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Did Qui Gon know the Queen was a double?

During the attack on Naboo, Padme used a decoy and posed as one of her own handmaidens. When she later reveals herself to the Gungans, Obi Wan looks genuinely surprised but Qui-Gon smiles. Earlier in ...
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Why did Darth Maul attack Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan?

Something I just realized, what possible strategic benefit would have been gained through the killing of Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan? Darth Maul is sent apparently specifically to hunt down Qui-Gon and ...
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How did half of Darth Maul survive?

From what I have read on Wookiepedia, Darth Maul survived by using the force, drawing from his hate to hang to a air vent, but then what? He crawled to a spaceship with his entrails sliding out?
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Are there too many Sith in The Phantom Menace?

I read on Wookieepedia that Darth Plagueis was still plotting with Darth Sidious during "The Phantom Menace". If Plagueis is Sidious' Master and Maul is Sidious' Sith Apprentice doesn't that violate ...
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Why did Anakin build C3PO?

C3P0 is a protocol droid that seems to be used mainly for translations. Anakin said he built it to help his mother do her work. What use would a protocal droid be to a slave? (Please note that this ...
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What is the canonical range of speed a podracer might achieve?

In Star Wars - Episode I: The Phantom Menace, we are introduced to the sport of Galactic Podracing. These podracers are supposed to be capable of insane land speeds, but we aren't told in the movie ...
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Why didn't the fighters use force pull/push in the generator complex?

When on the bridges/"catwalks", why didn't neither the Jedi, nor the Sith used the Force to push/pull their enemy to death? The Jedi may had a purpose, but why didn't the Sith use it? Every Jedi ...
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Was there really hype around Jar-Jar Binks before the release of The Phantom Menace?

In the Fanboy movie, there is this scene where a man proudly shows a Jar-Jar Binks tattoo he got. For those who don't know about Fanboy, the action takes place before the release of Star Wars: ...
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Does Qui-Gon use his hands to eat after he catches Jar-Jar's tongue?

From The Phantom Menace Script ANAKIN smiles. JAR JAR attempts to snare another bit of food from the bowl with his tongue, but QUI-GON, in a flash, grabs it between his thumb and forefinger. ...
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Why Obi-Wan wasn't able to cross all laser gates in the fight with Darth Maul?

At some point during the battle between Qui-Gon and Darth Maul, then enter a corridor. Obi-Wan follows them, but is separated from them by some kind of laser gates. Qui-Gon and Darth Maul reach ...
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Why did Qui-Gon die immediately after a stomach wound?

While it makes sense that getting stabbed in the belly by a lightsaber would be fatal in some way (there are some rather important organs in there), it doesn't really make sense that Qui-Gon died ...
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Why did the Tusken Raiders shoot at podracers?

During the Boonta Eve podrace, Tusken Raiders shoot at the podracers; from the The Phantom Menace Script Four TUSKEN RAIDERS perched above the race course fire their rifles at the Pods racing ...
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Why did Qui-gon advance against Darth Maul without Obi-wan?

In The Phantom Menace Qui-gon and Obi-wan engage in a two-on-one battle against Darth Maul. Together Qui-gon and Obi-wan seem evenly matched to Darth Maul, with both sides getting in an occasional ...
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Was Shmi Skywalker a Virgin When She Conceived Anakin?

Pursuant to this question, and several other questions regarding Anakin Skywalker's conception, I often see Anakin referred to as an Immaculate Conception and to Shmi as having had a Virgin Birth. ...
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Why Didn't Darth Maul Slice Obi-Wan When he Jumped over Him?

At the end of his Duel with Darth Maul, Obi-Wan is trapped on the edge of a pit. He then jumps up out of it, calls Qui-Gon's lightsaber and chops the Sith Lord. While in the air, Obi-Wan did a Berani ...
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Why did Padme use her real name?

Near the end of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Queen Amidala reveals that she's also Padme, one of the Queen's handmaidens. She would travel freely as Padme, and have Sabe, one of her ...
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Why was Padmé made to clean an astromech?

Reading the answer to a question about Sabé (the Amidala stand-in) I remembered that I always wondered why she ordered the actual queen to scrub R2-D2. There were enough actual servants who could have ...
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How did Padme's decoy from The Phantom Menace know what to say all of the time?

Queen Amidala's stand-in for the majority of the film is constantly negotiating with senators, Trade Federation leaders, and even Jedi. How did she know what Padme's wishes were, and how did she know ...
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What were Obi Wan and Qui Gon doing on the Trade Federation flagship?

I noticed that the filmmakers didn't actually establish why two Jedi were sent to talk with the Trade Federation.
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Why didn't a more experienced Jedi train Anakin?

At the end of The Phantom Menace Yoda and Obi-Wan have a conversation in which Yoda voices his concerns regarding Anakin. He also reveals that the Jedi Council has agreed to train Anakin, and that ...
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What did Sebulba break on Anakin's podracer?

Just before the Boonta Eve Classic, Sebulba broke something on Anakin's podracer: Later, Anakin had problem with his engines, probably caused by Sebulba's sabotage. What part did he break? Was ...
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Why did Qui-gon and Obi-wan retreat from the Destroyer droids?

At the start of The Phantom Menace Qui-gon is interrupted while cutting his way on to the bridge when two Destroyer droids engage him and Obi-wan. While these droids do have shield generators, making ...
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Was Darth Sidious aware of Anakin prior to the Jedi picking him up?

Episodes 1 through 3 of Star Wars detail the life of Anakin Skywalker, including his manipulation at the hands of Darth Sidious. Since Anakin was apparently a side effect of work done by Darth ...
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Who was “The Phantom Menace”?

This might seem ridiculous, but I realised that, years after I watched the film, I've still no idea to whom the title was referring. Who was it? Anakin - not realising his hidden (phantom) side? ...
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How did Anakin restore a protocol droid and build a pod racer in secret?

With Anakin being a slave it is reasonable to believe that anything he may have built or salvaged would belong to his master/owner, Watto. Considering how technically proficient Anakin was, which ...
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Where would Anakin have gotten C-3PO's language data core?

Before episode one I figured C-3PO was a special protocol droid built by governments for governments. Considering he is in the company of an ambassador. If we are to believe that a young ...
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Did Anakin actually use the Force to win the Boonta Classic?

In The Phantom Menace, Qui-Gon senses a strong Force presence in Anakin Skywalker. He then arranges a deal with Watto whereby if Anakin wins the Boonta Classic pod race, Watto will grant Anakin his ...
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How powerful was Darth Maul?

Beside from his slaying of Qui-Gon and his subsequent death at the hands of the young Obi-Wan, I don't know many things about Darth Maul. I read somewhere that Dooku was considering him merely a ...
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What is the significance of the glowing orb at the end of the Phantom Menace?

At the end of the Phantom Menace, at the celebration on Naboo, Boss Nass (if memory serves), holds aloft a great, glowing orb. I remember reading at the time that Lucas had some great significance ...
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How old is Queen Amidala meant to be in the Phantom Menace?

This is question which resulted from the chat area. Some speculated she is supposed to be 14, it is definitely mentioned she is one of the youngest queens ever elected. How old is she?
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Why did the Trade Federation blockade Naboo?

In Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the Trade Federation blockades Naboo at the start of the film. The opening crawl says the reason for this is due to taxes the Republic is charging. ...