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The Phantom Menace
Star Wars Film
TPM Cast

The Jedi liberate the Queen and her guards

Production Info
Director George Lucas
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Previous Production Return of the Jedi
Next Production Attack of the Clones
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Previous Story None
Next Story Attack of the Clones

PlotEdit

The evil Trade Federation, led by Nute Gunray is planning to take over the peaceful world of Naboo. Jedi's Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are sent to confront the leaders. But not everything goes to plan. The two Jedis escape, and along with their new Gungan friend, Jar Jar Binks head to Naboo to warn Queen Amidala, but droids have already started to capture Naboo and the Queen is not safe there. Eventually they land on Tatooine, where they become friends with a young boy known as Anakin Skywalker. Qui-Gon is curious about the boy, and sees a bright future for him. The group must now find a way of getting to Coruscant and to finally solve this trade dispute, but there is someone else hiding in the shadows. Are the sith really extinct? Is the Queen who she really says she is? and what's so special about this young boy? Written by simon

Errors and ExplanationsEdit

  • During the final duel between Darth Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi, you will notice that Obi-Wan cuts Darth Maul's double-bladed light saber. While Maul manages to hold on to one of the ends of the saber, the other end flies away from him. However, as we have seen many times in Episodes I, II, and III, when damaged or when a Jedi is killed, the light saber blade is immediately extinguished. Just after the strike to Maul's light saber, the airborne end stays ignited. Maul could be using two lightsabers, each programmed to remain lit when released, set in one handle.
  • Once the battle continues from the point examined above, there is no trace of anything on the floor of the area the two warriors are fighting in. The discarded end of the double-blade has disappeared. The lost end could have flown down the hole, out of sight.
  • When leaving Mos Espa for good, Qui-Gon and Anakin are moving at a slow, casual pace. But in their very next scene, they are running frantically toward the ship as if they know they are being followed. (This is due to the removal of a scene in the film in which the twosome discovers they are being spied on by one of Darth Maul's probes.) Qui Gon could have sensed the probe in the time between scenes, and told Anakin to run.
  • The aerial traffic on Coruscant frequently repeats itself. These shots could just be to show many copies of the different vessel types used on Coruscant.
  • When Amidala's groups and the two Jedi approach the gate that leads to the hangar, while slaughtering battle droids, a laser can be seen hitting Obi-Wan, but he doesn't seems to feel it. Either he or Qui Gon probably absorbed it using the Force.

Internet Movie DatabaseEdit

Continuity

  • At the beginning of the Battle of Naboo, the Gungans create a shield around themselves using a number of shield generators on the backs of their mounted creatures. In a later scene, only one of these creatures has a shield generator on its back. The others could have been withdrawn due to damage.
  • Anakin takes C3PO's eye in his right hand. Transfers it to the left hand. Starts to put the eye on its place. In the very next shot he puts the eye there, but with the right hand. Probably using the right hand to press the eye into place.
  • In the scene where Qui Gon is cutting through the door aboard the trade federation ship, two destroyer droids roll along the corridor towards them. Both droids are seen to deploy blue energy shields as they unfold; however, when Obi-Wan makes his comment about them having said shields, the camera cuts back to a brief shot of the two droids, during which the droid nearest the camera is seen re-deploying its shield. It may not have deployed properly first time.

Errors made by characters
(possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers)

  • Sebulba could have won the race even though his pod was entangled with Anakin's, for Sebulba's bigger engines would have enabled him to win by a nose. (IMDB) In mitigation, there might be a rule about the pods having to be separate from each other.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs

  • As the Jedi run from the droidekas, they disappear (or at least become very faint) briefly. This is a deliberate effect to indicate the speed of their departure.
  • When listing candidates for Chancellor, Captain Panaka includes "Bail Antilles of Alderaan." Some viewers think he means Bail Organa of Alderaan (played by Jimmy Smits in later movies). However, there is nothing unusual about two men from the same province having the same first name. The script explains that these are indeed two different characters.
  • Many naturalists complained that Watto's wings weren't big enough to lift his body in flight. George Lucas explains that Watto's digestive system filled his rotund belly with helium, making Watto a blimp, not a bird.
  • SPOILER: The opening crawl describes Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan as Jedi knights, but at the end, Yoda promotes Obi-Wan to the rank of Jedi knight, implying that he wasn't already one. From the viewpoint of the general public, knights and non-knights are indistinguishable from each other.

