Star Wars Minute 11: Cicadas

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The filmmakers just left all the props out in the desert where they were later rediscovered by archeologist David West Reynolds and paleontologist Michael J. Ryan.


June 17th, 2013.


Minute 11 of Star Wars: C-3PO goes off on his own.


Chris Radtke



  • This minute also consists entirely of the droids walking around in the desert.
  • Krayt Dragon skeleton lays in the background and the sound of cicadas can be heard.


  • The Krayt Dragon looks more like a snake or dinosaur. This, and being in the Tatooine desert, are the first suggestions of 'fantasy' or natural elements in Star Wars.
  • The Krayt Dragon is not referred to or explained in any way.
  • The cicada sound effect adds to the sense of anxiety of this scene. Alex imagines a rising of the cicadas on Tatooine.
  • Sound is a huge part of this sequence.
  • R2-D2 Topps trading card and Kenny Baker / R2-D2 film credits.
  • The hosts discuss doing the Star Wars Holiday Special Minute. The Star Wars Holiday Special is considered episode 4.5 in SWM Canon. (Note - they later ran through the Holiday Special as a two-part podcast episode - Part 1; Part 2).
  • Anthony Daniel's lifetime career and commitment to playing C-3PO - in absolutely everything. Anthony Daniels is the King of the secondary cast. The only exception to this is that Anthony Daniel's does not do a lot of conventions.
  • Is Anthony Daniels the Stan Lee of Star Wars movies?
  • Anthony Daniels' brain being transplanted into C-3PO's robot body. What would Anthony Daniels reaction be?
  • Anthony Daniels has spoken of responding to the loneliness of C-3PO as a character.
  • Chris shares earliest memories of Star Wars.
He remembers:
- Seeing the commercial that showed Luke swinging across the chasm while watching The Muppet Show when he was four years old.
 - Trying to explain it to his parents and getting frustrated that he couldn't convey it.
 - It wasn't until after Star Wars became a hit that his parents took him to see it.
 - When he saw the swinging chasm scene he said "that's the thing I was trying to explain before".
- Movies were cheap so he saw it many times in the theater; ten at least.
- He went to see it with various family members and friends.
- The opening scenes blew his mind every time. It was a lot for a four-year-old to take in.
- Star Wars captures the minds of young children by having:
 - Funny / warm moments leading up to potentially scary things.
 - Intense moments followed up by something silly or funny to distract you. (Note - Lucas is a genius!)
- Radtke recalls that watching Star Wars was like seeing a flaming car wreck:
 - His life was changed from that point on.
 - Everything was in reference to Star Wars.
 - His life was ruined.
...And that's how he ended up on SWM.

Meta Minute

  • 13:48 podcast episode length.
  • According to Wookieepedia, the skeleton used to portray the Krayt dragon consisted of fiberglass replica sauropod bones originally built for the 1975 Disney comedy One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing. Although the skull is super fake-looking, the vertebrae are similar to those of the sauropod dinosaur Diplodocus [1].


  • Chris: I'm in space! I see that crap all the time!
  • Chris: You need Boba Fett!
  • Pete: More Tatooine action.


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