Attack of the Clones Minute 84: It's a Body, Beru

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Date

March 9th, 2017

Summary

ANAKIN rides the speeder bike toward the homestead. SHMI’S BODY is tied to it.

Guests

Paul Scheer

Notes

Film

  • Starts with Artoo being told to retransmit a message to Coruscant, and ends with Padmé being told that the shifter broke.
  • Return to Luke's garage and that background noise.
  • New Padmé outfit (#11): Tatooine blue dress.
  • Second time (just since they've arrived on Tatooine) we see a woman serving food to a man.

Podcast

  • The madness of doing a daily podcast.
  • Still nobody is acting with anybody; finally we have a group of actors together but no one's talking.
  • Shmi is wrapped in a "Shmeet".
  • Anakin brings his mother's corpse home and then just leaves her somewhere (it's implied that time has passed). Why didn't he just bury her himself out in the desert?
    • It would have been a stronger choice to cut straight to Shmi's funeral before doing the scene in the Lars garage.
  • No one reacts as Anakin returns. The exception is Beru, who looks on in utter confusion as if she has no idea what that thing in the wrap is.
    • Comments on Lucas' worldview.
  • The motorcycle of it all. Mentioned: Rey's Fudgicle.
    • Things feeling "of the world" or not (see: "girlfriend").
    • Lucas put a lot of thought into the Ring Theory, but not so much into the writing and acting.
  • Mentioned: the Lars family kitchen hum.
  • Callbacks to the originals are done well.
    • Nostalgia for the Prequels.
  • Natalie Portman is doing the best she can, but there's no emotional connection between Anakin and Padmé here.
  • Grumpy old men.
    • Natalie Portman's quality as an actress. Comparison with Daisy Ridley.
  • Trying to work on quotes from this movie (the way that the originals are so quoteable).
  • Artoo is always being given messages for somebody else.

Meta Minute

  • 21:30 podcast episode length.
  • As of June 2020, there is not a "Where is Shmi?" shirt in the merch store.

Quotes

  • Pete: (on burying bodies in the sand) ...you get a [haboob] or something and next thing you know, you got skeletons on the lawn. Well, I guess we do eventually end up with skeletons on the lawn but we'll talk about that.

Link

http://www.starwarsminute.com/2017/03/09/attack-of-the-clones-minute-84-its-a-body-beru/


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