Phantom Menace Minute 42: Say The Crystal

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January 19th, 2016


Jar Jar attempts to snare another bit of food from the bowl with his tongue, but Qui-Gon, in a flash, grabs it between his thumb and forefinger.


Dan Telfer



  • Starts with the dinner conversation about exploding slaves; ends with Anakin saying that no one can kill a Jedi.
  • Another direct quote: (3rd) "How wude [rude]".
    • We're up to 8.


  • Dan has issues with the dialog.
  • Anakin is very jaded about the fact that he has a bomb in his body.
  • Jar Jar says "excuse me" after doing the tongue thing. Why, specifically?
    • Nobody reacts.
    • They leave room for the audience to laugh here.
  • Jar Jar is here to keep the kids entertained during the talky scenes.
    • C-3PO, by contrast, shuts down when Ben and Luke are talking about the Force.
  • Padmé is just playing with her food. Was this an acting choice or is the actress just bored?
  • Dan believes that Jar Jar represents what George Lucas must have been like as a child.
    • Like a kid with a joke book at his parents' dinner party.
  • Qui-Gon says Anakin must have Jedi reflexes, then demonstrates Jedi reflexes by catching the tongue.
  • Ham-fisted foreshadowing.
    • Anakin's weird compliment to the Jedi in his house.
  • Laser Sword vs Lightsaber.
  • Pulling back the veil vs. over-explaining.
    • All the fans wanted to know the backstories to things like "the Clone Wars", knowing full well that it was better left unsaid (the problem is in the execution).

Meta Minute

  • 23:32 podcast episode length.
  • Dan is part of a run of L.A.-based guests.
  • Another important usage of the word "human" is in "human-cyborg relations".
  • Although General Grievous, Han Solo, and Finn are the only non-Jedi to wield a laser sword in canon, R2-D2, the Imperial AT-AT commander on Endor, and Maz Kanata also handle them. See: Return_of_the Jedi_73#Luke.27s_Lightsaber for more on this.


  • Dan: Thank goodness I just happened to be wandering around the neighborhood. Pete: I know traffic is weird around here.


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