Jedi Minute 53: Are You Awake?

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March 18th, 2015


Han's glance has stuck on something out the window: the Millennium Falcon. Leia nudges him gently.


Doug Benson



  • Starts with Han having a funny feeling that he's not going to see the Falcon again.
Ends with Darth Vader asking the Emperor what his bidding is.
  • The first time we see a spaceship go to light speed from the outside. The ship just vanishes - a cheap effect.


  • Lots of TIE-fighters returning to the half a Death Star. This is not the first Death Star being repaired.
  • Ben Burtt (sound effects) adds a lot to this movie and make Star Wars special. No other movie came close to these sound effects.
  • The TIE fighter sound is a roaring lion (or elephant) mixed with a car driving down a wet road mixed with something else.
  • The revelation that the Emperor is sitting in the top of the spire on the Death Star. A nice camera shot of the Death Star.
  • C-3PO complains again; why is C-3PO on the mission? It turns out in a later minute that it's very lucky that he is on the mission.
  • Imagining C-3PO in camouflage.
  • Are the personalities of all "C" protocol droids like C-3PO or are they different?
  • Han Solo is dazed in this minute. Leia has to tap him—are you awake?
  • Han being obsessed with the Millennium Falcon.
  • There are actually other rebels sitting in the back of the shuttle but you can't see them.
  • Where is all the gear from the hangar? In the shuttle. Who was organising all the gear, and extras, back in the hangar?
  • The dialog in the spire is all a bit hokey. "What is THY bidding?"!!?
  • The character of Darth Vader came together really well. It could have been really silly.
  • David Prowse was never actually seen on screen. This doesn't seem very fair.
  • How tall Anakin Skywalker actually is without the suit.
  • Doug finds the Emperor and his whole story unnecessarily complicated. The first movie was good versus bad and very simple to follow. Now there's two tiers of villainy and complications which are not really explained by the Prequels.
  • Are any prequels good? The musical Wicked doesn't work because it was all a dream in Wizard of Oz anyway. How can you recreate a dream world?
  • Will there be a sequel to the Wizard of Oz or its spin-offs?
  • Zach Braff and what people think of him now after his crowd-funded movie.
  • Natalie Portman as an actor.
  • Harrison Ford got out of Star Wars as the one and only cool guy / actor. Even Samuel L Jackson's coolness was hurt by Star Wars.
  • Samuel L Jackson enjoyed his Star Wars experience and does not even consider the Prequels as bad movies.
  • How will Star Wars actors be remembered over time?
  • How the actors in the new Star Wars movies will fare (e.g. Adam Driver who is an interesting actor).
  • The acting across the first six Star Wars movies is very uneven and inconsistent and this affects their overall quality.
  • Older English actors are always excellent in sci-fi movies.
  • Support the Show.

Meta Minute

  • 22:29 podcast episode length.
  • The minute that Pete was looking forward to is later revealed to be Jedi Minute 71: Martin Short, where the Ewok dialog sounds exactly like words in English.


  • Doug: Peter's <Cushing> brother Pin never made it. Alex: Pin; what? Doug: Pin Cushing.


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