Last Jedi Minute 44: Unidentified Union Dispute
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April 1st, 2021
Strikebreaker Maz Kanata pops in for a quick cameo but Tim Barnes is guest commentating all week!
- Starts with Poe saying he'll be there to jump us to lightspeed and ends with Maz Kanata telling us how we can find the master codebreaker.
- There are only two white people in this scene, and one is a droid and the other is comatose (note: see below).
- Tim loves Maz. Referenced: how you pronounce "Han".
- The logic of this moment.
- The rarity of the live holo-calls. It's like a drone that's programmed to just follow you around. Mentioned: Flubber (1997).
- Let's talk about the union dispute.
- What has transpired since we last saw Maz (which was at most a couple of days ago). Did someone call her in or are these her employees and she's trying to prevent them from unionizing? Even the good guys are strikebreakers.
- When Pete tried to look it up, it was just listed as Unidentified Union Dispute.
- Maybe Maz is in the union herself.
- The racial diversity of Star Wars has greatly expanded in recent years.
- The complexity of the plan.
- If they can call people, can't they use that somehow?
- How does Maz know exactly where the master codebreaker would be and that he'd still be there when they got there? It's a bit video-gamey.
- They thought about having either the master codebreaker or the DJ character be Lando. Billie Dee said he'd do it.
- They could have added Lando to the conference call.
- If they did an "audition" scene where the gang tried different Star Wars people on the phone to see if they could help them.
- Mentioned: Captain "negative" Panaka, the Cantina scene from the Holiday special.
- Mentioned: the web series "On Cinema", which contains references to the codebreaker and "Dekkar" (sounds like "D'Qar"). Maybe Rian Johnson is a fan and snuck in these references.
- Mirroring the fan complaint of "why doesn't Holdo tell Poe the plan", why doesn't Poe/C-3PO tell Holdo the plan?
- Alex assumed that they were setting up Holdo as a double agent.
- If they approached Tim to cameo in Star Wars, he'd want to be Willrow Hood or a similar character who runs by holding something.
- The Star Wars celebration "Running of the Willrow Hoods".
- Tim will be back tomorrow!
- Call in to the 8-DAY-GREEDO hotline. We promise we won't pick up!
- 28:19 podcast episode length.
- If you watch the video, it is apparent that Tim stepped on Alex's intro, but being the seasoned podcaster that he is, he goes with it.
- FYI: the robot from Flubber is named Weebo.
- According to Red 5 autographs, MD-15C was played by Nathan Plant, a (Caucasian) English actor, so that makes 3 white people.
- Per Wookieepedia, Panaka died in 3 BBY so unless he was a Force ghost it would be really hard for him to take a call.
- Alex: (as a protest chant) What do we want?! Unidentified! When do we want it?! We're not sure!
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