Movie mistakesEdit

‘’’Corrections’’’

  • During the meal in Anakin's home, Jar Jar snatches a fruit with his tongue, but in the next shot the fruit is not attached to his tongue any longer (easier to see frame by frame), even though we see him swallow it. If you look more closely, or play it in slow motion, you can see that he doesn't manage to take the piece of fruit and that it stays in the bowl. When he swallows, he actually gulps in embarrassment. Corrected by Kylantha
  • Darth Maul only blinks once, just after he is sliced in half by Obi-Wan. It is a misconception that Darth Maul blinks only once. He also blinks just after his lightsaber is cut in two. Corrected by BaZeL
  • In the opening story text of The Phantom Menace, it refers to Obi-Wan and Qui Gon Jinn as Jedi knights- but Obi-Wan is still a padawan and not yet a Jedi knight. He's a Jedi Knight in training and is ready for the trials. Close enough, particularly as the opening text must, by necessity, be brief. Corrected by Tailkinker
  • As the cockpit of Anakin's starfighter closes, his mouth is moving as if he's talking, but nothing is heard. His mouth is barely moving. Regardless, people make soundless mouth and facial movements all the time. Corrected by JC Fernandez
  • When Darth Maul takes his hoverbike thing after finding the missing Jedi, you can see a pair of tire tracks from a car or truck. Vehicles with tires/treads can be seen in at least one of the Star Wars movies. Just because we don't see them onscreen is no reason to believe that wheeled vehicles don't exsist on Tatooine or Naboo. Corrected by Guy
  • Darth Maul should feel how strong Anakin is in the Force, yet he doesn't mention to his master that a Force-strong boy is traveling with the Jedi. If Sidious had told Maul about Anakin ahead of time, then Maul wouldn't try to hurt the boy with his speeder bike. ‘’Saying what a character should or shouldn't do is generally a character mistake, if that. Maul was intent on getting the Jedi he was instructed to eliminate. From what we can see he only came close to hitting Anakin nothing else. While he may have been told to watch out for the boy or felt he was strong with the force this is just presumptious and there is no film mistake here.’’ Corrected by Lummie
  • Jedi are not supposed to have a lot of possessions, yet when Anakin leaves Tattooine, he gets to take a whole pack of stuff with him. Because Qui-Gon is so sure that the Council will want Anakin trained, he shouldn't have asked or allowed Anakin to bring stuff from his old life. ‘’First of all its not a lot of stuff only a small backpack, second of all the boy would have a hard enough time having to leave his mother, why make it harder on him by denying him a few possessions for the trip.’’ Corrected by Andreas[DK]
  • In the space battle when Anakin starts the explosion inside the space station, a male pilot says "We didn't did it." It's correct to say "We didn't do it." ‘’The pilot says "We didn't hit it". Even if he had said the line as the submitter suggests, it would only be a character mistake, since a little slip up like that would be understandable in a situation where you are fighting for the survival of your people.’’ Corrected by Andreas[DK]
  • During the race, the amount of dirt on Anakin's face change from shot to shot. Obviously, because as the race goes on he gets more and more dirt on his face. That's common logic.
  • When Obi-Wan and Qui Gon are fighting Darth Maul, they leap onto a ledge where Maul is at. Watch closely as the camera pans out, you can see Maul trip and almost fall down. Believe it or not but when you listen to the DVD commentary, this is supposed to happen.
  • Just before the announcer says, '...that's gotta hurt.' (about midway through the pod race) and again at the end of the race, watch carefully when the shot focuses on the audience cheering and you'll see a giant skeleton head being lifted a bit by the person next to it. (They may have used the same shot twice.) There's no way this prop can be confused with an alien audience member; I guess the extras were bored that day. It is not a skeletal head, and it is not being lifted. It is the head of an alien standing up. You can see another member of his/her species in the lower right hand corner.
