Empire Minute 39: The Odds

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Date

March 6th, 2014

Summary

The Falcon turns into the asteroid storm and as the ship completes its turn, asteroids start coming straight at the cockpit windows.

Guests

Tim Kreider

Notes

Film

  • Starts with Han Solo fixing the Millennium Falcon as they are being pursued by the Star Destroyers and ends with Han entering an asteroid field as a TIE fighter blow ups after being hit by an asteroid.

Podcast

  • Han speaks technobabble regarding tools at the beginning of this minute.
  • Referenced: Star Trek.
  • Chewbacca places the tool box in a very unsafe spot - another attempt to get out of his life debt.
  • Was Pol Treidum in the barrel on the Falcon?
  • Gravity in the Star Wars universe.
  • This pursuit is a common scenario for Han and Chewie and they seem to have flown into an asteroid belt before as well.
  • Who's flying the Falcon at this stage? The script indicates that it's Princess Leia.
  • They don't slow down in the asteroid belt.
  • In the Leigh Brackett draft script for the movie it is Chewie's idea to fly into the asteroid belt. Han then calls him "my hairy friend".
  • The odds are approx. 3,720 to 1 against - C-3PO clearly is the one who calculates all the odds and then blames them on R2-D2.
  • Random explosions when asteroids hit each other.
  • Favorite action-based musical score in the asteroid sequence.
  • Request to call 8-DAY-GREEDO to tell the hosts what the method is called to "make music sound like a ship on the ocean" as per this minute.

Meta Minute

  • 17:23 podcast episode length.
  • Cold-open: Ad-read - audible.com; starwarsminute.com/audible.
  • Actor cross-overs between the Star Wars movies and Superman and The Shining.

Quotes

  • Pete: The hydro-spanner - it's like a wet wrench.
  • Pete: Maybe 271 is a play from The Fonz's playbook.

Link

http://www.starwarsminute.com/2014/03/06/empire-minute-39-the-odds/


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