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Episode 1876: Escapegoats

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Of course if you want to send someone on a mission into enemy territory, you never send them alone. You send them with someone to keep an eye on them, and for them to keep an eye on.

Or to put it another way: Someone who can backstab and betray them, when they think it's the only person they can trust.

Commentary by memnarch (who has not seen the movie)

Hmm, this seems like a very reasonable plan. Very typical spying actions. Which probably means that it's going to inevitably mess up somehow. I mean, the longer everything goes according to plan, the bigger the impending disaster right? And if they both know they're going to watch the other, then there's even more opportunities for trouble.

I bet the cause of things messing is going to be Annie (as Finn). Finn seemed to be definitely wanting to leave Team Kylo, but only for the opportunity to avenge Gil's death. The Resistance? They probably helped the murderer! And it's only a matter of time until Finn puts two and two together. ... Anyone have popcorn?

Hux seems to be a lot more grounded than the other major characters on Team Evil. Very reasonable plans, no pompous commands to minions, and of course, no pseudo-magical Force powers. I can definitely see how Hux would have worked his way up to General just by being the most reliable person to get things done.

Commentary by Keybounce (who has not seen the movie)

Escape, but not too easily. That sounds just like the four TIE fighters that were trying to fight off the Millennium Falcon, only to die. They were sacrifices to permit the tracking device to work.

I am one of those people who believe that stormtroopers are actually really well-trained. They only miss when they are supposed to miss. The fan concept of stormtroopers as being unable to shoot straight doesn't make sense; if you look at Episode IV and realize that all of the misses were intentional misses, things make a lot more sense.

Having the two of them keeping an eye on each other to prevent them from getting out of line is just the touch that's needed. It was predicted well in advance, and is pretty obvious; neither one is willing to risk that the other one will shoot them if they step out of line. After all, they have no way to know that both of them want to defect.

It's not like they know that they are both player characters, and both working for the same goal, and both trying to stop the evilness, and save the day.

So Kylo Ren's middle name is Nabidalo? Hmm, is that a tribute to Naboo? Jar Jar theory++ :-)

Transcript

Kylo Ren: This pilot is working for us. We need a way to get him back to the Resistance so that they don’t suspect we let him go.
General Hux: Phasma tells me we have just the man for the job. A trooper who wants to work infiltration for us.
General Hux: We let them “escape”, but not too easily. They’ll convince the Resistance that the trooper is defecting and broke the pilot out.
Kylo Ren: And then we have two moles, each keeping an eye on the other...
General Hux: Exactly. If one gets out of line, the other can take him down.
Kylo Ren: Excellent. The Resistance will rue the day it resisted Kylo Nabidalo Ren. I like your thinking, Hux.
General Hux: To be fair, your point of comparison for clear thinking is General Phasma.
Kylo Ren: Self-deprecating too. Good, you’ll save me the trouble.


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