The TIE Fighter Pilot Who Saved The Day in ‘Star Wars’

I can’t argue with this at all:

What happened was Han shot another TIE fighter, one that wasn’t doing anything.

At that moment, Darth was still free to blast Luke from existence. And that’s when our nameless TIE fighter pilot comes in. He’s the one on the right up there.

At the sight of another ship getting blown up (in a battle where that has happened dozens of times already), he panics…


… and crashes into Darth Vader.

He literally shouts “Look Out!” before swerving directly into Vader’s fighter. Vader goes spinning off into space…

…the fighter pilot crashes into the trench, and Luke is free to fire his torpedoes and save the day.

None of that was due to anything the Rebels did right. Even if he thought he was in danger of being shot after losing a wingman, the TIE fighter pilot had room to fly in any direction. The trench was pretty wide, and he had the entire infinity of outer space above him. Instead, the direction he chose was “directly into the boss.” We’re going to assume his family did not get his pension–the Empire is probably pretty strict about panicky idiots winning the war for the other team.

Incidentally, this also brings to light the fact that Han Solo had a once-in-a-lifetime shot to take down the Dark Lord of the Sith and squandered it on a wingman. Apparently stupid goes both ways, since if you have a three-man formation and the guy in the center has a completely different vehicle, odds are pretty good he isn’t just some grunt being escorted to the Imperial Birthday Party Wing of the Death Star while a battle rages around him. Han had the element of surprise and apparently his total pick of who he was going to shoot, because it was an instantly lethal shot.

Liberace Museum Closing

End of an era.

One of Las Vegas’ jewel attractions, and a significant part of its cultural and entertainment history, is closing.

The Liberace Museum, which has exhibited the jewelry, pianos, garish gowns and other artifacts owned by the great pianist and showman, announced today it will close effective Oct. 17. The museum opened April 15, 1979.

Liberace Foundation Board of Directors Chair Jeffrey Koep informed the staff this morning that all paid positions — full- and part-time — would be eliminated as of closing on that Oct. 17 date, which is a Sunday. A total of 31 employees, including 12 to 14 full-timers, will be let go, Koep said.

Question of the Day

What’s your favorite Stephen King book?

Stephen King was my gateway author. He bridged the gap from my pre-teen reading to adult fiction back around the 8th grade. I devoured everything he had written (this is back around 1987) within the school year. Whenever I’ve tried to reread any of those books nowadays, I don’t quite like them as much as I once did. I find too many flaws and plot holes. For example, The Stand is one of his most lauded works and the end of it makes no sense whatsoever… SPOILER WARNING I mean, the main characters who head off to Vegas to stop Flagg do absolutely nothing besides die as far as I can tell. Trashcan Man is the one who brings the Nuclear warhead to Vegas and Deus Ex Machina takes care of the rest. The main characters could have stayed home for Mother Abigail’s funeral and things would have still ended how they did. Even the spies they sent were completely useless except to illustrate that Flagg was not a fan of espionage.
End of Spoilers.

However, I just reread Dolores Claiborne (actually, I listened to the audio book which was one of the best I’ve ever listened to. That might be because the actress who read it, Frances Sternhagen, does an amazing performance) and think it’s one of Stephen King’s best works. And it doesn’t have any supernatural horror element at all. (Well, not one that has to do with this story in any case).

I need to reread The Shining and see how I feel about it now.