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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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Why didn't Qui-Gon Jinn use his Jedi mind tricks to exchange his Republic credits?

In Star Wars Episode I, Qui-Gon Jinn tries to use his Jedi mind tricks to convince Watto that Republic credits will do fine as payment for the hyperdrive they need. Conveniently, mind tricks don't ...
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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 “Weird Al” Yankovic predict “The Phantom Menace”?

In the "Weird Al" Yankovic song The Saga Begins, he makes a bunch of predictions about Episode One that all seem to be valid, and unless I'm mistaken wrote the majority of the song before the film was ...
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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. ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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 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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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 see ...
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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 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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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 can Darth Maul successfully combat Qui-gon and Obi-Wan simultaneously, but not easily defeat them individually?

In the scene between Darth Maul and the two Jedi, multiple times he's faced with fighting just one while the other isn't relevant to the fight: (a) first when Obi-Wan falls down several levels, and (b)...
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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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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 a 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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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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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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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 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 Jedi ...
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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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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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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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Was Anakin really the only human who could race pods?

I was wondering if Anakin Skywalker really is the only human who can race pods.. I find it hard to believe considering the sheer number of populated worlds. Is there any mention of any other human, ...
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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 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 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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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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Why didn't anyone free Shmi Skywalker?

One thing that's always confused me during Star Wars was the fact that NO ONE freed or even did anything to help Shmi. I mean, this is the mother of the Chosen One. Why didn't the Jedi do anything? I ...
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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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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 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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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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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 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 Obi-...
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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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Where are Obi-Wan Kenobi's and Qui-gon Jinn's Lightsabers?

In Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, when Darth Maul kills Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi starts a saber duel with Darth Maul, and Darth Maul uses Force Push on Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan hangs on ...
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Was Darth Sidious aware of Anakin prior to the Jedi picking him up?

Episodes I through III 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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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. ...
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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 resolve ...
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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. ...