Well, you can’t deny that that guy has experience, and that’s really all that Latho has claimed for him.
Latho didn’t say it’d call anyone competent…or popular…or someone who isn’t a mere afterthought retroactively squeezed into already extant footage to waste time and provide (largely unnecessary) exposition. Latho only said ‘experienced’. >_>
The robotic guy in question answers to the intriguing name of 8-Dork-8 in this plot, and is an obvious homage…of sorts…to 7-Zark-7, the robotic character from Battle of the Planets. Because…well, we’ve got a homage to Tetsujin, right? And I have this highly conflicted relationship to nostalgia in principle…so to counter Tetsujin’s presence, I felt I needed to include something to make the point that the good old times weren’t actually all that good at times. >_> And 7-Zark-7 seemed perfect to make that point – I mean, how do you manage to create a robotic character which is unpopular with children in 1978, just one year after the release of Star Wars? That takes either a small bit of “I am evil”, a moderate amount of “I don’t know what I’m doing” or a mid-sized mountain of “I just don’t care enough”. I suspect the latter, but come to your own conclusions.
Anyway, so here’s 8-Dork-8…let’s wait and see what he’ll be able to do for Latho. If I was in Latho’s place, I wouldn’t expect too much…>_>
More on Thursday.