SWM-Canon

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SWM-Canon (Star Wars Minute Canon), also known as M-canon (Minute canon), are stories and ideas that are not canonical in the larger Star Wars universe, but are commonly accepted by the hosts and/or the listeners of Star Wars Minute.


Star Wars (1977)

New Hope

The name of the first movie to come out was originally just Star Wars, so that is how it is canonically referred to on Star Wars Minute.

Ben Kenobi is a killer

This is also known as the "Kenobiist" theory. It is well known that Ben Kenobi is a filthy liar (see ROTJ Minute 47) and is not above manipulating the situation to achieve his aims. To ensure that Luke would join him and learn the ways of the force, Kenobi killed not only the Jawas, but perhaps the Lars family as well. Guest Mars Wong mentioned that he is a Kenobiist.

Death Star droids

The stormtroopers, upon finding a destroyed sandcrawler, gathered up all the droids and took them back to the Death Star. That's how the Death Star droid made it from Tatooine onto the Death Star.

Luke's nickname is "Wormie"

On Tatooine, Luke's friends at the Tosche station called him "Wormie" as a derogatory nickname. This is from the former Expanded Universe (now Star Wars Legends), but it is still canon among Star Wars Minute hosts and listeners. The headline of the local Tatooine newspaper after Luke destroyed the first Death Star was "Wormie Wins Big" according to Pete in Minute 112.

Peet N'Alex

Boba Fett interrogated a moisture farmer on Tatooine as to Luke Skywalker's whereabouts. Although not named in the new (Disney) canon, former guest Jordan White stated that his name would be Peet N'Alex, in honor of the hosts of Star Wars Minute. This is explicitly referred to in TPM Minute 75.

"Sand People"

"Sand People" is a racist term for Tusken Raiders used by the human inhabitants of Tatooine. "Tusken Raiders" may itself be a racist term for the indigenous people of Tatooine, also known as the "Native Tatooiners"
"Sand Citizens" is another term for the Native Tatooiners that lies somewhere between the two extremes of the racial sensitivity continuum.

Luke didn't blow up the Death Star

When Ben Kenobi told Luke to "let go" during the trench run, he meant literally, "let go of the controls. You can't do this; let me do it for you."

All Jedi go commando

As discussed in SWM 97, based on the fact that there didn't appear to be any underwear left behind with Ben Kenobi's clothes when he vanished in front of Darth Vader, Jedi like to be 'one with The Force' when they dress and don't wear anything under their robes. The hosts acknowledge that this fact changes the movies, and refer to it interchangeably as "going commando" and "going Jedi".

On a related note, as discussed in SWM 104, some X-Wing pilots may also "go Jedi" when they fly.

Chewbacca's Life Debt

Although this is never addressed in on-screen canon, the hosts agree with the Expanded Universe that Chewbacca follows Han around all the time because he has a life debt to him. Alex and Pete believe that, throughout the original trilogy, Chewbacca is not trying all that hard to protect or save Han because if he dies, then Chewbacca's life debt to him will come to an end and he can finally go home and raise his kid like he should have been doing the whole time.

Holiday Special (1978)

Everything in the Holiday Special is officially SWM-Canon. No exceptions.

The Holiday Special is considered to be episode 3.5 in the SWM universe - see SWM 11.

Chief Bast

Upon discovering that the Rebels knew about the thermal exhaust port that was the Achilles' heel of the Death Star, Chief Bast fled the battle station immediately prior to its destruction, and thus was one of only two survivors. We know he survived (in spite of what Wookieepedia might tell you) because he appears in the Holiday Special.

Kashyyyk

Despite how it is spelled, the homeworld of the Wookiees is pronounced "Kah-ZOOK" according to the Holiday Special.

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Treadwell

The droids from the Death Star survived the destruction of the station by stowing away on The Falcon. That's how Treadwell and the Gonks show up on Hoth later.

Permanent residents

The Rebels had to leave a lot of equipment and droids when they evacuated Hoth. The also left behind an intoxicated General Rieekan, which is why he doesn't appear in the rest of the trilogy. Rebels that get left behind are known as "permanent residents." General Dodonna was presumably a permanent resident of Yavin IV.

Return of the Jedi (1983)

Luke and Leia are not siblings

Yoda never goes right out and tells Luke that Leia is his sister. Obi-Wan mentions that Luke has a sister, and Luke jumps to the conclusion that it is Leia, when in fact she is in another part of the galaxy safely anonymous.

"The Force" does not exist

As stated in ROTJ Minute 123, fifty percent of the SWM Crew believe that "The Force" isn't real, that it's all a bunch of simple tricks and nonsense. Examples of this include Darth Vader pulling Han's gun from his hand using magnets, and The Emperor shocking Luke using electricity from a generator hidden beneath his robes.

Force-Swimming

Dead Jedi, as force ghosts, cannot just appear wherever they wish - they have to swim from place to place. Ben Kenobi was unable to help Luke in his fight with Darth Vader because by the time he was able to swim there it would be all over (see ROTJ Minute 45).

Laser Swords

Following the principle of Papal Infallibility, George Lucas is known to have referred to lightsabers as "laser swords" (see ROTJ Minute 98). So despite how they refer to them in the movies, the canonical name of the weapon of the Jedi knights is the laser sword (sometimes stylized as "lazer sword" or with even more "z"s added throughout).

Noise in space

Sound cannot travel in a vacuum, so why is there all this noise in space? It was revealed in Minute 105 of ROTJ that spaceships have speakers that play a noise to let you know from which direction enemy fighters are coming, so you can use your sense of hearing to locate them without taking your eyes off your targeting screen. These speakers also play horns when exciting things are happening.

Special Editions

What? They came out with digitally remastered editions to the Original Trilogy? Never heard of 'em. Definitely not canon.

The Phantom Menace (1999)

Boonta Eve

This is a holiday celebrated on Tatooine. It takes place March 26, the day before Boonta the Hutt is supposed to have ascended to godhood (although this is not recognized by the B'omarr order of monks). It is traditional (and is actually a legal obligation in some municipalities) to name anyone born on March 27th "Boonta the Hutt" (see TPM Minute 63). Boonta Eve was the subject of a series of 8-DAY-GREEDO calls.

Neimoidian eggs

As mentioned in TPM Minute 103, Neimoidians lay eggs, and much like a seahorse, it is the males of the species that carry them[1] .


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