Empire Minute 106: Bespin Fatigue
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June 9th, 2014
A large pipe detaches and comes flying at Luke. He deflects it. Sparking wires pull out of the wall and begin to whip at the youth.
- Starts with Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker resuming the battle in the Bespin Control Room.
- Ends with a literal cliffhanger as Luke struggles to get up from a ledge that he is hanging on by his fingertips.
- Darth Vader is still just testing Luke at the beginning of this minute.
- Although Vader has gone from protecting Luke for the Emperor to now being prepared to hurt him.
- Darth Vader starts throwing film equipment cases at Luke. Is he compelled to do this by the Dark Side or is he just tired and cranky?
- Luke doesn't know how to levitate and throw things like Vader.
- Is throwing things with the Force physically and mentally easier or harder than swinging a lightsaber?
- It's like in a video game - Vader has this power so he may as well use it in the battle.
- Luke suffers fatigue - "Bespin fatigue" - pretty quickly.
- Safety tip for Vader - when using the Force to throw things always throw them away from you.
- Was Anakin a good fighter? He is only shown having a one-on-one battle once in the Prequels and was basically destroyed by Obi-Wan.
- How old is Vader at this point?
- The hosts are jealous of the stage-hands whose job it was to throw things at Mark Hamill for this scene.
- There was probably a line of people throwing things at him.
- There is great music in this scene.
- A gymnast stunt double was used for Luke flying out of the window.
- Luke is flailing as things hit him.
- Luke doesn't banter in this part of the battle with Darth Vader. Obi-Wan did banter so perhaps this is one of the last steps in Jedi training.
- Vader doesn't use his hand to throw things like other Force wielders - he does lower his lightsaber though.
- Is anyone on duty in the Bespin Control Room? No staff are present so security forces must have cleared the area or everyone had knocked off for the day.
- Comical scenarios involving Cloud City staff working during the battle.
- Referenced: Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker.
- Luke's lightsaber turns off between camera shots.
- Luke's aim at the objects is terrible. They could re-cut the scene with comedy sound effects as things hit Luke.
- Luke seems to get fatigued very quickly.
- He has terrible defense. This is the last thing you learn as a Jedi and he left the training too early to grasp it.
- Where is the carbon freezing chamber in relation to the control room and gantry and how far does Luke fall out of the window?
- The tube was very long and that's why Luke was fatigued - he had been walking through it for 10 minutes.
- The gantry is to be discussed in later podcast episodes.
- The set design of three different areas is amazing.
- John likes tubes and round things and it's a thrill for him to see Luke going through a tube.
- It would have a been a good shot to look up from Luke's point-of-view and see Vader's head looking out the window.
- Vader often strides up to the edge of things to see what happened.
- Does Luke still think he can win? No, being hit by things has defeated him.
- John says that highlights of this sequence are the set design, color palette, use of tubes and round holes, smoke.
- Sorry Pete - the movie-makers seemed to be afraid of using elements - like smoke - in the first couple of prequel movies.
- Pete describes a scene from the Prequels. Alex never thought he'd see the day that this happened.
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- 19:21 podcast episode length.
- Cold-open: 8-DAY-GREEDO call -
- The short musical beat when Darth Vader starts throwing things at Luke is re-used (revised and extended) in the Prequels as follows:
- When Anakin is going to the sand people village to find his mother in Episode II.
- For the Anakin and Obi-Wan fight in Episode III.
- This music may signify that someone is tempted by, or slipping towards, the Dark Side and shows that at least John Williams knew what he was doing in the Prequels.
- Anakin Skywalker was born in 41 BBY, and according to Wookieepedia, this battle takes place in 3 ABY, making Vader approximately 44 years old. Of course that doesn't take into account things like relativity, but we won't get into that here.
- John: Hey, and I'm John...and I'm currently appearing on Minute 106 of Star Wars Minute. Alex: What a coincidence; so are we.
- Pete: But in Luke's defense, Luke's defense is terrible.