Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute.
Hoping to resolve the matter with a blockade of deadly battleships, the greedy Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to the small planet of Naboo.
While the congress of the Republic endlessly debates this alarming chain of events, the Supreme Chancellor has secretly dispatched two Jedi Knights, the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, to settle the conflict...After CGI started taking off, in no small part due to the work of his company Industrial Light and Magic, George Lucas felt it was a good time to finish the Star Wars saga. He released the original trilogy in theaters as special editions to further test the waters for more Star Wars films. The Phantom Menace then began production after the success of the special editions.In protest for rising taxes, the Trade Federation blockade the small, peaceful planet of Naboo to make their demands known. The Galactic Senate sends the Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi as ambassadors to negotiate the end of the blockade. The Trade Federation invade Naboo and the Jedi are forced to protect the Queen, Amidala, and assist her to gain support to protect her people. On the way to the Galactic Capital, they encounter a young boy named Anakin who is extremely talented in the force, and the Jedi do battle with Darth Maul, the apprentice of the Sith Lord who is manipulating the Trade Federation's actions for his own means.The prequels came about from backstory notes Lucas developed on the first film, and further expanded upon before The Empire Strikes Back came out (hence the retroactive naming scheme using "Episodes"). Unlike the original trilogy, this film was designed from the start as the introduction of a three-movie structure, though this film (and the other prequels, to a lesser extent) is still comparatively self-contained.
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