Attack of the Clones Minute 4: Looks Like We Made It

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November 17th, 2016


The dignitaries and pilots are hurled to the ground as the starship is destroyed.





  • Starts with the Naboobian ships landing on the platform, and ends with Cordé's body (Corpsé) also on the platform.
  • R2 is ejected/born from the Naboo Starfighter.
    • R2 "applause shot".
  • First appearance of Captain Typho - first new character for the film.
  • An astromech droid is also killed in the explosion.
  • Our old friend the klaxon
  • Senator Amidala is played by three different people in the first four minutes of the film.
    • Natalie Portman, a stunt performer, and Veronica Segura as Cordé.
  • Padmé is the only Naboo pilot to wear a face mask.
  • First of 16 costumes for Natalie Portman. (vs. 10 for TPM).
    • Naboo pilot disguise.


  • R2 definitely doesn't fit in the N-1 starfighter; he must be "Poofin' it".
    • But even this wouldn't work; he should be "Yaddleing" it.
  • Naboo engineering.
    • Form over function - it has an astro ejector but no landing gear.
      • Like the iPhone 7 (still fairly new at the time of this recording) which was controversial because it did not have a headphone jack[1].
  • No running lights on the airspeeders. Are they self-driving?
  • Bustling city traffic: parallel to Cloud City in the Special Edition of The Empire Strikes Back - Ring theory?
  • What's the deal with Captain Typho (Seinfeld reference)?
    • NOT Captain Panaka, but his nephew.
      • Hugh Quarshie refused to return as Panaka unless he got to read the full script first.
      • Aside from the eyepatch, we know Typho is a different character from his uncle because he's immediately positive, rather than pessimistic, until he is instantly proven wrong.
    • His first name is Gregar.
    • Played by Jay Laga'aia, a well-known actor and children's show host in Australia.
  • Mentioned: Decoy (Nemoidian accent).
  • Who is responsible for the assassination attempt? Follow the money: Zam<=Jango<=Dooku<=Sheev.
    • But what did Sheev know and when did he know it?
  • The problem of falling debris on Coruscant.
  • Referenced: the Joni Mitchell song "Big Yellow Taxi".
  • Why does she still have handmaidens? Is it like how ex-presidents have Secret Service protection.

Meta Minute

  • 31:37 podcast episode length.
  • Alex made up R7-D9, however there is an R7-D4, who belonged to Master Plo Koon.
  • A New Zealander listener heard Alex and Pete struggle to pronounce some of the actors' names and called into the show to help out (thanks!)
  • Alex shares a Abraham Lincoln history factoid.


  • Alex: Script?! Pete: And George was like, "Just a minute! I have it! Hang on, it was in here somewhere... have you seen my notebook?"
  • Pete: Watch some of Attack of the Clones. I'm not gonna say you have to watch all of it because I wouldn't do that to anybody.
  • Pete: He's [Typho is] a poor man's Panaka.
  • Pete: Aggh! Uncle Panaka was right!
  • Pete: You distracted me with Rodians.
  • Pete: SEGURA!
  • Alex: Oh it's number two alright.


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