Phantom Menace Minute 40: Seeing Threepio

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January 15th, 2016


Anakin shows off his android, which is lying on his workbench.


Paul Scheer



  • Starts with Anakin stuffing Threepio's eye back into its socket, and ends with Obi-Wan telling "the Queen" not to send any transmissions.
  • Direct quote (x2): "I am C-3PO, human-cyborg relations".
  • R2 says his own name.
  • Another direct quote: "This floor is not entirely stable".


  • Padmé is supposed to be 14, Anakin is supposed to be 9.
  • Having C-3PO in this movie feels like fan service.
  • Threepio and Artoo as the only characters that appear in every movie.
  • Anthony Daniels isn't in the suit here (it's a puppet on sticks). Does he hate not being in the suit, or love it?
  • Ring theory: Salacious Crumb pulls out C-3PO's eye in ROTJ, and now Anakin is putting it back in.
  • Less exciting choices for pushing characters together. The main problem is in the execution.

Meta Minute

  • 17:46 podcast episode length.
  • Ad-read:
  • Natalie Portman was 17 when this movie came out (May 1999), whereas Jake Lloyd was 10.
  • The stand-in for Chewbacca in Episode VII was Joonas Suotamo.


  • Pete: We analyze, scrutinize, and reattach-C-3PO's-eyes...
  • Pete: There's a C-3PO right there!
  • Alex: C-3PO in DA HOUUUUUSE!


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