Star Wars Minute 25: Moisture Farm

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July 5th, 2013.


Minute 25: Obi-Wan Kenobi's name comes up at dinner.


Anthony Dalto



  • Luke wants to go to the Academy (assumed to mean the Imperial Academy - see the cut scene below).


  • Cut scene in which Biggs has just come back from the Academy where he was training and then recruited by the Rebellion just before graduating.
  • If Luke ended up going to the Academy, would he have come to the attention of Darth Vader anyway?
  • Luke's friend Tank and his eventual fate.
  • Pattern on the ceiling of the Lars homestead (resembles Darth Maul's face).
  • Filming occurred in Tunisia AND Death Valley, California (not just Tunisia as stated in previous episodes of the podcast).
  • Parts or all of the Lars homestead were real dwellings in Tunisia at the time (e.g. a hotel).
  • Ewan McGregor's 'around the world' motorcycling adventures and his visit to Tunisia and the homestead.
  • Moisture farming, what it involves and what it might be for.
  • Treadwell in the background of the scene (looks like "a pair of binoculars on a stand" or "a very minimalist version of Wall-E").
  • Star Wars radio drama and its use of dialogue from the movie (including cut scenes).
  • The mystery of C-3PO's silver leg and the back story on why it was never dipped in gold.
  • The existence, and value, of gold in Star Wars.
  • Why the Lars purchased C-3PO and R2-D2 to help with moisture farming.
  • The risk of losing the Death Star plans and Leia's message if R2-D2's memory had been erased by Uncle Owen.
  • Uncle Owen's true motivations in stopping Luke from leaving the homestead.
  • Bringing Luke back to Tatooine (his father's home planet) and keeping the name Skywalker even though they're trying to hide him.

Meta Minute

  • 19:56 podcast episode length.
  • WALL-E was "voiced" by our very own Ben Burtt
  • Alex makes excellent droid sound impersonations in this episode.


  • Alex: Part 2 of lunch with the Lars's!
  • Alex: Asked ironically "They build a rebellion against the Empire?" Pete: "They do."
  • Alex: Darth Vader chatting to Luke "Wow, what a coincidence! I used to live on Tatooine myself."
  • Pete: "[C-3PO] would be sitting there sounding like a modem" (when programming the moisture evaporators in binary).


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