  • After Obi-Wan cuts Darth Maul's lightsabre handle in half, one half falls to the floor. It can't have fallen into the pit, because of Maul's position when the sabre was cut in half. But in the following wideshot, the part that got cut off is nowhere to be seen, and it did not make a sound if it hit the ground. The half that Obi-Wan cuts off flies into a panel on a wall. If you look closely in said wide shot, you can see the wall panel with smoke billowing out of it. Corrected by Cubs Fan
  • In the scene when Princess Amidala, Qui Gon, Jar Jar and some other characters are recovering the palace, Amidala was sitting in a chair and then she opens some kind of box next to her and takes out a weapon; in the next shot she stands up and it seems as if she is almost going to fall. How is this a mistake? People do find themselves off-balance at times. Corrected by Tailkinker
  • When Obi-Wan gets Qui-Gon's light saber and cut Darth Maul in half, when he falls he doesn't fall cut in half. They have to wait until they press standby to get the cut in half dummy. Basically even before Darth maul would fall he would be cut in half. Since no one has ever been cut in half by a lightsaber, we don't know that. The two halves could have "stuck" together, from the blood and fluids acting as a glue of some sort. We also don't know the phisiology of Maul's species, so we simply can't make assumptions about how long it'd take for him to fall into two pieces. Corrected by Gary O'Reilly
  • When Obi-Wan is hanging on to the ledge when he fights Maul, he sees Qui-Gon's lightsaber on the ground next to him. The design of the hilt is the same as Obi-Wan's. No two Jedi have the same hilt design. [There's no rule stating that Jedi must have a unique design - Jedi build their own lightsabres using whatever design they see fit to use. There's nothing to prevent Obi-Wan from building one similar to his master's sabre.’‘ Corrected by Tailkinker
  • After Obi-Wan cuts Darth Maul in half and he falls into the pit, You see Obi-Wan and his lightsaber is off, a couple of seconds later you see that his lightsaber is on, with no sound of it reactivating. ‘‘There is no shot of Kenobi with his lightsabre off - in one shot, the beam follows the line of the wall, making it less clear, but it is there.’‘ Corrected by Tailkinker
  • When Darth Maul kicks Obi-Wan off the walkway, he falls off the walkway feet first. In the next shot, he falls down head first. ‘‘Firstly, he falls off sideways, not feet first. Secondly, he falls a pretty long way - remember that Maul also falls to a lower walkway (Qui-Gon jumps down to join him), and Obi-Wan still has to leap upwards to get to them. We certainly don't see the entire fall, making it entirely plausible that he twisted in mid-air during the part of the fall that's off-camera.’‘ Corrected by Tailkinker
  • When the astromech droids are going to repair the shield generator, two of them start moving towards the lift that will take them up to the hull of the spaceship. One has yellow marks, the other has red marks. In the next shot, neither of them can be seen in the area near the lift, but when R2-D2 rolls out on the hull, both of them are there. ‘‘There is no way to tell how much time is between when the red and yellow marked droids go up the lift and when R2 goes up the lift.’‘
  • After Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are gassed at the beginning, the door opens and they come out to fight the robots. During the entire fighting scene, the yellow gas remains inside the room although the door is wide open. In reality it would come out and diffuse. ‘‘By the time the droids get there, the rather large room has filled with gas, which is still being blown into the room after the door opens; therefore, it only seems like it's not diffusing, since the gas is so voluminous and ever-increasing in mass.’‘ Corrected by Xofer
  • During the Podrace, the announcer says, "Skywalker's been forced onto he service ramp" before it happens. ‘‘It may not have actually happened yet, but the annoucer has probably seen a good number of races and could have been able to tell that Skywalker would be forced onto the ramp.’‘
  • Andy Secombe based his vocal performance of Watto on Alec Guinness's performance as Fagin in "Oliver Twist." So essentially, Anakin is passed from one Alec Guinness impersonator at the beginning of the film to another one at the end. ‘‘Andy Secombe actually based his performance for the voice-over on an English 1960's TV commercial for antacid tablets: 'Settlers bring express relief.' The brief he received from George Lucas was for an imitation of an 'Italian second-hand car salesman.' ‘‘
