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Why no decoy bunker?

Discussion in 'Original Trilogy' started by SegNerd, Nov 27, 2021.

  1. eeprom

    eeprom Prince of Bebers

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    I honestly think that’s part of the thrill for him though. If there was truly no risk at all, then it wouldn’t be as satisfying to him. That’s who he is.
    Hard disagree on that point. I absolutely love that Palps insisted on the Rebellion’s defeat come from the hands of his rebuilt Deathstar – the object that represented their greatest victory and his greatest defeat. It wasn’t enough for him to simply destroy them. He needed to punish them first. He needed to make them ‘pay for their lack of vision’. It’s the precise same thing he was doing with Luke. That’s the character. He’s petty, wrathful and vindictive.
     
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    SegNerd Rebel Official

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    I totally get your point but this still gave the Rebels a huge opening to turn the tide of battle. If the entire Imperial fleet had just opened fire, they might have won.
     
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    Exactly! They were in the palm of his hand. He only had to clinch his fist to be rid of them. That’s what’s so ingenious about it. George had the dilemma of painting his heroes into a hopeless scenario against an overwhelming, all-seeing foe that they’d ultimately prevail over. The only reason they manage it though is because the villain of the piece is crippled by his desire for revenge and inability to grasp the virtues of compassion and understanding. It’s outright brilliant.

    The shield generator isn’t brought down because the Rebels are so unanticipatedly cunning or capable. It’s because they were able to befriend the native population that Palps had totally disregarded. He couldn’t grasp the virtue of mutual understanding and so couldn’t foresee that possibility. He was blind to it.

    The Emperor himself isn’t brought down because Luke or Vader were so unanticipatedly powerful. It’s because of the empathetic bond between father and son that leads to his betrayal and demise. He couldn’t’ grasp the virtue of compassion and so couldn’t foresee that possibility. He was blind to it.

    The heroes win specifically because of their nobility, while the villain loses specifically because of his debasement. It’s a clash of ideologies, light versus dark, and light wins. It isn’t just ‘overconfidence’. It’s the Emperor’s selfish thirst for vengeance and arrogant dismissal of altruism that undoes him on both fronts. It’s pretty amazing. Chef's friggin' kiss, man!
     
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