Attack of the Clones Minute 50: Fake

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January 20th, 2017


The shaak bucks, and Anakin falls off. Padmé laughs even harder. Anakin lies still.


Ricky Carmona



  • Starts with Anakin outlining his authoritarian form of government, and ends with him falling off a cow (shaak).
  • Cut Padmé dialog: You're so bad.
  • Prominent swell of the "Love Theme from Attack of the Clones".


  • Does Anakin really mean what he says about supporting a fascist dictatorship, or is he just needling Padmé? Both?
  • Good Natalie Portman acting in this scene. Her best acting is when she is smiling, because you can actually tell what the character is thinking.
    • Referenced: Aaron Burr, as depicted in "Hamilton".
  • Does Padmé really go for the bad boys? The cut dialog suggests she likes him because he's bad.
  • Carrie Fisher was one of the people working behind the scenes to tighten up the script for this movie.
  • Ways the love story could be improved.
    • Comparisons with the Han-Leia romance.
  • Referenced: Alphabeatical.
  • George wanting to try new things as an artist.
  • The constantly evolving state of CGI.
    • If the technology isn't quite there, don't fake your main character.
    • This is the same year that The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers came out. Comparing and contrasting the Warg attack scene with this minute.
    • Mentioned: Spider-Man (2002)
    • Curmugeonly Pete remembers thinking Anakin riding the shaak looked fake at the time.
    • Will people find clunky CGI endearing like we do Stop-motion?
  • "Across the Stars (Love Theme from Attack of the Clones)"
  • Evocative of Lara's theme from Dr. Zhivago (Love Theme from Doctor Zhivago).
  • Ricky ranks the movies.

Meta Minute

  • 27:39 podcast episode length.
  • Eagles (and other diurnal birds of prey) have no external ears, but their hearing is about comparable to that of a human[1].


  • Pete: Analyze, scrutinize, and... bad CGIze...
  • Pete: (as Hayden Christiansen) Can we do a scene where I juggle? Girls like that, right?
  • Alex: <In response to Anakin on the shaak-back> (reading from his notes) "It's the fakest looking fakeness that was ever faked."'
  • Pete: a puppet... riding a balloon.
  • Ricky: In layman's terms, "flangeing the harble".


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