Classic Star Wars Characters Who Totally Dropped the Ball

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Classic Star Wars Characters Who Totally Dropped the Ball

Post  Ki Adi Mundi on Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:26 pm

Pretty cool article :) here's a snippet:

Classic Star Wars Characters Who Totally Dropped the Ball

Bad decisions are abundant in the original Star Wars trilogy, to the point that the entire plot is basically driven by people using the worst judgment possible. How else can you explain...


Admiral Motti Insults Darth Vader

In Episode IV, Admiral Motti, riding high on the whole "Death Star" thing, finally decides he's going to tell Vader off just like he practiced over the phone with his mother. After bragging that he's not scared of Vader, he tells him that his "sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or given you clairvoyance enough to find the rebels' hidden fortress...[Choking sounds]." Clearly Motti doesn't realize that he was only named for the sake of the action figure packaging and will not be returning for any of the sequels.

Why It Was a Bad Call:

Even though Darth Vader is a seven-foot-tall bionic killing machine with a sword that can cut through anything, making a personal attack against the man's religion is totally uncalled for. Any manager, be it of the Galactic Empire or Dunkin Donuts, is probably going to fire you if you interrupt a board meeting to call him the equivalent of "a fucking Jew." Even if you were partially responsible for an incredible new product with limitless planet-destroying potential.

Of course Darth Vader, being that seven-foot-tall bionic killing machine, has a definition of "fire" that is more in line with the common definition of "strangle to death". If Grand Moff Tarkin hadn't told Vader to stop, he probably would've thrown Motti out the window like Patrick Swayze in Road House. As it stands, we're pretty sure the Admiral had been promoted to cleaning toilets on the detention level by the time Luke blows the place up at the end.

The point of the scene seems to be that somehow Motti didn't know Vader had magic telekinetic strangling abilities. But even so, and even if an Imperial officer like Motti somehow also missed the memo on what not to say to a Dark Lord of the Sith, that still means that he thought Vader only had about 37 different ways to instantly kill him instead of 38 (most involving a lightsaber neatly carving through his groin).

What we're saying is that Motti was hired not for his tactical acumen but purely for his ability to sneer.


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Post  Tyren Vaal on Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:49 pm

Hehe, a funny article.
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Post  Jeme'Maer on Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:06 pm

ROFL that gave me a good laugh, Mokki had to be stupid to say such things to the dark lord. I wonder if his mother talked him into saying it.
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Post  Toranilor on Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:24 am

Heh funny...

I wonder if Jar-Jar counts as "dropped the ball" or was simply the ball that was dropped. Repeatedly. On its head.
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Post  Udumbara on Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:49 am

What about when Yoda says there are always only two sith, never more, never less? That would make the new TOR game pretty boring.
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Post  Toranilor on Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:04 am

All the others can be sith-lings.

Also, Yoda said that after TOR, not before.
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Post  Quinlan Sa'athis on Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:33 am

Toranilor wrote:All the others can be sith-lings.

Also, Yoda said that after TOR, not before.

3000 years after actually.
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Post  Udumbara on Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:44 am

True, but he specifically said there are "always" only two Sith. I guess I'm being too picky.
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Post  Jeme'Maer on Thu Jul 16, 2009 9:00 am

yeah, the rule of two was created so that those two sith could keep their teachings alive and hide until the jedi fall, then they take hold and create more sith later on. Its a survival thing.
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Post  Quinlan Sa'athis on Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:47 am

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Post  Udumbara on Thu Jul 16, 2009 11:06 am

Cheers! All is clear now. Knowing so little of Star Wars mythology, I shouldn't even comment on things like that anymore.
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Post  Quinlan Sa'athis on Thu Jul 16, 2009 11:12 am

That is how you learn.
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Post  Udumbara on Thu Jul 16, 2009 11:29 am

Quinlan Sa'athis wrote:That is how you learn.

I am learning, especially from that wookipedia place. I just mean I shouldn't question something from Star Wars that seems off ... I'm sure Lucas wouldn't have made a mistake that big.
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Post  Toranilor on Thu Jul 16, 2009 12:44 pm

Quinlan Sa'athis wrote:

3000 years after actually.

Sorry, meant to say Tor was before that.

I knew what I meant, just typed it wrong.
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