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 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 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 in ...
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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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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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What did Watto mean by “Race”?

From the Star Wars: Episode I Script, which I hope is legit and correct. Don't get me wrongo. I have great faith in the boy. He's a credit to your race, but Sebulba there is going to win, ...
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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 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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How did half of Darth Maul survive?

From what I have read on Wookieepedia, 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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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 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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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 Wookieepedia which states: Similar to the Hutts, Toydarian brains have an unusual composition which made them immune to ...
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Is there a difference between the congress and senate?

The opening crawl of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace says Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute. Hoping to ...
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Which was The Phantom Menace movie gross, $1027+ millions or $924+ millions?

According to List of highest grossing films Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace gross was $1027 millions. But according to Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Star Wars: Episode I –...
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Is it necessary to see the middle 7 Star Wars movies to understand The Rise of Skywalker?

I saw Episode I: The Phantom Menace when it came out, so I "get" the universe, but I didn't go to see any of the other movies and now my girlfriend wants to see Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. Is ...
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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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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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Did the Trade Federation know Darth Sidious was Senator Palpatine? If so, why didn't they rat him out when they were apprehended by the Republic? [duplicate]

One thing that's bothered me about Episode I is how Palpatine poorly disguises himself as Darth Sidious. He puts on a cloak, but part of his face is still visible! And this got me wondering; how did ...
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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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Did Obi-Wan sense Darth Sidious at the beginning of Phantom Menace?

At the beginning of The Phantom Menace, Obi-Wan remarks that he has a bad feeling, not about the mission, but something else elusive. Is it Sidious?
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Did Anakin Skywalker have a genius IQ?

At the age of 8 Anakin Skywalker built his own Podracer as well as a Protocol Droid. Is there any way to determine that, had he lived on Earth he would be tested to have a 'genius level IQ' (e.g. an ...
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Did anybody find out it was Anakin who blew up the command center?

In Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace, in the climactic battle, Anakin Skywalker gets inside the command center for droids and destroys it from the inside. After escaping, one other pilot says: ...
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Where did the trade federation ships go in the Phantom Menace?

In the opening scenes of The Phantom Menace we see the Trade Federation blockade of Naboo which features a fleet of many capital ships. In the climactic battle at the end of the film there appears to ...
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How did the Trade Federation plan to “process” Queen Amidala?

In Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Nute Gunray instructs a Droid Commander to "process them" (referring to Queen Amidala and her entourage). The Droid Commander then asks they be taken 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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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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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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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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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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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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Why didn't Palpatine hire Bounty Hunters to kill the Queen of Naboo?

Killing a Queen was an infiltration level task. Given 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 military ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 “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 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 ...