Force Unbridled

Episode 1 Part 3

The Phantom Menace Part 3

OBI-WAN, QUI-GON, and CAPTAIN PANAKA watch over RIC OLIE’S shoulder. A large yellow planet appears directly ahead. RIC OLIE searches his scopes.

OBI-WAN : That’s it. Tatooine.

RIC OLIE : There’s a settlement…a spaceport, looks like.

QUI-GON : Land near the outskirts. We don’t want to attract any attention.

The ship heads toward the planet of Tatooine

The Alderaanian spacecraft lands in the desert in a swirl of dust. The spaceport of Mos Espa is seen in the distance.

OBI-WAN is hoisting the hyperdrive out of a floor panel. OBI-WAN walks back to ARTOO in the hallway as QUI-GON (dressed as a farmer) enters the main area

OBI-WAN : The Hyperdrive generator is gone. We will need a new one. QUI-GON moves closer to OBI-WAN and speaks quietly to him

QUI-GON : Be wary…I sense a disturbance in the Force.

OBI-WAN : I feel it also, Master. QUI-GON, ARTOO and OBI-WAN head to the exit ramp

They start their trek across the desert toward the city of Mos Espa. In the distance, a strange looking caravan makes its way toward the spaceport. From the spaceship, CAPTAIN PANAKA and PADME run toward them

CAPT. PANAKA : Wait! QUI-GON stops as they catch up. PADME is dresses in rough peasant’s garb. Her Highness commands you to take her handmaiden with you. She wishes for her to observe the local…

QUI-GON : No more commands from Her Highness today, Captain. This spaceport is not going to be pleasant…

CAPT. PANAKA : The Queen wishes it. She is curious about this planet.

PADME : I’ve been trained in defense… you should concern yourself with your youngling, I can take care of myself.

OBI-WAN : Padawan, younglings are children. And who exactly was it do you think that freed the pilots who carried your lady in waiting-ship to this rock in the first place?

PADME : Thanks for the vocabulary lesson, nice to know you have some academic value since strategy doesn’t seem to be your strong point.

QUI-GON : I don’t have time to argue. But this is not a good idea. Stay close to me. OBI-WAN gives PADME a stern look.

The little GROUP walks down the main street of Mos Espa. They pass dangerous looking citizens of all types. PADME looks around in awe at this exotic environment

QUI-GON : …moisture farms for the most part, but also a few indigenous tribes and scavengers. The few spaceports like this one are havens for those who do not wish to be found…

PADME : ….like us. ARTOO whistles along, with perfect confidence

OBI-WAN : I have a bad feeling about this.

The GROUP comes to a little plaza surrounded by several junk spaceship dealers

QUI-GON : We’ll try one of the smaller dealers. They head for a little junk shop that has a huge pile of broken spaceships stacked up behind it

QUI-GON, OBI-WAN, PADME, and ARTOO enter the dingy junk shop and are greeted by WATTO, a pudgy blue alien who flies on short little wings like a hummingbird.

WATTO : (subtitled) Hi chuba da naga? (What do you want?)

QUI-GON : I need parts for a J-type 327 Nubian.

WATTO : Ah yes, ah yes. Nubian. We have lots of that. What kinda junk?
(subtitled) Peedenkel! Naba dee unko (Boy, get in here! Now!)

QUI-GON : My droid here has a readout of what I need. A disheveled teen, ANAKIN SKYWALKER, runs in from the junk yard. He is about 15 years old, very dirty, and dressed in rags. WATTO raises a hand, and ANAKIN flinches

WATTO : (subtitled) Coona tee-tocky malia? (What took you so long?)

ANAKIN : (subtitled) Mel tassa cho-passa… (I was cleaning the bin like you…)

WATTO : (subtitled) Chut-Chut! Ganda doe wallya. (Never mind! Watch the store) Me dwana no bata. (I’ve got some selling to do here.) to Gui-Gon Soooo, let me take- a you out back, and you’ll find what you need. ARTOO and QUI-GON follow WATTO toward the junk yard, leaving OBI-WAN with PADME and ANAKIN. ANAKIN sits on the counter, pretending to clean a part, staring at PADME. She is the most beautiful creature he has ever seen in his life. PADME is a little embarrassed by his stare, but she musters up an amused smile. Finally, he gets the courage to speak

ANAKIN : Are you an angel? OBI-WAN smirks

PADME : What?

ANAKIN : An angel. I’ve heard the deep space pilots talk about them. They live on the Moons of Iego I think. They are the most beautiful creatures in the universe. They are good and kind, and so pretty they make even the most hardened spice pirate cry. PADME looks at him, not knowing what to say

PADME : I’ve never heard of angels.

ANAKIN : You must be one…maybe you just don’t know it.

PADME : You’re a odd boy. How long have you been here?

ANAKIN : Since I was very little, three, I think. My Mom and I were sold to Gardulla the Hutt, but she lost us, betting on the Podraces, to Watto, who’s a lot better master than Gardulla, I think.

PADME : You’re…a slave? ANAKIN looks at PADME defiantly

ANAKIN : I am a person! My name is Anakin.

PADME : I’m sorry. I don’t fully understand. looking around This is a strange world to me. ANAKIN studies her intently

ANAKIN : You are a strange girl to me, too. ANAKIN watches PADME straighten her hair, and OBI-WAN regards ANAKIN with a confused, strange look before heading out to follow QUI-GON

WATTO reads a small portable monitor he is holding. He stands before a hyperdrive

WATTO : …Here it is…a T-14 hyperdrive generator!! You’re in luck, I’m the only one hereabouts who has one…but you might as well buy a new ship. It would be cheaper, I think…Saying of which, how’re you gonna to pay for all this?

