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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.

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