History Film / ThePhantomMenace

21st May '17 2:09:40 AM TheTrailblazerCritic
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* ToiletHumor: Mostly courtesy of Jar Jar, and perhaps the first instances of such in ''Star Wars''. Fans were not amused.
6th May '17 5:39:58 AM KoopaKid17
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* BigWhat: Anakin's reaction to Qui-Gon telling him he's been freed.
20th Apr '17 10:55:52 PM Ciara25
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: The idea of an elected Queen sounds extremely strange, but, in fact, there are some places that actually ''did'' elect monarchy, including the Holy Roman Empire (at least technically, the electors inevitably picked the head of House Habsburg), medieval Ireland and early modern Poland. There are still elective monarchies, including Malaysia, Cambodia (where the King is elected by other members of the Royal Family), and Wallis-and-Futuna, a French territory in the Pacific Ocean, which is divided into three traditional kingdoms each led by a king elected among the local aristocracy. One more that people often don't think about is the Pope, who at one time ruled the Papal States (read: half of Italy) and now rules over the Vatican City, and is elected from the College of Cardinals. Those who know about this generally are skeptical of the idea of a ''popularly'' elected monarch; the examples listed above are elected from small cadres of elites, not the general populace, as is the case with Amidala. The fact that she was ''fourteen'' when she was elected, and future queens are even younger, also strains credibility; even hereditary monarchs generally had regents until they reached their respective age of majority.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: The idea of an elected Queen sounds extremely strange, but, in fact, there are some places that actually ''did'' elect monarchy, including the Holy Roman Empire (at least technically, the electors inevitably picked the head of House Habsburg), medieval Ireland and early modern Poland. There are still elective monarchies, including Malaysia, Cambodia (where the King is elected by other members of the Royal Family), and Wallis-and-Futuna, a French territory in the Pacific Ocean, which is divided into three traditional kingdoms each led by a king elected among the local aristocracy. One more that people often don't think about is the Pope, who at one time ruled the Papal States (read: half of Italy) and now rules over the Vatican City, and is elected from the College of Cardinals. Those who know about this generally are skeptical of the idea of a ''popularly'' elected monarch; the examples listed above are elected from small cadres of elites, not the general populace, as is the case with Amidala. The fact that she was ''fourteen'' when she was elected, and future queens are even younger, also strains credibility; even hereditary monarchs generally had regents until they reached their respective age of majority.majority, rather than letting a child rule unimpeded.
20th Apr '17 10:51:03 PM Ciara25
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: The idea of an elected Queen sounds extremely strange, but, in fact, there are some places that actually ''did'' elect monarchy, including the Holy Roman Empire (at least technically, the electors inevitably picked the head of House Habsburg), medieval Ireland and early modern Poland. There are still elective monarchies, including Malaysia, Cambodia (where the King is elected by other members of the Royal Family), and Wallis-and-Futuna, a French territory in the Pacific Ocean, which is divided into three traditional kingdoms each led by a king elected among the local aristocracy. One more that people often don't think about is the Pope, who at one time ruled the Papal States (read: half of Italy) and now rules over the Vatican City, and is elected from the College of Cardinals. Those who know about this generally are skeptical of the idea of a ''popularly'' elected monarch; the examples listed above are elected from small cadres of elites, not the general populace, as is the case with Amidala. The fact that she was ''fourteen'' when she was elected, and future queens are even younger, also strains credibility.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: The idea of an elected Queen sounds extremely strange, but, in fact, there are some places that actually ''did'' elect monarchy, including the Holy Roman Empire (at least technically, the electors inevitably picked the head of House Habsburg), medieval Ireland and early modern Poland. There are still elective monarchies, including Malaysia, Cambodia (where the King is elected by other members of the Royal Family), and Wallis-and-Futuna, a French territory in the Pacific Ocean, which is divided into three traditional kingdoms each led by a king elected among the local aristocracy. One more that people often don't think about is the Pope, who at one time ruled the Papal States (read: half of Italy) and now rules over the Vatican City, and is elected from the College of Cardinals. Those who know about this generally are skeptical of the idea of a ''popularly'' elected monarch; the examples listed above are elected from small cadres of elites, not the general populace, as is the case with Amidala. The fact that she was ''fourteen'' when she was elected, and future queens are even younger, also strains credibility.credibility; even hereditary monarchs generally had regents until they reached their respective age of majority.
8th Apr '17 2:51:58 PM esq263
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: At one point, Anakin calls someone "bantha poodoo", which is officially translated as "bantha fodder". A couple problems with this translation: first, [[InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike poodoo sounds suspiciously like a combination of two little-kid fecal slang words (poo-poo and doo-doo)]]; second, later in the movie, Jar-Jar is seen saying "Oh, Poodoo!" as if it were an expletive. Most people, in whatever language, don't swear by animal feed.
5th Apr '17 8:56:25 AM NhazUl
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* CowboyCop: Qui-Gon is the Jedi version of this. He goes with his gut feelings, rather than established procedure. He bends the rules to see justice done. He's been passed over for promotion by the suits on the Jedi Council for his actions, and he's willing to challenge their authority. Oddly, by the time we reach ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Luke Skywalker seems more like Qui-Gon (who he's never met) than Kenobi or Yoda (who trained him).

