My dad was a mechanic for 20+ years, and for as long as I can remember, I drove him nuts because I would go around the house with a screw driver he left out and take everything apart because I wanted to see how it work. As I grew older I developed an affinity towards computers and electronics, which led me to be “that kid” in High School who changed his grades, crashed the school districts servers, and used the NETSEND command with great success. I would spend my weekends either with my grandparents and uncle working on science projects or dragging my dad outside to help me fix my car (which consisted of him telling me that he would help once I got it taken apart). Those “figure it out” lessons were the probably the greatest gift he could’ve given me growing up.
I joined the US Army in 2004 and went into communications or “commo” for short (25U) where I managed to go from PVT (E1) when I joined to SGT (E5) by the time I returned from my deployment in 2006. After returning home, I was subsequently transferred from a Light Infantry Unit (walking everywhere) to a Mechanized Infantry Unit (Riding in an armored vehicle everywhere) and placed in charge of the Battalion Commo Shop as the current person running the commo shop was scheduled to retire in a few months and I was the only other NCO. This is where things got interesting and my Commo vs. Mechanics ProRevenge story starts…
Just curious-what do you think would have happened in Star Ears if Padme had survived?
I think Yoda would still want to hide and separate the children. I think Padme would refuse, and I hope Obi Wan would help–
Because wouldn’t that be fun? Padme, who ruled a planet, who challenged a senate, who married a horror, who can pick her own locks while handcuffed in the middle of a gladiatorial arena– now on the run with her two infants and only a heartbroken Obi Wan to back her up.
(And R2D2, of course.)
Padme’s always been the practical sort, even when royal, so she knows how to change a diaper and feed a child. She also knows how to fly the stolen ships Obi Wan and R2D2 hack into, how to bargain in thirteen intergalactic languages, how to spot a bounty hunter in a crowd, and how to shoot a blaster with deadly intent.
Padme was in love with someone who maybe never even existed– maybe once, there had been a boy who wanted to help people, who risked his life and his pod racer for someone else’s story, who made a young girl laugh in a sand-worn mechanic’s shop.
She had been chasing him for years, that once good heart, but now with these bruises purpling and fading around her neck, she stops waiting. She starts running. Every time Obi Wan force-moves something over the next few weeks, she has to bury a flinch.
But Leia is growing in fits and spurts, eating greedily and crying loudly. She stays in a sling on Padme’s chest when they move, Luke held snug in a sling around Obi Wan’s. Luke gets a whole head of thick brown hair while Leia’s is still patchy and bald, but he never matches his sister’s powerful lungs.
When Padme had been sitting in her high senatorial apartment on Corsucant, holding Anakin’s sweaty hand, she had never imagined she’d be murmuring desperately soothing noises to her fussy daughter while she shot around a corner at stormtroopers, while R2D2 meddles with a ship’s blast doors behind her.
Luke starts teething on a hot jungle planet where they hunker down for three weeks, sleeping in an abandoned old temple and catching the local wildlife for dinner. Leia takes her first steps in the belly of a Corellian freighter they’ve stowed away on. She wobbles between Padme’s outstretched hands and Obi Wan’s knees and boxes of smuggled luxuries. When she falls down, Obi Wan surges forward, heart in his throat, but Leia laughs.
Padme lost a husband, but Obi Wan lost a brother and his whole order– his world, his people, his family.
(One day, Leia’s whole home planet will vaporize and die under Vader’s–Anakin’s–command, and Obi Wan will find himself in the wreckage of it, the place Alderaan used to be, and he will recognize the sorrow shrieking into the Force.)
But for now– Padme watches Obi Wan win them funds in gambling halls, grin into the teeth of a good flyer chase, sleep with Leia strewn over his chest, and Padme wonders if he isn’t more heartbroken here over Anakin than she is.
Luke learns to walk a whole few months after Leia, but he falls less. He moves around the rim on mechanic’s shops, freighter cargo holds, makeshift camps on green planets, holding onto stable things and frowning seriously. Leia tries to leap from walking to running with no lead up time at all. She is not without scraped knees and scabby heels of her palms for years.
