This week Brad and Doug have gotten together in person to record the podcast. They decide to talk about someone very special, Jar-Jar Binks, the only character who grows over the course of The Phantom Menace. Going from a societal outcast to an emissary of his people and symbol of their entry into the realm of galactic politics, Jar-Jar finds his true calling over the course of the film. They discuss how George Lucas’ focus on special effects bled over into giving more consideration to Jar-Jar than any other character in the film. Doug of course, can’t resist a Game of Thrones reference (don’t worry its not a spoiler). They also discuss the lack of emotional connections made in the prequels and how this fails to bring the audience on board to enjoy the film. We briefly discuss whether or not Obi-Wan is xenophobic for his “what’s this?” comment upon first meeting Jar-Jar, and Brad admits to owning Phantom Menace on VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray. The discussion wraps up with the hosts lamenting the missed opportunity of the prequels, and Doug laments the amount of time he has spent on thinking about fictional universes that he could have spent learning a foreign language.