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What is the age gap between Anakin and Padme?

In Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace, when Anakin and Padme met for the first time, Anakin was a 5 year old child, I think. Does anyone know what was Padme's age at that time? After that, they ...
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How did Obi-Wan survive the trip to Naboo?

In the beginning of The Phantom Menace, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn were sent by the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic to discuss a settlement to stop the Trade Federation from blockading the ...
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Is this Maz Kanata in the Star Wars Phantom Menace Visual Dictionary? [duplicate]

I saw this while going through the Phantom Menace Visual Dictionary. I know there was another question regarding a similar figure being viewed in Anakin's bedroom in The Phantom Menace. My question ...
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If Queen Amidala had signed the treaty, would the Republic Senate recognize it as legitimate?

We learn in the opening crawl of The Phantom Menace that the Trade Federation has set up a blockade around Naboo in response to taxation of trade routes. The opening crawl states: Hoping to ...
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Who is this goblin like character in the Phantom Menace?

At the celebration after the victory at Naboo, there is a Harry Potter-esque goblin standing next to Yoda. Who is this guy?
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Why do Gungans lack weapons that are remotely on a par with their other technologies?

I was re-watching The Phantom Message for the first time last night, with my kids. During the battle sequence between the Gungans and the Federation droids, I was struck by the bizarre mixture of ...
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Why doesn't Qui-Gon suspect Darth Maul may have been after Anakin?

I heard this on RedLetterMedia's commentary track and was wondering if this plot-hole can be resolved. Here are some more stretches in logic and general assumptions by even more characters. When ...
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What references to the prequel trilogy are made in The Force Awakens?

The Force Awakens makes many references to the original trilogy. What references to the prequel trilogy are made in The Force Awakens? I'm looking specifically for plot elements, characters, and even ...
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How do you go from Naboo to Tatooine without the hyperdrive?

According to Star Wars wiki, the two planets are in different star systems. How did Queen Amidala and the two Jedi get to Tatooine with a broken hyperdrive? Wouldn't that take thousands of years at ...
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Was Boss Nass a Gungan?

I'll admit that this seems a silly question, but after observing the images from this recent question I had the obvious realization that other than skin tone and dress, Boss Nass looks absolutely ...
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Why did Obi-Wan flinch during the battle with Darth Maul?

After a brief staredown where the camera zooms in on Darth Maul and Qui-Gon's face, both Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan charge Darth Maul -- but not before Obi Wan looks like he just got pelted in the forehead ...
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Is this Maz Kanata?

My wife and I were watching The Phantom Menace after watching The Force Awakens. In the scene right before Anakin shows Padme C-3PO, it shows a clip of his room. In that scene everyone has had the ...
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Did Kenobi use the dark side against Maul in Episode I (Phantom Menace)?

@3:05 when Jinn dies Kenobi screams "No" and I can't really tell his emotion from his facial expression (maybe anger or fear?). When he senses the gates are about to ...
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Did Palpatine expect Darth Maul and the Trade Federation to be successful in the Phantom Menace?

I recently re-watched parts of the Phantom Menace and it doesn't seem clear to me whether or not Palpatine planned for the counter-insurgency to be successful on Naboo. Darth Maul's unsuccessful ...
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In which scenes was the Queen actually Sabé/Keira Knightley?

I was trying to pay attention to when Queen Amidala was actually the decoy Sabé, played by Keira Knightley, but the makeup was generally too heavy for me to tell the difference. In which scenes was ...
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How do the Naboo elect a queen? [duplicate]

The Naboo Queen is elected, uses a decoy, and still uses her real name when in discise. The fact that she's elected means that the people of Naboo and others that might follow the election know who ...
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How would the Hutts have settled the bet between Watto and Qui-Gon?

Say that Watto agreed to allow the Hutts to settle the bet between himself and Qui-Gon. What method would the Hutts use to settle such a bet? There were no witnesses, no paper agreements... just a ...
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When does R2-D2 demonstrate his supposed 'extendable neck', and since when does he have this capability?

The Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection book provides this image which include #8 Hydaulic head extenders as well as this text: R2-D2 rarely uses his extendable neck, specifically ...
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Why did Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan return to Naboo?

Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are sent to Naboo in order to force the Trade Federation to make a peaceful agreement with Queen Amidala. When the invasion occurs, they decide to take Amidala to Coruscant to ...
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Is there evidence that Lucas intentionally introduced similarities between Episodes I and IV?

Is there evidence that Lucas intentionally introduced similarites between Episodes I and IV? A Skywalker boy (Luke/Anakin) lives with his relatives in Tatooine, until he encounters a Jedi master ...
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What makes Watto the Toydarian resistant to the Jedi?

Why did the Jedi Mind Trick (JMT) not work on Watto? There is an excerpt from Wookiepedia which states: Similar to the Hutts, Toydarian brains have an unusual composition which made them immune to ...
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Why couldn't Liam Neeson appear in more Star Wars movies?

The TV Tropes entry for "Voodoo Shark" says: The prequels created one in the form of force ghosts. With the original trilogy, it was assumed that all Jedi (or at least sufficiently powerful ones) ...
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Is Darth Plagueis seen on screen in The Phantom Menace?

I've recently read the Darth Plagueis novel and was intrigued to learn exactly how involved he was behind the scenes during The Phantom Menace and when/how he died. Given his involvement in the story ...
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What did Mace Windu mean when he said that Anakin is too old to become an apprentice? [duplicate]

There is a scene in The Phantom Menace where the members of the Jedi Council tell Qui-Gon their decision about Anakin: MACE WINDU : He is too old. There is already too much anger in him. Did ...
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Why didn't Palpatine hire Bounty Hunters to kill the Queen of Naboo?

Killing a Queen was an infiltration level task. Providing enormous money at hand, the best of best Bounty Hunters could be hired to finish this task. Darth Maul couldn't stand a chance against ...
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Is there any in universe reason for the Trade Federation having their reactor run through the hangar bay?

In TPM Anakin simply flies his N-1 Starfighter into the hangar and accidentally sends a stray torpedo into the ship reactor core, obliterating the entire ship. I know the real reason, but what's the ...
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What did Qui-Gon mean by “We cannot use our power to help her”?

In Episode I, when Queen Amidala returns to Naboo and is comming up with a plan to attack the Trade Federation, Qui-Gon tells Obi-Wan that they cannot use their power to help her: OBI-WAN: Do you ...
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Is greed a powerful ally, or an enemy?

In The Phantom Menace, Qui-Gon is looking for a way to obtain the parts to repair the queen's ship. He discovers that junkdealers have a weakness: Gambling on pod races. Then he states: Qui-Gon ...
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Did Obi-Wan ever take the trials to become a Jedi Knight?

Qui-Gon: Obi-Wan is ready Obi-Wan: I am ready to face the trials. So, Obi-Wan wanted to face the trials and change his rank from Padawan to Jedi Knight... Later, after the battle on Naboo we ...
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Did Panaka know who Padme really was?

In Episode I, we see Panaka very concerned about landing on Tatooine, because the planet is controlled by the Hutts... Later, when Qui-Gon is heading to the city, Panaka insists that he takes Padme ...
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Was Anakin's dream a Force-vision?

In Episode I, Anakin tells Qui-Gon that he dreamed he was a Jedi: Anakin: I had a dream I was a Jedi. I came back here and freed all the slaves...have you come to free us? We take from Episode ...
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Did Darth Plagueis know about Darth Maul?

During the events of Episode 1, Darth Plagueis is still alive, although he is never mentioned or seen on screen (Plagueis wasn't killed until Palpatine was Chancellor). The Sith Lord we do see is of ...
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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?

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 Obi-Wan. But those are just two ...
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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 Jedi/Sith use force pull/push in the generator complex?

When on the bridges/catwalks, why did neither the Jedi, nor the Sith use the Force to push/pull their enemy to their death? The Jedi may have had a purpose, but why didn't the Sith use it? Every ...
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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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What Purpose Did the Laser Gates in “The Phantom Menace” Serve?

In this question about Obi-Wan crossing all the laser gates during the duel with Darth Maul, there's this good screen shot of the laser gates: Which raises a question I've wondered about over and ...
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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 Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi engage in a two-on-one battle against Darth Maul. Together, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan seem evenly matched against Darth Maul, with both sides getting ...
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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 ...