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Episode 1937: Just the Place for a Snark


Some villains are on the edge. Any little thing can set them off. You should constantly be wondering if what you say to them will cause them to fly into a rage and destroy scenery, or minions.

In contrast, other villans are ultracool and never have an above average heart rate or blood pressure. You can report to them that their entire plan and evil empire has been destroyed by the Good Buys, and they'll merely shrug and move on.

These are the ones to be more afraid of.

Commentary by Keybounce (who has not seen the movie)

Well, we have a lot of collateral damage here.

Last time, I was trying to comment on Nute's appearances, and frankly, I had forgotten a lot of them. Which, I suppose is understandable. At about 150 episodes a year (less considering the once per week segment), this is about 12 years, or pretty close to the two years per campaign in-game time. Wow, has it really been this long? Longer. Archive page says 1 was Septempber 2007, so this is 13.3 years, for 6 campaigns and two shorts, so yea, real-time.

So, with a massively incomplete recollection of Nute's showing up, what I had written was... pitifully wrong, and edited by DMM. Which should explain why it seemed incomplete, and like there was a sudden gap in the middle of it.

So lets try to figure out what happened in-movie here. Kylo Ren, leader of the Knights of Ren, big bad of team Evil, has just attacked the computers of their ship, and... Declared independence from team Evil? Became a third side, so Light, Dark, and Rejecting all of them?

Ring Cycle movie construction, remember, said that this movie would look at both rising and falling at the same time - homage to Episodes II and V. Declaring "Neither of you"? Well, it's... an interesting opposite. We have one person turning traitor to the good guys (falling), one person turning traitor to team evil (rising), and now someone doing neither. It makes some sort of sense.

Interesting that the sound-effects include "Backslash". Twice.

Commentary by memnarch (who has not seen the movie)

Crazy Side Path. Definitely a Crazy Side Path follower. Between this outburst and the preference for bad news, Kylo looks to be well on their way down that path. Looking back at that scene now, I see that Kylo mentions preferring the backchat. I guess for an artificial intelligence that's spread across multiple computers, destroying a few could count as snark or "backchat".

As for villains snarking at one another in general, I think that's probably because the focus of media is usually not on the villains. Since snarking is usually in reaction to a situation and villains tend to be more on the action side, there's not a lot of opportunities for snark. I'm actually having some difficulty in thinking of examples where the villainous team snarks with/at each other versus the villain and hero verbally sparring, so count me with Corey in thinking that's something only heroes did.


[SFX]: Whooom!!! Slash!!! Whooom!!! Whooom!!! Backslash!!! {Kylo continues slashing the computer console}
[SFX]: Slash!!! Whooom!!! Backslash!!! Whooom!!! Slash!!!
{Kylo stops}
Kylo Ren: That felt good.
Kylo Ren: Nute should know I’m barely in control at the best of times.
GM: I’m sure he’ll take that on board.
Kylo Ren: Villains should always be snarking at one another.
BB-8: There’s another thing I thought only heroes got to do.

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Published: Tuesday, 29 December, 2020; 01:11:04 PST.
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