They manage to spend a whole eight months on a little Outer Rim planet in a sleepy agrarian settlement. Padme and Obi Wan repair farming droids while R2D2 plays nursemaid (both Leia and Luke will be fluent in droid by the time they’re six). Luke and Leia play rough-housing games in the dry dirt– this is the first time they’ve stayed anywhere long enough to learn other children’s names. On day two hundred and thirty six they hear reports of stormtroopers so they pack up and hop on a transport at the nearest spaceport, not even bothering to check where it’s going.
When they fly their own ships, they strap Luke and Leia into the same passenger’s seat and Padme and Obi Wan narrate. “Here you’ve got to always turn off the compressor before you activate the initiator…” “See the flashy blue light? Gotta have all the blue lights flashing…”
They hear reports of the empire growing. They see it– stormtroopers in more and more distant outposts, imperial ships passing them in the skies. Obi Wan lost the Jedi cloak years ago. They plate R2D2 in matte grey paint. Padme cuts her hair short and dresses in many-varied-layers like any refugee– because that’s what she is now, she and her little family.
Obi Wan has two lightsabers. He thinks Padme doesn’t know– he has the one he fights with, holding back stormtroopers and reflecting bounty hunters’ blaster shots, but he also has another one, tucked into the bottom of his pack.
“It’s Anakin’s, isn’t it?” Padme asks one late night, tucked in a stony sheltered hollow on a planet that storms warm rain thirty-eight hours out of the day’s forty-two. Obi Wan gives a soft laugh and puts his hand over his eyes as Padme goes on, “The saber you’re hiding from me.”
He nods, slowly, lets his hand fall. “I took it from him, when I left him for dead.”
“Not dead enough,” says Padme. “You’re keeping it in case yours gets lost?”
“Yes,” he says slowly. “Or in case… we might need another light saber, some day.”
Luke is bouncing a X-wing fighter toy along the wet pebbles. Leia is beeping something at R2D2, giggling over the rainfall.
I have seen quite a few posts about the human bodies ability to withstand damage. I was going over some of my old medic notes and I came across something worth adding. Blast injuries. I am not going into secondary and tertiary injuries (shrapnel and being thrown into objects) I want to address injuries caused purely by the blast wave itself. (Note: I will address all of the pressures in psi [pound-force to square inch] instead of breaking it into any other measurements because I am lazy) The human body is under an atmosphere of 15psi and can withstand a blast wave between 20-40 psi with a following vacuum of around 5 psi. The majority of damage is done internally to hollow organs (ears, lungs, GI track, etc) due to the massive pressure shift.
Imagine aliens finding this out first hand.
First Officer Glinth rushed to the ship’s infirmary as fast as his legs could carry him. There had been an explosion in the engine room of the ship that had peaked the environmental pressure sensors at 25 psi. “25 psi!” Glinth thought, “Divine Lights this is bad!”
He reached the infirmary and it was controlled chaos. Engineering crew were laid out on every bed in the room and some were even on litters on the floor. The two doctors and three nurses worked frantically on one patient. The rest of the nursing and aid staff were spread out through the room triaging and treating the injured as best as possible. Off to one side of the room was a body bag and the commander’s heart sank.
He did not see Engineer Hill among the injured as he came in the room. He had grown quite fond of Engineer Hill in the last few months and their conversations about music.
At that moment Glinth heard a familiar voice behind him, “Oh shit, hey sir.” Glinth turned around to see Hill sitting on the floor next to the door. She had burn marks on her uniform and seemed to have a few minor burns and lacerations. Her eyes were barely open and she had fresh blood in her left ear.
Glinth folded down between his front and back legs to get closer to eye level with Hill. “Hill! Are you alright? What happened? How bad are you hurt?” He fired off in rapid succession.
Hill put up her hand and tilted the right side of
her head toward the commander. “Wow, wow, wow sir. Slow down and speak up. I ruptured my left ear drum, and have some other minor injuries. I may have internal trauma too but I am in no immediate danger.
"I was working on purging a hydrogen compressor to fix a leak when a static charge ignited some of the hydrogen. Balket and I were both right in front of the explosion. Luckily for me the pressure wave shoved me over before the flames and shrapnel could cut me to ribbons.” At this Hill gestures to the body bag. “Balket wasn’t so lucky.”
