Prequel Trilogy,  The Phantom Menace

‘Schooled’ gets ‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’-themed episode–0CPChjw_YBLtRTbphmp0&__tn__=-R


“For more than 40 years, Star Wars has been influencing countless audiences, with the galaxy far, far away constantly inspiring fans. One fan of the franchise, Adam F. Goldberg, has found inspiration in the saga since he was a kid, with the films’ mythology, characters, and lessons being a major part of his life. Now that Goldberg is delivering his own stories for viewers, he has found ways to honor the saga in different projects. Goldberg serves as an executive producer of Schooled, a spinoff of The Goldbergs, which will honor Star Wars: The Phantom Menace with this week’s episode. Schooled airs Wednesday, March 20th at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

“I owe my entire career to George Lucas and the Star Wars franchise,” Goldberg shared in a statement. “Our movie Fanboys was the script that put us on the map. It’s about four die-hard Star Wars fans who try to break into the Skywalker Ranch to see The Phantom Menace. The moment Schooled was picked up to series I said, ‘Now that I have a show set in the ’90s, I have to revisit Star Wars: Episode I.'”

In the episode, entitled “Darth Mellor,” CB (Brett Dier) and the student Star Wars club bring Coach Mellor (Bryan Callen) to the premiere of The Phantom Menace, but Mellor’s thoughts on the movie cause the club to dissolve.

“My insane Star Wars obsession continues to be featured heavily in everything I’ve ever written,” Goldberg added. “My relationship with Lucasfilm spans 15 years now. I am grateful that they always give me such amazing access to Star Wars.”

The autobiographical The Goldbergs takes place in the ’80s, which has allowed the series to incorporate Star Wars on a regular basis. With Schooled taking place later on in the saga’s history, Goldberg is not only able to address the state of fandom at the time of the prequel trilogy, but also use that premise to address contemporary culture.

“I was so passionate about this Schooled episode that I wrote the script myself,” Goldberg admitted. “I really wanted to talk about the toxic fandom that happens with beloved movies. Star Wars isn’t about one movie being great or not working. It’s about the community and how the movie unites us all over our love of the franchise. That’s what I wanted to say with this episode.”

Tune in to the new episode of Schooled on Wednesday, March 20th at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.”


      • Slicer87

        But he doesn’t narrate Schooled. Still he seems like a angry person, and Oswalt is openly anti gun rights too. Seems like all these B list celeb nerds hate the prequels. Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm, they have tried to push PT hate more into the mainstream. Before the sale, PT hate was mainly just online. I have seen other ABC shows insult TPM post Disney sale. Blackish bad mouthed TPM a few times long before Schooled. One of the actors from Fresh Off the Boat during a TFA promo bad mouthed TPM. I suppose Disney tries to putdown the PT as an attempt at troll shielding to protect their ST and SJW Nucanon.

        As I said in my other post, TPM was barely in the 90’s, 1999 is odd for a 90’s show in its first season. The release of the SE would have made more sense as that was 1997, closer to the middle 90’s. Wonder if the show will ever tackle those? As angry nerds belly ached about those before TPM. Surprised they didn’t mention Jar-Jar but maybe insults about the character are taboo now due to what Best revealed?

      • Bon

        Patton Oswald is not a comedian. He is a homicidal maniac who hides his fantasies as comedy. If you listen to his George Lucas murder fantasy, it’s not even a joke, and the audience laughs a but uncomfortably. Fuck him. Him and RLM are not only bad comedians, they’re bad people. At least Simon pegg kind of acknowledged his faults.

    • Slicer87

      Sad to hear that, but not surprised. Looking Adam up, I see he lists TESB as his favorite, how original! He then lists TFA as his second favorite SW film, despite being a pale imitation of ANH which he lists below TFA. He even lists the animated TCW film above the PT films, sigh.

  • Slicer87

    The episode was mixed, it implied that TPM is a flawed moive, but it did have a positive message about not letting naysayers ruin your enjoyment of something. Still, they brought up the usually false talking points against the film, such as the force is midis instead of energy, the story is about taxes, the TF is uncool, Anakin fell accidentally into a spaceship then accidentally blew up the control ship, and the initial positive reviews was because of the glow of seeing a new SW film in 16 years. Overall, it isn’t mean spirited like most of the media has bern toward TPM, but it still has an underlying negatitive attitude towards the film. Surprisingly, there are no remarks bout Jar-Jar in the episode. Also for a show about the 90’s in its first season, it is an odd choice to tackle an event from the final year of the 90’s.

    • Moose

      It is interesting how Disney is suddenly interested in this message of tolerance in the wake of the complaints against The Last Jedi and A Wrinkle in Time.

      • Slicer87

        It isn’t funny for them when they are on the receiving end of the internet hate train, lol. They really are getting a taste of their own medicine.

        There is a rumor going around among the PT bashers that Lucas put a clause in the sale contract to oblige Disney to make poor quality content to make the PT appear “good” in comparison. Many of them honestly believe it too, just can’t make up stuff this stupid.

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