Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom MenaceStar Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace

Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace features a large Galactic Republic that has passed its prime. It is a decaying and corrupt interstellar federation. As its strength declines, several forces act against it.

The Trade Federation surrounds the planet Naboo with a fleet of warships in an act of potentially violent protest against a shipping tax. The Chancellor of the Republic sends two Jedi Knights to negotiate a peaceful resolution. However, the Trade Republic is being commanded by a Sith Lord named Darth Sidious.

The Trade Federation attempts to kill the Jedi Knights and surprises the Republic with a full scale invasion of Naboo. The Jedi escape to the planet and rescue the Queen. The escape is difficult and they are forced to land on a remote desert planet for repairs and refueling.

On the remote planet Tattooine, the apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his master meet Anakin Skywalker. They recognize the immense potential for the Force in young Anakin. After winning a bet, they are able to free the boy but not his mother.
Qui-Gon Jinn unsuccessfully tries to get approval for Anakin to become his apprentice. Though Anakin is only 9, the Jedi Council fears he is too old to begin proper training. They are also highly concerned by his attachment to his mother, which they fear could be used against him by the Sith.

Queen Amidala tries to push a vote of no-confidence in the current Chancellor but soon becomes disgusted with the inability of the Senate to act decisively. She returns home to Naboo with the two Jedi and slave boy. Forging an alliance with the Gungan, she wages a fierce counterstrike against the Trade Federation. Anakin plays a key role when he destroys the spaceship providing orders to the droid army on the ground. With the ship destroyed, the army becomes inert and Naboo is freed.

Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan face off against the evil lightsaber master, Darth Maul. Qui-Gon is killed in the struggle, but Darth Maul is slain by Obi-Wan Kenobi. In recognition of their achievement at Naboo, the Jedi Council reluctantly promotes Obi-Wan to Jedi Knight and permits him to take Anakin as his apprentice.

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