Empire Minute 39: The Odds

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March 6th, 2014


The Falcon turns into the asteroid storm and as the ship completes its turn, asteroids start coming straight at the cockpit windows.


Tim Kreider



  • Starts with Han Solo fixing the Millennium Falcon as they are being pursued by the Star Destroyers and ends with Han entering an asteroid field as a TIE fighter blow ups after being hit by an asteroid.


  • Han speaks technobabble regarding tools at the beginning of this minute.
  • Referenced: Star Trek.
  • Chewbacca places the tool box in a very unsafe spot - another attempt to get out of his life debt.
  • Was Pol Treidum in the barrel on the Falcon?
  • Gravity in the Star Wars universe.
  • This pursuit is a common scenario for Han and Chewie and they seem to have flown into an asteroid belt before as well.
  • Who's flying the Falcon at this stage? The script indicates that it's Princess Leia.
  • They don't slow down in the asteroid belt.
  • In the Leigh Brackett draft script for the movie it is Chewie's idea to fly into the asteroid belt. Han then calls him "my hairy friend".
  • The odds are approx. 3,720 to 1 against - C-3PO clearly is the one who calculates all the odds and then blames them on R2-D2.
  • Random explosions when asteroids hit each other.
  • Favorite action-based musical score in the asteroid sequence.
  • Request to call 8-DAY-GREEDO to tell the hosts what the method is called to "make music sound like a ship on the ocean" as per this minute.

Meta Minute

  • 17:23 podcast episode length.
  • Cold-open: Ad-read - audible.com; starwarsminute.com/audible.
  • Actor cross-overs between the Star Wars movies and Superman and The Shining.
  • Odds of 3720 to 1 are the same as the chances of guessing the last 4 digits of someone's social security number in three tries or less. For more fun probability comparisons like this one, see xkcd: Probability Comparisons.


  • Pete: The hydro-spanner - it's like a wet wrench.
  • Pete: Maybe 271 is a play from The Fonz's playbook.



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