Phantom Menace Minute 79: Spider Chair

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March 10th, 2016


Nute sits in a strange, mechanical walking chair, which approaches Sio Bibble and several other Naboo officials.


Ryan Haupt



  • "Anakin Skywalker, meet Obi-Wan Kenobi".
  • Artoo is the only one to grasp the significance of the meeting.
  • Spider chair.
  • Cut line: "Let's hope Watto didn't get the last laugh".
  • Rumors of underwater villages.


  • Jake Lloyd/Anakin's brown-nosed delivery of "Pleased to meet you!"
  • What makes Anakin think Obi-Wan is a Jedi?
  • Pete's closed loop time travel theory of Artoo's omniscience.
  • How did the Sith and the Jedi know the proper training for lightsaber dueling?
    • The Jedi assume the Sith are extinct.
  • Ryan gives us the first day of cellular biology.
  • Mentioned: Marvin the Paranoid Android from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books.
  • Shoutout to: Fellow paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould and the idea of non-overlapping magisteria, Rehtul Minnau (Nathan Hamill's character), Josh Flanagan & Ron Richards.
  • Callback to TPM Minute 52: George Lucas himself proposed that maybe the Jedi are wrong about midi-chlorians.
  • Referenced: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, a classic Slinky commercial
  • Why only rumors? If there was tension between the Naboo and the Gungans, why don't they sell out their enemies?
  • Why don't Gungans fight droids in water? Homefield advantage?
  • Ryan re-tells his Phantom Menace memory.

Meta Minute


  • Pete: "So here's a good way to ruin Star Wars."
  • Alex: "If [you] can tackle it, or be stepped on by it, you're good."
  • Pete: "Perfectly regal."
  • Pete: (Normal voice) "You're a Bigfoot, aren't you?" (As Jar Jar) "Uh-huh!"


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