History Film / ThePhantomMenace

16th Jan '18 3:55:05 PM The12thDoctor
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!!''The Phantom Menace'' provides examples of:

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3rd Jan '18 5:59:49 AM Ciara25
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* RewatchBonus: The only time Padmé actually appears as Queen on Naboo before TheReveal is during her meeting with Senator Palpatine (and a single scene after when she is watching the invasion), her plea before the Galactic Senate, and when Anakin asks her to say goodbye to Padmé for him when he thinks they'll never see each other again. If you carefully watch these scenes again, it's pretty clear the Queen's face is Creator/NataliePortman, not Creator/KeiraKnightley (her BodyDouble's actress). You can also tell something is up when the Queen is in red and gold when the Federation invades, but in a completely different dark blue costume shortly after when the Federation captures her.

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* RewatchBonus: The only time Padmé actually appears as Queen on Naboo before TheReveal is during her meeting with Senator Palpatine (and a single scene after when she is watching the invasion), her plea before the Galactic Senate, and when Anakin asks her to say goodbye to Padmé for him when he thinks they'll never see each other again. If you carefully watch these scenes again, it's pretty clear the Queen's face is Creator/NataliePortman, not Creator/KeiraKnightley (her BodyDouble's actress). You can also tell something is up when the Queen is in red and gold when the Federation invades, but in a has changed completely different dark blue costume shortly after when the Federation captures her. The double is also taking cues from Padmé about what to do next; when she mentions the jounrey to Coruscant will be dangerous, she specifically addresses her 'handmaiden', and Padmé's reply "We are brave, your highness" gives her the go-ahead to agree to accompany the Jedi.
26th Dec '17 11:07:13 PM Josef5678
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* BigBad: Palpatine.
25th Dec '17 8:43:56 PM CthulhuTheDeciever
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* BigBad: Palpatine.
23rd Dec '17 9:56:53 AM gjjones
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* FilkSong: Music/{{Weird Al|Yankovic}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEcjgJSqSRU "The Saga Begins"]] (which Al wrote before the movie using internet spoilers, and he even attended a charity screening to make sure it was accurate!) is a spoof of "American Pie" sung from the perspective of Obi-Wan about "that dear Anakin guy."

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* FilkSong: Music/{{Weird Al|Yankovic}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEcjgJSqSRU "The Saga Begins"]] (which Al wrote before the movie using internet spoilers, and he even attended a charity screening to make sure it was accurate!) is a spoof of Don [=McLean=]'s "American Pie" sung from the perspective of Obi-Wan about "that dear Anakin guy."



* ForceFieldDoor: The two-on-one duel in the finale leads the three combatants into a hallway where force fields turn off and on periodically. This separates the two heroes in the duel, allowing Darth Maul to kill the older hero while the latter's apprentice helplessly watches behind a force field.
* ForebodingFleeingFlock: The Trade Federation's invasion panics the animals of Naboo, who all race to get away, heedless of the Jedi trying to keep from getting trampled, or the Gungan who just stands there like an idiot.



* ForceFieldDoor: The two-on-one duel in the finale leads the three combatants into a hallway where force fields turn off and on periodically. This separates the two heroes in the duel, allowing Darth Maul to kill the older hero while the latter's apprentice helplessly watches behind a force field.
* ForebodingFleeingFlock: The Trade Federation's invasion panics the animals of Naboo, who all race to get away, heedless of the Jedi trying to keep from getting trampled, or the Gungan who just stands there like an idiot.



* 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.



* 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.



* OffstageVillainy: After the Trade Federation invades Naboo, we keep being told that the people are suffering under the occupation and that the death toll is rising. The thing is, we never actually ''see'' any of the Nabooan citizens suffer, which makes the whole thing look more like GunboatDiplomacy (albeit by a megacorp wilfully manipulated by a Sith lord) than a whole planet being "subjected to slavery and death".



* OffstageVillainy: After the Trade Federation invades Naboo, we keep being told that the people are suffering under the occupation and that the death toll is rising. The thing is, we never actually ''see'' any of the Nabooan citizens suffer, which makes the whole thing look more like GunboatDiplomacy (albeit by a megacorp wilfully manipulated by a Sith lord) than a whole planet being "subjected to slavery and death".



* PunnyName: One of the podracer pilots Anakin competes against is named Boles Roor, an obvious play on "Bull's roar".



* PunnyName: One of the podracer pilots Anakin competes against is named Boles Roor, an obvious play on "Bull's roar".



