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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Not Playing with Lex and Dan 3.2: Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

We return to a galaxy far, far away, a slightly less long time ago for the second installment of our epic third season, covering the entire Star Wars saga. Supreme Chancellor Dan Moren guides Senator Lex Friedman through the 2002 soporific bore film, Attack of the Clones.

Hot topics for this episode include telling the difference between clones and droids, a horrendously unconvincing love story, why CGI Yoda is an offense to all right-minded people, and who the hell Jimmy Smits is playing.

Programming Note: In addition to this capsule episode, which contains our discussion before and after the film, members can watch along with Lex and Dan in a full-length commentary track, available in the members-only First Class feed. If you’re not already a member, why not sign up? And if you are, now’s a great time to update your membership allocations and maybe throw a little support in the direction of Not Playing. Thanks!

Lex Friedman and Dan Moren

Defocused 74: Eight-Year-Olds Writing Romance for Fourteen-Year-Olds

Remember that time we found a clone army in the couch cushions?

Joe Rosensteel and Dan Sturm

Unjustly Maligned 25: "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" with Mike Klimo

Film critic and controversial prequel fan Mike Klimo joins Antony to explain his unorthodox Ring Theory, and how he believes it proves “Episode II: Attack of the Clones” is unjustly maligned. It’s kind of intense.

Antony Johnston with Mike Klimo

The Incomparable 183: How I Sold Your Mother

Do you like sand? Then you may get upset as we conclude our discussion of “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones,” in which we ponder the mystery of droid consciousness, fail to get excited about seeing our old friends from Episode I again, open a Variety Pack of monsters, debate Yoda’s fighting strategy, and talk John Siracusa off the ledge. Finally, we ponder whether it’s worse for a movie to be bad or boring. (Part 2 of 2.)

Jason Snell with Dan Moren, John Siracusa, Monty Ashley, Serenity Caldwell and Steve Lutz

Bonus Track 182b: Episode II - Omnibus Commentary

Our complete, uninterrupted conversation about “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones.”

(You can listen to this instead of episodes 182 and 183 of The Incomparable.)

Jason Snell with Monty Ashley, Steve Lutz, John Siracusa and Dan Moren

The Incomparable 182: Full-Fledged Force Mullet

Against the advice of our doctors, we’re back with more prequels. This time it’s “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones.” With three different opening statements, our podcast is about as bureaucratic as the Imperial Senate. We also discuss R2’s incompetence as a security system, ponder Anakin’s puzzling pick-up lines (and haircut), sympathize with the boring job of the Jedi, and question the plight of the Fett family and the clone troopers. (Part 1 of 2.)

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Steve Lutz, Serenity Caldwell, Dan Moren and Monty Ashley