Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels #76: Phantom Reactions

On episode 76, the Scoundrels recall their earliest reactions and memories from The Phantom Menace.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Phantom Menace. On episode 76: “Phantom Reactions,” the Scoundrels are revisiting their earliest experiences with the first film of the prequel trilogy.

Welcome to episode 76 of Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Phantom Reactions. On this episode, Dennis, Jay, and Darth Taxus are sharing their earliest memories of the hype and theater-going experience for The Phantom Menace. The prequels began 20 years ago, and now is a great time to take it all in. However, there is plenty of news to cover first.

Star Wars News

There is plenty going on in Star Wars, and on episode 76, the Scoundrels discuss:

  • The announcement of the opening dates for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,
  • A viral deleted scene from Revenge of the Sith,
  • New panel announcements for Star Wars Celebration Chicago,
  • New guest announcements for Star Wars Celebration Chicago,
  • New ticket exchange services for guests seeking or selling passes to Star Wars Celebration Chicago, and
  • The official recognition of ligthsaber dueling as a sport.

Phantom Reactions

It doesn’t seem possible, but The Phantom Menace turns twenty in 2019. The Scoundrels are continuing their celebrations of the beginning of the prequels with a look back at their memories of seeing the film for the first time. Their discussion includes:

  • The experience of The Phantom Menace trailer,
  • Technology changes that change the way we see movies in the past 20 years,
  • Jedi in their prime,
  • Favorite moments,
  • The evolution of special effects and sounds, and
  • The Phantom Menace getting passed over for Academy Awards.

Silence Fools!

The show ends with another edition of Silence Fools! In this listener feedback segment, the Scoundrels first read and respond to a listener email. After that, the Scoundrels review the results of their last Twitter poll and then reveal the next one.

The Scoundrels always enjoy looking back at their favorite moments and memories from Star Wars, and they are confident you’ll enjoy the discussion. Thanks for joining us for episode 76 of Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels: Phantom Reactions. The Scoundrels hope you enjoyed their episode and will consider subscribing to the show wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels is a bi-weekly show that features three first-generation Star Wars fans. Each episode, RetroZappers Dennis Keithly, Jay Krebs, and Darth Taxus offer their thoughts and reactions on Star Wars news. Then, they engage in Star Wars discussion in the “Hyperthetical” segment. Top ten lists, book reviews, Resistance and television discussion, and interviews are all on the table. After the Hyperthetical, each episode features listener feedback with Silence Fools!

The Scoundrels on Twitter: Dennis Keithly can be followed @DJKver2, Darth Taxus is @DarthTaxus, and Jay Krebs is @JoyceKrebs.

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