Jedi Minute 39: In Love with the Landing Gear

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Date

February 26th, 2015

Summary

Once again, Artoo finds himself waiting around in the damp environs of the swamp planet, and he’s none too happy about it.

Guests

Jenny Jaffe

Notes

Film

  • Starts with the Emperor telling Darth Vader that he's done well.
Ends with Yoda's toasty fire.

Podcast

  • Politics in the Star Wars universe / the Empire.
  • The Emperor and Darth Vader talk about their plans out in the open. They are very transparent.
  • The Emperor cackles at his own pun. Instead of "as I have foreseen it" he says "as I have FORCEseen it".
  • Contempt drips from the Emperor's voice as he says "Skywalker". Is this him needling Darth Vader / Anakin?
  • The various agendas of the Emperor, Darth Vader and Luke in this movie. This is complicated by the fact that there are always only two Sith at any given moment.
  • The Emperor talks like a Shakespearean actor in a mask.
  • There are a lot of British actors delivering corny dialogue in the Star Wars movies.
  • They do not refer to "Palpatine" in this movie.
  • What Vader is thinking when he looks at the Emperor after the Emperor says that he knows Vader wants to look for Luke.
  • Everyone in the line-up gossiping about what they heard as the Emperor and Darth Vader walked by.
  • Why there were droids at the Emperor's arrival. Do droids have desires?
  • Signs of sentience in droids.
  • Who makes the cut to attend the Emperor's arrival.
    • Referenced: Joe the Plumber, Elvis meeting Nixon.
  • Most of the Death Star hangar is a matte painting. Most impressive. The real and painted stormtroopers don't exactly match but they're very close.
  • Did Luke crash again this time and remove the X-wing himself, or did he land normally? If he landed normally, was it in fact Yoda that made him crash last time as theorized on this very podcast?
    • Mentioned: Homer Simpson.
  • Maybe Yoda built a landing platform / clearing for Luke.
  • The hosts like the idea of Luke lifting the X-wing to show Yoda that he can "Jedi" so hard now.
  • In the Star Wars universe inspirational music plays whenever a Jedi uses the Force.
    • Diegetic vs. non-diegetic music.
  • Why does R2 even bother getting out of the X-wing? There is a cut scene in which R2 is keeping creatures away from the X-wing.
  • Or R2 is in love with the landing gear?
  • Earth creatures on Dagobah.
  • Mentioned: Guardians of Ga'Hoole (as a Star Wars spin-off).
  • Disney re-issuing its old movies with new Star Wars references. The concept of combination sequels.
  • What does Darth Vader do when he's not looking for Luke? Parcheesi, Star Wars Angry Birds, Tinder.
    • Darth Vader's Tinder profile pictures - with the mask on, in a group, and as Anakin.
  • How Darth Vader finds female companionship and his capabilities as a special friend.
    • Everything in his gift baskets is also encased in metal.
  • Recreation in the Star Wars universe.
  • Referenced: Scooby Doo.
  • Jenny should call the hotline if she remembers anything else she wanted to say.
  • Support the Show.

Meta Minute

  • 21:52 podcast episode length.
  • Cold-open: Ad-read - starwarsminute.com/amazon; Amazon.
  • At the time this podcast aired, John Boehner was the Republican speaker of the US House of Representatives. He has since resigned from the House and was replaced by Paul Ryan.
  • A hilarious mashup of ROTJ and The Princess Bride.
  • The Turing test, when applied to artificial intelligence, is a test for sentience in a machine. Essentially, a human must guess, based on text-only conversation between two intelligences which is human and which is not. If the computer/machine intelligence is able to trick people 30% of the time into believing it is human, it passes.
  • Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher is a conservative political activist who was given the name "Joe the Plumber" by the McCain–Palin campaign during the US 2008 presidential election.

Quotes

  • Alex: (As Darth Vader, humoring the Emperor) Wow, I don't know how you knew that; it's all I talk about and somehow you were able to figure it out.
  • Pete: At this point he's very into being Darth Vader.
  • Alex: We'll save the Yoda yada.

Link

http://www.starwarsminute.com/2015/02/26/jedi-minute-39-in-love-with-the-landing-gear/


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