Another thing to consider is that with so few surviving officers, Poe (who had just destroyed the Starkiller and a Dreadnaught) would've ranked as a senior officer (even perhaps the second in command).ray245 wrote: ↑2018-04-28 07:51amExcept Poe was basically asking on behalf of the entire surviving crew. For Holdo to not tell everyone about a plan and demoralise the entire crew further ( prompting others to join Poe on his mutiny) is a sign of bad leadership.The Romulan Republic wrote: ↑2018-04-26 06:19pmI forgot about this, but this is actually probably the strongest argument I've seen anyone make yet for why Holdo should have told Poe, and I ought to have addressed it in my last post to Kojiro.Civil War Man wrote: ↑2018-04-25 04:40pm
That is a little bit of what I was trying to get into with my post. If he's next in line to command, or close to it, it is irresponsible to not keep him up to date on the plan, or at least make sure he knows the general outline and who he needs to talk to if he has to take over.
It reminds me of something that happened in the state I live in over a decade ago. The Governor and Lieutenant Governor were from different parties, and the Governor and his people mostly just shut the Lieutenant Governor out of day-to-day operations as a result. Then, one day, there was a nasty snowstorm that blew through. Problem is, the Governor was out of the country at the time, and his staff were still locking the Lieutenant Governor out of the process even though she was supposed to be taking over in the Governor's absence. The whole thing turned into a massive clusterfuck, of the "school buses full of kids stranded in the snow for 5 hours because they didn't let school out early enough" kind of clusterfuck.
I would still say that there's a strong argument for not telling Poe given that he was just demoted for insubordination and recklessness that got people killed, and persists in being insubordinate. And we don't actually know the whole chain of command. But the possibility that Poe might end up in command creates an argument for putting Poe in the "need to know" category.
That said, I would assume that command would have passed from Holdo to the captains of the Ninka and the medical frigate first, before going to Poe (I'm assuming a frigate's CO ranks higher than a fighter squadron commander). So I can't imagine that he was higher than fourth in the chain of command (third after the Ninka's captain died). And that's a high-end estimate.
What she did was to make Poe look like a reasonable person with a plan in front of everyone, in public.
The movie is stupid on so many levels.
EDIT: Sorry, Civil War Man had already pointed that out. Also, if Poe hadn't destroyed the Dreadnaught (with its relatively small cost), the last puny remains of the Resistance would've been destroyed (seriously, Johnson is the worst in SW when it comes to not understanding scale).