* RecruitedFromTheGutter: This is how Anakin Skywalker became a Jedi; the second act is basically devoted to freeing him from slavery so he can be trained as one.



* RecruitedFromTheGutter: This is how Anakin Skywalker became a Jedi; the second act is basically devoted to freeing him from slavery so he can be trained as one.
22nd Dec '17 5:11:37 AM ClintEastwood
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* RewatchBonus: Once you learn that Padmé is the real queen, there are several instances where you can tell that the decoy queen is taking cues from her about what to do next.

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* RewatchBonus: Once you learn that The only time Padmé actually appears as Queen on Naboo before TheReveal is during her meeting with Senator Palpatine (and a single scene after when she is watching the real queen, there are several instances where invasion), her plea before the Galactic Senate, and when Anakin asks her to say goodbye to Padmé for him when he thinks they'll never see each other again. If you carefully watch these scenes again, it's pretty clear the Queen's face is Creator/NataliePortman, not Creator/KeiraKnightley (her BodyDouble's actress). You can also tell that something is up when the decoy queen Queen is taking cues from her about what to do next.in red and gold when the Federation invades, but in a completely different dark blue costume shortly after when the Federation captures her.
21st Dec '17 4:22:42 AM Phoenixion
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* EarlyBirdCameo: Anakin owns a statue that looks like [[Film/TheForceAwakens Maz Kanata]]. ''[[AllThereInTheManual Star Wars: Complete Locations]]'' confirms it is indeed a statue of her.
15th Dec '17 12:12:20 PM Saveelich
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3rd Dec '17 2:29:07 AM erforce
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* AirstrikeImpossible: Bravo Squadron's assault on the Droid Control Ship. It quickly becomes clear that they have the deck stacked against them--the ship's deflector shield is too strong for their starfighters to penetrate, and the ship is heavily armed and has an endless supply of Droid Starfighters to launch against the tiny squadron of royal fighters. It takes Anakin's flight into the ships hangar and sabotage of the ships reactor to turn the tide.



* AirstrikeImpossible: Bravo Squadron's assault on the Droid Control Ship. It quickly becomes clear that they have the deck stacked against them--the ship's deflector shield is too strong for their starfighters to penetrate, and the ship is heavily armed and has an endless supply of Droid Starfighters to launch against the tiny squadron of royal fighters. It takes Anakin's flight into the ships hangar and sabotage of the ships reactor to turn the tide.



* TheArtifact: The design of the battle droids was based on an early conceptual design for the Neimoidians, which was scrapped because it was difficult to create. In-universe the droids are made to look like Neimoidian skeletons (since their skulls elongate after death), though this was latter retconned as a rumor spread by the Neimoidians. ''Attack of the Clones'' reveals they're actually based on Geonosian skulls, who actually manufacture the droids.

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* TheArtifact: The design of the battle droids was based on an early conceptual design for the Neimoidians, which was scrapped because it was difficult to create. In-universe the droids are made to look like Neimoidian skeletons (since their skulls elongate after death), though this was latter retconned as a rumor spread by the Neimoidians. ''Attack of the Clones'' ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' reveals they're actually based on Geonosian skulls, who actually manufacture the droids.



* ArtisticLicenseGeology: Yeah, it's ''Star Wars'', so this is to be expected, but given what we directly see of Naboo's geology, there's no way that the surface could be as verdant, full of life, and most importantly Earth-like as it is. Basically, Naboo is a porous planet with canals filled with water running through the planet's core from one side to the other. The problem is, without a hot, liquid metal core like Earth has, the planet would most likely have no magnetic field, meaning that everything on the surface should be fried by radiation. Furthermore, no hot core means no volcanic activity, which raises the question of how the atmosphere developed.



* ArtisticLicenseGeology: Yeah, it's ''Star Wars'', so this is to be expected, but given what we directly see of Naboo's geology, there's no way that the surface could be as verdant, full of life, and most importantly Earth-like as it is. Basically, Naboo is a porous planet with canals filled with water running through the planet's core from one side to the other. The problem is, without a hot, liquid metal core like Earth has, the planet would most likely have no magnetic field, meaning that everything on the surface should be fried by radiation. Furthermore, no hot core means no volcanic activity, which raises the question of how the atmosphere developed.



* BoyMeetsGirl: Anakin meets Padmé, who is actually the Queen of Naboo, and his future wife for the first time.

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* BoyMeetsGirl: Anakin meets Padmé, who is actually the Queen of Naboo, and his future wife for the first time.



