Questions tagged [the-phantom-menace]

The Phantom Menace (Star Wars, episode I), was the first of the "prequel trilogy" Star Wars movies, and the fourth movie produced. It tells the story of Anakin Skywalker, and how he became the apprentice of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Use this tag together with [star-wars].

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Was Darth Maul part of the Separatist movement?

In Star Wars Battlefront II (2005 and 2017), we see Darth Maul in the side of the Separatist. In the Phantom Menace, The Confederacy of Independent Systems or the Separatist is not yet formed only ...
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Who is the young pilot of the Jedi’s ship at the beginning of "The Phantom Menace”?

Who was the pilot who flew Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan to negotiate with the Trade Federation?
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Did the Gungans live on the surface of Naboo (above water) prior to the arrival of the “Naboo” human settlers from Grizmallt?

The Gungans, while comfortable in aquatic environments, certainly appear to have evolved on the surface of the planet: they walk upright, breathe oxygen, and their army seems well adapted to surface ...
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Is the Gungan military rank of Bombad General roughly equivalent in stature to General in other militaries?

In The Phantom Menace after he brings the Naboo and the Gungans together, we see Boss Nass immediately make Jar Jar a "Bombad General". NASS: Yousa doen grand. Jar Jar bringen usen and da Naboo ...
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Why does the Trade Federation become so alarmed upon learning the ambassadors are Jedi Knights?

At the beginning of The Phantom Menace, what are Nute Gunray and his Trade Federation cohorts so afraid of when learning the ambassadors are Jedi knights? They clearly are already expecting ...
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Why didn't Queen Amidala reveal herself to the Jedi knights earlier in The Phantom Menace?

If the Queen really trusted the two Jedi knights, why not reveal herself?
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Why was Episode 1 named “The Phantom Menace”? [duplicate]

This is the only title name that didn't make to me; all the other titles make sense to me, but this the only one that stumped me. "The Phantom Menace" never made sense because all the other movies ...
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How did Capt. Panaka read R2's serial number?

In Phantom Menace, after R2 repairs Amidala's ship and gets everybody safely through the blockade, they're brought in front of the queen to get a commendation. From the script: QUI-GON, OBI-WAN, ...
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How did the Gungans learn to speak Galactic Basic?

In The Phantom Menace, Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are brought to Otoh Gunga to meet the Gungans. Fortunately for them, all of them speak Galactic Basic (although with their distinctive speech ...
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Is the concept that humans are poor pilots seen anywhere else in the Star Wars franchise?

In The Phantom Menace, Anakin's piloting skills are treated as irregular and a sign that he is Force-sensitive. It's apparently extremely rare for humans to podrace and he's the first human in the ...
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Did the Jedi ever find out why Dooku turned to the Dark Side?

The Jedi knew Dooku was one of the Jedi Masters who are one of the "The Lost Twenty". When he left the Jedi Order due to that he was (as explain in this answer from null): Dooku was convinced that ...
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Does anyone besides Qui-Gon refer to credits as “dataries”?

There's an interesting exchange in The Phantom Menace: QUI-GON: I have 20,000 Republic dataries. WATTO: Republic credits?! Republic credits are no good out here. I need something more real... ...
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Was Maul's survival planned in Phantom Menace?

In Phantom Menace, we see Obi-Wan Kenobi defeating (Darth) Maul by slicing him in two halves, after that Maul is presumed dead. However, in The Clone Wars series, he appears to have survived this ...
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Does Darth Vader still have an implanted explosive from when he was a slave? [duplicate]

In Episode I: The Phantom Menace, young Anakin Skywalker and his mother explain how the Tatooine slave owners prevent the slaves from escaping: SHMI: All slaves have a transmitter placed inside ...
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Is Sebulba Force-sensitive? [duplicate]

Being Force-sensitive definitely helps if you are a pilot or Podracer and some of the best like Anakin and Luke definitely were. Furthermore, Qui-Gon Jinn, albeit probably exaggerating a bit, admitted:...
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What do the flags at the pod races represent?

In Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, during the podracing scene, just before the race begins, a small number of flag-bearers make their way across the screen, one of which is C-3PO. Flag-...
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Why did Valorum want to conceal the mission of the Jedi ambassadors?

After a while, I ended up watching The Phantom Menace on TV the other night and spotted a curious issue in the third chapter of the opening crawl. While the Congress of the Republic endlessly ...
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Why doesn't Palpatine sense Anakin's strength?

In Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, the young Anakin Skywalker is discovered on Tattooine by Qui Gon Jinn and Obi Wan Kenobi, who immediately recognize in him a powerful Force potential - ...
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Did Qui-Gon use precognition to know that Anakin would survive the pod-race?

The pod racing scenes appear to be incredibly dangerous, if not deadly for many of the participants. The pod race-cars move at a speed that could easily kill a standard human should the pod fail ...
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Why not just steal a T14 hyperdrive generator?

I’m somewhat regrettably rewatching the Phantom Menace and it occurs to me that Qui Gon has no compunction over Force-ing Watto into selling a T14 hyperdrive generator for (worthless) Republic credits....
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Why did Darth Sidious start the Clone Wars instead of just attacking the Republic with Droids directly?

Rewatching Episode 1 the Republic seems pretty helpless against the invasion of the separatists and crippled by their own bureaucracy. I don't see how Republican forces would have dealt with a full-...
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Why didn't the Naboo flee with some fighters?

In The Phantom Menace, we see the Jedi free a large crew, much larger than needed for that ship. Why didn't they get an escort of fighters piloted by some of the people they freed?
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Why send Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan with Queen Amidala?

The events of TPM describe the first appearance of a trained Sith warrior (Darth Maul) in quite a long time. All the members of the Jedi order seem to be concerned about resolving the "Sith mystery" ...
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Why are credits “no good” on Tatooine?

This question got me thinking, about the nature of currency and space. When Qui-Gon tries to buy ship parts from Watto he gets this response. Qui-Gon Jinn: I have twenty thousand Republic dataries....
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Why was the trade federation's blockade on Naboo legal?

This question came about from this quote very early in the film. NUTE: Yes, yes, of course...ahhh...as you know, our blockade is perfectly legal, and we'd be happy to receive the Ambassador Link ...
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Why don't Droidekas have Shield Generators during the Battle of Geonosis?

Droidekas or Destroyer Droids have Shield Generations to provide protection. In Phantom Menace,they have shield generators In Attack of the Clones, it appears that they don't have shield generators ...
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How did Padmé not recognize Jar Jar was a Gungan?

In the Phantom Menace, Padmé is cleaning R2-D2 when Jar Jar walks in, and she asks him "you're a Gungan, aren't you?" Why would she not realize that he was one, considering that she lives on the ...
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Why does Sebulba's voice before and during the race sound so different?

I noticed that Sebulba's voice is very low in pitch before the race, and it is much higher during the race. Why is it so?
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Did Palpatine cheat during the elections?

Palpatine wants to become the Chancellor. But as we see in the movie, he is a cunning politician. He is also in control of both sides in the war between the Republic and the Separatists. His goal is ...
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How did Anakin Skywalker get into the Trade Federation Droid Control Ship?

I watched 'The Phantom Menace' and one of the main things I don't understand is how Anakin Skywalker managed to get into the hangar of the Droid Control Ship. There were a lot of pilots trying to get ...
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When did the name “Sidious” first appear?

In the Star Wars movies, we first hear the name "Sidious" used in The Phantom Menace (referring, of course, to Palpatine). Did this name appear earlier in any other media, or was that name created ...
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Why was there “no proof” that Naboo was being invaded?

In Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Queen Amidala tries to tell the Senate that Naboo is being invaded, but her claim is called into doubt by a Trade Federation representative. Queen ...
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What exactly are the Jedi measuring in the Phantom Menace?

