Star Wars Minute 39: Choking the Admiral

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Date

July 25th, 2013.

Summary

Vader demonstrates the power of the force.

Guests

Damon Ciarelli

Notes

Film

  • Vader demonstrates the power of The Force by partially choking Admiral Motti.
  • The scene ends with a return to Tatooine.

Podcast

  • Darth Vader choking a guy (which is Vader's M.O.).
  • Motti being a jerk ("ancient religion", "sorcerer's ways" etc.) and messing with the wrong person.
  • Vader displaying his power (choking) in front of everyone.
  • Kurosawa / Hidden Fortress reference in this scene.
  • Practising the choking scene (Motti is the first to be choked and therefore set the standard for all the others).
  • Vader only choking Admirals and Captains.
  • Tarkin's non-plussed about Vader choking Motti; he lets Motti dangle (so to speak).
  • Alex seeing a framed signed photo of the actor that played Admiral Motti at a restaurant. It was signed "The steaks at <restaurant> are better than on The Death Star."
  • The 'pens' in Imperial Officer's pockets.
  • Apparently the actor playing Admiral Motti is wearing a different costume to what was first planned as the original costume didn't fit him. This contributes to the confusion around everyone's roles and responsibilities in The Empire.
  • Gaffi sticks, Bantha tracks, and The Star Was Fan Club newsletter (called "Bantha Tracks").
  • How the Stormtroopers knew to copy the Sand people's tactics.
  • In this movie Darth Vader is very dull and "unshining", his eyes are different, and his cape is over his armour (it's partially under his armour in later movies).

Meta Minute

Quotes

  • Damon: And I'm Damon sitting here ready to do minute number 39.
  • Damon: Vader probably chokes someone, like, every third meeting or so.

Link

http://www.starwarsminute.com/2013/07/25/minute-39-choking-the-admiral/


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