Empire Minute 43: Intergalactic Idiot

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March 12th, 2014


As Luke moves along the nose, Artoo loses his balance and disappears with a splash into the boggy lake.


Dan McCoy and Elliott Kalan



  • Starts with Luke looking around on Dagobah after arriving; ends with R2-D2 slowly making his way back to land in the water as he is followed by a swamp monster.


  • Referenced: Princess Bride.
  • Swamp monster reminiscent of the Dianoga from Star Wars.
  • Star Wars characters are always getting wet and dirty. Star Wars is a "used" environment in general.
  • Referenced: Star Trek (a cold, plastic, sterile environment).
  • R2-D2 simply falls off the X-wing - not very coordinated given that he's an astro-mech droid made to work on the exterior of spaceships.
  • Bumper stickers on the back of the X-wing.
  • R2-D2's periscope and Luke's slapstick commentary. This is a pre-cursor to some of the "comedy" scenes in the Prequels.
  • Han telling C-3PO what to say to the Ewoks in ROTJ and the "comedy" of that sequence.
  • Luke says something close to "R2-D2, where are you?". Other iconic lines from Star Wars (e.g. "Thank the maker...").
  • How is R2-D2 moving in the water? A draft script refers to air-jets propelling him (creating bubbles behind him). How this scene - along with others - was actually created for the movie.
  • Luke jumps straight into the water; he probably could have just walked to the end of the X-wing and simply stepped on to land. Luke as an intergalactic idiot.
  • Are lightsabers water-proof?
  • Jedi practical jokes.
  • Can pilots fly or navigate X-wings without an astromech droid?
  • R2-D2 falling into the water is the same as dropping your mobile phone into water.
  • Luke's response to R2-D2 falling in to the water is to just shout R2's name multiple times.
  • R2 mimics Luke with his beeps when Luke tells him off.

Meta Minute

  • 17:30 podcast episode length.
  • Dan and Elliott share their memories of first seeing the Star Wars movies.


  • Dan: As Luke "Is this water Yoda?"



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