Empire Minute 94: The String on a Balloon
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May 22nd, 2014
Four armor-suited stormtroopers stand at the ready in the large chamber, which is filled with pipes and chemical tanks. In the middle of the room is a round pit housing a hydraulic platform. Darth Vader and Lando stand near the platform.
- Minute 94.
- Starts with Darth Vader being told that there's a ship approaching - X-wing class; ends with everyone taking their positions around the carbon freezing chamber for a good freezing.
- Everyone forms a trust circle in the carbon freezing chamber.
- Who's in the X-wing that is approaching? Wedge? It would be funny if Wedge got frozen in carbonite by mistake.
- Are the Twin-Pod cloud car pilots giving Luke a hard time as well? Asking for his Lando permit? No - they have been instructed to let him land; and Luke probably doesn't see anyone on Cloud City from the time he lands to the time he gets near the carbon freezing chamber.
- Luke knows it's a trap but he still gets in over his head pretty quickly.
- Luke doesn't tell R2 to hang on for this landing. How often does R2 fall out of the X-wing?
- It's weird to see an X-wing in a "normal" / Earth-like sky; it's like seeing the original Star Trek going back to Earth in the 60s or Star Trek: Voyager going to Earth in the 90s.
- Referenced: Sarah Silverman in Star Trek: Voyager playing a dramatic role.
- The carbon freezing chamber is one of the favorite film sets of all time.
- It should be grey and ugly; instead it is a beautiful and operatic set that is very dramatic.
- There should be fluorescent lights buzzing overhead.
- The steps in the chamber reminds Klee of Michael Jackson's music video for Billie Jean.
- Referenced: Dancing With the Stars and Billy Dee Williams performing dressed as Lando.
- The orange and teal effect is used in the carbon freezing chamber.
- The Clone Wars cartoon features carbon freezing in a few episodes.
|(Spoiler warning - skip ahead 1 minute - n....ow!)|
|In the Clone Wars cartoon a number of Jedi hide themselves in frozen carbonite blocks - including Anakin.|
Given that carbon freezing humans obviously works why do they still need to test it in The Empire Strikes Back?
- How do you freeze gas?
- They allow Chewbacca bring his model kit to the freezing (i.e. C-3PO). Like his favorite toy to keep him occupied. Where did Chewbacca get the carry net from?
- Disneyland (Disney's Hollywood Studio) provides a Carbon-Freeze Me experience.
- It generates a figurine the size of an action figure.
- The hosts agree that they need to get to Disneyland asap.
- The figurine is shipped to your house in 3 to 4 weeks.
- Luke's helmet is filthy - from Dagobah or pine tar (for baseball fans).
- What's at the end of the pole at the bottom of Cloud City?
- Is Cloud City attached to Bespin somehow?
- The concept art shows a large ball at the end of the pole but we don't see that in the movie.
- Based on the Cloud City toy that Pete got from Taco Bell (see SWM 80) Cloud City is free-floating and not attached to anything.
- The ball is like a counter weight or the string on a balloon preventing Cloud City from floating away.
- There are great Ben Burtt sound effects in the carbon freezing chamber scene.
- What did it actually sound like on the set - probably nothing like in the movie.
- Why are Leia, Chewie and C-3PO even invited to the freezing?
- It may be torture by extension.
- Or evil people do evil things just for the sake of it sometimes.
- If Han didn't survive the freezing process then they would have made adjustments and then tried again with Leia and then Chewbacca.
- They would have kept trying until they got it right; there would have been carbonite blocks piled up on each other by the end.
- They would have ultimately tried it on a Twin-Pod cloud car pilot. Although they would have to freeze both pilots at the same time - either together in the one carbonite block or in a carbonite block each with a metal bar going between them.
- C-3PO tells Chewbacca that Chewbacca has a responsibility to C-3PO and no to do anything foolish.
- C-3PO is still being selfish and needy - even at this point.
- C-3PO seems confused about how a life debt works; Chewbacca doesn't owe C-3PO anything - it's the other way around.
- Plus C-3PO complains about his legs not being attached; Chewie probably wishes that he attached C-3PO's legs first and then his head.
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- "Carbonite" does actually exist (either as an inorganic anion, or as an explosive), but neither material in any way resembles the carbonite in the Star Wars universe.
- Klee: <Misspeaks in the intro> I'm Klee Wiggins from kleewiggins.clom.
- Pete: Everyone loves a good freezin'. Alex: It's the reason for the freezin'.
- Alex: ...there's pine tar on it; they put that on their <baseball> bats to get a better grip. Alex: Did you suddenly bust out, like, sports trivia? Pete: Sorry; I realised that I was in the wrong place. Alex: I was like "Pinetar, was he one of the bounty hunters that they showed?
- Alex: <As Chewbacca to a complaining C-3PO> Is there a way I can detach your mouth?
- Alex and Pete: <Multiple times throughout the episode> 94.