June 4th, 2005

Illustmaker me

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I'm glad cropped pants are temporarily in style, as they reach my ankles and therefore need no tailoring.

Seriously, I thought that I was having problems finding jeans of a normal human length because I am, not to put too fine a point on it, a beached whale. I figured someone in the great design department of life decided that something wide enough to fit my hips probably would have to be long. I'm not sure why, exactly, but, hey.

Today, however, I went to a bargain basement store which has one of those annoying communal fitting rooms. Beside me, two skinny women were trying on jeans... and complaining that they were all a few inches too long.

So, if it's not a waist-ratio thing... er, how long do designers think our legs are?
Illustmaker me

Vader and the Death Star

I do apologize to people who read my journal for HP; honestly... when HBP comes out, I'm sure I'm going to have a huge flood of HP stuff. For now, still Star Warsing it.

In The Penitent (a post-RotJ round robin I did a couple of years ago), Anakin, returned to life as a clone, is put on trial for Vader's crimes. The prosecutor questions an officer from the Death Star (he had left to report on events before the battle), and he testifies that Vader did nothing to obstruct the destruction of Alderaan, and the prosecutor shows security holos of him doing nothing to stop it, and so on. The (Alderaanian) defense attorney--who had deliberately brought the guy in--sweeps up and asks the witness if he had a blaster, and when he allows that he did, she starts demanding to know why he didn't just start firing. After all, he was armed. That gave him power. And so on. She then points out that Anakin's also being legally excoriated for killing Ozzel and Needa over military mistakes, and demands to know whether he's supposed to be killing people over military disagreements or not, and which he's to be held responsible for, as it's good to know this sort of thing ahead of time. (Anakin's crimes, for the sake of drama, have been all kind of agglomerated into one general "crimes against the galaxy" charge--"Anakin Skywalker," she said, "known also as Darth Vader, you are charged with crimes against the galaxy. These crimes include crimes of commission and crimes of depraved indifference, committed against both the Rebellion you fought and the Empire you served. This trial will serve as your trial for all crimes listed. The decision will be final.")

In the context of the trial, that little bit of drama makes sense to me. The point, of course, is that all Vader could have done about it at the time was more or less kill Tarkin and everyone in sight who didn't agree to defy Tarkin's order--in other words, to have a massacre, and would the galaxy find that more acceptable than silence? And is he more culpable, legally speaking, than Third Spear Carrier On the Right (the witness), who also did exactly nothing? (There's evidence that he objected, but Anakin is doing his best to avoid looking good and driving his lawyer completely crazy in the process, but that's neither here nor there.)

Obviously, it wouldn't have been right for him to do another massacre, but what could he have reasonably done, had he decided to come back then for Leia instead of later for Luke? Had he mutinied, would he be able to hold the military presence on board? The officers don't much like him, but he seems to work reasonably well with the stormtroopers (and if they're still clones, they should obey... unless, of course, Palps has a specific what-if-Anakin-decides-to-drop-in plan, and they turned on him). Could he have used the Force to cause a massive malfunction? What would the consequences of that have been?

I dunno. I thought it would be fun to play with the notion of what he actually could have done, despite the sarcastic legal defense that I came up with a few years ago.