Star Wars Minute 4: Scamp, No!

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June 6th, 2013


Minute 4 of Star Wars: Rebels brace for battle and Stormtroopers board the Rebel blockade runner.





  • Minute starts with the Rebels preparing for battle and ends with said battle as Stormtroopers pour onto the blockade runner.
  • First appearance of Stormtroopers in film.


  • Is it obvious that the Rebels are the good guys and our friends?
  • Perhaps the Rebellion is also evil.
  • The scratching sound on the outside of the blockade runner as it is captured by the Imperial Destroyer. It sounds like a large pet scratching at the door.
  • How the Stormtroopers board the blockade runner so quickly. Via a special transport TIE fighter? It was nice of the Stormtroopers to enter via a door though.
  • The role and importance of the Stormtroopers in the movies.
  • Are Stormtroopers humans or "robits" (sic - robots)?
  • Stormtrooper armor is a) ineffectual and b) poorly designed. Perhaps it works better in hand-to-hand combat than laser battle.

Meta Minute

  • 8:40 podcast episode length.
  • There were no Rebels in the original run of toys.
  • As a kid Alex always thought that one of the Rebels (the one that braces himself for the attack) was Princess Leia's father - just because.
  • According to Wookieepedia, the Stormtroopers (and Vader) arrived via a TIE/br boarding shuttle. This vessel was designed but never built for the movie. The design was later refused for the TIE bomber and Captain Needa's shuttle in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Pete recalls the awkwardness of bringing a 12" Stormtrooper action figure to Hebrew nursery school.
  • C-3PO's line "There will be no escape for the princess this time!" is also discussed in minutes Star Wars Minute 6: The Spice Mines of Kessel and Star Wars Minute 22: Warn Uncle. Not mentioned in these minutes are the shooting script of Star Wars and Alan Dean Foster's novelization of Star Wars, Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker, which uses the line "There is no escape for the Captain this time ..."
  • Referenced: The Adventures of Luke Starkiller: Saga One - The Star Wars, March 15, 1976.


  • Pete: It's like the Borg, they just change the frequency a little bit. Alex: I don't know what this Borg are. Pete: It's a different podcast.
  • Alex: Scamp, No! No! Bad dog!


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