QUI-GON : I have 20,000 Republic datarics.

WATTO : Republic credits?!? Republic credits are no good out here. I need something more real…

QUI-GON : I don’t have anything else. raising his hand But credits will do fine.

WATTO : No they won’ta. QUI-GON, using his mind power, waves his hand again

QUI-GON : Credits will do fine.

WATTO : No, they won’ta. What you think you’re some kinda Jedi, waving your hand around like that? I’m a Toydarian. Mind tricks don’ta work on me-only money. No money, no parts! No deal! And no one else has a T-14 hyperdrive, I promise you that. OBI-WAN arrives on the scene

OBI-WAN : quietly Master, there’s something about the boy inside. The Force in him, Master …

QUI-GON : distracted and frustrated Not now, Obi-Wan, we have other matters upon us.

OBI-WAN : Yes, Master.

ANAKIN and PADME are in the middle of conversation as QUI-GON and OBI-WAN return

ANAKIN : …wouldn’t have lasted long if I weren’t so good at fixing things. I’m making my own droid…

QUI-GON : We’re leaving. OBI-WAN and ARTOO follow QUI-GON. PADME gives ANAKIN a loving look

PADME : I’m glad I met you,….ah…

ANAKIN : …Anakin.

PADME : Anakin.

ANAKIN : Anakin Skywalker.

PADME : Padme Organa. PADME turns, and ANAKIN looks sad as he watches her leave

ANAKIN : I’m glad I met you too. WATTO enters the junk yard, shaking his head.

WATTO : (subtitled) Ootmians! Tinka me chasa hopoe ma booty na nolia. (Outlanders! They think because we live so far from the center, we don’t know nothing.)

ANAKIN : (subtitled) La lova num botaffa. (They seemed nice to me.)

WATTO : (subtitled) Fweepa niaga. Tolpa da bunky dunko. (Clean the racks, then you can go home.) ANAKIN nods and exits out the back

QUI-GON, ARTOO, OBI-WAN, and PADME have found a quiet spot between two buildings. The busy street beyond is filled with dangerous looking creatures. QUI-GON is talking on his com-link, while OBI-WAN nervously watches the street

QUI-GON : …Obi-Wan, you’re sure there isn’t anything of value left on board the ship?

OBI-WAN : A few containers of supplies, the Queen’s wardrobe, maybe. Not enough for you to barter with. Not in the amounts you’re talking about.

QUI-GON : All right. Another solution will present itself.

They begin walking on, OBI-WAN looking around, bumps into a spidery looking alien named SEBULBA, who was eating soup that now splashes him as OBI-WAN backs up, SEBULBA jumps up on the table and grabs the startled Padawan

SEBULBA : (subtitled) Chuba!! (You!!) OBI-WAN reaches for his lightsaber, then hesitates realizing, their cover. SEBULBA holds a hand up to the youth threateningly. SEVERAL OTHER CREATURES start to gather

ANAKIN : (V.O) (subtitled) Chess ko, Sebulba…Coo wolpa tooney rana. (Careful, Sebulba…These ones are very connected.) SEBULBA turns to see ANAKIN pushing his way next to him. The boy stands up to SEBULBA in a very self-assured way SEBULBA stops his assault on OBI-WAN and turns to ANAKIN

SEBULBA : (subtitled) Tooney rana nu pratta dunko, shag. (Connected?? Whada you mean, slave?)

ANAKIN : (subtitled) Oh da Hutt…cha porko ootman geesa…me teesa rodda co pana pee choppa chawa. (As in Hutt…big time outlander, these ones… I’d hate to see you diced.)

SEBULBA : (subtitled) Neek me chowa, wermo, mo killee ma klounkee(Next time we meet, wermo, it will be the end of you!) Una noto wo shag, me wompity du pom pom. (If you weren’t a slave, I’d squash you right now.) SEBULBA turns away

ANAKIN : (subtitled) Eh, chee bana do mullee ra. (Yeah, it’d be a pity if you had to pay for me.) He regards QUI-GON and PADME Hi! Your friend here was about to be turned into paste. He picked a fight with a Dug. An especially dangerous Dug called Sebulba.

QUI-GON : Thank you, my young friend. He regards ANAKIN for a moment before looking to OBI-WAN. They start walking down the crowded street

OBI-WAN: Master, I assure you I didn’t pick a fight with the dug.

ANAKIN : Fear attracts the fearful. He was trying to overcome his fear by squashing you…be less afraid.

PADME : Does that work for you?

ANAKIN : To a point. he smiles, but OBI-WAN furrows his brow

ANAKIN and the GROUP stop at a fruit stand run by a jolly, but very poor, old lady named JIRA

ANAKIN : How are you feeling today, Jira?

JIRA : The heat’s never been kind to me, you know, Anakin!

ANAKIN : Guess what? I’ve found that cooling unit I’ve been searching for. It’s pretty beat up, but I’ll have it fixed up for you in no time, I promise.

JIRA : You’re a fine boy, Anakin.

ANAKIN : I’ll take four pallies today. to Padme You’ll like these… ANAKIN reaches in his pocket and comes up with three coins. He drops one. QUI-GON picks it up, revealing for a moment, his Lightsaber Whoops, I thought I had more…Make that three, I’m not hungry. The wind picks up. SHOP OWNERS are starting to close up their shops as JIRA gives them their pallies

JIRA : Gracious, my bones are aching…storm’s coming on, Anakin. You’d better get home quick.

ANAKIN : (to QUI-GON) Do you have shelter?

