Not now, Jyn, Uncle Krennic and I are busy with work.
Young Bria: Show me one of your blasters, Uncle Krennic!
Galen: Have you been showing her the prototypes again?
Young Bria: When I grow up I'm gonna have the biggest blaster collection ever!
{end flashback}
Krennic: So did you collect enough blasters, little girl?
Bria: I've dropped more blasters than you'll ever have!

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Published: Thursday, 08 November, 2018; 02:11:02 PST.
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