Last Jedi Minute 35: Profanity for Robots

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March 19th, 2021


Guest commentators Joe Dator & Suzen Tekla Kruglnska are our only hope for discussing R2’s helpful blast from the past hologram!


Joe Dator and Suzen Tekla Kruglnska



  • Starts with Artoo-Deetoo activating once he senses Luke has come on board, and ends with a hologram from Princess Leia telling Obi-Wan that he's her only hope.
  • Dramatic rack focus, like something out of a horror film, in this minute.
  • First appearance of Artoo for this movie.


  • Plug for Joe's upcoming book.
  • Shoutout(?) to Chris Radtke. Reference to the Josh Flanagan Memorial Lounge.
  • If someone watching this had no prior knowledge of Star Wars whatsoever and didn't know who R2-D2 was, they might think this scene meant the movie was about killer robots.
  • Luke and R2 reunited. In the Sequel movies, we don't often get to see beloved characters from the Original Trilogy back together again.
  • In Empire, Luke needed the X-Wing to translate for are too but now he speaks Artooish.
  • We learn that Artoo does in fact use profanity. Does he use human profanity? Does he use it wrong? Reference Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
    • Maybe droids use different slang and profanity when talking to each other as opposed to talking to humans.
    • C-3PO is an expert in etiquette and protocol; he probably knows all the things you shouldn't say to different alien races and maybe Artoo asked him about this and C-3PO, being eager to share information, was all too glad to teach him what not to say.
    • Maybe it's not profanity, maybe Luke is just being a prude. Either way, it shows that Luke still cares about the Jedi in the Force.
  • If you could have one droid in Star Wars, what would it be?
    • Susan says BB-8.
    • Joe doesn't want one of the main character droids, he'd take an R1 unit (the one that looks like a giant gas pump or kiosk) (editor's note: no, we haven't asked Joe or Susan this question before). Or the thing that's just a dome with lights and an antenna on wheels. Or a Treadwell (blue). Maybe an R2 unit but not Artoo-Detoo specifically. Maybe a rescue.
  • Pete's idea for a controversial re-edit: cut everything out of the movie from Luke saying nothing will make me change my mind to when he shows up in the crystal cave on Crait. Referenced: Ron Howard's narration of Arrested Development.
    • The  trope of "nothing is going to make me change my mind" as an obvious set up.
  • General criticism of the dialogue in this movie.
  • Artoo has been carrying this hologram around with him this whole time, and it's a little degraded now.
    • Does he keep every message that he's recorded? If so does his hard disk fill up?
      • Both in-Canon and out Artoo-Detoo has complete backup of C-3PO memories.
  • The technology level in Star Wars is very inconsistent with regard to our present-day. Some things are very analog, but AI technology is far advanced beyond us.

Leia's hologram message

  • What's the protocol for showing someone else's hologram messages? In this case it's okay because Luke has already seen it.
    • Ownership of the message falls to whomever legally owns the droid that carries it. Referenced: The Empire Strikes Back radio drama.
  • Showing the message from Princess Leia is meaningful because A) it's nostalgic, but also because B) it started this whole adventure off in the first place, and C) foreshadows them calling for help later in the movie and getting no response.
  • It was one of the first very cool/magical moments in the first Star Wars.
  • Hologram Diaries.
  • It's another Sequel Trilogy-style remix where Luke is now taking the Obi-Wan role and Leia is Bail Organa sending the request to him via an intermediary. What if Obi-Wan in Star Wars had responded the way Luke does here?
  • Referenced: Diary of a Young girl.
  • Using holograms for pandemic parties.

Other notes

  • Cast Star Wars with the cast of "The Jack Benny show". Mentioned: The Jet Benny Show (1986).
    • Or other movies from other decades. Referenced: the "Piano Man" (Billy Joel).
  • Final plug for the C.F.F. and Joe's book Inked.

Meta Minute

  • 45:28 podcast episode length.
  • The "dome with lights" from the Sandcrawler is a LIN demolitionmech autonomous minelayer. He was abandoned on Tatooine when the mining companies up and left the planet.
  • Supercomputer processing speed is normally measured in floating point operations per second (FLOPS) because it is more accurate than straight instructions per second[1]. As of June 2020, the fastest supercomputer in the world (the Fujitsu Fugaku) has been clocked at 415 PFLOPS or 415 quadrillion FLOPS[2].
    • For comparison, an iPhone 12 tops out at about 11 trillion FLOPS (a mere %0.003 of the speed of Fugaku), and the Apollo guidance computer that helped land astronauts on the moon could achieve only a maximum of 12,245 FLOPS[3].
  • It's a well-known fact that Alex Robinson does not listen to the show.
  • Making its debut in 1986, The Jet Benny Show falls squarely in the Star Wars Dark Ages.
  • Alex misspoke (and Pete didn't set up the vanity link), if you want to support the show on Patreon, you should go to and not


  • Pete: [R2] has those little 'neck rectangles' Alex: "necktangles".
  • Pete: Obviously they haven't read "Pooping for Robots".
  • Pete: (on The Jet Benny Show) I was more bewildered than disappointed. But also partially disappointed.


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