Attack of the Clones Minute 41: Bibblesplaining

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January 9th, 2017


Sio Bibble and Queen Jamillia exchange a look. Something is going on here.


Joseph Scrimshaw



  • Starts with Queen Jamillia saying that we must keep our faith in the Republic, and ends with Obi-Wan spurting out of lightspeed.
  • Graf Zapalo (Master of Sciences) just walks straight through the conversation.


  • Although he is more Prequel-positive than the average guest, Joseph rejects being labeled a Prequel Apologist (it has a negative connotation).
  • Padmé belittling Anakin.
    • Was this intentional? No, she's in her element, and she is showing strength.
    • She could have been more tactful.
  • Padmé is fed up with the mansplaining.
    • Callback to Mace Windu's patronizing shutdown when she suggests that Count Dooku was behind the assassination attempt.
    • Now Sio Bibble is mansplaining. He's Bibblesplaining.
  • Didn't they discuss the plan at all before they got there? Did Anakin even have a plan for keeping Padmé safe?
    • Anakin probably would have done what he did as a child during the Battle of Naboo—it worked last time!
    • He just feels like disagreeing at this point.
    • All he wants is to be near her; to him that's the whole plan.
  • It seems like George wanted to recreate the Han–Leia dynamic here, but it was executed poorly.
  • Natalie Portman/Padmé's avoidance of contractions in her speech, as if the stiff formal affect will keep her from falling for Anakin.
  • The hyperspace ring is cool.
  • Cut scene of Obi-Wan and Mace discussing the plot. Mace walks with Obi-Wan out to the landing platform where he boards his ship, then flies it to dock with the ring.
    • Replaced late in filming by the walk and talk with Yoda and Mace through "Moria" (see minute 27).
    • Other small human moments of dialog cut for time.
  • Low budget remake using original script.
    • Sio Bibble and Ric Olié giving the play-by-play.

Meta Minute

  • 28:48 podcast episode length.
  • Joseph is a returning champion on the show.
  • This episode aired not long after the extremely divisive US presidential election in November 2016. The 45th President of the United States was elected despite losing the popular vote by the largest margin in history.
  • Oliver Ford Davies, who played Sio Bibble, was not available for principal photography in Italy, so he filmed his scenes 9 months later, and he was added in post-production.
  • "Sio Bibble Wasn't Wrong" is now a shirt, available on TeePublic.
  • The legend of dividing the bed with a sword likely stems from the story of Tristan and Iseult (Isolde), but was popularized by the Arthurian legends.


  • Joseph: Star Wars: Accidental Emasculation.
  • Pete: CGI Bibble.
  • Pete: Graf Zapalo awaaaaay! <voice fades>
  • Pete: (As Anakin, to Padmé) Why don't we hide in that dark closet for like seven minutes?


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