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  1. #31
    Doop! Yes I did. Devastator was Vader's ISD in Rogue One/ANH, Avenger was Captain Needa's ISD in ESB! My bad. This round of drinks is on me!

    And apparently droid etiquette only flows up, not down.

  2. #32
    The other thing I didn't mention is Threepio's 'made to suffer' line as an possible further indication of implied droid subservience sprinkled throughout the film, which he seems to acknowledge and apparently acquiesce to. Artoo's actions up to the point is apparently defiant in Threepio's eyes, but he still remains faithful as Threepio feels the need to keep Artoo in his place so to speak.
    A special effect without a story is a pretty boring thing. -George Lucas

  3. #33

    Star Wars Daily Screenplay Reading -- DAY 14

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    Threepio, hot and tired, struggles up over the ridge of a
    dune; only to find more dunes, which seem to go on for endless
    miles. He looks back in the direction of the now distant
    rock mesas.

    That malfunctioning little twerp.
    This is all his fault! He tricked me
    into going this way, but he'll do no

    In a huff of anger and frustration, Threepio knocks the sand
    from his joints. His plight seems hopeless, when a glint of
    reflected light in the distance reveals an object moving
    towards him.

    Wait, what's that? A transport! I'm

    The bronze android waves frantically and yells at the
    approaching transport.

    Over here! Help! Please, help!
    Not a lot to note here. The most interesting thing from the scene isn't even mentioned: the desert sand worm skeleton.

    Something else I've never thought about: the script mentions that Threepio "yells..." I wonder how loud he can jack up his volume?

    More tomorrow...

  4. #34
    While the skeleton is pretty much signature now, I wonder how the first part of this passage would have played out cinematically if redone in a special edition-ish sort of way with Threepio reaching some high ground only to see the endless dunes ahead and then looking behind at Artoo's destination, albiet much, much further backnow. Who knows, it would have kind of captured that moment that played out similarly in movies like "Alive" for example.

    BTW, I possibly wouldn't expect an (an)droid designed for etiquette to necessarily yell, like yelling across a room to get your master's attention (who whud!). That or either Cpt. Antilles wiped out a subroutine during his memory wipe.
    A special effect without a story is a pretty boring thing. -George Lucas

  5. #35
    I'm telling you, Threepio does not carry the same program hierarchy as your standard protocol droid. Even before we knew of his "junkyard genius maker" origins, his self-preservation programming always overruns what ought to be his primary function, protocol. It happens constantly throughout the OT.

  6. #36
    I get 'ya, and he does see a lot of action (both he and Luke admit it). Wonder if that's learned behavior (a la CSM 101/T-800 microprocessor) on top of programming based on 'all they've been through' since it stands to reason it maybe 'polite' for some cultures to yell. Oh, and just to retcon, he also admits at not being good at telling stories, so now he's learning how to lie (to quote the Borg Queen).
    Last edited by Deak_Starkiller; 07-14-2018 at 12:45 PM.
    A special effect without a story is a pretty boring thing. -George Lucas

  7. #37

    Star Wars Daily Screenplay Reading -- DAY 15


    Luke and Biggs are walking and drinking a malt brew. Fixer
    and the others can be heard working inside.

    (Very animated) I cut off my power, shut down
    the afterburners and came in low on
    Deak's trail. I was so close I thought
    I was going to fry my instruments.
    As it was I busted up the Skyhopper
    pretty bad. Uncle Owen was pretty
    upset. He grounded me for the rest
    of the season. You should have been
    there... it was fantastic.

    You ought to take it easy Luke. You
    may be the hottest bushpilot this
    side of Mos Eisley, but those little
    Skyhoppers are dangerous. Keep it
    up, and one day, whammo, you're going
    to be nothing more than a dark spot
    on the down side of a canyon wall.

    Look who's talking. Now that you've
    been around those giant starships
    you're beginning to sound like my
    uncle. You've gotten soft in the

    I've missed you kid.

    Well, things haven't been the same
    since you left, Biggs. It's been
    so... quiet.