The commander was quiet while he processed at he had just heard. Then he finally spoke, “Make sure you get all possible injuries checked out. I will have counselor Tyler come see you. Focus on getting better.” Hill nodded to this and the commander circled the room to check on the rest of the injured.
That evening he received the casualty report: one human dead, one Flomial ruptured both lungs and is in critical condition(under 24 hour observation), 2 humans with moderate injuries (removed from active duty until further notice), 2 Blantar with moderate injuries (removed from active duty until further notice), 3 humans with mild injuries (Returned to duty), 1 Flomial with minor injuries (placed on light duty until further notice).
Commander Glinth knew this casualty list could have been far worse if it had been any of the other species near the explosion.
The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE will celebrate its world premiere at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. The two-seater supersports show car brings the very latest and efficient, fully-fledged Formula 1 hybrid technology from the race track to the road almost par for par to represent the highlight of AMG’s 50th anniversary. This high-performance hybrid is said to produce over 1,000 hp and reach top speeds beyond 350 km/h. The show car combines outstanding race track performance and day-to-day suitable Formula 1 hybrid technology with exemplary efficiency.
‘Armchair / Jacket’ from the ‘Inflatables’ line, by C.P. Company (2001)
“This bright blue polyurethane design could be worn as a waterproof barrier shell hooded jacket and featured magnetic buttons throughout. It could also be rapidly inflated with the provided air compressor to create an armchair that could be used in a multitude of conditions.”
What would be the Mercs' reactions to modern-day internet and memes and the likes.
Medic: ENDLESS KNOWLEDGE AND ACCESS TO MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE AND SUPPLIES. DEEP WEB ORGAN SALES.
Soldier: orders 500 MREs and all day watches videos in the weird part of youtube. doesnt even know what a meme is but keeps making them.
Heavy: Skype nearly makes him cry. he can actually SEE his family and talk to them to. has a little lap top way to small for his hands and carries it around showing his family to everyone and introducing them,
Demo: SO many phone calls from the FBI because he keeps googling ‘how to make a stronger bomb’ and the like.
Spy: old man trying to use a fancy computer. types with his index fingers.
Scout: shit poster. his facebook profile pic is a cannabis leaf unironically decorated with Blingee.
Sniper: gets really into nature videos and Netflix. has the best wifi so he can watch blue planet in a tent.
Engie: has one of those youtube channels where he puts stuff in a compressor just to see it break.
Pyro: Edge lord, keeps flipping bottles, vine star, becomes god of youngest generation
CW: hospitals, IVs, medication, minor talk of health issues (Crohn’s, pneumonia, infections). No death or super serious/life-threatening health issues.
Jack wasn’t close to his maternal grandfather, but that didn’t stop him from visiting him in the hospital every day.
Though Grandpa Lou wasn’t on death’s doorstep, he wasn’t well and it was summer, so what else was he going to do with his time?
Unfortunately, all Grandpa seemed to do when he visited was sleep. Jack supposed there wasn’t much else to do in a hospital. So when Grandpa dozed off, Jack would often grab a cup of shitty coffee from the waiting room and wander the halls, staring at the generic art on the walls and wonder if he would be a bad grandson if he just went home.
TFA Metaphors/Visual Story telling of the destruction of Kylo Ren.
Since watching thevideo on Visual Story Tellingby the lovely ladies @starwarsconnection I recommend you watch it. It will open your eyes! I rewatched TFA to see if there was anything else I could spot. This is a long post mainly because I like using visuals so sorry, not sorry. Anyway, with out further ado lets look at the dialogue and the visual storytelling in TFA with regards to only Kylo Ren.
Note: I may miss some and this just my interpretation. And most were covered in the Starwars connection video- but wanted to go over every line of dialogue and visuals in extra detail.
So first up is the scene in which poor Mitaka has the pleasure of delivering the news that the droid escaped.
Mitaka: The two were accompanied by a girl.
Kylo: What girl!
Oh, the line we all love! But more importantly what happens when he says it. The back panel flashes/sparks to blue (the color associated with the light side of the Force) By itself it’s telling but then the scene cuts to Rey trying to fix the Falcon and the very next line is.
