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Conquering Coruscant (in Episode 1) wouldn't have been the decapitating move you think it is. The planet has excellent planetary defences and should be all but impregnable to the sort of attack you're suggesting. It's not until later in the war when the Trade Federation joins forces with all the other malcontents on the Outer Rim that they're powerful ...


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While a robot may not require oxygen to function, that does not mean it is vacuum-compatible. Many materials are perfectly ok at normal to low air pressures but will outgas at near-vacuum pressures. The consequences range from nothing to popping open like a bad tire. Lubricating products are particularly troublesome, and we don't want the grease boiling away ...


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Simple Version: The actual phantom menace was the one Palpatine/Sidious created merely for the sake of taking over the Senate. The point, and using the name The Phantom Menace just emphasizes it, is that the threat to Naboo may be real, but it's secondary to Palpatine's real goal, which is to make Naboo feel threatened (or menaced) so it was easy for ...


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The Trade Federation expected to receive ambassadors from the Senate. It's mentioned several times that the tariff disputes, the negotiations concerning same, the appeal by Naboo, and so forth all run through the Senate, which is equal parts corrupt and incompetent and has therefore made no headway on the issue. The Trade Federation's plan relies on this ...


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According to Weird Al's interview on TheForce.Net, he managed to gather most of the advance intelligence from the Internet: The song was entirely based on Internet "rumors." I gathered all the leaked info I could about the movie from all the various Star Wars websites (TheForce.net was particularly helpful), and was able to piece together the basic ...


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The plan was to invade Naboo from the beginning, the blockade was merely an excuse for the presence of the battleships. This is what Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan found in the hangar of the federation battleship while they were escaping assassination. QUI-GON: Battle droids? OBI-WAN: It's an invasion army. QUI-GON: It's an odd play for the Trade Federation. We'...


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There are many reasons for not accepting foreign currency which apply in this situation as they apply in the real world case. First, normally local traders only accept local currencies. In the UK, save very specific places, you can only pay with pounds. Sure you can exchange somewhere else, but the trader himself will not take it. There are practical ...


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Midi-chlorians are the powerplant of the force. The unit is per cell... probably, but there's not much canon on this because, frankly, the community hated it more than Jar Jar, and in a fit of competence they just kinda let it go. Anakin's count was said to be "20,000", however, George Lucas in an interview with Terry Brooks (who was authoring the ...


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There were no third-party, independent accounts of the invasion - just the word of the ruler of a planet that was having a dispute with the Trade Federation. If we look a little further in the script: LOTT DOD (delegate from the Trade Federation): I object! There is no proof. This is incredible. We recommend acommision be sent to Naboo to assertain the ...


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The film's tie-in "Incredible Cross-Sections" book states that the design of the landing craft wasn't bespoke, it was based on an earlier design for a cargo ship, one intended to be staffed by a living, breathing crew. That being the case, trying to vacuum-proof a ship that was originally intended to contain an atmosphere would present a number of fairly ...


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Too many people seem to take the Rule of Two far too literally. Wookieepedia explains the rule: The Rule of Two states that there would be only two Sith at one time, a Master and an Apprentice, guaranteeing that when the Apprentice becomes powerful enough in the ways of the Dark Side to take the title of Master, only then would they be worthy of the ...


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According to the "Star Wars Encyclopedia", the core is solid. Naboo was a geologically unique world. It lacked a molten core, indicative of an ancient world. The 'Inside the Worlds of Star Wars: Episode One' factbook tells how eons ago the last remnants of "plasmatic magma" moving around inside the planet formed deep and long waterways in the bedrock, ...


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Actually, blockades have been legal as far as some countries and the U.N. has been concerned in the past, mainly to solve problems without the parties resorting to war, or as a way to provide economic pressure. The legal status depends on who's looking at it. For instance, the Brazilian blockade of Río de la Plata in 1826, was lawful according to British ...


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No, the device was deactivated and later removed. The Phantom Menace novelization p192-193: They went to Watto's shop first, where the Toydarian had completed the forms necessary to assure Anakin's freedom. The transmitter that bound Anakin to his life of slavery was deactivated permanently. It would be removed surgically at a later date. Watto was ...


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Obi-Wan didn't face the trials. As you've stated, there simply wasn't a gap between the Battle of Naboo and his meeting with Yoda when he could have traveled to Coruscant for testing. This is confirmed in the official novelisation: They knew of what the young Padawan had done to save himself from the Sith Lord in the melting pit after Qui-Gon had been ...


