Superheroes, Movies & Superhero Movies – Episode 020 – Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace [1999]

 

Arguably, the most anticipated movie of all time. Actually, no, this isn’t a debate. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, to this day, was the most anticipated movie…ever. Before the internet made videos easily accessible, people all over the world bought tickets to movies just to see the first teaser trailer and walk right back out. Fans camped out days, possibly weeks, in advance to guarantee a ticket for the first showing.

Finally, George Lucas was going to introduce us to Anakin Skywalker, the yet-to-become notorious Darth Vader! We were going to get to see the creation of the Empire! Fresh lightsaber clashes and Force pushes! And who was this new mysterious Sith Lord?

The reaction, at first, was relatively positive. But that quickly faded, and people all around quickly began bashing the film. Was it because of the let down due to all the hype, or was it really as bad as people were saying?

John and Justin visit the “first” Star Wars movie in the series, remember what it was like to see it for the first time, and discuss where it stands with them not only as a Star Wars entry, but a movie as well. Find out the conclusion below:

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