Empire Minute 120: Toys Wrapped in Tragedy
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June 27th, 2014
Luke looks down at his hand. A metalized type of bandage has been wrapped around his wrist. The medical droid makes some adjustments in a tiny electronic unit, then pricks each one of Luke’s fingers.
- Two-hour mark
- Last dialogue, last full minute prior to the credits.
- Starts with Luke telling Lando to take care; ends with the Falcon taking off and flying toward a galaxy.
- Leia's sixth outfit (fourth for this movie).
- Last whiny Luke for the movie.
- FX-7? Or another FX model?
- Luke's "May the Force be with you" - only time this is said in this film.
- The galaxy appears quite close
- The hosts speculate that it could also be a star being born or something that has just exploded (Alderaan?).
- This is Alex's favorite Leia hairdo.
- Referenced: Mrs. Garrett from "The Facts of Life".
- How long has it been since they were on Cloud City (Long time)?
- What is up with Lando wearing Han's clothes?
- New theory: Lando and Han's false identities.
- How common are Han(d) replacements in Star Wars? Is this the level of an appendectomy?
- Luke's robot arm seems larger than the amount of hand that was actually cut off.
- This "subtle sci-fi" moment. Star Wars is usually more fantasy than science fiction.
- Compare and contrast with the Prequels (Sorry, Pete).
- Anakin gets a Steam Punk hand.
- If made today, Luke would have gotten a modular hand that could be replaced with a scanner or laser Gatling gun.
- They could have attached the lightsaber right to his arm, like the Kenner toy.
- This shows restraint on Lucas' part—he just gets a regular-looking hand.
- The droids are just staring out the window, why?
- 2-1B toy talk.
- Skull imagery in Star Wars.
- Referenced: Jack Chick tracts but for the Force.
- What is Luke holding?
- Kershner wanted to make sure to show that the robot hand could feel pain/had sensitivity.
Skottie's Empire memories The tragic tales of his two favorite toys. He got his R2-D2 stuck in the "Dak seat" of his Snowspeeder. His Wampa's legs melted on the pot-bellied stove and he was heartbroken. BUT there was a happy ending: fans heard him mention the story on another podcast, and now people bring him brand new Wampa toys when they meet him at conventions. Pete helpfully mentions that he lost a wallet with $5 in it as a kid.
- 30:14 podcast episode length.
- Cold open: plug for the L.A. live show.
- Finale of All-Star Week.
- Alex envisioned a story where Walrus Man and Luke met in the physical therapy office with their robot hands.
- Skottie repeatedly ends the show to go start various Star Wars-related businesses.
- There is a line of toys from Tim Burton (huge surprise there) called "Tragic Toys".
- Pete: ...we analyze, scrutinize, and finalize...
- Pete: (as 2-1B) Well, we're going to have to take off more of your arm, sir.
- Skottie: Hey real quick before we roll the credits, uh, give that dude his hand back. Put some robot stuff in there.
- Alex: Gimme the "Balboa"!
- Alex: (as C-3PO, paraphrasing Carl Sagan) Oh my! We're all star stuff.