Phantom Menace Minute 99: The Jedi Brogue

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April 7th, 2016


The Naboo spacecraft has landed in the Gungan swamp. Troops unload the ships in the background as Obi-Wan approaches Qui-Gon.


Jacob Sirof



  • Starts with Amidala saying "yes", ends with Qui-Gon telling Obi-Wan that he's been a good apprentice.
  • Liam Neeson's lilting, Jedi Brogue.


  • The title of this movie.
    • It describes exactly what's going on in the plot.
    • Referring to the movies by title vs. episode number.
  • Logic problems.
    • Where'd the blockade go?
    • Everything is proceeding according to Palpatine's design.
    • Deleted line: Panaka notices that the blockade is gone.
Palpatine's lizard lick-flip


  • Jar Jar as the key to this movie.
    • He's supposed to be annoying, but without him, the rest of the plot can't happen.
  • Theme of not judging a book by its cover in these movies.
  • Different film genres represented in Star Wars.
  • Things that Jedi "can't do" that they end up doing.
    • The Jedi are out of touch and arrogant.
  • The Jedi are fine with using blasters when they fly their starfighters, but have to use a sword during land combat.

Two cut scenes

  • Cut at the outline stage.
    • The blockade was still there.
    • Obi-Wan comes up with the idea of having Anakin (because he's s great pilot with Jedi reflexes) make a jump to lightspeed to get past it (just like in Episode VII).
  • Cut scene between Anakin and Padmé: "Hey! Where have you been?"

Other Notes

  • Obi-Wan's age.
    • In the Expanded Universe, Qui-Gon took Obi-Wan as his Padawan at the last moment before he turned 13.
  • Call 8-DAY-GREEDO.

Meta Minute

  • 26:56 podcast episode length.
  • See a "the Battle of Naboo" as a slapstick silent film.
  • A call for a Ken Burns' "The Empire" is a bit of a running theme on the show.
  • The first pioneer of blaster technology was the Beam-tube blaster, and was in use as early as 25,000 BBY[1]. No one is sure when the first lightsaber was built, but Jedi researchers developed "frozen blaster" technology (a precursor to the lightsaber) as far back as 15,000 BBY[2]. Since the first lightsabers seem to derive from blasters, it would appear that blasters actually came first.


  • Jacob: I'm so glad I don't hate these movies.


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