Phantom Menace Minute 90: Grebleips

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March 25th, 2016


Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon stand outside the palace on a balcony.


Joe Dator



  • Starts with Amidala finishing her call for a vote of no confidence, and ends with Anakin beginning his Jedi test.
  • More senating.
    • Wookiee senators.
    • Gasgano's race.
    • Twi'leks, Swokes Swokes.
    • E.T.
  • 9th direct quote: "Too old".


  • Chancellor Zod collapses in his seat as if he has no confidence.
  • Alien races are introduced, and then you see a lot of them, and then never again.
  • The E.T. senator.
  • If yesterday was Boonta Eve, then today must be Boonta.
  • Amidala is dressed like a Chinese restaurant. Nobody else seems to be as dressed up.
  • Veiled reference to the Star Wars Holiday Special.
  • Much like his countryman Ric Olié, Palpatine is "Senator Exposition" in this scene.
  • The cambots and space C-SPAN.
  • Natalie Portman's formal affect, and reasons she talks like that.
    • Callback to Carrie Fisher's inconsistent accent.
  • Joe's fan theory about The Phantom Menace.
    • The Original Trilogy is the present, TPM is the "Biblical Epic" of this universe.
    • This is why viewing them in "release order" is essential.
    • Mentioned: Lego Star Wars Droid Tales.
  • Obi-Wan doesn't think Anakin is the Chosen One.
  • Qui-Gon Jinn facts.
    • The E.U. and Canon disagree about where he was born.
    • Trained by Dooku who was trained by Yoda.
    • In the Clone Wars cartoon it established that he traveled to the birthplace of life and the source of Midi-chlorians in the galaxy, which is where he learned to come back as a ghost.
      • Referenced: Dr. Manhattan from "Watchmen".
  • Old Obi-Wan voice vs. young Obi-Wan voice.
  • Referenced: The Kinks song Waterloo Sunset.
  • Anakin's Jedi test; is this the best way to audition Jedi?
  • Prequels don't work—they come with a lack of dramatic tension.
    • "Better call Saul" is the exception that proves the rule.
  • Mind reading as a Jedi power.
  • The Jedi are boring good guys.
    • Referenced: Space Invaders.
 Joe's TPM memories.
  Saw it for the first time at Union Square.
  His ticket was for 4:30 AM. He got there at midnight and hung out in the Virgin Megastore.
  At exactly midnight, the PA system played the Star Wars opening theme.
  He waited in line for two and a half hours.
  Waiting in line was a big part of the "Star Wars experience". It became a community thing.

Meta Minute


  • Pete: ...analyze, scrutinize, and Anakin will become a Jedi's...
  • Joe: I want to go in her [the Queen] and order some fan-tailed shrimp.
  • Pete: You know what they say: "heavy is the head that wears the crazy Naboo hat."
  • Alex: (referencing Family Feud) Show me "Kanjiklub"!
  • Joe: "So, that's what the unedited dreams of a crazy billionaire look like."


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