Revisiting The Phantom Menace with Nerd Lunch

Shmi Skywalker
Discovering a new-found appreciation for Shmi Skywalker – the woman who started the bloodline that would change the galaxy. Image:

After completing our run-through of the Original Trilogy, the time has come for the Nerd Lunch crew to revisit the Prequels. Hosts Pax, CT, and Jeeg, invited Michael May and I back as guests for Episode I: The Phantom Menace discussion.

This movie is a bit of a sore spot for me since I was really excited for it and brought friends along to my first viewing in theaters to convince them how wonderful Star Wars is. They were not sold and the movie was not what I was expecting.

I hadn’t watched The Phantom Menace in at least eight years before picking it up again in preparation for the podcast. Amazed at how many lines I still remember word for word, there were still elements that bugged me but there were parts I’d forgotten how much I liked too.

Listen in to our discussion as we cover our experiences with the movie as well as Qui-Gon, Shmi Skywalker, Pod-racing, Darth Maul, costume changes, and the new aesthetics of the galaxy far, far away.

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Be sure to also check out our previous Star Wars drilldowns with A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and the podcast episode that started my journey as Nerd Lunch Leia – Setting the Table on Star Wars.

Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. A voice actor, photographer, and artist who also consults in communications and marketing, Kay would pick up more jobs, hobbies, and fitness routines if she was a Time Lord. If you listen closely you can allegedly hear her on all the Star Wars podcasts. You can also follow her on Twitter.



She grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. Life’s taken her on a bit of a different path, but she’s okay with that. Kay is FANgirl's resident geek fashion expert and co-host of the Hyperspace Theories podcast. She reviews books and movies for the site with a heart for storytelling and a mind that likes to analyze. Kay's been a guest on various podcasts sharing her love and knowledge of storytelling, film-making, fashion, and of course, Star Wars. Most days are filled with her work as a creative services professional - designing websites & branding, photographing, voice acting, editing, and more. Kay spends the little bit of free time she has reading, costuming, and, of course, making pew pew noises. She would pick up more jobs and hobbies if she was a Time Lord.

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