Rey: It’s the motivator. Grab me a Harris wrench – check in there!
Finn: How bad is it?!
Rey: If we wanna live, not good!
Now, this is an extremely good use of dialogue and visual storytelling. Not to mention very very clever on JJ’s part by putting Harris wrench in there.
What girl? Sparks blue- the girl (Rey) is the light aka the motivator. Grab me the Harris wrench (lol JJ!) Harrison Ford = Harris wrench. We all know Han goes to save Ben to bring him back to the light so I find it funny/clever Rey needs the Harris wrench to fix the current issue with the Falcon. Then when Finn says how bad is it- Rey replies if we want to live not good. Kylo Ren is visibly shaken in the previous scene violently pulling poor Mitaka into a choke hold. If Rey the light can’t get the Falcon (right now a metaphor for Kylo) fixed with the Harris wrench aka Han then it’s not good if they want to live.
One more note on this before I move on. It is important to understand that JJ could have used any combination of words or parts for the Falcon but he chose to use motivator and Harris wrench. If you think this is coincidence I hate to burst that bubble. JJ Abrams is the master at hiding easter eggs and these tidbits of dialogue are exactly that easter eggs. You don’t notice them at first and they don’t mean anything by themselves, but once you get the full picture and you know what happens next everything comes into focus.
I’m putting the rest under this line so if you want to keep reading please do
Next is the bonding tape– I know everyone was waiting for this one but it may have a double meaning.
Rey: I’ll drop you two at Ponemah Terminal. I need the bonding tape, hurry!
Finn: What about you?
Rey: I gotta get back to Jakku!
Finn:BACK TO JAK–?! Why does everyone always wanna go back to Jakku?!!
Rey: No, that one! No. No. The one I’m pointing to! No. NO. NO. If we don’t patch it up, the propulsion tank will overflow and flood the ship with poisonous gas!
If we keep on the Falcon’s mechanical issues are a metaphor for Kylo Ren we can see that there is possible foreshadowing for a bond to form between Kylo Ren and Rey. This could come in the form of a Force bond (when they enter each other’s minds later) but I think that it will come in the form of friendship in TLJ. The other possible meaning is that it actually referring to Rey and Finn (hence my comment about a double meaning.) BUT then we have this dialogue.
Finn: Rey. You’re a pilot – you can fly anywhere! Why go back?! You got a family? You got a boyfriend?Cute boyfriend?
The alarms stop (Rey has fixed the Falcon).
Rey: None of your business that’s why.
All the ship power goes out.
Finn asks about the family and boyfriend– suddenly the ship is fixed. Then when Rey tells him it’s none of his business everything shuts off.
Wow- Rey just shut Finn down hence the visual of the Falcon’s power shutting down. But it is interesting that the second a boyfriend is mentioned the ship is fixed. Again assuming the Falcon is a metaphor for Kylo this is telling for his role in Rey’s life. If it is meant for Finn which I think that it is also- it shows that the two are just friends. I think that it is meant for both Kylo and Finn in that the boyfriend relates to Kylo and the shut down relates to Finn. Now I’m not hating on Fi/nRey but this is just my interpretation of the dialogue and visuals. I’d love to have Fi/nRey but this is just the feel I get from what I saw. I also just realized this could also apply to Rey– everything is fixed at the mention of family, and potential love (the boyfriend). So now maybe a triple meaning how about that. But my main focus is only on Kylo… so moving on .
Next up we have the scene where Snoke addresses Kylo and Hux about Luke Skywalker.
Snoke: There has been an awakening have you felt it?
Snoke: If Skywalker returns the New Jedi will rise.
Snoke’s hand flexes as the same time the angle of the shot shows his hand over Kylo’s head while saying the word Skywalker. This could be foreshadowing of Ben Solo’s return as some sort of new type of Jedi.
Then we have Snoke addressing Kylo again
Snoke: There’s something more the droid we seek is aboard the Millennium Falcon. In the hands of your father.
Kylo: He means nothing to me.
Snoke: Even you Master of the Knights of Ren have never faced such a test.
Kylo: By the grace of your training I will not be seduced.
Snoke: We shall see.
