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My wife's question was: "Why did Laura Dern have to stay on the cruiser?"

I patiently informed her that she was asking the wrong question, and that the question she should have asked was "Why would a screenwriter choose to sacrifice a major secondary character in such a way", and then explained that the point was to make Dern's death moving and fit it into the trope of sacrifice, grievous or pointless, that ran through the film.

She looked at me with That Look.

"Why did Laura Dern have to stay on the cruiser? It was going one direction at the same speed. What, it's the twenty-jillionth Century and they have laser swords and artificial moons and starships and the starships don't have fucking cruise control? Your work truck has fucking cruise control! WTF?"

I remained cannily mum.

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