QUI-GON : We’ll head back to our ship.

ANAKIN : Is it far?

PADME : On the outskirts.

ANAKIN : You’ll never reach the outskirts in time…sandstorms are very, very dangerous. Come with me. Hurry! The GROUP follows ANAKIN as he rushes down the windy street

The wind is blowing hard as QUI-GON, OBI-WAN, and PADME follow ANAKIN down the street and into a slave hovel

QUI-GON, OBI-WAN, ARTOO, and PADME enter a small living space.

ANAKIN : Mom! Mom! I’m home. Anakin’s mother, SHMI SKYWALKER, a warm, friendly woman of forty, enters from her work area and is startled to see the room full of people.

SHMI : Oh, my!! Anakin, what’s this?

ANAKIN : These are my friends, Mom. This is Padme, and… uh, I actually don’t know any of your names.

QUI-GON : I’m Qui-Gon Jinn, and this is Obi-Wan Kenobi. ARTOO lets out a little beep

PADME : …and our droid, Artoo-Detoo.

ANAKIN : I’m building a droid. If you’d like to see?

SHMI : Anakin! Why are they here?

ANAKIN : A sandstorm, Mom. Listen. The wind HOWLS outside.

QUI-GON : Your son was kind enough to offer us shelter.

ANAKIN : Come on! Let me show you Threepio! ANAKIN leads PADME into the other room. ARTOO follows, beeping all the way. QUI-GON takes five small capsules from his utility belt and hands them to SHMI.

QUI-GON : I have enough food for a meal.

SHMI : Oh, thank you. Thank you so much. I’m sorry if I was abrupt. I’ll never get used to Anakin’s surprises.

QUI-GON : He’s a very special boy. SHMI looks at him as if he’s discovered a secret as OBI-WAN gives him a worried look

SHMI : Yes, I know.

ANAKIN shows off his DROID, which is lying on his workbench. There is one eye in the head; the body, arms, and legs have no outer coverings

ANAKIN : Isn’t he great?! He’s not finished yet.

PADME : He’s wonderful!

ANAKIN : You really like him? He’s a protocol droid…to help Mom. Watch! ANAKIN pushes a switch, and the DROID sits up. Anakin rushes around, grabs an eye and puts it in one of the sockets.

THREEPIO : How do you do, I am See-Threepio, Human Cyborg Relations. How might I serve you?

PADME : He’s perfect. ARTOO lets out a flurry of beeps and whistles

THREEPIO : I beg your pardon….what do you mean I’m naked? ARTOO beeps again My parts are showing? Oh, my goodness. How embarrassing!

AMIDALA, EIRTAE, RABE, and CAPT. PANAKA watch a very bad transmission of a SIO BIBBLE hologram

BIBBLE : …cut off all food supplies until you return…the death toll is catastrophic…we must bow to their wishes, Your Highness…Please tell us what to do! If you can hear us, Your Highness, you must contact me… AMIDALA looks upset…almost nervous

DARTH SIDIOUS and DARTH MAUL look out over the vast city

DARTH MAUL : Tatooine is sparsely populated. If the trace was correct, I will find them quickly, Master.

DARTH SIDIOUS : Move against the Jedi first…you will then have no difficulty taking the Queen back to Alderaan, where she will sign the treaty.

DARTH MAUL : At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have revenge.

DARTH SIDIOUS : You have been well trained, my young apprentice, they will be no match for you. It is too late for them to stop us now. Everything is going as planned. The hologram of DARTH MAUL fades off as DARTH SIDIOUS looks out over the city.

The giant sandstorm engulfs the town, including the Alderaanian spaceship on the outskirts of the city center, where Watto’s shop is; and the slave quarters, where drifts of sand begin building up against Anakin’s house

QUI-GON, ANAKIN, SHMI, OBI-WAN, and PADME are seated around a makeshift table, having dinner as the wind howls outside

SHMI : All slaves have transmitters placed inside their bodies somewhere.

ANAKIN : I’ve been working on a scanner to try and locate them, but no luck.

SHMI : Any attempt to escape…

ANAKIN : …and they blow you up! PADME and OBI-WAN are horrified

PADME : I can’t believe there is still slavery in the galaxy. The Republic’s anti-slavery laws…

SHMI : The Republic doesn’t exist out here…we must survive on our own. An awkward silence. ANAKIN attempts to end the embarrassment

ANAKIN : I…I was wondering…something…

QUI-GON : What?

ANAKIN : Well, ahhh…you’re a Jedi Knight, aren’t you?

QUI-GON : What makes you think that?

ANAKIN : I saw your laser sword. Only Jedi carry that kind of weapon. QUI-GON leans back and slowly smiles

QUI-GON : Perhaps I killed a Jedi and stole it from him.

ANAKIN : I don’t think so… No one can kill a Jedi Knight.

QUI-GON : I wish that were so…

ANAKIN. I had a dream I was a Jedi. I came back here and freed all the slaves…have you come to free us?

QUI-GON : No, I’m afraid not…

ANAKIN : If not, why are here? QUI-GON thinks for a moment

QUI-GON : I can see there’s no fooling you…leans forward You mustn’t let anyone know about us…we’re on our way to Coruscant, the central system in the Republic, on a very important mission, and it must be kept secret.

ANAKIN : Coruscant…wow…how did you end up here in the outer rim?

PADME : Our ship was damaged, and we’re stranded here until we can repair it.

ANAKIN : I can help. I can fix anything.

QUI-GON : I believe you can, but our first job is to acquire the parts we need, and we have no money they will accept.