The very next shot is of Rey and Han having issues with the Falcon. But the line of dialogue is…
Han: Electrical overload
Rey: I can fix that.
Han: The coolant is leaking
Rey: Try transferring auxiliary power into secondary tank
Han: If this Hyperdrive blows there going to be pieces of us in three different systems.
Rey: (fixes problem alarms stop)
Han: what did you do?
Rey: I by passed the compressor
In this scene, we should take the Falcon’s issues as a metaphor for Kylo Ren’s mental state. He is having an electrical overload aka emotion crisis, he’s losing his cool.
Rey’s next line about transferring the auxiliary power into the secondary tank is foreshadowing. Meaning that Kylo’s power will be shifted int Ben Solo (the secondary tank.)
Han’s line about the hyperdrive is also interesting. In the context that Kylo goes off the rails and Ben Solo does not come back - we will have complete and other destruction.
Finally, Rey fixes the problem, she bypassed the compressor. The compressor is a metaphor for Snoke. This is also foreshadowing of what’s to come. Rey will get around Snoke and fix the problem which is Ben Solo being held hostage under the influence of Snoke himself.
Now for the grand finally of it all… The destruction of Starkiller base. Again we are going to use Starkiller base as a metaphor for Kylo Ren. This is the grand daddy, the whole enchilada of foreshadowing/visual story telling/ metaphors.
Kylo Ren =Starkiller base
The oscillator = Kylo Ren’s struggle between the light and the dark
The Resistance must destroy a thermal oscillator in order to destabilize the planet. JJ could have used a slew of different mechanical terminology but he chose oscillator.
The definition for oscillating is…
1.to swing or move to and fro, as a pendulum does.
2.to vary or vacillate between differing beliefs, opinions, conditions, etc.: He oscillates regularly between elation and despair.
Throughout the movie, Kylo struggles with the pull to the light. He teeters back and forth between the two. Note the brutality he shows Poe in the interrogation room vs how he treats Rey. It is noted in the novelizations that he doesn’t want to enter her mind by force even goes as far as saying that it gives him no pleasure. But if you only strictly want to base this on the movie we have the line about compassion. It was filmed but cut from the movie (probably because it is too telling right now) He has compassion for Rey even though he denies it. So Kylo Ren oscillates between the dark side and the light.
Edit: @force-bond pointed out something that I missed when I originally posted this meta so I thought I would point it out now since this has gotten a lot of positive attention.
Prior to the assault on Starkiller base, the Resistance meet in their command center and discuss the weapon.
Finn: It uses the power of thesun. As the weapon is charged, the sun is drained until it disappears.
ADMIRAL STATURA- If we can destroy that oscillator, it might destabilize the core and cripple the weapon.
Poe: We’ll go in there and we’ll hit that oscillator with everything we got.
ADMIRAL ACKBAR: They have defensive shields that our ships cannot penetrate
HAN: We disable the shields. Kid, you worked there, what do you got?
FINN: I can do it.
HAN I like this guy.
Finn: I can disable the shields. But I have to be there, on the planet–
HAN: We’ll get you there.
LEIA: Han, how?
HAN: If I told you, you wouldn’t like it.
Wow, talk about your foreshadowing!
So as the weapon is charged it drains the sun until it disappears. Snoke is using Kylo Ren as a weapon until Ben Solo (the sun/son) disappears. The line from Statura informs us that the oscillator must be destroyed in order to destabilize the core and cripple the weapon. Again, oscillate and destabilize are two important words here. Destroying the oscillation between the pull to the darkness in Ben Solo and let him be pulled to the light will destabilize Kylo Ren thus crippling him.
Then when Han says he can get Finn on the planet Leia asks him how… He responds that if he told her she wouldn’t like it… Han is going to destabilize Kylo Ren and it will cost him, his own life. It’s quite obvious Leia won’t/doesn’t like this. That is huge foreshadowing for Han’s death. However, his reasons are stated here and later on when it actually happens. He is going to stop the weapon from draining the power from thesun. He is going to stop Snoke and keep his son Ben Solo from disappearing.
Even Han repeats Finn’s line to Ben on the bridge (sort of)
Han: Snoke is using you for your power. When he gets what he wants he’ll crush you. You know it’s true.
