Phantom Menace Minute 33: I Smell Angel
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January 6th, 2016
Artoo and Qui-Gon follow Watto toward the junk yard, leaving Jar Jar with Padmé and the young boy Anakin.
- 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.
- Flash forward to the missed high five between Kitster and Wald.
- 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.
- Referenced: The Binks Awakens.
- How R2 handles stairs.
- 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.
- 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.