Nickel Review of “The Phantom of Menace”

Finally I got around to finishing “The Phantom of Menace,” the first prequel Star Wars film to get the “Shakespeare” treatment from Ian Doescher.

Basically it’s the film reworked into a 16th century play, mostly in iambic pentameter. There are stage directions and each main character gets at least one soliloquy. You have to admit, it’s quite the trick to make it all work, being faithful to the film and being faithful to Shakespeare’s style at the same time. Some things are compressed, other elements are added (“Rumor” as kind of a narrator, and a chorus for example). But it’s enough to make someone familiar with both Star Wars and English lit/theater smile.

Some 16th century conventions are pretty funny put in the context of TPM, such as when Qui-Gon calls Watto, “Strange flying imp.” Jar Jar is slightly reworked into a crafty character whose way of speaking and actions are a cover up for a hidden agenda. He and Artoo get some amusing asides to the audience. There are also illustrations throughout the book of the various characters in Elizabethan-meets-GFFA gear.

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9 Responses to “Nickel Review of “The Phantom of Menace””

  1. Adam D. Bram (The Nilbog) Says:

    I would heavily edit Act IV Scene Five, but would otherwise recommend it. My full review is coming this week.

  2. piccolojr1138 Says:

    Interesting… It seems some teams completeky acknowledge the impact of the prequels, even if they prefer the originals (Rebels, Disney Infinity, some novels and comics…). And some teams completely ignore it (The Force Awakens, Battlefront…).

    • M. Marshall Says:

      Except some have pointed out that it’s the Clone Wars show, not the PT, that’s being represented. Naturally they interpret it as Disney wiping out the prequels.

      Though I like the introductory sentence: “While the debate about which Star Wars trilogy reigns supreme is relatively lopsided at this point…”

      • M. Marshall Says:

        Come to think of it, I’m glad they have Leia and Ahsoka but I want Padme added too.

      • Bob Clark Says:

        As long as they wind up having characters and levels based on the Prequels, I think it’s fine in terms of PT representation. Wasn’t the Duel of the Fates part of the Infinity trailer?

    • blade57hrc Says:

      The comment section as always is hillarious.
      Here is a video about a game and the ”ususal suspects” find a chance to channel their inner movie critic to whine about the Prequels ”awful storyline & dialogue (i don’t like sand) etc.”…LOL

  3. blade57hrc Says:

    Sorry for this kinda irrelelvant post…but i wanted to check something in that ”people vs f.Lucas” and i noticed something…
    Wasn’t that guy @ 44:36 (Corey Vidal) one of the interviewers at Celebration VI ?
    Can someone confirm this?
    Because if so…ugh…

  4. Hunk a Junk Says:


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