PADME : These junk dealers must have a weakness of some kind.

SHMI : Gambling. Everything here revolves around betting on those awful pod races.

QUI-GON : Podracing… Greed can be a powerful ally.. if it’s used properly.

ANAKIN : I’ve built a racer! It’s the fastest ever…There’s a big race tomorrow, on Boonta Eve. You could enter my pod. It’s all but finished… Watto doesn’t know I’ve built it. to Qui-Gon You could make him think it’s yours, and you could get his pilot for it. The prize money would more than pay for the parts you need.

SHMI : What about the entry fee?

QUI-GON : We could levy our ship against the entry fee and pay it out of the winnings.

OBI-WAN : What if this plan fails, Master? We could be stuck here for a long time.

QUI-GON : A ship without a power supply will not get us anywhere, and the boy is very wise … turning to SHMI You should be proud of your son. He gives without any thought of reward.

SHMI : He knows nothing of greed. He has…

QUI-GON : He has special powers.

SHMI : Yes…

QUI-GON : He can see things before they happen. That’s why he appears to have such wisdom. It is a Jedi trait.

SHMI : He deserves better than a slave’s life.

QUI-GON : The Force is unusually strong with him, that much is clear.

SHMI : Can you help him?

QUI-GON : I’m afraid not. Had he been born in the Republic, we would have identified him early, and he would have become Jedi, no doubt…he has the way. But it’s too late for that now, he’s too old, if I took him personally as a Padawan though. OBI-WAN looks shocked at QUI-GON, who ignores him while lost in thought. PADME looks sympathetically to OBI-WAN, whose shock turns to hurt before disappearing behind a stoic mask

OBI-WAN : Master, if I might be excused, with the storm almost passed I was thinking about going outside to try and get a clear signal to check up on the others. QUI-GON casually nods as he regards ANAKIN, which just settles OBI-WAN’s chin tighter as he leaves. PADME, watching the interaction quietly leaves the table and sneaks out after OBI-WAN

OBI-WAN storms away from the hut, heading into town. PADME, looking back over her shoulder, follows him. They pass through familiar areas until the sound of music catches OBI-WAN’s attention. He enters the building it’s coming from, followed soon by PADME, following behind

The murky, moldy den is filled with a startling array of weird and exotic alien creatures and monsters at the long metallic bar. At first the sight is horrifying. One-eyed, thousand-eyed, slimy, furry, scaly, tentacled, and clawed creatures huddle over drinks. OBI-WAN moves to an empty spot at the bar near a group of repulsive but human scum and orders a drink from the bartender, PADME moves behind him

PADME : Is this seat taken?

OBI-WAN : Here to lecture me on the finer points of strategy, your lady-ship?

PADME : Eyes flashing with anger I was going to keep you company, you scruffy nerf-herder. I’m probably better off leaving anyway before I catch something from the stool. Turning to leave, OBI-WAN puts his hand gently on her arm

OBI-WAN : Stay, please, I’m sorry. I’m just so confused right now. Her gaze softens as she sees the pain in his eyes

PADME : I saw. Is that common, what Qui-Gon said, about taking a Padawan?

OBI-WAN : Looking into his glass No. You can only teach one Padawan at a time. If he took Anakin then, well that would mean I would have failed my training…

PADME : I’m sure Qui-Gon doesn’t intend that to happen to you.

OBI-WAN : I’ve disappointed him so many times as of late … he called me naïve … in a fit of anger, OBI-WAN smashes his hand against the bar, causing it to rattle perilously, spilling a drink onto …

SEBULBA : (subtitled) Chuba!! (You!!) OBI-WAN sighs as SEVERAL OTHER CREATURES start to gather beside the irritated dug everyone else begins backing away from the group

PADME: Sebulba, please, this little one isn’t worth the effort. Let me buy you a new drink … A powerful blow from the unpleasant creature sends the young would-be Jedi sailing across the room, crashing through tables and breaking a large jug filled with a foul-looking liquid. With a blood curdling shriek, the monster draws a wicked chrome laser pistol from his belt and levels it at PADME, the bartender panics

BARTENDER : No blasters! No blasters!

With blinding speed, PADME pulls a blaster from the folds of her cloak and fires a shot that startles SEBULBA and his cohorts. At the same time, she leaps towards the table behind which OBI-WAN lies in a heap, landing face down on top of him

PADME : realizing how close their lips are, she blushes and looks into his eyes before recovering You just gonna lie there all day or are you going to show me what makes you Jedi so feared?

OBI-WAN : sensing the tension between them and smiling at her vote of confidence in calling him a Jedi Well, they aren’t Sith Lords, but I suppose I can give a demonstration! The two emerge from behind the table like unstoppable warriors, PADME exchanging blaster fire with the bullies while OBI-WAN deflects shots and cripples weapons with elegant strikes from his lightsaber. As the fight continues, SEBULBA sneaks around and gets the drop on PADME, but before he can fire, OBI-WAN cuts his gun in half Your arm could just as easily be next unless you leave … now. SEBULBA looks panicked, then runs for the exit, leaving OBI-WAN and PADME smiling at each other


The storm has passed. VENDORS and STREET PEOPLE clean up the mess and rebuild their food stalls. OBI-WAN sits on a box in front of Watto’s parts shop, watching all the activity with growing nervousness. ARTOO is standing next to him. PADME stops QUI-GON as he is about to enter the shop

PADME : Are you sure about this? Trusting our fate to someone we hardly know. The Queen will not approve.

QUI-GON : The Queen does not need to know.

PADME : Well, I don’t approve. QUI-GON turns and starts into the shop.

