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Our Performance Review 3.0 is episode 29 and the sixth part of the Revenge of The Podcast miniseries. Posted 30 Oct 2015.


In this episode Griffin and David complete their performance reviews of the Phantom Menace trilogy with special guest Chris Gethard (The Chris Gethard Show, Iron Man 3). Together they examine Revenge of the Sith’s entire cast and rate all the major players** – actor by actor. From Ben Cooke as Kit Fisto, to Jimmy Smits' portrayal of Senator Bail Organa getting a soft pass for “taking the girl,” to why Silas Caron as Ki-Adi-Mundi (in one of his dual roles) kills it before being murdered and SO MUCH MORE! SERIOUSLY IT’S A LOT!

How does this exhaustive in-depth look compare to some of the actor’s rankings from the previous films? What line of dialogue is David Bowers best known for? What exactly is a salty ol’ space dog?

Plus, Chris offers new (and controversial) perspectives on the trilogy/NBA comparisons, justification for background players being good or bad and the many reasons why everyone hates General Grievous. He also brings his trademark empathy to the table, for discussions of some of the actors who were ill-served by the writing, had maybe checked out mentally to preserve their own sanity, or were just plain in over their heads.

This episode is a favorite of blankies and hosts alike. David never fails to be tickled pink by Gethard's dubbing of the "salty old space dog," and the stories of Jeff Van Gundy's multiple automotive adventures will have you rolling. Be sure to listen all the way to the end for a perfect display of just how good Producer Ben really is at manning the ones and zeroes.

**Much of the cast discussed have seconds of total screen time!?

Milestones and Ephemera

  • Ki-Adi-Mundi: Grayson Boucher
  • Anakin Skywalker: Lebron James

Performance Review

Actor Character Pass/Fail Awards
Ewan McGregor Obi-Wan Kenobi Pass
Natalie Portman Padmé Hard fail
Hayden Christensen Anakin Skywalker Fail
Ian McDiarmid Supreme Chancellor Palpatine Fail Griffin's MVP
Samuel L. Jackson Mace Windu Pass David's MVP
Jimmy Smits Senator Bail Organa Soft pass
Frank Oz Yoda (voice) Fail
Anthony Daniels C-3PO Soft pass
Christopher Lee Count Dooku Pass
Keisha Castle-Hughes Queen of Naboo Hard fail
Silas Carson Ki-Adi-Mundi, Nute Gunray 1/2 Big pass
1/2 fail
Jay Laga'aia Captain Typho Fail
Bruce Spence Tion Medon Huge pass
Wayne Pygram Governor Tarkin Fail
Temuera Morrison Commander Cody Fail
David Bowers Mas Amedda One of the top passes
Oliver Ford Davies Sio Bibble Fail
Ahmed Best Jar Jar Binks Fail
Rohan Nichol Captain Raymus Antilles Fail
Jeremy Bulloch Captain Colton Big pass Best Salty Old Space Dog
Amanda Lucas Terr Taneel Fail
Kenny Baker R2-D2 ??? n/a
Matt Sloan Plo Koon Pass
Peter Mayhew Chewbacca Solid pass
Joel Edgerton Owen Lars Pass
Bonnie Piesse Beru Lars Pass
Jett Lucas Zett Jukassa Big pass
Tux Akindoyeni Agen Kolar Fail
Matt Rowan Senator Orn Free Taa Pass
Kenji Oates Saesee Tiin Pass
Amy Allen Aayla Secura Fail
Sandi Finlay Sly Moore Fail
Genevieve O'Reilly Mon Mothma -- Only in a deleted scene
Warren Owens Fang Zar Fail
Matthew Wood General Grievous (voice) FAIL Unanimous Least Valuable Player
Ben Cooke Kit Fisto PASS Chris' MVP, Chris' Most Improved
Griffin's Most Improved
James Earl Jones Darth Vader (voice) (uncredited) Pass
George Lucas Baron Papanoida FAIL
Totals 1 ??? (n/a)
17.5 Pass
18.5 Fail
Thanks to George Lucas' on-screen appearance, the acting is judged as BAD.