ANH 12/??

Mar. 11th, 2012 08:53 pm
anghraine: luke and leia against a yellow background, swirly circles between them; text: bonds of spirit (luke and leia [bonds of spirit])
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I thought it'd been awhile since I did one of these, so I glanced back and...over six months. WTF, Elizabeth. In my defense, my DVD was non-functioning for most of that time and only got repaired about two weeks ago. But I'm still side-eyeing myself over my own comment from last time: I'm just hoping I actually finish them -- for ANH anyway -- before I turn twenty-six, heh.

My twenty-sixth birthday is on Thursday. ...Heh.

Anyway, Death Star.

Back with the droids, the stormtroopers have finally managed to break through the doors, Luke fortunately falling silent at that moment -- Threepio left the comlink on the computers for some reason. The leader orders the others to see to the guy Chewbacca tossed to the ground. He’s still unconscious, so … I don’t think there’s much to be seen to. But it’s the thought that counts!

Then they open the door to a sort of closet, revealing Artoo and Threepio.

THREEPIO: They’re madmen! They’re heading for the prison level. If you hurry, you might catch them.


They take the bait and head out, leaving one stormtrooper to stand guard, and Threepio recovers the comlink and orders Artoo to follow him. The guard points his blaster at them. Threepio, channelling his inner badass, walks right up to him.

THREEPIO: Oh! All this excitement has overrun the circuits of my counterpart here. If you don’t mind, I’d like to take him down to maintenance.
STORMTROOPER, lowering the blaster: All right.

Nice, Threepio. I suspect moments like these are the reason he annoys me so much less than many other comic relief characters. He's effective. On purpose.

Back in the garbage compactor, Lucas is doing his best to induce claustrophobia in everyone who ever watched these scene. The walls are closing, Chewie keeps futilely pushing against the walls, Luke is screaming at Threepio through his comlink, and Leia’s sinking. Han tells her to climb on top of the trash, she snaps that she’s trying--

Cut to Threepio, obliviously wondering why the others aren't at the rendezvous spot. He has Artoo use his mad hacking skillz to figure out what's happened from the local computer. (The local computer appears to be a Tandy.)

And back to the compactor, Han, Luke, Leia, and Chewie are all frenziedly trying to keep themselves from being smashed into goop.

HAN: One thing's for sure - we're all going to be a lot thinner!

That's clearly a major concern at the moment. Seriously, who says that on the point of dying?

Han Solo, I guess. But it's still a bit of a "whaaaa?" moment for me, though the total randomness is strangely endearing to me. Narm Charm!

Leia falls again and Han helps her up, which is sort of cute even as they snap at each other. Finally, Artoo reminds Threepio to use the comlink, just as the walls crunch ever closer. Luke screams at Threepio to shut down all the garbage compactors on the detention level while in the background, Leia tries to stop the opposite wall with her feet. Points for effort?

With another screech, the walls stop and Luke, Leia, and Han all start shouting in sheer joy at not being dead. Threepio, of course, takes these as dying screams, and Luke reassures him while Han and Leia hug.

I bet that hug was very closely scrutinized during ye olde shipping wars. Anyway, you kind of know they're going to be friends after this, no matter how snarly they get. It's like Fire-Forged Friends, but with garbage.

Obi-Wan, meanwhile, is skulking through a hallway, not very secretively - in fact, you can even see a few Imperials wandering around behind him, paying no attention to the man in the not-at-all-regulation robes. Going with the prequels, he's even wearing official Jedi robes and still just strolling past.

Eh, the Force did it.

So Obi-Wan heads over to some sort of metal control thingy with very little room to stand and an apparently bottomless abyss below and starts switching levers. By hand. Um, speaking of the Force, wouldn't that have been an awfully convenient times to have telekinetic powers? He's balancing on this very tiny balcony while stormtroopers pass overheard because he had to do it by hand and ... idk, it's weird. People never seem to use the Force for flipping switches, even really important switches - and I suppose the Force has always been a bit New Powers as the Plot Demands anyway, and that one didn't come up until ESB. In-story it's still a bit weird, though.

Oh, the letters on the controls are in that SW script now. Aurebesh? I don't remember, but I don't think they were originally? It's one of the more harmless changes, though.

Luke, Han, and Leia are trying to clean themselves off a bit, the men abandoning their stormtrooper outfits for some reason (but not the belts), and it seems to hit Han that he hasn't filled today's misogyny quota.

HAN: If we can just avoid any more female advice, we ought to be able to get out of here.

Oh, shut up, Han.

He'd probably have died facing down stormtroopers (like a ~man~) if she hadn't taken charge of the rescue. He's had pretty much no ideas for solving their problems at any point. And to make the line even better, it's pointedly addressed to Luke, not Leia.

Leia is fabulously unimpressed, of course, but even Luke seems a bit taken aback. He gives a sort of nervous chuckle and goes back to dealing with his hair (...), Chewie backs away from the door, and Han raises his blaster. Leia tells him not to shoot, they'll hear, and for some inexplicable reason he shoots anyway. Then he starts to lecture a cowering Chewie on cowardice -- um, okay. Luke and Leia, still colour-coordinated and sharing emotional states, look disgusted. In the background, Luke gives a contemptuous shake of his head, but the focus is on Leia, who's livid.

LEIA, softly: Listen. [Han turns to look at her] I don't know who you are, or where you came from, but from now on, you'll do as I tell you. Okay?

Han responds with this OMGWTFBBQ?! look at Luke, whose overwhelming sympathy is beautiful to behold:

Without so much as a smudge of her makeup (that's battle lipstick, I tell you), Leia sails past, though she's forced to slow behind the glacially moving Chewie. Han and Luke follow after her, the latter checking the area for danger while Han and Leia bicker. He seems largely disinterested.

HAN: Look, your Worshipfulness, let's get one thing straight. I take orders from one person - me!
LEIA: It's a wonder you're still alive.

my queen <3 <3

She snaps at Chewie to get out of the way (calling him "a walking carpet," which tbh sounds like Imperial-ish racism) and marches on. Han turns to Luke again, clearly not realizing that he doesn't give a shit.

HAN: No reward is worth this!

I love this line. I love still more that Luke pays absolutely no attention to him, and just keeps looking for stormtroopers.

Sexism (and fantastic racism) notwithstanding, I love the dynamic we see between the three of them here. Leia's taking charge, Han's snarking at everything, and Luke's the resident brain.


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