In this clip from the Phantom Menace, we see Qui-Gon take a blood sample from Anakin and have Obi-Wan analyze it for midi-chlorians. From there they get this number: Anakin has a midi-chlorian count ...
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Why is Darth Maul “it”?

In The Phantom Menace, after Qui-Gon encounters Darth Maul for the first time, he escapes to Padmé's ship. (Time of interest starting at 2:00) ANAKIN : Are you ...
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Why didn't the Jedi send any reinforcements to Qui-Gon in Naboo to fight Darth Maul?

It seems to me that everything would have been vastly different had Qui-Gon received any reinforcements, perhaps a Knight or two, maybe a Master. This was a suspected Sith, their legendary enemy that ...
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Orange suited guy in Phantom Menace on Tatooine

I rewatched Phantom Menace last night, and this character really jumped out at me. He has 2 full seconds to himself alone on screen. He is a skull faced guy in an orange (space?) suit with an orange ...
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Did Darth Maul think that Senator Palpatine would reveal himself to the Jedi?

In The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul is speaking with Palpatine on Coruscant. During the exchange, Darth Maul says: At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have revenge. Did ...
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Why didn't Darth Maul kill Qui-Gon while he was meditating?

In The Phantom Menace, when the lasers gates close and Qui-Gon and Maul are stuck in a section separated from Obi-Wan, why did they pause their fight and why didn't Darth Maul kill Obi-Wan while he ...
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What's in Naboo's core, liquid water or plasma?

One of the many things that bothers me about The Phantom Menace is the part where Obi-wan, Qui-gon, and Jar-Jar drive through 'the planet core'. I assumed that this meant that they literally drove ...
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What is Plo Koon's real face?

Everyone has a face behind their mask, even Vader. What is Plo Koon's? Has anyone ever seen it, behind those eye-patches and breathing apparatus?
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Is there a story behind Darth Maul's double bladed lightsaber?

One of the most famous lightsabers is Darth Maul's double bladed lightaber. But is there an in-universe backstory of how/why he has one? When he battles Obi-Wan & Qui-Gon Jinn in Episode I, his ...
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What happened to Sabé after serving as Padme's decoy?

Is there any canon or EU explanation on what happened to Sabé after the events of Episode 1? I would assume that she most likely went on to pursue further undercover missions as a decoy.
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Who was part of the Galactic Senate during Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace? [duplicate]

Who was in the Senate during The Phantom Menace?
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What is the power source of Anakin Skywalker's podracer?

In "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace" Anakin Skywalker participates in a race on Tatooine with his podracer to make some money to buy a hyper drive for Queen Amadala's ship and earn his freedom ...
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Can Watto get drunk and blow up Anakin?

In The Phantom Menace, Anakin talks about having a bomb inside of him and, should he try to escape, Watto can simply blow him up. SHMI: All slaves have transmitters placed inside their bodies ...
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Why did Obi-wan and Qui-Gon go to Otoh Gunga (the Gungan city)?

In Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, why did Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon take a detour to Otoh Gunga? Shouldn't they have gone directly to Theed, the capital city?
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What was the celebration at the end of Star Wars Phantom Menace?

In this link I find... The Naboo and Gungans organize a great victory celebration on the streets of Theed, in front on the palace. Obi-Wan and Anakin are present, the younger now wearing ...
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Why did Queen Amidala decline a Senate investigation of her accusations against the Trade Federation?

When Queen Amidala addressed the Senate regarding the Trade Federation blockade of Naboo, she was asked if she would allow a Senate committee to investigate her claims. However, she declined and ...
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When does Padme's & Anakin's relationship start?

As per the Star Wars movie Attack of the Clones (2002) Padme Saying to Anakin I've been dying each day since you came back to my life..I love you..I think our live going to destroy any way..I ...
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Why did Qui-Gon and Anakin need to hide the fact that Anakin built the pod-racer?

In Episode I, Anakin offered to pilot his pod-racer in the Boonta Eve and give the winnings to the Jedi and Queen Amidala. This would help them acquire the money they needed to repair Amidala's ship. ...