Empire Minute 40: Look for the Potato

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Look for the potato

Date

March 7th, 2014

Summary

The TIE fighters approach the Falcon, but a giant asteroid hurtles directly into their path. As the asteroid continues on its way, it leaves remains of the two exploded TIE fighters to tumble into deep space.

Guests

Tim Kreider

Notes

Film

  • Starts with TIE fighters exploding as they hit the asteroids and ends with the Falcon going in close to one of the big asteroids.
  • A good, exciting minute.

Podcast

  • Cool exploding TIE fighters.
  • Real asteroid fields are not like this - the asteroids are actually much further apart.
  • Maybe this asteroid field is the remnants of Alderaan.
  • An asteroid field also appears in Episode II ("Sorry Pete"). There are almost too many asteroids and they're too close together in that movie. This is a better effect.
  • Asteroid fields throughout Star Wars.
  • This is a graceful chase scene.
  • Chewbacca leans back in horror; great acting by Peter Mayhew.
  • Also a great shot of an asteroid exploding and showering the Falcon with debris.
  • When they are near a large asteroid they appear to be in its "gravitational field" and are able to fly along with it.
  • Ground effect capability built in to the Falcon.
  • Gravity on real asteroids.
  • The asteroid scene is more exciting than the AT-AT sequence.
  • The last five minutes has covered a lot of story / action - from Hoth to the asteroid field.
  • This is Han's finest moment.
  • The hosts wouldn't want to drive anywhere with C-3PO.
  • C-3PO would be useful in tricky social situations (being a protocol droid and all).

Meta Minute

  • 18:36 podcast episode length.
  • Special effect artists.
  • Legend has it that there is a sneaker and a potato in the asteroid field (the hosts have never seen these). Look for the potato.

Quotes

  • Alex: I have a space question. Pete: <In an echoey voice> "SPACE QUESTION".
  • Tim: Bigger space nerds than I...

Link

http://www.starwarsminute.com/2014/03/07/empire-minute-40-look-for-the-potato/


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