Phantom Menace Minute 38: Jira Dollars

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Jira dollars are worth 0.15 Applebee's bucks.


January 13th, 2016


The wind is blowing hard as Qui-Gon, Jar Jar, and Padmé follow Anakin down the street and into a slave hovel.


Paul Scheer



  • Starts with Qui-Gon telling Jar Jar he's wrong, and ends with Anakin telling them how very dangerous sand storms can be.
  • Jira the pallie vendor.
  • More negative Panaka.


  • Why doesn't Qui-Gon feel Anakin's Force-sensitivity from just a couple feet away?
  • The sandstorm doesn't look that bad and has zero payoff.
  • It seems like Jira has her own credit system too.
    • "Jira Dollars", like Applebee's Bucks.
    • Referenced: the mobile payment service Venmo.
  • Differences from the original script.
    • Anakin gives Jar Jar a speech about fear.
    • This could have put these scenes into a larger concept of fear.
  • George Lucas' habit of tinkering with his films.
  • Where is "the outskirts"? Is it an official place name?
  • Paul saw TPM 3 or 4 times in the theater. He saw it twice on opening day.
  • This movie is unnecessary
    • Almost none of the characters introduced in this movie continue to the next one
    • AOTC takes place so much longer after TPM that Anakin is a totally different character.
    • You could start the trilogy with the second movie.

Meta Minute


  • Alex: He [Qui-Gon] must be playing his cards close to the space vest—the space poncho.
  • Paul: <to Pete> You're a real Han Solo.


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