Hal 9000 said:
If someone can come up with an alternative line that still does the trick, I’m open to it!
I still don’t think much needs to be done to alleviate it if we understand the plan to stop the fleet.
During the intel, they got the details they need about the ships and the planet: They can’t leave unless they are guided out. Destroy their “beacon,” they are stuck. So the “hurry” aspect is, you gotta stop them before they leave. They are all “grouped” together in one spot that rely’s on a “beacon” to get them out. Once they are out, how can they even try to stop each destroyer before they “blow stuff up?” It would be impossible.
That is where the hurry is. There was NO need for a timer, the stakes are there: Stop the ships before they leave. They have a weakness: They need to be guided out. Destroy their guide, the threat is eliminated.
There is your more logical timer. The audience doesn’t need to have an explicit timer told to them since the war room explained the situation and the logic on why you need to “hurry up and stop them before they leave.”
When you have a container of water with a hole in it. You don’t need a timer to know when it’s too late to recover the water. Your finger needs to quickly plug the hole since you can’t really scoop all the water back in with your hands once it is all out.
EDIT: Chainsaw, that’s how I view that scene too, Rey FORCEFULLY stabbed Leia. Hence her exile. She “messed up” like Luke did, hence the pattern she was following
After Watching the scene again, I agree with you. The line about the 16 hours can honestly be completely cut from the scene and it’ll work just fine. The stakes are all set already.