Phantom Menace Minute 30: The Garb of a Moisture Farmer

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"I don't think that's the kind of farmer they have here."
"What are you talking about? I'll blend right in!"


January 1st, 2016.


The Naboo spacecraft lands in the desert in a swirl of dust.


Matt Gourley



  • Starts with Jar Jar apologizing then asking "whosa are yousa?", and ends with the ship landing near the outskirts of Mos Espa.
  • We arrive on Tatooine.


  • They could have landed anywhere on the planet. Why there?
    • When they find out Watto won't sell them the hyperdrive, they could have flown to another settlement to try their luck there.
  • More Captain Ric "Obvious" Olié.
  • Jar Jars recap of the story so far.
    • Comparison to plot drops in the Original Trilogy.
    • More on the deleted subplot of Naboo-Gungan tension.
    • Jar Jar kind of works in this context (just talking to another person).
  • Natalie Portman's acting.
    • She's uncomfortable, and the director isn't giving her anything.
  • Does anyone else know about the Amidala ruse?
  • Space luggage.
  • More wig talk.
    • Referenced: Home Alone
  • Qui-Gon's poncho
    • Where did he get it? Maybe the Queen keeps outfits like this on her ship to play dress-up.
  • Shoutout(?): to Ben Burtt
  • Ring Theory: Minute 30 of ROTJ has Luke's line "I used to live here, you know."

Meta Minute

  • 24:19 podcast episode length.
  • Natalie Portman would have been around 17–18 when this was filmed.
  • George Lucas had not directed in the 22 years since he worked on Star Wars.
  • The communicator / midi-chlorian tester is most visible in minute 51.
  • The question of whether it was the actor Alec Guinness or the character of Obi-Wan is now answered and part of SWM-Canon


  • Pete: ...we analyze, scrutinize, and grabben dat Jedis...
  • Pete: You weren't ready for the Binks?
  • Matt: Wait, he eats a brisky morning munchen just like I do.
  • Matt: Great Caesar's Jar Jar!
  • Alex: (as the Queen) Look! I'm a peasant! <laughing>


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