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Noah Smith πŸ‡
Bloomberg Opinion writer. Founder, . Writes about economics, tweets about rabbits. Also blogs at
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Noah Smith πŸ‡ 1m
"It has been [0] days since you have been owned on this website."
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Noah Smith πŸ‡ 3m
Zoomers: "I don't understand, why wouldn't you just...y'know, NOT get angry?" πŸ˜‚
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Noah Smith πŸ‡ 5m
Replying to @YuanfenYang
Who's your bias?
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Noah Smith πŸ‡ 5m
Replying to @eean @emollick
Or just ratio it on Twitter til it gives up and kills itself
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Noah Smith πŸ‡ 9m
πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ I'm in. I'll DM and we'll set it up!!
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Noah Smith πŸ‡ 10m
Maybe the conflict of whether to give into violent rage resonates less with a generation born after leaded gasoline was phased out... ;-)
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Noah Smith πŸ‡ 16m
This is the basic dynamic of the scene: Luke trying to be the serene, mature Jedi he thinks he has become, and the Emperor taunting Luke into becoming the impetuous, rageful kid he still was in ESB (but with dark-side power to make him strong). That's the conflict.
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Noah Smith πŸ‡ 17m
Luke's conflict before that is that he comes in intending not to use violence to win, but the Emperor taunts him into using violence. His anger gets the better of him despite his resolve and his training. Then when Vader threatens Leia, it gets the better of him even more.
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Noah Smith πŸ‡ 18m
We should rewatch the scene together! We can record our Zoom and post it. :-)
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Noah Smith πŸ‡ 18m
He comes in not wanting to fight Vader at all. Willingly gives up his lightsaber, and initially refuses to use it for a long time even when offered. Only after extended taunting by the Emperor does he take it and attack.
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Noah Smith πŸ‡ 19m
Yes.
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Noah Smith πŸ‡ 21m
He almost does kill him, after surrendering to his rage. At that moment he is VERY interested in killing Vader, and only just manages to pull himself back from the brink. That's his internal conflict, and that's why it works so well and the scene is a beautiful classic.
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Noah Smith πŸ‡ 23m
"Ok but at no point does Luke fear Vader. Fighting wise, Luke has Vader beaten" <-- Only because Luke taps the dark side.
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Noah Smith πŸ‡ 24m
He's about to kill his father, yeah. And when the Emperor says "only now, at the end, do you understand", he means "you could never have beaten me".
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Lloyd Legalist Nov 22
Never will get used to the beauty of a Canadian child being born.
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Noah Smith πŸ‡ 27m
Luke almost DOES kill Vader. And the Emperor can easily kick Luke's ass with lightning, he's much stronger than Luke.
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Noah Smith πŸ‡ 30m
No, that wouldn't have worked. But the way it happened, it worked *perfectly*. I'm just sad that some younger people don't understand that scene.
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Noah Smith πŸ‡ 31m
Luke would have used dark-side power to kill Vader, and then tried and failed to kill the Emperor. After beating Luke down, the Emperor would have offered to make Luke his apprentice and Luke, filled with guilt and self-hate over killing Vader, might have accepted.
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Noah Smith πŸ‡ 33m
Nothing. He wants to kill the Emperor. The Emperor knows that even with dark-side power Luke could never kill him, so he expects to beat Luke up and basically cow him into being his apprentice (which would be easier with Luke feeling like a bad guy after killing Vader).
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