    Biggs looks around then leans close to Luke.

    Luke, I didn't come back just to say
    good-bye... I shouldn't tell you
    this, but you're the only one I can
    trust... and if I don't come back, I
    want somebody to know.

    Luke's eyes are wide with Biggs' seriousness and loyalty.

    What are you talking about?

    I made some friends at the Academy.
    (he whispers)
    ...when our frigate goes to one of
    the central systems, we're going to
    jump ship and join the Alliance...

    Luke, amazed and stunned, is almost speechless.

    Join the Rebellion?! Are you kidding!

    Quiet down will ya! You got a mouth
    bigger than a meteor crater!

    I'm sorry. I'm quiet.
    (he whispers)
    Listen how quiet I am. You can barely
    hear me...

    Biggs shakes his head angrily and then continues.

    My friend has a friend on Bestine
    who might help us make contact.

    You're crazy! You could wander around
    forever trying to find them.

    I know it's a long shot, but if I
    don't find them I'll do what I can
    on my own... It's what we always
    talked about. Luke, I'm not going to
    wait for the Empire to draft me into
    service. The Rebellion is spreading
    and I want to be on the right side --
    the side I believe in.

    And I'm stuck here...

    I thought you were going to the
    Academy next term. You'll get your
    chance to get off this rock.

    Not likely! I had to cancel my
    application. There has been a lot of
    unrest among the Sandpeople since
    you left... they've even raided the
    outskirts of Anchorhead.

    Your uncle could hold off a whole
    colony of Sandpeople with one blaster.

    I know, but he's got enough vaporators
    going to make the place pay off. He
    needs me for just one more season. I
    can't leave him now.

    I feel for you, Luke, you're going
    to have to learn what seems to be
    important or what really is important.
    What good is all your uncle's work
    if it's taken over by the Empire?...
    You know they're starting to
    nationalize commerce in the central
    systems... it won't be long before
    your uncle is merely a tenant, slaving
    for the greater glory of the Empire.

    It couldn't happen here. You said it
    yourself. The Empire won't bother
    with this rock.

    Things always change.

    I wish I was going... Are you going
    to be around long?

    No, I'm leaving in the morning...

    Then I guess I won't see you.

    Maybe someday... I'll keep a lookout.

    Well, I'll be at the Academy next
    season... after that who knows. I
    won't be drafted into the Imperial
    Starfleet that's for sure... Take
    care of yourself, you'll always be
    the best friend I've got.

    So long, Luke.

    Biggs turns away from his old friend and heads towards the
    power station.
    This scene ties up the "Luke's daily routine" subplot nicely, and would have gone a long way towards making the return of Biggs in the third act more meaningful.

    But it introduces continuity problems the series seems to always face: Biggs is leaving the next morning, to eventually make contact with the rebellion when his ship reaches central's a long shot that he can make contact at all...then Luke has an adventure that can't last more than two days, and suddenly Biggs is entrenched in the secret rebel stronghold. It's the same problem that pops up with Luke's Dagobah training vs. Han and Leia's trip to Bespin, just how much time is elapsing here?

    In context of the movie, this was probably a good cut. The tension with the droids has been mounting, and this talky scene would let all the air out of the balloon. By skipping this, we continue to raise the stakes for the droids with no let-up.

    Until the next unspecified time-period left to the audience's determination...

  8. #38
    This part of the dialogue to me is prelude to the 'call to adventure' that Luke is slowly getting drawn to. It's building to a point to where even his most trusted friend is now drawn to it. As far as the continuity issue, IDK if the radio drama sort of reconciles this if they recognize it as such, although this scene explains a bit Luke's ability to pick up a T-65 real quick (with some time in the simulator with Biggs IIRC in the radio drama).

    BTW, is the grain for those malts locally grown or imported, still waiting on those round of drinks....
    Last edited by Deak_Starkiller; 07-15-2018 at 09:26 AM.
    A special effect without a story is a pretty boring thing. -George Lucas

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