Phantom Menace Minute 98: Battle Hardened

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April 6th, 2016


Anakin stands next to the pilot, Ric Olié, pointing to various buttons and gauges.


Jacob Sirof



  • Starts with Nute telling Sidious that they've taken over three last pockets of primitive lifeforms, and ends with one of those very same primitive lifeforms being summoned by the Queen.
  • Return of Captain Obvious.


  • The walk-and-talk.
    • Strange blocking in the Prequels. Unnatural, "stagey".
    • The crab chair/hologram projector.
  • People performing activities of daily life in Star Wars.
  • Anagrams and naming bad guys after film critics.
  • Things will "stay as they are" in the Senate.
  • The Nemoidians are really surprised to be meeting Jedi and/or Sith face-to-face.
    • Maybe that's how they feel about all their guests.
  • People in Star Wars are informal with language.
  • This scene would be a good place to show the Nemoidians as an occupying force, wrecking things and stealing artwork as physical evidence of the invasion.
  • Ring theory: Qui-Gon saying he can't fight a war for the Queen parallels minute 98 of ROTJ, where the Ewoks start fighting a war for the Rebellion.
    • The idea that the Jedi are not supposed to get involved in this movie goes out the window by the end of the Trilogy.
  • Panaka and Olié fill the same role sometimes, and could have been fused into one character.
  • How can robots be 'battle-hardened' ?
    • Maybe it's a brand: Battle-Hard'n™.

Meta Minute

  • 23:20 podcast episode length.
  • Star Wars Rebels breaks new ground. In one episode Wedge really needs to use the Refresher.
  • At the time this episode aired, Will Shortz was the puzzle master at the New York Times. (Probably is still).
  • Although at the time this episode was recorded, Alex didn't seriously believe in Ring Theory, he has since come around.
  • 'Negging' has been brought up before.


  • Pete: (as Ric Olié) I'm flying the ship.
  • Alex: They should have had a scene where Ric Olié [speaking to Panaka] was like, "Boy, you're really negative!" (as Panaka) "No I'm not!"


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