The dead pilot from the plane crash that stranded the kids was named "Captain Walker." That always reminded me of Tommy, and Miller said that his where he got the name.
> Do you think it's a good idea to have the Master Blaster fight so close to the beginning?
I always thought that the movie had a weird structure, but it's hard to see how they should have fixed it. It's probably a result of how the screen play evolved. The story line about the kids was the original premise, it didn't start out as a Mad Max movie. I think they ended up realizing that the world & type of adult hero that they wanted would be better served by making it a Mad Max movie, rather than what would have ended up looking like a Mad Max knockoff.