the post war

Canada: But if it came down to it, if it really came down to it, you wouldn’t destroy everything right? You’d hold back? You’d have some sense? you’d be a better nation?

America: *Stroking the nuclear detonation button*^ It’s called mutually assured destruction for a reason. I wouldn’t want to be rude.


^There isn’t actually a button. It’s much more complex than this and involves keys and pass-codes and outdated technology. 

So, I really like this new theory that says Ben accidentally blew up Luke’s academy due to his latent, untamed powers. In this moment, his emotions were all over the place. After keeping his powers under check for long, he just exploded and unintentionally hurt people.

But it also reminds me of Elsa from Frozen and her journey… Well, now I can’t stop imagining Kylo singing and rocking out to Let It Go 🤷🏼‍♀️

Honestly Rey being either a Skywalker or a Solo has been dead for such a long time now, not only because of all the hints that those involved with the production have been dropping to disprove the theories, but because the canon timeline doesn’t allow for it without completely compromising the original trio’s integrity.

In Bloodline, a canon novel revolving around Leia taking place around six years before TFA, we learn that Ben was travelling with Luke up until it was exposed to the public that Leia was the daughter of Darth Vader. She had (understandably) wanted to take this secret to the grave, but the news had left everyone in shock– especially Ben who had no prior knowledge to being Vader’s grandson. He must have been devastated and confused, causing him to fall to the dark side during a moment of weakness.

Rey Solo is not only dead because neither Han nor Leia recognized their daughter in TFA, but throughout Bloodline Leia gives no hints to having ever had another child. Her thoughts always lead to Han or Ben, and when the news of Vader broke out, she rushed to send a message to Ben trying to explain it to him before anyone else got the chance to. She never thought about a supposed second child. Again this book is canon material and there would be some major continuity errors if the thought of her ‘lost daughter’ never crossed her mind.

Rey Skywalker is also dead with Bloodline because Rey was abandoned on Jakku roughly 15 years ago, whereas the destruction of Luke’s temple and Ben’s defection happened only 6 years ago. If Rey was Luke’s daughter, that would mean he abandoned her on a dangerous planet and then continued to research Jedi lore and train Ben, his nephew. It makes absolutely no sense and compromises Luke’s character. I know– and expect, Luke to be far more cynical  and morally grey in TLJ, but that’s because his confidence in himself has been shattered from his failures and Ben’s fall to the dark side.

These theories have been dead for so long and I’m not sure why they’re still so largely accepted in the fandom. I now that most fans tend to stick to just watching the films, but even if that’s the case, TFA itself makes it quite clear she isn’t related to our former heroes.

  • 4 year old Sabine: Mommy, mommy! *sniff* I got a paper cut!
  • Ursa: You are a fast growing girl. You can find plasters in the kitchen all by yourself.
  • 6 year old Tristan: Mommy, mommy! I've lost my coat and it's freezing.
  • Ursa: You are almost a man now. I suggest you go and track down a wolf and flay them for fur to wear.
  • [Ezra Bridger pushes himself off the surface after ducking to avoid a rocket.]
  • Ursa: Are you alright?
  • Ezra: Urgh. Better than the bike.
  • Sabine and Tristan: (-_-) (-_-)
De-Nazification

In order to prevent anything like this from happening again the Allies had to re-educate and de-nazificate the German population. This meant that the Nazi ideology had to disappear from the mindset of the people and they needed to be re-educated with a better one. This took place in all areas of daily life: school programs were changed, the political system was completely changed. street names were changed and even the language itself was changed. But most importantly, the Allies had to persecute the perpetrators and punish them. In order to do this, they categorized all the citizens by letting them fill in questions. Obviously they could not punish the entire population out of logistical reasons and because it wasn’t fair.

Depending on the answers, they were put in three categories: those who have no guilt, those who collaborated with the perpetrators and those who are guilty. They were later punished accordingly. The ones who were guilty faced either a death sentence or a prison sentence of a very long time. The collaborators often got sacked from their job and were not allowed to work in an important function such as teacher or politician. 

And those who were not guilty, according to their answers, were handed a so called “Persilschein”, which proved their innocence and were free from any guilt. 

And so, life in Germany after the war had to continue. 

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This may be ancient history while we’re in the midst of season four.  Sure we’re seeing limited scenes which are mostly surrounded by natural barriers, and the cities we do see are rarely revealed to a great extent.  

I think one of the most exceptional episodes animated to date, and a favourite of mine is Vision of Hope  because the animators really went all out to animate the surrounding urban landscape as you can see in the two screencaps above, and gosh they even made it aesthetically pleasing.  It’s a mixture of a background digital painting, with a number of animated towers slotted in.  The other city that comes to mind which the animators put a lot of effort into was the location we saw during The Future of the Force.

It’s worth repeating that the animators did a heck of a job despite their limited budget.