Jedi Minute 35: The Happiest Place on Earth
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February 20th, 2015
The deck gunners have Chewie and the desperate dangling human chain in their gun sights when something up on deck commands their attention: Luke, standing before them like a pirate king, ignites his lightsaber.
- Starts with Han and Lando (Hando) dangling from the skiff.
- Ends with R2-D2 freeing Princess Leia from her chains.
- R2-D2's drink tray has a seltzer tap that rises above his head. R2-D2 as Inspector Gadget.
- Where the other characters fit into Inspector Gadget.
- Han is hanging from the skiff by just the top of his feet - which is amazing.
- Special Edition changes:
- Added ropes around Han's ankles.
- Changed Han's dialogue to "It's alright, I can see a lot better now".
- Mentioned: Popeye.
- Han and Lando are in a buddy movie.
- How they disposed of the Rancor's body. Did they throw it into the Sarlacc pit?
- The actor who played Malakili must have been disappointed that he didn't get to play a crazy alien, and his costume consisted of taking off his shirt.
- Chewie is reduced to holding Han off the edge of the skiff. He should be picking guys up and throwing them into the Sarlacc pit.
- Chewie actually got shot in the shin at the beginning of the action; this is why he is hobbled.
- Referenced: Chewbacca's life debt.
- The quality of the banter between Han and Lando and more good luck for Han as he shoots the tentacle.
- The skiff takes one hit and falls over but is then rock stable from that point on.
- Luke jumps over to the Sail Barge and pulls a guy out of a window.
- Mentioned: Adventures in Babysitting; Batman (TV show); Mr Magoo.
- What the guy that gets thrown out of the window was doing at the time.
- The movie-makers and cast discussed which, if any, of the main characters should die in the Sarlacc pit.
- Shoutout to Lawrence Kasdan.
- Harrison Ford not wanting to do Return of the Jedi and his acting in the movie reflecting this.
- Harrison Ford/Han on Tinder.
- A lot of great/goofy sound effects and character performances.
- Gamorrean guards not being very useful in fights.
- The Gamorrean guard figurine mold was re-used to make the Friar Tuck figurine from Robin Hood.
- Mentioned: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
Memories of Return of the Jedi
He saw it in the theater. It was his favorite movie of the Original Trilogy; there is a lot going on in the movie.
He also saw it in the theater. For the Christmas before the movie he got the Jedi picture book. It contained photos from the movie and his brother told him not to read it before he saw the movie. He read the book before seeing the movie regardless however this didn't hamper his enjoyment of the movie. He does regret doing that now. Stuart was 5 years old when Return of the Jedi was released.
This was his favorite movie of the Original Trilogy as well. For him, the movie really ends when they all leave Jabba's Palace. This was the only Star Wars movie that he had on video tape and he would watch it over and over again. He can clearly remember the graphics on the HBO "coming next" screen before the movie started. In the day this was just another movie.
- Thanks to, and from, the Flop House crew for being on the podcast.
- Support the Show.
- 22:50 podcast episode length.
- Cold-open: 8-DAY-GREEDO call - When they were children, the caller's two-year-old sister would always grab his skiff guard Lando figurine and place it in her mouth. His sister was the figurine's own personal Sarlaac pit.
- Plug for Eliott's essay "City of Mundane Fantasy" in the book Never Can Say Goodbye.
- The Medieval Manuscripts department of the British Library has a collection of Star Wars-esque illustrations.
- Stuart: (as Chewbacca's internal monologue) "I can't wait to hang out with my pal Yoda I haven't seen for a long time. I hope he doesn't die soon." ...<Spoilers> He dies soon after this.
- Alex: He [Kasdan] threw out Lando...
- Eliott: Notoriously ugly man Christian Slater.
- Alex: Wait, you [Stuart] were five?!
- Elliott: We'll be back when you do Phantom Menace Minute [...] I've never seen two men's faces drop faster than when the phrase "Phantom Menace Minute" came out of my mouth.