WATTO and ANAKIN are in the middle of an animated discussion in Huttese.

WATTO : Patta go bolla!

ANKAIN : No batta!

WATTO : Pedunky. Maa kee cheelya.

ANAKIN : Bayno, Bayno! QUI-GON walks in, and WATTO and ANAKIN join him

WATTO : The boy tells me you wanta sponser my pilot insa race. You can’t afford parts. How can you do this? Not on Republic credits, I think. he laughs

QUI-GON : My ship will be the entry fee. QUI-GON pulls a small object that looks like a watch out of his pocket, and a hologram of the Naboo spacecraft appears about a foot long in front of WATTO. He studies it

WATTO : Not bad…not bad…a Nubian.

QUI-GON : It’s in good order, except for the parts we need.

WATTO : …but what would he ride? My pod was smashed up in the last race. It will take some time to fix it.

QUI-GON : I have…acquired a Pod in a game of chance. “The fastest ever built.”

WATTO : I hope you didn’t kill anyone I know for it. laughs In the end it doesn’t matter though, my pilot is still injured. No way he can race.

QUI-GON : Then why don’t we have the boy race? looking at ANAKIN

WATTO : What?! He’s human! No human can race pods! ANAKIN, and PADME look equally horrified, while OBI-WAN looks suspiciously at QUI-GON, who gives a knowing smile to him

QUI-GON : If you want to be part of this arrangement, he’s the only pilot you have. tilting his head knowingly Unless you would like to pilot the pod.

WATTO : looking nervously So, you supply the Pod and the entry fee; I supply the pilot. We split the winnings fifty-fifty, I think.

QUI-GON : Fifty-fifty!?! If it’s going to be fifty-fifty, I suggest you front the cash for the entry. If we win, you keep all the winnings, minus the cost of the parts I need…If we lose, you keep my ship. WATTO thinks about this. ANAKIN tries not to be nervous Either way, you win.

WATTO : (subtitled) Deal! QUI-GON and the OTHERS exit leaving only WATTO and ANAKIN Yo bana pee ho-tah, meedee ya. (Your friend is a foolish one, methinks.)

ANAKIN sits on the balcony rail of his hovel as QUI-GON watches. The BOY leans back to look at the vast blanket of stars in the sky

ANAKIN : What are you thinking, I can’t race a pod!

QUI-GON : Anakin, you possess a very special ability. You can sense the Force.

ANAKIN : The Force?

QUI-GON : The Force is what allows the Jedi to do all those things that make us seem extraordinary. Clear your mind and act on instinct. When you are focused, you will find you react before things occur, knowing the future in a way.

ANAKIN : What is the Force?

QUI-GON : It’s an energy field around all things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, it binds the galaxy together, from the sand beneath your feet to the stars in the sky.

ANAKIN : looking up to the sky There are so many! Do they all have a system of planets?

QUI-GON : Most of them.

ANAKIN : Has anyone been to them all?

QU-GON : laughs Not likely.

ANAKIN : I want to be the first one to see them all… SHMI yells from inside the hovel

SHMI : (O.S.) Anakin, bedtime! I’m not going to tell you again!

QUI-GON : Go on, you have a big day tomorrow. (beat) Goodnight. ANAKIN rolls his eyes and goes into the hovel

The sinister looking Sith spacecraft lands on top of a desert mesa at dusk, scattering a herd of banthas. DARTH MAUL walks to the edge of the mesa and studies the landscape with a pair of electrobinoculars. He picks out the lights of three different cities in the distance, then pushes buttons on his electronic armband. Six football-sized PROBE DROIDS float out of the ship and head off in three different directions toward the cities. DARTH MAUL stands on the mesa and watches them through his electrobinoculars

Padme exits the hovel

As the twin suns rise, ARTOO is busy painting the racing Pod. ANAKIN is asleep. PADME passes ARTOO

PADME : I hope you’re about finished. ARTOO whistles a positive reply. PADME sees KITSTER riding toward them on an EOPIE, a strange camel-like creature. He is leading a second EOPIE behind him. PADME goes over to ANAKIN. He looks very vulnerable as he sleeps. She watches him, then touches him on the cheek. ANAKIN wakes up, yawns, and looks at her, a little puzzled

ANAKIN : You were in my dream…you were leading a huge army into battle.

PADME : I hope not; I hate fighting. Your mother wants you to come in and clean up. We have to leave soon. ANAKIN stands up and stretches just as KITSTER arrives

ANAKIN : Hook ‘em up, Kitster. to Padme I won’t be long. Where’s Qui-Gon?

PADME : He and Obi-Wan left already. They’re with Watto at the arena.

RACE CREWS mill about outside the Main Hanger

The hanger is a large building with a dozen or so Podracers being readied for the race. ALIEN CREWS and PILOTS rush about, making last minute fixes on their vehicles. WATTO, QUI-GON, and OBI-WAN walk through the activity

WATTO : …I want to see your spaceship the moment the race is over.

QUI-GON : Patience, my blue friend. You’ll have your winnings before the suns set, and we’ll be far away from here.

WATTO : Not if your ship belongs to me, I think…I warn you, no funny business.

QUI-GON : You don’t think Anakin will win? WATTO stops before an orange racer. Sitting to one side, having his shoulders and neck massaged by TWIN TWI’LEKS, is SEBULBA

WATTO : Don’t get me wrong. I have great faith in the boy. He’s a credit to your race, but Sebulba there is going to win, I think.

QUI-GON : Why?

WATTO : He always wins. laughs I’m betting heavily on Sebulba.

QUI-GON : I’ll take that bet.