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The hyperdrive wasn't broken, it was damaged. It had sufficient (insert technobabble here) to get them to a nearby system. This is explained in the film's script RIC OLIE : There's not enough power to get us to Coruscant...the hyperdrive is leaking. QUI-GON : We'll have to land somewhere to refuel and repair the ship. and in more detail in the ...


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The script makes it clear that Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan both knew (or at least very strongly suspected): PADME: I am Queen Amidala. JAR JAR and ANAKIN are stunned. PADME: (points to Queen) This is my decoy... my protection... my loyal bodyguard. OBI-WAN and QUI-GON give each other a knowing look. The Terry Brooks novelisation gives an ...


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Your confusion likely stems from the fact that Boss Nass (and several of the other bosses) were Ankura Gungans, as opposed to Jar Jar who was an Otolla Gungan. “Boss,” Leika amended. “Boss Ganne. An Ankura Gungan — the ones with green skin and hooded eyes.” - SW: The Phanton Menace - Official Novelisation Per Wookieepedia The Ankura were one of the ...


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There are multiple answers to your question: First, Qui-Gon is quite "powerful" at the time of The Phantom Menace. It is said in the film that, had he followed the code of the Jedi perfectly he would have been on the High council. So clearly he's not your average Jedi. As for Obi-Wan even if he was a padawan at the time, his training was soon to be complete....


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If I had to pick one word to describe the Jedi in Episodes I-III, it would be complacent. They do not notice Sidious' plot as it develops under their very noses. In Episode II, Mace Windu confidently announces that turning to evil is not in Count Dooku's character. In Episode III, Yoda completely fails to give Anakin any useful advice, even when he is in ...


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She did not want to delay when the matter was so urgent From the script* for The Phantom Menace: AMIDALA : (angrily) I will not defer...I have come before you to resolve this attack on our sovereignty now. I was not elected to watch my people suffer and die while you discuss this invasion in a committee. If this body is not capable of action, I ...


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It underscores the subterfuge - if the "queen" were deferential and reluctant to use a particular handmaiden as a servant, that would raise suspicions. If Padme wanted to be seen as a servant, she would have walk the walk. I think that Sabé was well-trained enough to handle the situation. They were out of danger, and she could couch any major decision she ...


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Although it may sound like a cop-out, the answer is that it was because the Force didn't tell him to. Qui-Gon Jinn was drawn to the only junkyard in town that had a compatible hyperdrive. When faced with an apparent obstacle, he simply waits for the Force to present him with a solution. Presumably when you're a powerful Jedi these kinds of coincidences ...


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The flags are intended to identify the racer to the crowd and to advertise the racer's sponsor/s. As racers enter the arena, flagbearers march with them. Flags are decorated with heraldry, symbols or colours associated with the racer. The flags can also represent a sponsor who funds the team in order to gain local or galactic recognition. Star ...


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Several non-canon (Legends) sources clearly state that the count is per cell. With great caution and stealth Rhinann had recently arranged to have his own midi-chlorian count tested. The results, carefully shunted and sliced through a plethora of servers and screens around the galactic information hyperlane, had at last come into his possession. As ...


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There's a subtle shift of focus (that is, literal camera focus) at the end of the movie that illustrates who the Phantom Menace is. It comes soon after Yoda's line: Always two, there are. No more, no less. A master... and an apprentice. Shortly after this line, the camera refocuses onto the Phantom Menace, revealed to be:


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If we take the official novelisation as gospel, the strict answer is that Maul's initial successes (in holding off the Jedi) were because of his martial prowess, his training regime and his personal hatred of the Jedi, versus an older opponent and a relatively untrained opponent. His ultimate downfall was his overconfidence. Apologies for the great big ...


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TL;DR: No, Darth Plagueis did not appear in Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The character of Darth Plagueis simply did not exist until his creation for the Episode III script, and even then the mention was merely a plot device with which The novel you describe was written afterwards, and also explained that Plagueis was a Muun - a race introduced as far ...


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It took about an hour to land the Space Shuttle; given Star Wars technology I have to assume the invasion ships could do so far more quickly. According to these calculations a single cubic meter of air will last one person for two hours, so assuming the ships were pressurized there would be more than enough air. Why would they be pressurized? Well, for ...


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Anakin is Watto's slave. Since Anakin's possessions are Watto's possessions, if Watto finds out that Anakin built the pod, then there's absolutely no reason why Watto would need to become partners with Qui-Gon for the use of a pod-racer that actually belongs to him in the first place. “I’ve built a racer!” Anakin said. “It’s the fastest ever! There’s a ...


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