Phantom Menace Minute 88: Space Politics

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March 23, 2016


The Naboo congressional box floats into the center.


Joe Dator



  • Starts with Palpatine addressing the Senate, and ends with Lott Dod "oba-jecting".
  • Lott Dod
    • Named for Trent Lott (another politician George Lucas disliked).
    • Fourth and final role for Silas Carson.
  • Characters played by Jerome Blake
    • Mik Regrap
    • Lufa Danak


  • Great sound work in this minute, reminiscent of the "Aunt Beru Kitchen noise"
  • The floating pods (boxes?)
    • Do you need to fly them, or is there a droid intelligence controlling it?
    • Can anybody just float their box out into the middle?
      • The chair does not recognize the senator from the Trade Federation, so they shouldn't be able to leave or turn their mic on.
    • Mentioned: Chancellor Zod.
    • Joe would like a Senate playset to scale with the action figures. Then you could play Space Politics.
  • Actors playing many roles in one film.
    • Jerome Blake plays three characters in this scene alone.
      • Was also Daultay Dofine.
  • Palpatine as the protagonist of the film.
  • More cut dialog: Palpatine puts the idea of a vote of no confidence in Amidala's ear.
  • Not everything that happens in the Star Wars Universe is exciting stuff. Just like the real world, lots of it is boring.
    • We, the fans, asked for this, and George gave it to us.
  • plug for

Meta Minute

  • 26:33 podcast episode length.
  • Film critic for the New Yorker Richard Brody loves the Prequels and detests the Original Trilogy[1].
  • According to Wookieepdia, the Senate Building was more than 2 kilometers (~1.2 miles) in diameter (about 7 Enterprises). At 3 ¾" scale, this would make it 340 feet wide (larger than an American football field!) The Grand Convocation Chamber within was 100 m tall, which would make it about 17 feet high if scaled to your action figures. Maybe that's why they never sold it as a playset.
    • Wookieepedia does not list a size for the congressional boxes, but since we know how tall Ian McDiarmid (Palpatine) is, we can calculate that the "boxes" are 4.6 meters (about 15 feet) across. This equates to about 9 inches in 3¾" scale.
  • Gragra was the merchant who sold Chubas.
  • According to IMDB, Jerome Blake portrayed 7 characters in this movie. He is not listed as playing Lufa Danak. More on this tomorrow.
  • The Jedi mug has yet to materialize. It was revealed on SWM:WE that Pete lost the file containing Alex's artwork, and then the host site backed out of selling copyrighted merch.


  • Pete: Is this about the Reptoids again?
  • Pete: "Lex Loofah": Superman's least favorite sponge.
  • Pete: 50 minutes of NASCAR followed by 10 minutes of C-SPAN


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