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POOP CULTURE: “Now is this pod-racing?” (1999) In honor of their 100th episode, Bob and Tim are returning their Jedi selves to the first topic they ever discussed, Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace. But what starts as a look at how this show began soon reveals a more sinister discussion. Will Bob bring balance to the podcast? Or have Tim’s opinions been seduced by the dark side? Get ready to ratify some Galactic treaties with this extra-exciting anniversary episode. Yippee?

00:00:00  PRE-SHOW PRATTLE - not saying “Fro-Yo”

00:01:06  ITS THE 100TH EPISODE - so here’s an oral history

00:10:47  APPREHENSION IN STERO - is this just playing to an audience?

00:17:30  RIC OLIE WE GO - and return of the Pop 5

00:25:40  WATTO YOU TALKING ABOUT? - Bob and Tim disagree on The Phantom Menace

00:33:05  DON’T PANAKA THE PLOT - working with and against nostalgia

00:40:04 GUNGAN STYLE - an intriguing movie with the sound off

00:46:12 STAY ON TARGET DEMOGRAPHIC - did George Lucas make this for George Lucas?

00:53:56  FANDOM MENACE - putting too much energy into hating this

01:02:37  TOO BIG A DEAL TO BE A SPACE STATION -  and turning to the dark side

01:16:23  SPLINTERING YOU MIND’S EYE - and actually ruining your childhood

01:21:38 CLOSINGS - contacts, plugs and no catch phrase 

01:24:47 UNLICENSED AUDIO CLIP -  A Taco The Clones

Relive what we all thought it was going to be with the ORIGINAL THEATRICAL TRAILER TO STAR WARS EPISODE ONE.

Then recall learning what the full title was with the THEATRICAL TRAILER #2 FOR STAR WARS: EPISODE ONE THE PHANTOM MENACE.

Go behind the scenes of when it all began with the epic in itself documentary THE BEGINNING: MAKING STAR WARS EPISODE ONE: THE PHANTOM MENACE.

Take a two-decade later look back with the cast and crew in ALL FILMS ARE PERSONAL: AN ORAL HISTORY OF STAR WARS EPISODE ONE: THE PHANTOM MENACE.

Hear Episode One Visual Effects designer Doug Chiang describe how one actually designs a galaxy far, far away in this episode of SYFY25 ORIGIN STORIES HOSTED BY ADAM SAVAGE.

Take a trip back with the 20POPCAST episodes referenced in this very episode with #000 THE PHANTOM MENACE TRAILER, #060 THE POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE IMPATS OF FAN CULTURE and #070 STAR WARS TOYS BY KENNER.

And, finally, get the reference Tim was making with this ORIGINAL 1980s COMMERCIAL FOR HASBRO’S ARMY ANTS.

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“Super Poupi ” (opening theme) and "Poupi Great Adventures: The Arcade Game" (closing theme) performed by Komiku from the 2018 album POUPI'S INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES available at   Cleared for public domain use through Creative Commons under a CCO 1.0 Universal License.    ”Star Wars Theme / Cantina Band” performed by Meco off their 1977 disco masterpiece (?) STAR WARS AND OTHER GALACTIC FUNK. The use of this songs is for entertainment purposes and without the expressed permission of the recording artist.

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20TH CENTURY POP! will return in two weeks to pretend a sitcom is just like college (or is it the other way around?).

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