Empire Minute 60: Dot Org

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Date

April 4th, 2014

Summary

He unholsters his blaster and fires at the far side of the huge cave. The cavern begins to shake and the ground starts to buckle.

Guests

Tony Consiglio

Notes

Film

  • Starts with "When Mynocks attack"; ends with Han and Chewie getting ready to take off because they know what's up (even though no-one else does).

Podcast

  • Tony alludes to running a charitable dot org website based on this sequence in the movie.
  • More "Star Trek type" acting as the actors lean and stumble from side-to-side.
    • Does this physical effect ever actually work on film?
    • It always looks so fake.
    • Pete would do this if he was ever caught in an earthquake, even just a mild one. He would also shout "increase rear deflectors".
    • The smaller sets in the movie were physically jostled for scenes like this.
    • If Tony was ever caught in an earthquake he'd say "this is just like being inside the worms throat (dot org)".
  • As Han runs to the ship he says "There's no time to discuss this in committee" - which is clearly a call back to Amidala talking about committees in the prequels.
    • Leia's response to the committee line is clever and funny - "I am not a committee".
    • Pete didn't recognize that this was funny as a child and only thought it was funny as an adult.
    • Do you get more jokes in the movie as you get older? Its obviously a very layered film and you get more out of watching it every ten years or so.
  • Would you shoot the floor if you thought that you were standing inside a living creature?
    • This seems like the last thing that you should do.
    • If Han shot the floor and nothing happened, and then said "oh, I just thought that we might be inside a giant space worm" he would have looked crazy.
    • Han is always shooting the floor and saying "just checking".
    • Also, Han shoots at anything that is alien.
    • He should have kept shooting in the one spot (either with his blaster or the Falcon's gun) to try and kill the worm - like in the Gorf video game.
  • The movie makers should have had mynocks snacking on C-3PO; this is an almost irresistible scene to film. They probably didn't due to effects limitations and the way the mynocks looked. It would have been a good comedic moment.
  • C-3PO is lagging behind as they run back to the ship. He "Star Treks" and then falls off-screen as he lets out a yelp. Maybe he fell into Pol Treidum's barrel - which is a famous restaurant in the Star Wars universe.
  • The ladders on the Falcon that go up to the gun turrets are seen once again.
  • The hosts say that they still miss things even watching the movies minute-by-minute.
  • The inside of the Millennium Falcon looks like large PVC piping screwed together.
  • Chewbacca does a move to adjust his bandolier that looks like he is adjusting his bra strap.
    • He normally takes the bandolier off before sitting down but forgot to in this instance.
    • He should have ripped it off and thrown it down the hallway. It probably would have knocked C-3PO over again.
  • C-3PO's reaction to the mynocks is a return to the stuffy butler (see ESB 51).
    • Kudos to Anthony Daniels for his physical acting.
    • What is the difference between C-3PO and Jar Jar, given that they are similar characters?
      • The other characters are usually annoyed by C-3PO but they don't react to Jar Jar at any stage. This seems to makes C-3PO loveable and Jar Jar annoying / weird.
      • Also Jar Jar's voice is really obnoxious - much more than C-3PO's. Would a different voice have made a difference to Jar Jar?
      • C-3PO is a just a robot whereas the physical / living Jar Jar even walks annoyingly - like Goofy from Disney.
      • There's always something wrong with Jar Jar.
      • Pete would like to see Jar Jar digitally inserted into ESB. How would this be achieved?
        • Perhaps he's been inside the space worm (dot org) for three years before the Falcon shows up.
        • Or he's just one of the rebels and tagged along.
        • Either way, there would certainly be lots of hijinx in this scenario. For example, he would get his tongue stuck to the hydro spanner.
        • He could also be the Deck Officer and have a comical exchange with Han.
        • Jar Jar and C-3PO should do a movie / sit-com together as "odd couple" roommates - with actor Al Molinaro playing a local cop.
        • (Referenced: The Odd Couple.)
        • The Clone Wars animated series had an episode with Jar Jar and C-3PO working together; probably to prove that they can both be entertaining characters.
        • It must grate on Anthony Daniels that his character / performance gets lumped together with Jar Jar - although C-3PO is annoying.
  • What is Tony's favourite Star Wars character?
    • He always liked C-3PO and R2-D2 as the comedy duo.
    • However he was a Han Solo guy.
    • He and his friends used to talk about who would win in a hand to hand fight between Luke and Han.
      • Tony says that Han would thrash Luke because he is older.
      • Han could also beat Darth Vader if Vader couldn't use The Force.
      • Vader is cumbersome and Han would just wrestle him to the ground.
      • (Alex points out that Han doesn't like fighting and even waited until Greedo shot first back in the cantina.)
      • In this fight, would Darth Vader be with or without his armour? Tony says "with".
      • Vader's cape would also get in his way.
      • Han would have to look for soft spots on Vader's armour.
      • Or Han could just run a magnet over Vader's chest.
      • Han could convince Vader to fight at an auto wrecking lot and then use their big car magnet to capture Vader.
      • The Jawas also had a giant magnet that Han could use.
      • Can people be sucked up by the Jawas tube (dot org)?
  • Tony is looking forward to the Darth Vader / Luke Skywalker fight later in the movie.
    • Also, he is looking forward to Luke falling and screaming all the way down (depending on the version of the movie that you're watching).
  • Thanks to and from Tony for the week.

Meta Minute

  • 23:38 podcast episode length.

Quotes

  • Tony: <As Vader to Luke> "Come with me and join the Dark Side blah blah blah" and all that!
  • Pete: I enjoyed it mostly.
  • Tony: The Star Wars hour - we're at minute 60!

Link

http://www.starwarsminute.com/2014/04/04/empire-minute-60-dot-org/


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