Jedi Minute 96: The Best High School Bully of All Time

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May 18th, 2015


Luke is in torment. He glances at his lightsaber sitting on the armrest of the throne. The Emperor watches him and smiles, touches the lightsaber.


Paul Scheer



  • Starts with Luke panicking and looking for his lightsaber, and ends with Han and company being led out of the bunker, under arrest.
  • Stormtrooper carrying Chewie's bowcaster.
    • Missing his "Stormtrooper eyebrow".


  • Referenced Clippy, Requiem for a Dream.
  • "Save the Cat": the "all is lost" moment.
  • Shoutout to Paul Rust.
Paul bought a ticket to see Meet Joe Black so he could watch the trailer.
He watched TPM twice in one day, but didn't realize until the third viewing that he didn't like it.
  • Paul ranks the movies: 5, 4, 3, 6, 2, 1.
  • Topher Grace edited versions of the Prequels.
  • The Phantom Menace trailer.
    • Trailers overhyping the movie, and fears about the [then upcoming] Episode VII.
  • Star Wars Rebels.
  • Endor bunker cut scenes.
  • The Emperor as the playground jerk/high school bully. He's super cocky.
    • Sith all have a lot of confidence.
    • The Emperor is the mean girl that everyone wants to hang out with.
  • Luke's food bar on Dagobah.
  • As a kid, not knowing how the movie is going to end. Childlike wonder vs. being jaded old men.
    • Referenced: Avengers: Age of Ultron.
    • In Empire, the good guys actually did lose.
    • Pete gets so caught up watching Star Wars that he forgets how it ends every time.
Paul got the Ewok/Robin Hood playset, and so he decided that he needed to study the movie carefully to get ideas of how to play with it.
  • The quality of Mark Hamill's acting and Blue Screen work.
    • Luke is distantly removed from the battle, helpless.
  • The deleted scene where Jerjerrod is ordered to destroy Endor.
    • Earlier drafts of the script had more for Jerjerrod to do, but by the time it hit the screen he's a glorified doorman.
  • Referenced: Salvador Dalí, Two-Face.
  • Roddy McDowall in Planet of the Apes.
  • Very casual treatment of the prisoners. No handcuffs or anything.
  • There's no love lost between the Emperor and Vader. It's like eating dinner with a couple who are in a fight.
  • Vader was lax in his research in the 20 years between Episodes III & IV.
  • Vader is a weaker character in this film, but conflicted and more complex.
  • Follow SWM on social media.

Meta Minute

  • 35:05 podcast episode length.
  • It's the start of All-Star Week.
  • Alex coins the phrase "Phantom Menace Number" in this episode.
  • In late 2014, thousands of internal Sony emails and private data were hacked and leaked to the public, including details about upcoming films, some of which were derailed as a result.


  • Alex: Come on hackers, get on it!


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