Phantom Menace Minute 33: I Smell Angel

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Please hold the Mynocks.


January 6th, 2016


Artoo and Qui-Gon follow Watto toward the junk yard, leaving Jar Jar with Padmé and the young boy Anakin.


Matt Belknap



  • Starts with the entry of Anakin Skywalker, and ends with Anakin saying he's been a pilot all his life.
  • Jar Jar ballistic tongue sight gag.


  • What's going on with "Angels" in the Star Wars universe?
  • The Anakin-Padmé age gap is problematic.
    • His pickup line is awkward.
    • It would have made a world of difference if they had kept Anakin as a 12-year-old.
  • Making a fan film of The Phantom Menace using the original script as it is written.
  • George Lucas is not an "actor's director".
    • The blocking in this scene is just plain awkward.
  • Shoutout to former (and future) guest of the show Tony Thaxton.
  • This scene was the one used to audition for the role of Anakin.
  • It's surprising that Qui-Gon doesn't notice or react to Anakin's Force sensitivity as soon as he walks in.
    • Considering he's like the main character of the Prequel trilogy, there's no real music swell when he comes in (c.f. the introduction of Luke in Star Wars).
  • Ring theory? Or just odd coincidence: Minute 33 of Star Wars is Luke's line about his father being a navigator on a spice freighter.
  • We assume we know what angels are because it's a real English word, but it could mean something totally different in Star Wars.
    • Other instances of Earth words in the Star Wars universe.
  • Comparing the Blu-ray Phantom Menace to the theatrical cut of Star Wars.
  • Special special edition where we add Jar Jar in to the Original Trilogy.
  • How R2 handles stairs.

Meta Minute

  • 22:47 podcast episode length.
  • Angels appear in different forms in many different religious traditions. In the Abrahamic religions, they are messengers from God.

To quote St. Augustine:

"'Angel' is the name of their office, not of their nature. If you seek the name of their nature, it is 'spirit'; if you seek the name of their office, it is 'angel': from what they are, 'spirit', from what they do, 'angel'."

  • Angels (the alien race in Star Wars, also known as Diathim) appear in the Clone Wars episode "Mystery of a Thousand Moons".
    • Iego has either 42 or 1000 moons, depending on how you count them[1].
  • The word "kilometers" is never used in any Star Wars film, but Womp Rats are not much bigger than 2 meters.


  • Matt: He's [Qui-Gon] too busy thinking about Nubians.
  • Alex: Angels are these garbage monsters...
  • Pete: Mynock bacon.
  • Pete: Everybody "Jar Jar" everything.


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