The use of Sun and Son in this makes the ending of the movie that much more meaningful so keep that in mind for the very last part of this meta.
In the beginning of the assault on Starkiller base, we have Poe giving us two very telling lines.
Poe: We’ll go in and hit it (oscillator) with everything we got.
Poe: As long as there is light we still have a chance.
We all know Star Wars is about hope and optimism. Poe gives us that and also eludes that if the light remains in Kylo Ren there’s still a chance. (We know that the light was not all lost as Starkiller base never fired upon the resistance again keep this in mind for the very last part of the meta)
But we know what happens, Kylo oscillates back to the dark side and kills Han. I have a separate post on this moment which involves Han and the Helmetclick here to read. Anyways moving on… Chewie first shoots Kylo Ren wounding him but not killing him. AND Chewie blows up the oscillator, BUT ALSO fails to completely destroy it.
Admiral Ackbar: The Oscillator’s been damaged but is still functional.
Kylo Ren is down but not out of this fight just yet.
We know that Kylo and Finn battle it out, while Rey is knocked out. Poor Finn loses and is out for the count when this happens
Rey and Kylo begin to battle it out.
And the very next line in is…
Niv Leck: We just lost R-1!
We just lost Finn to Kylo, he’s down for the count.
Then we have
Jess: We’re overwhelmed! What do we do?
Rey is clearly overwhelmed when the lightsaber flys into her hand and so is Kylo judging by the look on his face and the cues from the script that states …
KYLO REN TURNS TO SEE LUKE’S LIGHTSABER LAND IN THE HAND OF REY, WHO STANDS, FACING HIM, HAVING REACHED FOR IT HERSELF, BUT UTTERLY STUNNED THAT IT LANDED IN HER HAND! SHE IS SHOCKED – AND SO IS KYLO REN!
Then we have the following line as Kylo and Rey battle it out off screen.
Yolo Ziff: Black Leader, there’s a brand new hole in that oscillator. Looks like our friends got in!
There’s a brand new hole in Kylo Ren and that hole is Rey.
Poe: All teams I’m going in, pull up and cover me.
Rey has engaged Kylo Ren and Poe makes it in and blows up the oscillator. The planet begins to collapse as Kylo and Rey continue their battle. Until he gets her at the edge of the cliff. Rey turns and kicks Kylo’s ass, and a large chasm rips between the two.
As the planet crumbles a FO technician says the following line after he is told to get back to his station.
Just look. We won’t survive – even Hux has gone!
I believe and I am speculating that this is also foreshadowing. The First Order will not survive and neither will Hux in TLJ but we won’t know that to be the case until December.
Speaking of Hux he also delivers a very very important line.
Hux: The fuel cells have ruptured. The collapse of the planet has begun.
Kylo Ren has lost his fuel, he has been beaten and most likely lost his will to fight for the darkness and resist the light. Considering that he is horrified by his actions. But the bit about the collapse of the planet has begun. The darkness that is Kylo Ren is falling apart.
The very last part I will leave you with is the description of the destruction of Starkiller base.
the PLANET IMPLODES – THE SUNLIGHT IT CONTAINS BURSTS FORTH, and as we get further and further distance from what was Starkiller Base, we witness the REBIRTH OF A SUN. Light restored to a corner of the galaxy.
This is a very detailed description of something that happens in a script. If Starkiller base is a metaphor for Kylo Ren then he has been reborn back into Ben solo. The rebirth of a sun/son. It’s a pun but it also an effective use of visual storytelling. It’s a metaphor. They will not come right out and say these things but they are there.
If we look at all the clues, visuals, and dialogue, together they paint a clear picture of whats to come and what has actually happened to Kylo Ren.
Kylo Ren is dead… He died on Starkiller base. If TLJ picks up right where we left off it may be safe to assume we will see Ben Solo grieve his father (somehow) We actually may be left in the dark and not know for certain whether or not Ben Solo has returned until much later in the movie for dramatic purposes/big reveals.
And that ladies and gents are my interpretations of the metaphors/visual storytelling of TFA.
Now go watch TFA again knowing what you know and tell me you don’t hear/see it. :-)