108 Page Defense of ‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’ Is Pure Geekonium

Thursday, January 13 by

Despite the title of this post, I don’t know if anything can be so geeky that it forms a new element, but damn it, this has got to come close.

Star Wars superfan Jim Raynor did not like Red Letter Media’s infamous feature-length reviews of the Star Wars prequels: The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The videos have gone mega viral and fans of RLM include celebrity nerds like “Lost” mastermind Damon Lindelof and actor Simon Pegg.

You would think making three feature length internet video critiques of the Star Wars prequels would be the dorkiest thing anyone could do, but Raynor may take the Nerd With Way Too Much Free Time On His Hands Award (The NWWTMFTOHH-y) at the end of the day. That’s because he wrote a 108 page novella (?) critiquing Red Letter Media’s critique of The Phantom Menace. That’s right, 108 pages dedicated to tearing down a ‘fan’ review. Here’s a scintillating sneak peak:

Throughout his review, [Red Letter Media’s Mike] Stoklasa relies on the same few tricks again and again. He asks stupid questions which the movie has already answered. He denies simple truths that were made clear to everyone. He repeatedly makes false or unsupported claims that increase the amount of negativity in his review, which will stick in people’s minds even if he carefully retracts his statements later.

Ho boy. I’ve got a bad feeling about this…

Will this become a King of Kong style rivalry, where each combatant must produce a longer, more time consuming critique of the other’s arguments? I happen to be a fan of Red Letter Media’s reviews, but I won’t pass judgement on this work in terms of content. That’d be unfair: I won’t read the full thing, because I made a New Years’ Resolution not to completely waste my life in 2011. So for me, I’m just comforted by the fact that there is no ceiling to the amount of geekery one man can achieve.

I am truly inspired… and also horrified? (/Film)

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  1. January 13, 2011 9:21 pm


    RLM all the way, that one excerpt didn’t even make sense or have an example.

  2. January 13, 2011 9:21 pm


    Saw ep1 and thought.. well, they’re just trying to hook the new kids, the next one will be more like Star Wars. Went to see ep2 and walked out halfway thru.. didn’t even see the third one til i watched Plinkett’s review. Didn’t miss much.

  3. January 13, 2011 9:21 pm


    Way better than RLM! Nice job Jim!

  4. January 13, 2011 9:21 pm


    What I have seen of those 108 pages is just pure nitpicking (“RLM was slightly wrong about X, therefore is RLM dumb and wrong and X is invalid!”), and does not really address any of the major points RLM brought up (The lack of rememberable characters and emotional connection with the audience).

    No amount of pages, and especially those 108 in question, can’t make The Phantom Menace not suck.

  5. January 13, 2011 9:21 pm


    MUCH better than the 70 minute pile of trash TPM review.

  6. January 13, 2011 9:21 pm


    While RLM goes on about technicalities, equally die-hard fans ignore them. But at least RLM’s review was more than ranting; it was entertaining & insightful. For me, the review wasn’t just about the movie, it was an insight into George Lucas as a director, and what to look for when critiquing film & franchise. E.g. as I look at the Star Wars franchise of books and games; now all I see is a bunch of improvised Warcraft saga with a lightsaber and a Lucas seal of approval… You see that?

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