Man, the Censorship Bar really got in the way this time…with hindsight, a bikini might have been the simpler choice, and hardly covered up anything beyond what wasn’t visible in the first place. Or I could just have let her stay inside the tower…she could easily have done her transformation in there. The lack of space and freedom of movement would have hardly mattered – after all, it’s not like that kind of transformation sequence ever bothers with the laws of Physics or anything like that.
To add to that, the transformations remain off-screen, anyway. Such parsimony! Four level I and three level II transformations covered in only two panels, that’s bound to be some kind of Academy record. But I felt I had to…it would have been repetitive, and we already lost a strip to villainous re-branding.
But even with so much time saved already, Snuka is set on trying to save even more time by cutting further predictable/obligatory/repetitive steps from the whole process. Well, saving time would be one of the effects – I can, however, not absolutely rule out that Snuka’s more concerned with saving himself some pain/humiliation/bruises than with saving time. He’s a character with the license to be selfish, after all, and he doesn’t actually like pain/humiliation/bruises – even if that makes up most of the fabric of his life, tragically. Just like Anakin Skywalker doesn’t like sand, despite growing up on a planet that’s covered in it from pole to pole.
Whatever Snuka’s motivations might be, Latho is not easily convinced…it’s a bit of a stickler for traditions and established rules. Cutting corners isn’t Latho’s style…on the other hand, it’s probably really difficult to remain inflexible when your body is made of plush. How will Latho decide? We will know on Monday.