WATTO : suddenly stops laughing What??!! What do you mean?

QUI-GON : I’ll wager my new racing pod against…say…the boy and his mother.

WATTO : A Pod for slaves. I don’t think so…well, perhaps. Just one…the mother, maybe…the boy isn’t for sale.

QUI-GON : The boy is awkward, he can’t be worth much. WATTO shakes his head For the fastest Pod ever built?! WATTO shakes his head again Both, or no bet.

WATTO : No Pod’s worth two slaves…not by a long shot…one slave or nothing.

QUI-GON : The boy, then… WATTO pulls out a small cube from his pocket

WATTO : We’ll let fate decide. Blue it’s the boy, red his mother… WATTO tosses the cube down. QUI-GON lifts his hand slightly; it turns blue. QUI-GON smiles. WATTO is angry You won the small toss, outlander, bot you won’t win the race, so…it makes little difference. ANAKIN and PADME enter the hanger on one of the EOPIES, pulling an engine. KITSTER, on the other EOPIE, is pulling another engine. With THREEPIO walking alongside, ARTOO trundles behind, pulling the Pod with SHMI sitting on it. WATTO passes ANAKIN as he leaves (subtitled) Bonapa keesa pateeso, o wanna meetee chobodd. (Better stop your friends betting, or I’ll end up owning him, too.) WATTO walks off, laughing

ANAKIN : What did he mean by that?

QUI-GON : I’ll tell you later. ARTOO beeps at THREEPIO

THREEPIO : Oh my! Space travel sounds rather perilous. ARTOO emits a series of beeps I can assure you they will never get me onto one of those dreadful starships!

One of Darth Maul’s PROBE DROIDS slowly floats down the main street of Tatooine. It looks in shops and studies PEOPLE as it searches for OBI-WAN, QUI-GON, or the QUEEN

An EXTREME HIGH WIDE ANGLE reveals a vast arena in the Tatooine desert. A large semi-circular amphitheatre that holds at least a hundred thousand people dominates the landscape. Large viewing platforms loom over the racetrack

A two-headed ANNOUNCER describes the scene

A: Toogi! Toogie! (Greetings) Toong mee cha kulkah du Boonta magi! tah oos azalus ooval Poddraces. (We have perfect weather today for the Boonta classic. The most hazardous of all Podraces.)

B : That’s absolutly right. And a big turnout here, from all corners of the Outer Rim territories. I see the contestants are making their way out onto the starting grid.

On the left side of the tracks across from the grandstands, a line of Podracers emerges from the large hanger, surrounded by several CREW MEMBERS. Pods are pulled by a wide variety of CREATURES and are led by aliens carrying flags. The PILOTS stand facing the royal box

(O.S) A : La Yma beestoo (Yes, there they are!)

B : I see Ben Quadinaros from the Tund system.

A : …eh Gasgano doowa newpa Ord Petrovia! (And Gasgano in thenew Ord Pedrovia.)

B : Two time winner, Boles Roor…

A : Poo tula moosta, woe grane champio Sebulba du Pixelito! Splastyleeya bookie ookie!! (On the front line the reigning champion, Sebulba from Pixelito. By far the favorite today.)

B : And a late entry, Anakin Skywalker, a local boy. I see the flaggers are moving onto the track.

Colorful canopies shade some of the SPECTATORS. VENDORS sell barbecued creature parts and colorful drinks

All the PILOTS bow from the waist as JABBA THE HUTT enters the box and waves to the crowd

A : O grandio lust, Jabba Du Hutt, amu intoe tah parena. (His honor, our glorious host, Jabba the Hutt has entered the arena.) The crowd ROARS. SEVERAL OTHER SLUG-LIKE HUTTS follow, along with humans and aliens. Several SLAVE GIRLS on a chain are led alongside JABBA

JABBA : (subtitled) Chowbaso! Tam ka chee Boonta rulee ya, kee madda hodrudda du wundee. (Welcome!) Sebulba tuta Pixelito…

SEBULBA, who is right next to ANAKIN, stands and waves to his fans. A small pep band plays as his fans wave and cheer. KITSTER attaches the giant engines to Anakin’s Pod with a long cable. SHMI gives ANAKIN a big hug and kiss. She looks him right in the eye

SHMI : Be safe.

ANAKIN : I will, Mom. I promise. She leaves as ANAKIN checks the cable hitches

JABBA : …Mawhonic tuta Hok, Teemto Pagalies tuta Moonus Mandel, Anakin SKywalker tuta Tatoonine…. The CROWD YELLS. ANAKIN waves to the crowd, as JABBA continues with his introductions. SEBULBA moves over to one of Anakin’s engines. KITSTER and OBI-WAN unhitch the EOPIES, and KITSTER leads them away. ARTOO beeps that everything is OK. OBI-WAN pats ANAKIN on the back.

OBI-WAN : May the Force be with you, Anakin. PADME comes up and gives ANAKIN a little kiss on the cheek, to which OBI-WAN glowers. She smiles at OBI-WAN and it infects him with a smile of his own. ANAKIN looks confused, during the distraction, SEBULBA bangs on a part protruding from Anakin’s engine. He looks around to see if anyone has noticed

PADME : You carry all our hopes.

ANAKIN : I won’t let you down. OBI-WAN and PADME move away as SEBULBA edges his way next to ANAKIN and gives him a sinister grin

SEBULBA : Bazda wahota, shag. Dobiella Nok. Yoka to Bantha poodoo. (You won’t walk away from this one, slave scum! You’re Bantha poodoo.)