** The {{Novelization}} has some of this in its version of the "Are you an angel?" scene, during which Anakin tells Padmé that he's sure he's going to [[Film/AttackOfTheClones someday marry her]]. It's used playfully as a CallBack later when Anakin and Padmé are talking aboard her ship.

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** The {{Novelization}} has some of this in its version of the "Are you an angel?" scene, during which Anakin tells Padmé that he's sure he's going to [[Film/AttackOfTheClones someday marry her]]. It's used playfully as a CallBack later when Anakin and Padmé are talking aboard her ship.



* 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.
* NoOSHACompliance:

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* 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.
* NoOSHACompliance:
NoOSHACompliance:



* 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.



* OffTheShelfFX: Qui-Gon's communicator is [[http://www.moviemistakes.com/picture5903?&mode=picture a re-decoed woman's razor]].



* OffTheShelfFX: Qui-Gon's communicator is [[http://www.moviemistakes.com/picture5903?&mode=picture a re-decoed woman's razor]].
* OhCrap:

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* OffTheShelfFX: Qui-Gon's communicator is [[http://www.moviemistakes.com/picture5903?&mode=picture a re-decoed woman's razor]].
* OhCrap:
OhCrap:



* {{Pimped Out Dress}}es: Every one of Amidala's queen outfits.

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* {{Pimped Out Dress}}es: PimpedOutDress: Every one of Amidala's queen outfits.



* ReCut:
** The DVD release included a few additional moments, mostly ideas they had for the podrace. But a fan made recut of this film inspired a slew of fan made cuts of various films, largely toning down Jar Jar's antics.
** The Blu-Ray also makes changes - most notably trading a much contested puppet Yoda for a digital one similar to the one seen in later prequels.



* ReCut:
** The DVD release included a few additional moments, mostly ideas they had for the podrace. But a fan made recut of this film inspired a slew of fan made cuts of various films, largely toning down Jar Jar's antics.
** The Blu-Ray also makes changes - most notably trading a much contested puppet Yoda for a digital one similar to the one seen in later prequels.



* RefusalOfTheCall: Both Padmé and Anakin. The former is initially hesitant to leave her suffering people on Naboo for Coruscant and the latter has trepidation of leaving his enslaved mother behind in order to become a Jedi.
* RewatchBonus: Once you learn that Padmé is the real queen, there are several instances where you can tell that the decoy queen is taking cues from her about what to do next.
* RightInFrontOfMe: Queen Padmé Amidala ends up talking about herself with Qui-Gon Jinn while she's disguised as her own handmaiden. It's complicated by ambiguity over when Qui-Gon figured out Padmé's the queen; it may be a straight example or he may be messing with her.
-->'''Padmé:''' The queen will not approve.

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* RefusalOfTheCall: Both Padmé and Anakin. The former is initially hesitant to leave her suffering people on Naboo for Coruscant and the latter has trepidation of leaving his enslaved mother behind in order to become a Jedi.
* RewatchBonus: Once you learn that Padmé is the real queen, there are several instances where you can tell that the decoy queen is taking cues from her about what to do next.
* RightInFrontOfMe: Queen Padmé Amidala ends up talking about herself with Qui-Gon Jinn while she's disguised as her own handmaiden. It's complicated by ambiguity over when Qui-Gon figured out Padmé's the queen; it may be a straight example or he may be messing with her.
-->'''Padmé:''' The queen will not approve.



-->'''Padmé:''' (to herself) Well ''I'' don't approve.

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-->'''Padmé:''' (to herself) Well ''I'' don't approve.



* ShellGame: One of Padmé's handmaidens, [[IdenticalStranger elected decoy]] Sabé, turns up in [[PimpedOutDress full regalia]], even [[ActionGirl shooting several battle droids]] on the spot, fooling the Trade Federation into thinking she's the queen and leaving Padmé relatively unguarded at a key moment.

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* ShellGame: One of Padmé's handmaidens, [[IdenticalStranger elected decoy]] Sabé, turns up in [[PimpedOutDress full regalia]], even [[ActionGirl shooting several battle droids]] on the spot, fooling the Trade Federation into thinking she's the queen and leaving Padmé relatively unguarded at a key moment.



** The podrace is a [[RecycledINSPACE space-age]] ChariotRace, complete with giant engines in place of horses, and the whole sequence is a huge reference to ''Film/BenHur''.
** The podrace scene does also owe a lot to the racing car sequence from ''Film/PinchcliffeGrandPrix'' (a fact that made all Norwegian viewers go "huh", as every Norwegian alive have seen that move at least five times).

