VIDEO: Star Wars Episode I: the fandom medley

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What does Ursa think of The Phantom Menace? Why are the Star Wars prequels in a Stuff You Like episode at all? What is Moosebutter? What is fandom? Who originated the phrase, “Jar Jar, you’re a genius!” and made me believe it? And exactly what is Darths and Droids? Some of these questions will be answered in this very episode! Some are mysteries for the ages. 

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  • CaptainCalvinCat

    Great Review – personally I didn’t hate Jar Jar Binks, honestly, I had no problem with that guy what-so-ever. All in all I liked the gungans and I think the problem with Episode 1 is not that much as it would be “meh” – to me it has something to do with disappointment when you see Anakin. I didn’t feel that disappointment (maybe because I read the book first, so I knew, what I would be in) but – imagine you are sitting in the Cinema, you are getting the opening titles, think “Trade Federation? Costums? What the… well, okay, they need to start some place, maybe this is getting better – after all, we need Episode one in order to get where Anakin is coming from.”…. then you see Anakin, asking Padme if she’s an angel and go: “THAT’S DARTH VADER?!”

    But to be perfectly honest: The switcheroo Padme and her decoy did – I found that really clever. I had no problem with the pod-race, it’s establishing Anakin as a great pilot.
    Granted, they could’Ve get a better actor than the Kid from “Jingle all the way”, but even in that flick I had no problem with him.

  • MichaelANovelli

    I dunno. A movie without Jar Jar wouldn’t have been worth it…

    • E.Buzz Miller

      You mean Jar Jar the one who caused the entirity of the Jedi to be wiped out and democracy to be eradicated.

      • MichaelANovelli


  • Toby Clark

    I also don’t have much of a problem with Jar Jar, and I think the reason for that is the scene in the submarine where he calls out Qui-Gon for claiming they’re “not in trouble yet”. If he was just a panicky idiot, yeah, I’d want to see the back of him. But instead he’s intelligent and perceptive enough (however briefly) to know what he’s panicking about and not be so easily placated about it.

    • Capt. Harlock

      I kinda liked Jar-Jar, then I watched The Clone Wars, and he actually gets some good moments in that. Of course, the funniest Jar-Jar moment is in one of the Robot Chicken episodes, where he’s annoying the heck out of Vader, calling him ‘Anni,’, so Darth V shoves him out of an airlock. Next scene is Jar-Jar’s Force-Ghost keeping Vader awake…

  • maarvarq

    Jar-Jar merely the most hated character in Star Wars canon (not I think your exact words…)? I think he has a claim on being the most reviled character in the whole history of cinema 🙂 Imagining him being roleplayed by an 8 year old girl does make a whole lot of sense, though.

  • Thomas Stockel

    Speaking as a guy who started playing D & D when he was twelve, Darths & Droids is one of the most awesome things I have ever had the pleasure to read. And yeah, the Episode I stuff with Sally is funny as hell.

    I just wish that Lucas had the self awareness to realize that his best Star Wars stuff were collaborations rather than him thinking he was the end-all and be-all of all things SW. I guess he and Roddenberry shared the same brand of hubris. 🙁

  • Gallen_Dugall

    Phantom Menace doesn’t have a lot of problems, but there are two
    1) Constant comic reliefing by Jar Jar constantly destroying dramatic tension and which were largely created whole cloth by animators who couldn’t just have Jar Jar in a scene without him doing something “funny” so they have him step in poop and scream and throw his hands in the air and GL let it happen because he just didn’t care.
    2) A script that was written in an afternoon and never put through revision with its main focus on moving the story from one effects scene to the next. Ten minutes into the film the most powerful and useful Jedi ability ever seen on screen is introduced only never to appear again, Jedi Super Speed. That’s clear evidence that GL just didn’t care.
    The prequels were never anything more than a way to underwrite the development of special effects technology and yet they’re still more watchable than the nu-Trek or nu-BSG or Doctor Who or the baffling Jupiter Ascending or the insanely stupid Interstellar. The prequels are okay, but I think we all realize they could have been great.
    Science Fiction is the hardest genre to get right which is why GL has always been insistent that his work is Space Opera… it’s really Space Fantasy, but at least he admits he isn’t making Sci-Fi (I’m glaring at you Jupiter Ascending and Interstellar) and for that I’ve always been grateful.

  • Capt. Harlock

    One thought on Padme’s weird speech pattern when she’s dressed as the queen; it’s part of the ruse. If you look at her face the first two appearances, you will see that it’s one of her body doubles, and not Natalie. Besides “sounding” more regal, it could be a trick to make them sound more alike. Once she gets to Coruscant, the accent slips a bit, with Natalie obviously now dressed as Amidala.