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* CowboyCop: Qui-Gon is the Jedi version of this. He goes with his gut feelings, rather than established procedure. He bends the rules to see justice done. He's been passed over for promotion by the suits on the Jedi Council for his actions, and he's willing to challenge their authority. Oddly, by the time we reach ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Luke Skywalker seems more like Qui-Gon (who he's never met) than Kenobi or Yoda (who trained him). Later explained in that [[spoiler: Obi-Wan and Yoda received training from Qui-Gon's Force ghost and presumably passed his teachings on to Luke]].
4th Apr '17 9:20:26 PM Supyloco
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** In the original release, Sebulba had two female human slaves. All of the later releases replaced them with Twilek slaves.
13th Mar '17 4:54:10 PM NightShade96
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* CallForward: The film alludes to many future events in the Star Wars series.
** The Republic Cruiser from the opening of the film was intentionally designed to evoke the aesthetic of the starships from the original Star Wars trilogy as a way to subtly draw the audience in with something that resembled the Star Wars they grew up with.
** Queen Amidala and the peaceful planet of Naboo as a whole is an allusion to Princess Leia and Alderann from the original trilogy.
** The Droid Control Ship (at least its center sphere) is similar to the Death Star in appearance, and its all around design was inspired by the Imperial Star Destroyers. Anakin also (accidentally) destroys it by blowing up its core, which his son will do decades later to the Death Star in ''A New Hope''.
** The Flash and Gian Speeders are meant to be sleeker versions of the kind of landspeeder Luke uses in A New Hope.
** The Trade Federation [=STAPs=] are intended as one for the speeder bikes in Return of the Jedi.
** Darth Maul's ship is meant to evoke the imagery of the future Tie Advanced starship.
** Mos Espa is obviously meant to evoke the same imagery and feel as Mos Eisley in ''A New Hope'', especially since it's set on the same planet. Luke's old landspeeder also makes a cameo appearance as a background prop.
** C-3PO tells R2-D2, "I can assure you they will never get me onto one of those dreadful starships."
** Jabba the Hutt makes a cameo appearance as the podrace host, and the building of the Mos Espa arena looks very similar to Jabba's palace from ''Return of the Jedi''. He also as a nearby slave wearing the same metal bikini Leia would wear in ''Jedi''.
** During the podrace, Anakin and Sebulba's pods get tangled up, an ode to Luke and a Scout Trooper getting their speeder bikes entangled in ''Return of the Jedi''.
** In a deleted scene, Anakin encounters a young Greedo. A friend even warns Greedo to be careful with who he messes with or he'll regret it, referring to his end at the blaster of Han Solo in ''Film/ANewHope''.
** On Coruscant, a character named "Bail Antilles" is mentioned, a reference to either Captain Antilles or Wedge Antilles from the original trilogy. He's also mentioned to be from Alderaan.
** When Qui-Gon Jinn is killed by Darth Maul, Obi Wan screams "No!" in terror, similar to how Luke reacts when Obi Wan is killed in ''A New Hope''.
** Qui-Gon's body is burned at his funeral, like Anakin's will be [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi decades later]].
** At the end, Senator Palpatine congratulates little Anakin on his heroics and says that he'll be "watch[ing] [his] career with great interest."
** It's easy to miss, but Augie's Municipal Band is secretly a very upbeat arrangement of the Emperor's theme. The Peace Ceremony between the Naboo and the Gungans in the ending also evokes the imagery of the award ceremony from the ending of ''A New Hope''.
** During the end credits, Darth Vader's breathing respirator can be heard.