ANAKIN : (subtitled) Cha skrundee da pat, sleemo. (Don’t count on it, slime-ball.) ANAKIN looks the evil SEBULBA in the eye with a cold stare. QUI-GON approaches, and SEBULBA backs off toward his racer

JABBA : (sutitled)…Ka bazza kundee hodrudda! (…Let the challenge begin!) The CROWD lets out a LOUD CHEER. QUI-GON helps ANAKIN into his Pod. The boy straps himself into the tiny racer

QUI-GON : Are you all set, Anakin? Anakin nods Remember, concentrate on the moment. Feel. Don’t think. Trust your instincts. he smiles May the Force be with you. QUI-GON steps away as ANAKIN puts on his goggles. The PILOTS flip switches, and powerful energy binders shoot between the engines. ANAKIN flips a switch, and his engine starts. The incredible ROAR of high-powered engines igniting echoes throughout the arena. One driver, ODY MANDRELL, yells at a droid (DUM-4) to get away from the front of his engine. The crowd is tense

The giant power-house engines torque as the PILOTS gun them. The PILOTS flip switches, and powerful energy binders shoot between the engines. Aliens carrying large flags move off the track

A : Ya pawa culka doe rundee! (The power couplings are being activated)

B : Hey, it looks like they’re clearing the grid.

SHMI looks nervously to QUI-GON as he enters a veiwing platform. PADME and OBI-WAN are already on board. The platform rises like an elevator

SHMI : Is he nervous?

QUI-GON : He’s fine.

PADME : You Jedi are far too reckless. The Queen…

QUI-GON : The Queen trusts my judgment, young handmaiden. You should too.

PADME : You assume too much.

B : Start your engines. The earth-pounding ROAR of the engines revving is deafening

Jabba bites off the head of a frog and spits it at a gong, signaling the start of the race

On a bridge over the track, a great green light at the center flashes. The Podracers shoot forward with a high-pitches scream. ANAKIN’S engine floods and coughs – then dies. All the other Podracers except one swerve around him and disappear down the track. The slave boy struggles to get his racer started. The two-headed announcer reports

FODE/BEED : – (O.S.)
A : An dare ovv! (And they’re off!)

B : Oh…wait. Little Skywalker has stalled. PADME and OBI-WAN are very disappointed with ANAKIN. QUI-GON puts his arm around a very worried SHMI to comfort her. Finally, Anakin’s engines ignite. He zooms away after the receding pack of competitors, leaving one quadra-Pod racer still trying to get started. The two-headed ANNOUNCER describes the race as it progresses

FODE/BEED : – (O.S.)
B : And there goes Skywalker… He’ll be hard pressed to catch up with the leaders today.

The Podracers fly across the desert. SEBULBA is running neck and neck with MAWHONIC. They round the first turn in the track, side by side. SEBULBA drives his Pod into his rival, forcing him into the wall of a large rock formation. MAWHONIC crashes in a spectacular display of fire and smoke. ANAKIN is much faster than the back-end stragglers and passes them easily. One of the drivers, GASGANO, won’t let ANAKIN by. ANAKIN tries to pass him on one side and is cut off. He then tries to pass him on the other side and is cut off. As they come up on a cliff drop-off, ANAKIN backs off, then guns it as GASGANO goes over the cliff. ANAJIN accelerates so fast that he sails right over the top of GASGANO and speeds away. Four TUSKEN RAIDERS perched above the race course fire their rifles at the Pods racing in the canyon below them. One shot ricochets off the back of Anakin’s Pod

B : Looks like a few Tusken Riaders have campe out on the canyon dune turn.

JABBA THE HUTT and the crowd watch the progress of the race on small, hand-held view screens. OBI-WAN is looking over the shoulder of a strange alien named FANTA

OBI-WAN : Where’s Anakin? FANTA moves the view screen out of OBI-WAN’s view. PADME, SHMI, and QUI-GON watch another screen and look worried. ARTOO, down in the pits with KITSTER, lets out a worried sigh. The driver of the quadra-Pod looks worried

ANAKIN is powering around corners and over hills and cliffs, passing other racers right and left. SEBULBA is in the lead. He is being challenged by another racer, XELBREE. SEBULBA slows a little, and as XELBREE pulls alongside, he opens a side vent on the racer’s engine and the exhaust starts to cut through the alien’s engine. The blast cuts along the engine until finally it EXPLODES. SEBULBA deftly veers away. ANAKIN works his way through a dense mass of racers as they zoom over a dune sea, kicking up dust. His Pod shakes violently as he goes over a jump. One of the Podracers, ODY, catches one of his engines in the sand, and the whole thing EXPLODES

QUI-GON sits quietly, meditating. PADME and SHMI search the landscape for any sign of the racers. The crowd SCREAMS. WATTO is laughing with his friends, confident in Anakin’s defeat. The quadra-Pod engines start just as the racers come around the corner. The DRIVER, BEN QUADINAROS, puts it in gear, and the four engines go off in all directions, EXPLODING in a spectacular display. The Pod drops to the ground as SEBULBA enters the arena, closely followed by all the OTHER RACERS. KITSTER strains to see as ARTOO beeps excitedly. The announcer continues

B ; There goes Quadinaros’ power couplings.

A : Sebulba! Ka pa me cheespa wata! (Here comes Sebulba in record time.) QUI-GON, PADME, SHMI, and OBI-WAN yell for joy as ANAKIN passes. Lap two. SEBULBA and the pack race past the main arena. The crowd stands and YELLS as the Podracers scream off into the distance. QUI-GON and PADME look worried

PADME : Here he comes!

ARTOO lets out an excited whistle, as KITSTER yells

THREEPIO : He has to complete two more circuits? Oh dear!

