Star Wars Minute 99: New Filters
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October 17th, 2013
The Death Star begins to move around the planet toward the tiny green moon.
- End of the rebel briefing
- First shot of Luke in his flight suit
- The only time in the trilogy where ships shooting "rays" is mentioned
- First time (chronologically) that someone says "May the Force be with you"
- Grand Moff Tarkin eye roll - Josh's favorite moment
- Luke is in his filthy bathrobe during the whole briefing. It must still smell terrible.
- Discussion of womp rats
- Maybe Luke doesn't know what a "meter" is
- Bigger than 2 meters? Womp rats must be huge.
- Would it actually be that hard to hit a 2 meter-wide target?
- The 'gravity' of the situation
- Maybe there wasn't supposed to be artificial gravity and that's why there are all those bottomless pits.
- Call for science help from Ryan Haupt
- Similarity between the pilots' life support system and Darth Vader's
- Referenced: 'MacGyvering' something, The Family Circus
- Mentioned: Underoos, A long time, the game Galaga
- What if the Empire had just sent in Star Destroyers to bomb them, rather than using the Death Star?
- Darth Vader has many filters that can alter his incessant breathing noise
- Callback to Obi-Wan being Vader's imaginary friend, who he blames when he breaks a glass or tracks sand all over the Death Star.
- "Kenobi" = Jedi dementia
- Space uses the metric system (sorry, USA)
- 18:32 podcast episode length.
- Josh closes the show during his introduction
- Referenced: Han's comment about parsecs from minute 48
- The force of gravity at the Death Star (assuming no artificial sources of gravity) would be almost nil.
Using the formula
g = G x m / r2, where:
- g is the surface gravity (in m / s2),
- G is the gravitational constant (6.674 x 10−11 N x m2 / kg2) and
- r is the radius (in m),
we can calculate that, even if the Death Star were a solid sphere 120 km wide (see minute 56) made of Osmium (density of 22,570 kg/m3, the densest naturally occurring element1) you would only weigh 4% of your weight on Earth. If it were as dense as the moon, you would weigh a mere 1% of your earthly weight.
- Josh: Womp rats are terrifying!
- Alex: If someone told me, "Two meters isn't that big. I used to... I used to hunt rhinoceroses from my helicopter." I wouldn't be like "wow you must be a great shot." It's a rhinoceros. How could you not hit a rhinoceros?!
- Pete: (as hick farmboy Luke) "I used to shoot animals."
- Alex: (in a different, hillbilly voice) "I used ta shoot 'possum with ma boomstick! In the back of my pickup truck"
- Josh: Dodonna said it first.
- Pete: I liked my underwear.
- Josh: (As Vader) "Listen to my new filters." Pete: They're like ringtones.