  • At the beginning of the film we see two viceroys speaking to TC-14. After the point when Dofine says "I knew it! They're here to force a settlement" if you look closely at TC-14's left shoulder you can see the face of someone, maybe female. ‘‘I've watched this scene closely several times, and the only face reflected in TC-14's shoulder is Dofine's face.’‘
  • Similar to the trivia entries for "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" (1977) about the Imperial officer who unleashed the whole chain of events by ordering not to shoot the pod containing the two droids, have you ever thought about that stupid droid TC-14 in "The Phantom Menace" (1999)? Had not she warned Trade Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray and his lietentant about the ambassadors being Jedis, Qui-Gonn and Obi Wan would have forced the settlement and none of all the events in the film would have happened; including the attack to Naboo leading to the finding of Anakin Skywalker and thus that very Imperial officer issuing that order, since the Empire would never have happened. ‘‘This is getting to be extremely coincidental. Even if the droid had not warned the Trade federation that the ambassadors were Jedi they would have noticed easily, and the call to Sidious would have been made in any event. The events may have been slightly altered or delayed in this manner, but the eventuality of the battles would have remained unchanged.’‘
  • Anakin's Rodian friend is, according to the original script, Greedo, the bounty hunter blasted by Han Solo in A New Hope. ‘‘No he's not. Greedo's scene (where he's beaten up by Anakin and warned by Qui-Gon that he'll get into trouble with his attitude problem) was cut from the film. The Rodian is named Wald. (http://www.starwars.com/databank/character/wald/index.html).’‘
  • Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are up to the same hovercraft to Naboo, but Qui-Gon is walking alone till Obi-Wan comes out from the opposite direction. ‘‘Qui-Gon specifically says "Let's split up. Stow aboard separate ships and meet up down on the planet."‘‘ Corrected by Garlonuss
  • When Qui-Gon is walking with Jar-Jar in the city of Tatooine, look at the side, and you will see Luke Skywalker's speeder standing next to two aliens. ‘‘A) This isn't a mistake, if anything it'd be trivia and B) You can't expect Luke's speeder to be the only one of that model ever made. Chances are there are mass produced speeders, droids, ships and weapons in the Star Wars universe, just like there are in ours.’‘ Corrected by Gary O'Reilly
  • During the parade on Naboo, in the shot where Anakin and Obi-Wan look at each other, a girl in a peach-coloured dress is standing behind Anakin and R2-D2. A couple of shots later, the same girl is with a group of children throwing confetti (she can be seen on the right side of the screen). Then she's back behind Anakin and Artoo at the end of the scene. ‘‘It is not the same girl, they are just dressed similarly.’‘
  • In the scene where Obi-Wan, Jar-Jar, and Qui-Gonn are in the Gungan watercraft, they lose power for a bit. When they reach the surface later, it shows that the canopy disipates like a force field. If the pod lost power under water, the force field would not have operated drowning the crew. ‘‘Since the watercraft is semiorganic (like all Gungan technology), it no doubt has some sort of failsafe that keeps the canopy closed whilst under water.’‘ Corrected by Xofer
  • During the invasion of Theed, Queen Amidala is looking out of a window. In the wideshot, in the bottom right corner, you can see ILM (short for Industrial Light and Magic) written in what looks like red spray paint on the wall. ‘‘Trivia?’‘
  • Qui-gon says to Watto, "My ship will be the entry fee." How does he know for sure that the people in charge of registration for the pod race will accept a damaged ship? I realize it's a moot point, since Qui-gon talked Watto into supplying the entry fee. ‘‘These are Hutts we're talking about - they'll likely accept just about anything of sufficient monetary value.’‘ Corrected by Tailkinker
