Critics of The Last Jedi regularly latch onto the same moments from the film that they didn't enjoy and point to them ad nauseam as "proof" of the film's shortcomings, with one of these moments being when a Resistance soldier on
Mika McKinnon, whose Twitter bio reads, "Field geophysicist, disaster researcher,
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While the behavior can understandably look bizarre to an outsider, McKinnon noted just how helpful this technique could be. She then addressed the scene in question in The Last Jedi which caught flack from the film's critics.
Q: But what about that salt-licking scene in Last Jedi? Surely that was ridiculous!
A: No. That was plausible bordering on geo fan service.
And it’s tactically important to know what rocks encompass you unless you’re a fan of dumb ways to die. pic.twitter.com/aaayanVa3h— Mika McKinnon (@mikamckinnon) August 16, 2018
The Last Jedi trolls then came out in full force in an attempt to tell McKinnon how she clearly wasn't an expert at the thing she made a living from doing, leading her to post even more tweets about the subject and how it directly related to the film, a thread you can read here.
Sadly, few Twitter users are familiar with the Force who have also been exposed to the lack of gravity and have demonstrated their will to survive the dangers of deep space, so we'll have to suffer through Leia Organa being mocked for using the same abilities Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker have used to leap superhuman distances to travel through zero-gravity to safety for a while longer.
The next film in the series, Star Wars: Episode IX, lands in theaters in December of 2019.
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[H/T Twitter, mikamckinnon]