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The devastating toll of the Death Star's destruction.

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by bigpern23, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    The day everything changed for the Empire.

  2. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    Randal: So they build another Death Star, right?
    Dante: Yeah.
    Randal: Now the first one they built was completed and fully operational before the Rebels destroyed it.
    Dante: Luke blew it up. Give credit where it's due.
    Randal: And the second one was still being built when they blew it up.
    Dante: Compliments of Lando Calrissian.
    Randal: Something just never sat right with me the second time they destroyed it. I could never put my finger on it - something just wasn't right.
    Dante: And you figured it out?
    Randal: Well, the thing is, the first Death Star was manned by the Imperial army-storm troopers, dignitaries - the only people onboard were Imperials.
    Dante: Basically.
    Randal: So when they blew it up, no prob. Evil is punished.
    Dante: And the second time around?
    Randal: The second time around, it wasn't even finished yet. They were still under construction.
    Dante: So?
    Randal: A construction job of that magnitude would require a helluva lot more manpower than the Imperial army had to offer. I'll bet there were independent contractors working on that thing: plumbers, aluminum siders, roofers.
    Dante: Not just Imperials, is what you're getting at.
    Randal: Exactly. In order to get it built quickly and quietly they'd hire anybody who could do the job. Do you think the average storm trooper knows how to install a toilet main? All they know is killing and white uniforms.
    Dante: All right, so even if independent contractors are working on the Death Star, why are you uneasy with its destruction?
    Randal: All those innocent contractors hired to do a job were killed - casualties of a war they had nothing to do with. All right, look - you're a roofer, and some juicy government contract comes your way; you got the wife and kids and the two-story in suburbia - this is a government contract, which means all sorts of benefits. All of a sudden these left-wing militants blast you with lasers and wipe out everyone within a three-mile radius. You didn't ask for that. You have no personal politics. You're just trying to scrape out a living.
    Blue-Collar Man: Excuse me. I don't mean to interrupt, but what were you talking about?
    Randal: The ending of Return of the Jedi.
    Dante: My friend is trying to convince me that any contractors working on the uncompleted Death Star were innocent victims when the space station was destroyed by the rebels.
    Blue-Collar Man: Well, I'm a contractor myself. I'm a roofer - Dunn and Reddy Home Improvements. And speaking as a roofer, I can say that a roofer's personal politics come heavily into play when choosing jobs.
    Randal: Like when?
    Blue-Collar Man: Three months ago I was offered a job up in the hills. A beautiful house with tons of property. It was a simple reshingling job, but I was told that if it was finished within a day, my price would be doubled. Then I realized whose house it was.
    Dante: Whose house was it?
    Blue-Collar Man: Dominick Bambino's.
    Randal: Babyface Bambino? The gangster?
    Blue-Collar Man: The same. The money was right, but the risk was too big. I knew who he was, and based on that, I passed the job on to a friend of mine.
    Dante: Based on personal politics.
    Blue-Collar Man: Right. And that week, the Foresci family put a hit on Babyface's house. My friend was shot and killed. He wasn't even finished shingling.
    Randal: No way!
    Blue-Collar Man: I'm alive because I knew there were risks involved taking on that particular client. My friend wasn't so lucky. You know, any contractor willing to work on that Death Star knew the risks. If they were killed, it was their own fault. A roofer listens to this...(taps his heart) not his wallet.
  3. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry, I can't buy the whole consipiacy thing.

    Mainly because of one nagging question: Why the hell do they bother with holding mugs of blue crap if they aren't going to take their helmets off and take a drink?
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