"The Beginning of the End" is episode 24 and the first part of the Revenge of The Podcast miniseries. Posted 21 Sep 2015.


Summary

The year was 2005. George Lucas returned with the third (and final**) film in the Star Wars series: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. Again, taking in the criticism from the previous two productions, has the director finally found a focus? Is this a good conclusion to the Phantom Menace series?

Griffin and David begin their investigation with the opening battle sequence. And in true Star Wars tradition of talking about stunning off-screen action, the movie starts at the END of the Clone Wars. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are in space fighters, R2-D2 is basically Inspector Gadget now and every 45 seconds a new droid is introduced with the clear intention of setting up merchandising.

Also, we meet new characters General Grievous (the limping, coughing leader of the droid army... voiced by a guy George Lucas found in the Lucasfilm cafeteria or something?) and a California-surfer-dude Gungan. Plus, discover Chancellor Palpatine has been kidnapped by Count Dooku (who may have lost his head.) Join your hosts in this week’s episode as they try to take it all in.

How is this movie's editing like Spielberg's 1941? What is going on with R2 - why is he suddenly like Inspector Gadget, and why is he disquietingly violent all of a sudden? Did this movie's f/x eventually lead to the bunny ears filters on Facetime and Instagram? Jar Jar Binks got all the worst publicity, but is General Grievous worse? (Find out for sure in Our Performance Review 3.0.)

Milestones and Ephemera

  • 5-star reviews: 24
  • 1-star reviews: 1
  • New policy: if you're a Sith Lord, you're not allowed to listen to this show anymore. Done!
  • Eating on-mic: yes, and purposefully (peanuts, by Griffin)
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon - not a masterpiece, but really good
  • Hit the center eye!
DAVID: "This beginning is like a cartoon. It's like an episode of Samurai Jack."
GRIFFIN: "Yes, except it's not an American masterpiece."
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GRIFFIN: "There are two different Clone Wars shows, one directed by Genndy Tartakovsky who's one of, I would contend, our finest living filmmakers."
DAVID: "I mean... he doesn't make films, but sure."
GRIFFIN: "He DID make a film, it's called Hotel Transylvania, and it fuckin' RULES. Ready for me to throw down my soapbox for a second?"
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GRIFFIN: "Metal gets cold! Grievous needs a cape. This all tracks for me."
DAVID: "Ugh. You're my least favorite person."
GRIFFIN. "Thank you. You're my best friend."


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