Phantom Menace Minute 96: There's Math For This

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Date

April 4th, 2016

Summary

The wind whips at Anakin as he listens to the Jedi.

Guests

Jacob Sirof

Notes

Film

  • Starts with Obi-Wan explaining the dangers of Anakin, and ends with Qui-Gon explaining Midi-chlorians.
  • A very appropriate minute to have a Prequels defender on.
  • Trailer line "the boy is dangerous..."
  • Jacob's favorite line in all of Star Wars "Your focus determines your reality"

Podcast

  • Jacob is not a Prequel apologist specifically, he is a Lucas apologist. He ranks all six of the Lucas films equally, and higher than the post-Lucas films.
  • He believes that if there is any spirituality in the universe, it is probably something like the Force.
  • The Jedi are talking about Anakin when he's standing right there.
  • Shoutout to the great work by John Williams.
  • The opulence in the Prequel era vs. the rundown aesthetic of the Original Trilogy.
  • The mistakes of the Jedi in the Prequels led to the scaling back later on.
  • Nitpicking the Original Trilogy.
    • Callback to "the Jabba's Palace plan" from Return of the Jedi.
    • Jedi training padawans young, before they devote attachments.
  • Mentioned: Too old.
  • What if Qui-Gon had never trained Anakin, or if Luke had gone to the Academy.
  • Profound, philosophical lines in the Lucas films vs. in TFA.
  • Jacob believes Qui-Gon let himself get killed, much like Obi-Wan.
  • Lucas will never admit that he changed his mind about aspects of the story.
  • The Midi-chlorians.
    • Jacob likes the "scientific explanation" of the Force (as opposed to a faith-based ideology).
      • Referenced: the E-meter from Scientology.
    • Pete's theory that the Force does not exist.
    • The idea that the Jedi are wrong about Midi-chlorians.
  • Star Wars as Space fantasy, rather than science fiction.

Meta Minute

  • 40:29 podcast episode length.
  • Jacob misconstrues the meaning of the word "apologist". An apologist does not apologize for something but instead defends it from attack.
  • As of May 2017, neither Midi-chlorians nor Padmé have been mentioned in the new Star Wars films.
  • The concept that "your focus determines your reality" is a form of cognitive bias, and closely resembles the phenomenon of Selective perception, the tendency of expectations to actually alter your experience of the world. See also confirmation bias.

Quotes

Link

http://www.starwarsminute.com/2016/04/04/phantom-menace-minute-96-theres-math-for-this/


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