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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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. ...
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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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How is Anakin’s nickname spelt?

This question was inspired by Valorum’s answer to the question on what the Tuskens did with Shmi Skywalker. In it, he quotes the following from the official Attack of the Clones novelisation: ...
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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 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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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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A brief explanation on who the separatists in the Star Wars prequels are and their relations with the Empire?

To my understanding, the Galactic Republic has a group of separatists under Count Dooku, and they later on become the Galactic Empire?
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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 open he seems ansy to attack (...
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Does every podracer pilot have Jedi-like reflexes?

In episode I, when Anakin mentions to Qui-Gon that he is a podracer pilot (and the only human one), Qui-Gon tells him that he must have Jedi reflexes. Does he mean that because Anakin is human and ...
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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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What is the history of Gungans and their tech?

The Gungans have a dry city underwater, which keeps the water at bay via force fields that block water, but not people entering them. This struck me as odd, as I wouldn't think they'd evolve to be an ...
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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 (Obi ...
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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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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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Is it possible that Qui-Gon let Darth Maul kill him?

Is it possible that because of his certainty that Anakin was the chosen one, and his knowledge that the Council had decided that Anakin was too old for training and too full of fear, Qui-Gon let ...
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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 Mace ...
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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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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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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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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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Was Darth Maul deliberately leading Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan into that shaft reactor pit room?

I've noticed that in the duel between the two Jedi vs Maul, Maul at first never seems to advance forward to attack instead defending most of the time by walking backwards until he reaches the reactor ...
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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 see ...
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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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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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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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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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Who is this character from Episode 1: Phantom Menace?

I watched The Phantom Menace almost a year ago when I spotted this, and I have just found the picture to prove what I found. When I was watching - towards the end of the film - where everyone ...