Empire Minute 14: Breaking Through the Ghost

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Date

January 30th, 2014

Summary

Luke lies face down in the snow, nearly unconscious. Slowly he looks up and sees Ben Kenobi, barely visible through the blowing snow.

Guests

Josh Flanagan

Notes

Film

  • First appearance of Alec Guinness in this film (we heard his voice in the last minute.
  • Yoda first mentioned (chronological order), and no mention of Qui-Gon Jinn.
  • Cool shot of Tauntaun emerging through Ben's ghost.
  • Death of Han's Tauntaun.
    • Cool sound effect

Podcast

  • Ben does nothing to try and help Luke, but instead relays this vital message.
  • Jedi afterlife is like using a prison phone or a collect call.
  • Is this the first time Ben has been able to appear to Luke? Why now?
    • Has he been in training all this time?
    • Or maybe Luke is finally Force-sensitive enough to perceive him.
  • Mentioned: the Brackett draft.
    • Originally, it was a recorded message from Ben, stored in Luke's lightsaber.
  • Guinness is wearing his cloak all closed up.
  • Han approaches Luke by riding straight through Kenobi's ghost. Was he drawn there by The Force?
  • How much (if any) Force-sensitivity does Solo possess?
  • Referenced: Schindler's List, True Grit (2010).
  • Before the prequels, we assumed all Jedi came back as ghosts. That would lead to a pretty crowded Jedi afterlife.
  • Mentioned: Deck Officer.
  • Did Han reach the first marker? Probably not.
  • The Tauntaun dying of natural causes before Han is forced to kill it.
    • It doesn't look like it froze to death.
    • It probably choked on its own mucus. The first of many choked characters for this film.

Meta Minute

  • Cold open: 8-DAY-GREEDO call from Tom from Chicago. He remembers falling down in the snow and calling out for Ben Kenobi.
  • 19:38 podcast episode length.
  • Yet again, Josh is oddly clairvoyant.
  • Culmination of the running joke around Superman movies from the last few minutes.
  • According to Wookieepedia, Qui-Gon was in fact a Jedi master.

Quotes

  • Alex: Zip it, Schindler.
  • Pete: (As Obi-Wan) "You must go to the Dagobaaa–" <has a Tauntaun run through him>.
  • Alex: "Ben Force-chokes the Tauntaun."
  • Pete: That dastardly Kenobi; no wonder he's in ghost prison.

Link

http://www.starwarsminute.com/2014/01/30/empire-minute-14-breaking-through-the-ghost/


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