>>So, that's where Dr. Aphra and the Killbots fit into UF...
>I like to imagine that Miss Aphra's falsely earned Doctorates failed
>to survive an encounter with Doctors Jones and T'Soni.
In the context of UF, Aphra could just BUY a doctorate from some outfit in the Corporate Sector. Or just operate in the private sector where they care more about results that credentials.
In the context of Star Wars, while Aphra's actual doctorate was earned under false pretenses, you can't say she didn't actually put in the work to earn one. Sure, her thesis didn't pan out, but she did in fact spend years during the research and legwork in the field; she's a demonstrably competent archaeologist.
And frankly, if my faculty advisor told me "you will never earn a doctorate, and the specific reason I chose you was to make sure you'd never earn one, and it's not because you're not academically qualified, it's just because I hate you" during the same conversation where he revealed he got his predecessor purged from academia for the pettiest of reasons... I, like Aphra, would consider myself entirely justified in getting that credential via crook rather than via hook.
>Her Killbot lackeys got blown the hell up, then melted down for scrap.
Well that would be super boring.