Phantom Menace Minute 87: Who's Gonna Count?

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March 22nd, 2016


The doors open, and Anakin enters the Queen’s quarters. Rabé greets Anakin as two other handmaidens come and go into the next room.


Joe Dator



  • Starts with Qui-Guy leaving the Jedi council, and ends with the Senate Chair recognizing the delegation from Naboo.
  • Jerus Jannick = McNulty (Dominic West) from "The Wire"
  • 5th Amidala outfit. Senate gown.


  • If you're seeing this movie for the first time, Mace and Yoda come across as the bad guys in this scene.
    • But are they? Are we, the audience, rooting for Anakin to be trained?
  • All Sam Jackson does in this movie (literally) is sit and look skeptical.
    • Joe had higher expectations (Jackson probably did as well!) for the character of Mace Windu.
      • During the late '90's, Samuel L. Jackson was at the peak of his coolness.
      • Mentioned: Goodfellas.
  • Joe is a big fan of digital "Yoda".
    • It's like if you digitally replaced Sofia Coppola in Godfather III with a better actress; it makes the whole thing more watchable.
    • But he is in no way in favor of replacing puppet Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Keira Knightley filling in for Natalie Portman in other films (or the reverse).
  • The Queen is a daunting presence in this scene.
  • Anakin's fixation on Padmé is perfectly normal for an 8-year-old.
    • It doesn't get creepy until next movie.
  • The statues in front of the Senate building are the core founders of the Republic.
    • Four Founding families:
  1. Organa
  2. Tagge
  3. Kuat
  4. Praji

Meta Minute

  • 37:31 podcast episode length.
  • Gravity waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime, were first announced to have been directly observed in February 11th, 2016. They provide direct evidence of Einstein's general relativity.
  • Simon Pegg has become known as "the guy who saved Star Wars". When he showed his daughter the Original Trilogy, she was excited to realize that Yoda was a real practical effect. Pegg tweeted about it and it went viral. So at least one kid likes puppet Yoda.
  • "Irv Windu" appears in minute 127.
  • Jerus Jannick fought in the battle to free Naboo from occupation by the Trade Federation.


  • Joe: What kind of a monster do you take me for?
  • Alex: (as the smarmy "suit of the day" at Disney) You know what we need to do? We need to put in a digital Yoda voiced by Seth Rogan.
  • Pete: (as "the Queen" to Padmé) I'm out of "Clown White"! Go run over to the Walgreens. Alex: (also as the Queen) This is "Clown Ivory"!!
  • Alex:...dangling participles.


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