  • At the start, we see Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan running very fast to get away from the Droidekas. Yet near the end, Obi-Wan is cut off from Qui-Gon and Maul by the large number of force fields, and when he tries to run through them as fast as he can to help Qui-Gon, he just misses and is cut off by the last force field. Why did he not just use the super force running trick to get through them all in one run? ‘‘Because he was out of energy. The same could be said about him running to the Force shields in the first place, but Obi-Wan was simply out of energy.’‘
  • When R2-D2 shows the holographic plan of the palace, the palace turns, but not the red path. ‘‘Not so. The path does in fact change orientation as the palace itself turns. It is most noticeable at the left edge; note how the red line moves from several inches into the hologram but shifts leftward until it is almost at the edge. It is also very evident at the square reverse-C-shaped curve of the path; the lower bar of the reverse-C decreases noticeably in length.’‘ Corrected by Phil C.
  • When the neimoidian vice-roy is watching the battle on a screen Darth Maul comes, but his make-up seems different than during the rest of the film. ‘‘"Seems". Only to the person that submitted this, I'm afraid. The fact is that Darth Maul's makeup is the same in that scene as everywhere else in the film.’‘ Corrected by Phil C.
  • When Anakin tries his podracer for the first time, his hair and clothes move as if there was wind. There are three problems with that. First, his pod isn't moving, hence no wind. Second, other persons near him don't seem to be affected by wind and third, it doesn't do that at the beginning of the Boonta Eve race, when they start their motors. ‘‘It isn't wind that's causing his hair and clothes to move, but rather exhaust from the pod turbines, which he has just switched on. The other characters aren't affected by it because Qui-Gon and Kitster are out of range to the left and Amidala, C-3PO, R2-D2 and Jar-Jar are out of range to the right. As for why you don't see his hair moving at the start of the Boonta Eve race, it's because his helmet has plastered it to his head and only a few strands are loose.’‘ Corrected by Phil C.
  • After Anakin speaks the last time to his mother, he return with Qui-Gon. There is a water evaporator besides them. On the top, there is something looking like a Pepsi logo. ‘‘There is another shot more close to it and it don't looks like a pepsi logo.’‘ Corrected by Dr Wilson
  • If combat droids are radio-controlled by a computer on the neimodian ship, why do they need to be spoken to via hologram too? ‘‘The droids are powered by the ship, they are given artificial intelligence and thus must be spoken to in order to receive orders.’‘
  • During the scene where Anakin is flying the Naboo starfighter we see him telling R2-D2 to switch off the auto-pilot. When R2-D2 does so we can see the red auto-pilot light switch off, but in the next shot it has mysteriously switched itself back on. ‘‘It's the red colour of the dial-displays that signifies that the auto-pilot is on. They stay blue once it is turned off. We have no way of knowing what the central switch with the red light does, so it could turn on and off for other reasons.’‘ Corrected by Jez
  • Darth Maul, like the Jedis, would have amazingly fast reflexes, yet he isn't quick enough to block Obi-Wans death blow. Watch the scene again. Even a normal person could react to that quick enough and be able to block it in time. Yet Maul just casually watches Obi-Wan jump over him and kill him. ‘‘But Maul isn't expecting such a great move from the young Jedi apprentice. He is surprised; caught out by his arrogance. Isn't that the point?’‘ Corrected by Jez
  • At the end when Darth Maul knocks Obi Wan back into the reactor pit using the force, Maul's lightsabre is on. When Obi Wan jumps out of the pit and over Maul, you can see Maul's saber is off. Next thing you see, when Maul gets sliced in half, the lightsabre is back on again. ‘‘This is not true. His lightsabre remains on until he is sliced in two, when it turns off as he falls. It is just out of shot when Obi-Wan jumps, but you can see the red glow.’‘ Corrected by Jez
  • When Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon enter the underwater city they are wet for the first shot but dry in the second. Plus the floor does not get wet. ‘‘They do in fact stay wet. The floor is not shown enough to tell is it gets dripped on or not. If they do appear at all drier, this can be attributed to the barrier they went through, which, as it is designed to stop water coming in, would surely remove some of the surface water from their bodies/clothes as they entered.’‘ Corrected by Jez
