Empire Minute 45: Veiny White Worm-Man

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March 14, 2014


Admiral Piett hesitates in the entryway to Vader’s private cubicle. After a moment, he steps into the room and pauses at the surprising sight before him.


Dan McCoy and Elliott Kalan



  • Great acting by Kenneth Colley [Piett] in this scene.
  • Super awesome helmet-sealing noise


  • Alex always assumed that Luke had been to Dagobah before, and that this would be revealed in the Prequels, since the place was like something from a dream.
    • But maybe it's dream-like because he grew up in a desert and the swamp has so much water.
  • Referenced: Stillsuits from Dune, Inspector Gadget
  • Referenced: Gremlins, Bob Clampett cartoons, Stand by Me (1986)
  • Other potential Movies by Minutes: Ghostbusters, Back to the Future.
  • Darth Vader's egg discussed further.
  • Vader and Piett's relationship.
  • Callback to Star Wars Minute 39: Choking the Admiral
  • 70's aesthetic of Star Wars vs 80's aesthetic of the later movies.
  • Referenced: The "Humungus" from Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981), Cenobites from Hellraiser, Dr. Seuss, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Darth Vader's armor is identical to how it looked at the end of Episode 3 (Sorry Pete), so his suit hasn't received any upgrades or anything.
  • What does Vader smell like under his armor?
  • Smell-O-Vision screening of Star Wars?
  • Does Darth Vader Sleep? Does he put in an away message while he is on autopilot? Callback to Monday.
  • Referenced: O. Henry's Gift of the Magi

Meta Minute

  • 28:15 podcast episode length.
  • Elliott takes a day off from belittling Dan, after all it is casual Friday.
  • First time the Executor is referred by its proper name, the Execucizor.
    • Alex revealed on the Discord that the name is a reference to the Woody Allen movie Bananas (1971).
  • The Diner with a Thousand Faces
  • Vader strengthens his dark Force power with self-loathing (much like a teenager).
  • Vader wears a big green afro wig under his helmet.
  • Callback to the "Sith are amphibious" theory.
  • Thank you, George Lucas.


  • Elliott: (as Vader) "This way I don't have to take the 'work' out of my workout."
  • Dan: But I like how he [R2] vomits up blood...
  • Elliott: ...if anybody listening to this has ever played a role-playing game. What are the odds? Probably not.
  • Pete: My note is "Vader *heart* Piett."
  • Alex: (As Vader, pretending to be Padmé) "Oh Anakin, I love you! I'll never leave you ever."



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