Star Wars Minute 91: Run, Luke! Run!
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October 7th, 2013.
Luke starts for the advancing troops, as Solo and Leia move up the ramp into the pirateship.
- Starts with a puzzled Darth Vader stepping on Ben's cloak and ends with Luke wistfully looking at the chess board remembering better times.
- Darth Vader leans in towards the camera; very ominous.
- There is a missing lightsaber effect.
- Luke's screamed "No!" is a good example of Mark Hamill's acting exuberance (supported by the swelling music).
- Part of Luke being upset is that Luke had hitched his wagon / entire life to Ben and now he's dead.
- In isolation, Vader daintily stepping on Ben's cloak is a bit silly. Where did he think Ben was?
- When Vader isn't saying anything he looks like a dog searching for his master.
- What would have happened if the hero's escape plan hadn't of worked. The Stormtroopers probably still would have let them escape but it may have taken Luke a while to realize this.
- Call-back to Luke blasting a Death Star door control panel.
- Luke is a much better aim than the Stormtroopers. This may reflect the fact that The Death Star Stormtroopers are not battle trained / hardened troops; they're more like security guards. Luke, on the other hand, is a farmer that has been around guns his whole life; a much better shot. Plus Luke has The Force.
- The Millennium Falcon does an excellent three-point turn to get out of the hangar. This shows all of the sides of the Falcon. It should have clipped the side of The Death Star as it left.
- Chewbacca monologues at the end of this minute. It's not translated and we have no idea what he's saying. "Stop calling me names; I've got feelings"?
- Listener project: Subtitling all of Chewbacca's lines in English. What would they be?
- 15:31 podcast episode length.
- How the physical Millennium Falcon prop is controlled by the movie-makers. Also, the amount of physical detail on the Falcon is awesome. (The ramps were irritating on the toy and were always the first to break.)
- The whole movie set in The Death Star sequence is fantastic.
- Thankfully the special editions of the movies do not have special names like "May The Force Be With You Edition" or "The Pol Treidum Edition".
- The Millennium Falcon doesn't really look like a piece of junk to our untrained eyes; it just looks like a cool spaceship.
- One good thing about the prequels ("Sorry Pete") is that they show shiny, new spaceships which put the Falcon into context as a "piece of junk".
- Alex compares this to his Abraham Lincoln example (which he has raised multiple times).
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- Pete: As Darth Vader "WHAT!".