Phantom Menace Minute 27: Tech Support

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December 29th, 2015


The Naboo spacecraft races away from the Federation battleship.


Matt Gourley



  • Starts with R2 popping out onto the surface of the Naboo starship to fix the shield generator, and ends with Obi-Wan stating that Tatooine is not in Federation territory.
  • First time (episode order) that Tatooine is mentioned.


  • The droids are expendable.
    • We think of the droids as characters
  • Another of Alex's pet peeves. Where is the camera that is filming the droids being destroyed? It's the exact same angle and view as we were just watching.
    • It's like when people look through binoculars on a TV show and the view looks like two eye holes, when that's not what it really looks like.
  • It's cool to see robots in space on the exterior of the ship. They are in their element here.
  • Callback to The only scene with no digital alterations.
  • Less behind the scenes info is available for the Prequels.
  • Mentioned: What's a duck?
    • Shoutout: Former guest of the show Anthony.
  • Jedi spirit animals
  • Mentioned: The Japor snippet.
  • Callback to the Moisture Vaporators controversy.
  • Once they get past the blockade, they're totally home free.
    • Like in Dukes of Hazzard, where if they cross the county line, the sheriff has to stop chasing them.
  • R2 fixes the ship just by plugging something back in. This is the standard Tech Support fix (unplug it and then plug it back in again).
  • What is it that the hyperdrive is leaking? Hyperdrive juice?
    • Contrast with the technobabble that Star Trek is known for.
    • Lots of water-related stuff: Hydrospanners, alluvial dampers, moisture vaporators.
  • Real bands in Star Wars.
  • Mentioned: Superego The Empire Strikes Back commentary.

Meta Minute

  • 20:53 podcast episode length.
  • Cold open: We've reached our goal of $3,000 per month on Patreon!!!
  • New "-ize" every other Friday. There's one coming up this week!
  • This is the episode where Anthony Dalto is named the official STAR WARS MINUTE "Star Wars Supplier".
    • This is the first "Official correspondent of..." appointment to be made, but many more will eventually be established by SWM:WE.
  • "Starship" (At that time they were "Jefferson Starship") were featured in the Holiday Special.
  • "Lapti Nek" was written by John Williams' son, Joseph Williams. "Jedi Rocks" was written by jazz musician Jerry Hey, who also worked with Toto.
  • "Alec Guinness" and "Irvin Kershner" as voiced by James Bladon and Matt Gourley appear together on Never Say Never Again Minute.
    • Irvin Kershner is also going to stay the night and will be back tomorrow.


  • Matt: ...and Lucas decided he wanted to fully represent Asians in this film...
  • Alex: (as Alec Guinness) Well a duck is what gives a Jedi his power.
  • Matt: Whatever this movie version is, I'm lost in it right now. I'm there and I'm watching it, and I'm having a great time. Pete: For the listeners at home, Matt is staring at blank TV. The TV's not on, and he's staring at it. Matt: Of course it's on, and it's beautiful.
  • Matt: (doing his "Kersh" impression) The WAMpa, we had trouble with 'im because he's a tall man in there, but the costume's taller. So we put 'im on stilts, but he's in the snow! So he did die.


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