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* CallForward: The film alludes to many future events in the Star Wars series.
** The Republic Cruiser from the opening of the film was intentionally designed to evoke the aesthetic of the starships from the original Star Wars trilogy as a way to subtly draw the audience in with something that resembled the Star Wars they grew up with.
** Queen Amidala and the peaceful planet of Naboo as a whole is an allusion to Princess Leia and Alderann from the original trilogy.
** The Droid Control Ship (at least
Has its center sphere) is similar to the Death Star in appearance, and its all around design was inspired by the Imperial Star Destroyers. Anakin also (accidentally) destroys it by blowing up its core, which his son will do decades later to the Death Star in ''A New Hope''.
** The Flash and Gian Speeders are meant to be sleeker versions of the kind of landspeeder Luke uses in A New Hope.
** The Trade Federation [=STAPs=] are intended as one for the speeder bikes in Return of the Jedi.
** Darth Maul's ship is meant to evoke the imagery of the future Tie Advanced starship.
** Mos Espa is obviously meant to evoke the same imagery and feel as Mos Eisley in ''A New Hope'', especially since it's set on the same planet. Luke's old landspeeder also makes a cameo appearance as a background prop.
** C-3PO tells R2-D2, "I can assure you they will never get me onto one of those dreadful starships."
** Jabba the Hutt makes a cameo appearance as the podrace host, and the building of the Mos Espa arena looks very similar to Jabba's palace from ''Return of the Jedi''. He also as a nearby slave wearing the same metal bikini Leia would wear in ''Jedi''.
** During the podrace, Anakin and Sebulba's pods get tangled up, an ode to Luke and a Scout Trooper getting their speeder bikes entangled in ''Return of the Jedi''.
** In a deleted scene, Anakin encounters a young Greedo. A friend even warns Greedo to be careful with who he messes with or he'll regret it, referring to his end at the blaster of Han Solo in ''Film/ANewHope''.
** On Coruscant, a character named "Bail Antilles" is mentioned, a reference to either Captain Antilles or Wedge Antilles from the original trilogy. He's also mentioned to be from Alderaan.
** When Qui-Gon Jinn is killed by Darth Maul, Obi Wan screams "No!" in terror, similar to how Luke reacts when Obi Wan is killed in ''A New Hope''.
** Qui-Gon's body is burned at his funeral, like Anakin's will be [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi decades later]].
** At the end, Senator Palpatine congratulates little Anakin on his heroics and says that he'll be "watch[ing] [his] career with great interest."
** It's easy to miss, but Augie's Municipal Band is secretly a very upbeat arrangement of the Emperor's theme. The Peace Ceremony between the Naboo and the Gungans in the ending also evokes the imagery of the award ceremony from the ending of ''A New Hope''.
** During the end credits, Darth Vader's breathing respirator can be heard.
own [[CallForward/ThePhantomMenace page]].
28th Feb '17 12:01:50 PM Prinzenick
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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Yeah... forcing a ruler to sign a document during war and with a gun pointed to her head. It doesn't matter which galaxy you're in, or how far far away it is, that's not binding because it's clearly under duress. (And why do invasions need to be legal?)

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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: Yeah... forcing a ruler to sign a document during war and with a gun pointed to her head. It doesn't matter which galaxy you're in, or how far far away it is, that's not binding because it's clearly under duress. (And why do invasions need to be legal?)legal?) The novelization has Sio Bibble lampshade the audacity of this.
-->"A treaty?" the governer exclaimed in astonishment. "In the face of this completely unlawful action?"
25th Feb '17 4:37:35 PM gjjones
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* FourLinesAllWaiting: The climax cuts back and forth between the lightsaber duel between Darth Maul and the two Jedi, Jar-Jar Binks's clumsy antics with the Battle Droids, the Queen's attempt to retake her palace, and Anakin's accidental space battle where he destroys the Trade Federation blockade through sheer luck. This ends up creating some MoodWhiplash considering all four of these battles have different tones and stakes.

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* FourLinesAllWaiting: The climax cuts back and forth between the lightsaber duel between Darth Maul and the two Jedi, Jar-Jar Jar Jar Binks's clumsy antics with the Battle Droids, the Queen's attempt to retake her palace, and Anakin's accidental space battle where he destroys the Trade Federation blockade through sheer luck. This ends up creating some MoodWhiplash considering all four of these battles have different tones and stakes.



* ICantLookGesture: As Anakin is preparing to start the podrace, Jar-Jar says it's going to be nasty and that he's not watching before covering his eyes.

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* ICantLookGesture: As Anakin is preparing to start the podrace, Jar-Jar Jar Jar says it's going to be nasty and that he's not watching before covering his eyes.



** Aside from the trouble Jar-Jar causes in this movie, there is also the time when Qui-Gon made it his dying wish for Obi-Wan to train Anakin. Those familiar enough with the series' overall story would know that this didn't exactly work out all that well.

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** Aside from the trouble Jar-Jar Jar Jar causes in this movie, there is also the time when Qui-Gon made it his dying wish for Obi-Wan to train Anakin. Those familiar enough with the series' overall story would know that this didn't exactly work out all that well.



* NoodleIncident: The specific reasons for Jar-Jar's exile, besides his obvious clumsiness, are never detailed. We only get to hear the last bit of the story, which apparently involves blowing something up and crashing Boss Nass' heyblibber.

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* NoodleIncident: The specific reasons for Jar-Jar's Jar Jar's exile, besides his obvious clumsiness, are never detailed. We only get to hear the last bit of the story, which apparently involves blowing something up and crashing Boss Nass' heyblibber.



** Some of Jar-Jar's antics are taken almost directly from the films of Creator/BusterKeaton.

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** Some of Jar-Jar's Jar Jar's antics are taken almost directly from the films of Creator/BusterKeaton.
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