Attack of the Clones Minute 20: Jedi Janitor

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December 9th, 2016


Anakin jumps out of the speeder.


Cassandra Fredrickson



  • Starts with Obi-Wan blaming Anakin for losing Zam; ends with Anakin hanging from the forks of Wesell's vessel.


  • How do you pronounce Zam's name? It's one of many Star Wars names that are never said out loud in the movie.
  • How often does Anakin jump out of speeders? It must be very frequent.
  • Does Anakin have to worry about getting bad grades? Probably not—he's the "chosen one".
  • What do they do with the Jedi who "age out" of Jedi school (i.e. fail to graduate)? Probably put them in non-combat roles like librarians or janitors.
  • More falling math.
  • How is Anakin able to spot Zam and perfectly time his jump?
    • He could already see things before they happen, and now he has 10 years of Jedi training under his belt.
    • He's like a professional athlete using a combination of muscle memory, training, and luck.
  • There's no way falling and grabbing onto the speeder would work in real life—his arms would be ripped from their sockets.
See also: Catch a falling star.
  • Zam's speeder facts
    • Koro-2 exodrive all-environment speeder
    • Top speed 800 km/h (497 mph).
      • Is she flying it full speed?
      • The "Governor of Traffic" probably wouldn't allow that.
    • Cargo capacity 80 kg (176 lbs). Then how is it still flying after Anakin grabs on?
    • Two-week's air supply (Referenced: The English–Australian soft rock duo Air Supply").
  • Conflation of bounty hunter, mercenary, and assassin in the Star Wars universe.
  • Plug for

Meta Minute

  • 25:41 podcast episode length.
  • We wrap up Movies by Minutes All-Star Week.
  • They're called "airspeeders"[1].
  • Randall Munroe, creator of the web comic Xkcd, wrote a blog post explaining the physics of falling from a high building and grabbing onto a flagpole. Needless to say, it wouldn't be pretty.
  • The music video Pete is thinking of was for "Man on the Moon" rather than "Everybody Hurts", although that would be a poetic coincidence (rather than irony, which is more or less the opposite of this) if it had been the case.
  • Pete brings up a time that he jumped off a moving truck and fell over immediately.
  • Although it would be completely impossible for Anakin to hang on to Zam's speeder going full speed, the wind shear alone would not be enough to kill him[2].
For a video of someone getting blasted in the face with 457 mph wind, click here!


  • Pete: ...we analyze, scrutinize, and fall-from-the-skies...
  • Alex: Use the Forks.
  • Alex: How far they've fallen. Literally, in this case.


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