  • When Qui Gon is fighting Darth Maul in the desert, it shows a view from inside the ship. There are three very thin and closely placed together windows. When it switches to the outside of the ship. There are only 4 very thick windows that are spaced far apart. ‘‘There are 6 windows, split down the centreline of the ship into two groups of three. The view from inside looks through one of these groups. The sizes and shapes match up fine as well.’‘ Corrected by Jez
  • How come droids (with computer brains) CAN'T HIT ANYTHING?!?! Stormtrooper syndrome, methinks. ‘‘When you can field an army of tens of thousands of robots and it's no big deal, accuracy isn't a problem - there's no point putting effort into pinpoint targeting when another 5 dirt cheap droids will ensure you get the job done. When precision is needed, they use the Droidekas.’‘ Corrected by Grumpy Scot
  • Near the beginning of the film, there are about 30 Federation ships blockading Naboo but after the planet is invaded, only one remains. How does the Federation maintain the blockade with only one ship? And why did they leave only one ship to control every robot on the planet? Shouldn't they have realized that, if this one ship was destroyed, their entire plan would instantly fail? ‘‘Once the Federation has what they believe to be complete control of the planet, there is no need for more than one ship there to control the droids. The Federation knows that the Naboo are a peaceful people and the thought of them actually being able to blow up their control ship is absolutely preposterous to them.’‘
  • Rupee is the currency on Tatooine, and the currency in India. ‘‘Not true. The currency of Tatooine is "wupiupi", not "rupee"‘‘
  • After Queen Amidala and her crew enter the palace and escape through the window, because the droids don't let them pass the hall, they use ropes to climb to the upper floor. Look at the movement of the people while reaching the upper window, you can clearly see that the filmed action is shown backwards. The way everyone lifts his legs to the edge of the platform outside the window indicates that the shot was taken from actors letting themselves down from the window on ropes and reversed. ‘‘Listen to the film's commentary track from Lucas, who complains that the shot had to be done repeatedly because they could never get the winches to *pull everyone up* in unison.’‘
  • Not really a mistake, but every time I see it I wonder why the princess and her guards just don't open fire on Darth Maul when he opens the hangar doors. There's no way he could have blocked all of the blasts and it would have taken all of 2 seconds to crispy-fry him. Instead they let the Jedi face him, resulting in Qui Gon's death. ‘‘A Jedi fully attuned to the Force is able to deflect energy bolts from multiple sources almost as an afterthought. A Sith Lord of Maul's caliber (remember, it took two Jedi Knights at the height of their powers to defeat him) armed with a double-bladed lightsaber would have little difficulty defending himself even against a dozen blaster-wielding assailants.’‘
  • Towards the beginning of the movie when the two jedi are confronted by the three destroyers (Droidikars), they see that it's a "stand-off" and run away very quickly just barely being missed by laser blasts. As they run, go frame by frame during this section, and you'll notice that the jedi disappear for several frames although their lightsabers do not. I'm sure this a film flaw. Or do Jedi have the power to disappear at will? ‘‘They don't really disappear. They actually are using Force Speed to escape them. Just watch the shot after they run. You can see them clearly running faster than normal.’‘
  • If C3-PO is from Tatooine and R2-D2 was there, why in Star Wars are they completely unfamiliar with the planet? How come R2-D2 doesn't know Obi-wan and Obi-wan doesn't recognise the robot that saved his life? ‘‘In "A New Hope", Uncle Owen tells Luke to take R2-D2 to get its memory erased as if the memory erase isn't a big deal at all. Most likely, in the thirty or so years between episodes 1 and 4, an owner of the droids did exactly what Uncle Owen wanted to do. Also, Obi-Wan must have worked with hundreds of droids in his career as a Jedi - this may be disproved in the forthcoming films, but for the moment we can only assume that R2-D2 was one of many.’‘
