Star Wars Minute 62: Humanitarian Relief Area

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August 27th, 2013


The Falcon comes out of hyperspace to find that Alderaan's been totally blown away.


Damon Ciarelli



  • Interesting cinematography for the Falcon chasing the TIE fighter.
  • Ominous music plays when Han says that they're almost in range.


  • Han accepts that Alderaan has been destroyed rather quickly, but how does he know it was "totally blown away"?
  • Obi-Wan was originally written as a slicker, more streetwise character, rather than the wise stodgy old man that Alec Guinness portrays.
    • More "James Bond" and less "Mr. Miyagi".
    • The original characterization comes through in this scene, as Ben knows everything that is going on.
  • Chewbacca is wearing a headset. Other than Han, who is he speaking to?
  • The Falcon seems pretty close to the imperial fighter. How is it out of range?
  • Guns on the Falcon
  • Is the TIE fighter a lure for ships coming to Alderaan?
  • Destroying Alderaan would have severely disrupted space traffic in the sector, creating a logistical nightmare.
    • Similar to if one were to remove John F. Kennedy International Airport.
  • If the Death Star scooped up all the stranded ships coming to Alderaan, it would have helped with the public relations problems inherent in destroying planets.
  • Referenced: Yakety Sax, the theme from "Benny Hill".

Meta Minute

  • 12:30 podcast episode length
  • When Damon eventually did start that website, it actually was an ".io" site. The top-level domain country code ".io" stands for the British Indian Ocean Territory 1.


  • Pete: "The skeleton of Alderaan."
  • Pete: "We're in the Death Star." "Oh thank goodness you're safe!"


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