Star Wars Minute 3: Did You Hear That?

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Despite its apparent size, the star destroyer used in the filming of this scene was only three feet in length, and the blockade runner was a mere 4 inches[1].


June 5th, 2013.


Minute 3 of Star Wars: Pan down to Tatooine, Star Destroyer pursues blockade runner and Rebels prepare for boarding.





  • The greatest opening scene in any movie ever.
  • First appearance of R2-D2 and C-3PO in film.
  • First spoken line in film: "Did you hear that?" said by C-3PO.


  • The detail on the models used in Star Wars.
  • How the Star Destroyer came to be chasing the rebel ship - linked to the rebels scoring their first victory (referred to in the crawl).
  • The chase up until this point.
  • The second, silver protocol droid that is with R2-D2 and C-3PO and then turns off never to be heard of again (although it may appear in the Prequels) (note: see below).
  • The life-span of a droid.
  • The Blockade Runner spaceship and how Leia ended up utilizing it.
  • Princess Leia always trying to win her father's approval.
  • Was Leia going to Tatooine to pick up Ben, or were they just passing by? There is competing evidence in the movie.
  • A range of thoughts about C-3PO. Alex makes the case that he's not just annoying - there's much more to him than that.
  • Comparing C-3PO to Jar-Jar Binks.
  • Adult observations of this movie. Pete - Either they're on-board or walking out by the end of minute 5.
  • The fast pace of the movie and the understated nature of the exposition.
  • Collecting Star Wars toys.

Meta Minute

  • 13:01 podcast episode length.
  • The guys will later find out that the second anonymous protocol droid is named U-3PO. Since learning this, U-3PO has become one of Pete's favorite characters.
  • Pete says something along the lines of "perhaps Leia joined The Rebellion because she herself was rebelling" which is very close to a line / sentiment in the Rogue One trailer (July 2016).
  • C-3PO also has the last spoken line in Episode 3.
    • However it is not on the same ship—Space Jimmy Smits' ship is the Tantive III; this is the Tantive IV.
  • Many of the questions raised during this minute have been answered in the new Disney Canon.


  • Alex: Jazz Singer moment: You ain't heard nothing yet!
  • Pete: Minute 3 is pretty strong.


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