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** The podrace is a [[RecycledINSPACE space-age]] ChariotRace, complete with giant engines in place of horses, and the whole sequence is a huge reference to ''Film/BenHur''.
''Film/BenHur1959''.
** The podrace scene does also owe a lot to the racing car sequence from ''Film/PinchcliffeGrandPrix'' (a fact that made all Norwegian viewers go "huh", as every Norwegian alive have seen that move at least five times).



** Also as a likely TakeThat, the leader of the Trade Federation is Nute Gunray after former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich as well as a reversal of Ronald Reagan, to get back at Project Star Wars, and the Neimoidian senator is named Lott Dodd after U.S. Senators Trent Lott and Chris Dodd.
** The Neimoidians are named after Leonard Nimoy. Even more amusingly, they were called [[Creator/WilliamShatner Shatnerians]] in the earliest drafts of the script.

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** Also as a likely TakeThat, the leader of the Trade Federation is Nute Gunray after former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich as well as a reversal of Ronald Reagan, UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, to get back at Project Star Wars, and the Neimoidian senator is named Lott Dodd after U.S. Senators Trent Lott and Chris Dodd.
** The Neimoidians are named after Leonard Nimoy.Creator/LeonardNimoy. Even more amusingly, they were called [[Creator/WilliamShatner Shatnerians]] in the earliest drafts of the script.



* ShowDontTell: Padmé says "My people are suffering," and Sio Bibble says "The death toll is catastrophic," but we don't really ''see'' the impact that the Trade Federation invasion had on Naboo. FridgeBrilliance kicks in when you realize that, as all communications are blacked out, that conspicuously clear message must be a fake made by the Trade Federation to induce Amidala to reveal her position and there is actually nothing to ''see''.
* SkyscraperCity: Large swaths of the planet Coruscant are encrusted with giant skyscrapers... built on top of older skyscrapers... built on top of even older skyscrapers. It's uncertain if the planet even has actual ground anymore. It's said to host ''one trillion inhabitants''. A few of the skyscrapers are the construction droids that build more skyscrapers.

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* ShowDontTell: Padmé says "My people are suffering," and Sio Bibble says "The death toll is catastrophic," but we don't really ''see'' the impact that the Trade Federation invasion had on Naboo. FridgeBrilliance kicks in when you realize that, as all communications are blacked out, that conspicuously clear message must be a fake made by the Trade Federation to induce Amidala to reveal her position and there is actually nothing to ''see''.
* SkyscraperCity: Large swaths of the planet Coruscant are encrusted with giant skyscrapers... built on top of older skyscrapers... built on top of even older skyscrapers. It's uncertain if the planet even has actual ground anymore. It's said to host ''one trillion inhabitants''. A few of the skyscrapers are the construction droids that build more skyscrapers.



* SpaceIsCold: Mentioned word-for-word by Padmé to Anakin.

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* SpaceIsCold: Mentioned word-for-word by Padmé to Anakin.



* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: The Trade Federation at the start of the film, relating to the blockade of Naboo.
-->'''Viceroy''': As you know, our blockade is perfectly legal.



* TakeThat: One of the early ads for the film spoofed the infamous "Size Does Matter" tagline of the 1998 Godzilla film with the phrase "Plot Does Matter."

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* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: The Trade Federation at the start of the film, relating to the blockade of Naboo.
-->'''Viceroy''': As you know, our blockade is perfectly legal.
* TakeThat: One of the early ads for the film spoofed the infamous "Size Does Matter" tagline of the 1998 Godzilla ''Film/{{Godzilla|1998}}'' film with the phrase "Plot Does Matter." "



* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: The [[http://m.screencaps.us.objects-us-west-1.dream.io/199/9-starwars1/full/starwars1-movie-screencaps.com-6360.jpg look]] on Padmé's face when she learns that Anakin has never actually won a podrace, let alone ''finished'' one.

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* YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe: The [[http://m.screencaps.us.objects-us-west-1.dream.io/199/9-starwars1/full/starwars1-movie-screencaps.com-6360.jpg look]] on Padmé's face when she learns that Anakin has never actually won a podrace, let alone ''finished'' one. one.



-->'''Chancellor Palpatine:''' ''"And you, young Skywalker. We will watch your career with great interest."''
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-->'''Chancellor Palpatine:''' ''"And And you, young Skywalker. We will watch your career with great interest."''
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24th Nov '17 1:58:58 AM gjjones
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