  • When Qui-Gon and Maul are fighting on Tatooine, Qui-Gon's lightsabre hits the handle of Maul's. This would do exactly the same as it does near the end of the movie except that this time Maul is in a position where he would have been chopped. ‘‘Qui-Gon's final swing of his green blade contacts the red blade of Maul's saber itself, several inches past the edge of Maul's saber handle. Qui-Gon never lands a blow on the handle itself.’‘
  • At certain times in the podrace, a red light, like a laser pen, is in Anakin's eyes. This happens when the race is about to start and half way through. ‘‘It's just a reflection from the pod racer's instruments’‘.
  • After Darth Maul is cut into two pieces, his body splits in half as he falls. Notice how the cape on his lower half remains attached as he falls. I would think it would flap away from his lower torso if it was severed in half also. ‘‘The Cape is held around the body by the belt. Darth Maul is separated above it.’‘
  • If all the other Jedi in the previous movies disappear, why doesn't Qui-Gonn do so when he is killed by Darth Maul? ‘‘Multiple explanations for this. My preferred one is that he didn't accept his death (Yoda and Obi-Wan both do), and as such he doesn't disappear’‘.
  • Why is technology so much more advanced in this film than in the others? Surely technology should progress, not regress! ‘‘It'll hopefully all be explained in the next two films - linked in to the clone wars, etc. Have patience...’‘
  • Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan and Jar Jar travel through the planet Naboo's core to get from the Gungan City to Theed. Two points: 1) If the planet's core isn't molten, the surface should be frozen and uninhabitable. 2) Even if it's water all the way down, the pressure would eventually reach hundreds of tons per square inch and squish our heroes like bugs. ‘‘This could just be a Gungan phrase for going throught the underwater caves’‘.
  • When Qui-Gon is talking with Watto about thier bet after the race (on a balcony above the track) you can see Qui-Gon move to the edge of the balcony. He stands there for a moment and then moves back in just in time to miss being spotted by one of Darth Maul's probe droids! Jedi intuition, or just good luck? ‘‘The probe droid DID see Qui-Gon during its flyby. This is why Darth Maul gets on his hoverbike and rides off when the probe droids return to him - because he now knows where the Jedi are.’‘
  • When Senator Palpatine informs Amidala that he is a candidate for the Chairman, she asks who are the oponents. He answers: "...and Bail Antilles of Alderaan." Antilles (Wedge) was from Correlia, and Palpatine's greatest opposition was Bail Organa of Alderaan (Leia's father). It's been explained that Antilles is a fairly common surname, and Bail is a relatively common first name, so the similarity is entirely coincidental.
  • When Qui Gon first enters Watto's shop he is greeted by Watto in a language other than English (let's just abbreviate this language as OTE - Other Than English). Even though Qui Gon is greeted in OTE he then speaks English to Watto. This would indicate that he either understands OTE, or knows that Watto can also speak English. Watto then calls in Anakin and speaks to him in OTE. Yet he always speaks to Qui Gon in English. Even though Anakin and Watto speak both languages, they usually speak English to Qui Gon. Watto seems to speak OTE to Anakin whenever he doesn't want Qui Gon to understand him. However, in the scene where Qui Gon and Watto bet on the race there is a shot where Watto speaks to Anakin in OTE and the translation is something along the lines of "Better stop your friend's betting or I may end up owning him too." Then Anakin looks to Qui Gon and asks, "What did he mean by that?" Then Qui Gon replies, "I'll tell you later." This would indicate that Qui Gon understood what Watto had just said AND that he understands OTE. [The OTE language that Watto speaks is consistent with the Star Wars world - English being known as Basic - the common language. It can be assumed that senior jedi and businessmen know a variety of languages, OTE being something common in the Outer Rim like Huttese or whatever (if OTE were Watto's own language, and Qui-Gon were familiar, why is it he did not know Watto's resistance to the Force). So Qui-Gon would be familiar, but not proficient in such a language, while Basic would be the common language denominator.]

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