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 you stop and think about things, nothing makes sense even more, if that's even possible.

So the very first and most recent appearance of this mystery Sith character was on Tatooine, when he attacked Qui-Gon.

Now remember, Qui-Gon is not at all aware about Lord Sidious. The audience knows, but he doesn't know. In fact when he got on that ship in the beginning he didn't sense anything odd. As far as he's concerned this is all a tax dispute thing that got out of control. So then this guy in black robes leaps out of the air and attacks Qui-Gon, and he makes the assumption that this guy was after the Queen.

Why did you think that?

If he was after the Queen all he really had to do was stab the ship with his lightsaber and run away. That would've messed it up a little, stab some critical engine part or something.

From Qui-Gon's perspective, why would this Sith Lord care about a blockade and a tax dispute on some faraway planet? That's quite the leap of logic.

Also the Sith are like the yang to the yin, as far as the Jedis go? They're the opposite of them?

Let's not forget that Qui-Gon just discovered this little boy who is with him right now, who has more midi-chlorians than Yoda, and he's also supposed to be the Chosen One, and Qui-Gon doesn't even mention the idea that maybe this guy was trying to kill him? I mean, he does try to run him over with his speeder. But no, he's probably going after Queen Amidala because almost no evidence points to that.

Then based only on the hypothesis that this guy may have been after the Queen, the Jedi Council thinks that Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan should go back to Naboo to discover the mystery of their attacker. Uhm, how do any of you know that Darth Maul is going to be on Naboo? Did you all read the script?

The only explanation they have is that a weird guy trained in the Jedi arts attacked them on Tatooine. This guy could have just been living on Tatooine and wanted to steal Qui-Gon's gin.
- Source (From 1:16:57 to 1:20:00)

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    Please can you include a transcript of the relevant section of the commentary track, so that we know what you're actually asking here?
    – Rand al'Thor
    Feb 8, 2016 at 23:56
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    -1 for not writing a self-contained question.
    – jwodder
    Feb 9, 2016 at 0:04
  • I was writing it but it was a lot of text so I assumed it'd be better for everyone to just listen to it. Feb 9, 2016 at 1:28
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    Downvote retracted! Not sure it's really an answer, but Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are escorting and protecting an important political figure on an important mission when they're attacked, and this is fairly well-known. Logical enough conclusion to jump to that this important political figure is the intended target. On the other hand, absolutely no one but Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are (as far as they know) aware who Anakin is—he's a random kid Qui-Gon happened to test for Midichlorians. Why would they assume the attacker is after a local kid? Might as well be after Jar Jar or Padmé or one of the maids… Feb 9, 2016 at 3:01
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    @Janus in their situation, I'd definitely assume any aggression or hostility was because of Jar Jar. Feb 11, 2016 at 12:38

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There are a number of reasons to assume that the Queen is Maul's intended target and, conversely, that Anakin isn't.

  • The attack came as Qui-Gon and Anakin approached the ship, rather than in town, a far more obvious place to try to grab the boy.

  • The attack was concentrated purely on Qui-Gon. Maul made no move to attack the boy or kidnap him. This strongly suggests that the goal was to kill her bodyguards, then move to kidnap (or harm) their protectee.

  • Qui-Gon has senses that we don't. Intuition is a facet of the Force. Note that, of course the Queen was the intended victim of Maul's attack.

“Find her!” Darth Sidious raged. “Viceroy, I want that treaty signed!”
Nute fought the urge to cringe. It’s only a hologram, he told himself. “My lord, it’s impossible to locate the ship. It’s out of range.”
“Not for a Sith Lord,” the hooded figure purred. - Star Wars: The Phantom Menace - Official Novel

  • Why would Maul attack/kidnap the boy after they arrived? If he was the intended target, why wouldn't he have done it the week before they arrived?

  • The Queen is an important dignitary and one who is under threat of kidnap/assault by the Trade Federation (hence why they went to Tatooine in the first place, to stay under the radar). She's the obvious target for any attack.

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    Is the quote from a novelisation? Feb 13, 2016 at 1:32
  • @JanusBahsJacquet - Oops. Forgot the link
    – Valorum
    Feb 13, 2016 at 1:47

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