Sure enough, coming around the bend is ANAKIN, quickly gaining on the pack. The two-headed announcer describes the action. The crowd goes wild

FODE/BEED : – (O.S.)
B : It looks like Skywalker is moving up through the field. He’s in…

A : Steeth pa nagoola! (Sixth place, not bad.) ANAKIN continues to gain on the pack. Tension for SHMI and PADME is unbearable. ODY stops in the pits. Droids work on his engines. DUM-4 stands in front of the engine and is sucked in, causing the engine to die. DUM-4 is spit out the back of the engine, very bent up. The engine lets out one final wheeze, then EXPLODES in a puff of smoke

FODE/BEED : – (O.S.)
A : Ody Mandrell! Coona wa wunda dunko! (Ody Mandrell into the pits for some attention.)
ODY : Droids! TERTER is getting close to SEBULBA, who purposely breaks a small part off his Pod, sending it into Terter’s engine, causing him to veer into ANAKIN, and unhooks one of the main straps on Anakin’s engines that links the Pod to his engines. ANAKIN struggles to keep control of the little Pod. It whips about wildly. As the Pod swings near the broken engine strap, ANAKIN grabs for it. Finally, he catches the strap and manages to unhook it to the Pod. SEBULBA cuts the engine of OBITOKI with his side exhaust, and the racer crashes with a cloud of dust. A THIRD RACER, HABBA, flies into the cloud of dust and crashes into OBITOKI. ANAKIN rounds a corner and heads into the cloud of smoke. He hits a part of one of the engines but regains control

FODE/BEED : – (O.S.)
B :At the start of the third and final lap, Sebulba is in the lead, closely followed by Skywalker… ANAKIN finally catches up with SEBULBA, and runs neck and neck over the rough terrain. OBI-WAN, QUI-GON, SHMI, and PADME all SCREAM as ANAKIN comes through the arena. The lights in the tower indicate that this is the third and last lap. WATTO begins to worry. SEBULBA uses his side exhaust port to try to cut through Anakin’s engines. ANAKIN manages to avoid having his engine disabled but is forced off course

FODE/BEED : – (O.S.)
B : Skywalker is forced onto the service ramp!

A : Oh noah! On a tight corner, ANAKIN dives to the inside and takes the lead
FODE BEED : – (O.S.)

B : Amazing… a controlled thrust and he’s back on course! What a move! SEBULBA is furious. He stay’s right on Anakin’s tail, crowding him and pushing him through the turns. SEBULBA pushes ANAKIN harder, and the young boy has a difficult time keeping control. One of the parts on Anakin’s engines begins to shake loose. ANAKIN sees it and switches over to an auxiliary system. While he is trying to accomplish this maneuver, SEBULBA races past him. ANAKIN tries to get around SEBULBA, to no avail. Every move ANAKIN makes, SEBULBA is able to block. Finally, ANAKIN fakes a move into the inside as he usually does, then tries to go around SEBULBA on the outside. They race sid by side down the final stretch of the track

FODE/BEED : – (O.S.)
B : He’s catching Sebulba.

A : Inkabunga. (Incredible!) *SEBULBA veers toward ANAKIN and bangs into his Pod. He crashes into ANAKIN over and over. The young boy struggles to maintain control as the steering rods on the two Pods become hooked together. SEBULBA laughs at ANAKIN.
FODE/BEED : – (O.S.)

B : That little human being is out of his mind.

A : Punda tah punda! (They’re neck and neck!)

B : They’re side by side!

A : Bongo du bongu! (Shoulder to shoulder!) As they head for the final stretch, ANAKIN fights to unlock the steering rods by trying to pull away from SEBULBA. The strain on the steering rod is tremendous. Suddenly, ANAKIN’s steering arm breaks, and his Pod starts spinning. The release of tension sends SEBULBA into an ancient statue. One engine EXPLODES, then the other. SEBULBA skids through the fire-balls, blackened, but unhurt. He slides to a smoking stop, gets out of his racer, and throws what’s left of a shifter arm on the ground. Suddenly he realizes his pants are on fire, and he struggles to put them out. ANAKIN flies through the EXPLOSION as the crowd stands, CHERRING. PADME and OBI-WAN jump up and down with excitement, PADME screaming for joy. ARTOO and KITSTER whistle hysterically. QUI-GON and SHMI smile. ANAKIN races over the finish line, the winner

The two-headed announcer excitedly calls the finish

B : It’s Skywalker! The crowd are going nuts! Oh Ah Oh Ah (rock head in tandem with partner)

As ANAKIN stops the Podracer, KISTER turns up, and they embrace. Hundreds of SPECTATORS join them and put ANAKIN on their shoulders, marching off, CHEERING AND CHANTING. Darth Maul’s PROBE DROIDS move through the crowd

Several ALIENS leave Watto’s box, laughing and counting their money. WATTO sees QUI-GON standing in the doorway

WATTO : You! You swindled me! You knew the boy was going to win! Somehow you knew it! I lost everything. WATTO flies up to QUI-GON and puts his face right up against QUI-GON’s. QUI-GON simply smiles.

QUI-GON : Whenever you gamble, my friend, eventually you’ll lose. Bring the parts to the main hanger. I’ll come by your shop later so you can release the boy.

WATTO : You can’t have him! It wasn’t a fair bet!

QUI-GON : Would you like to discuss it with the Hutts…I’m sure they can settle this.

WATTO : No, no! I want no more of your tricks! Take him! The SITH PROBE DROID watches with great interest

The Main Hanger is almost deserted as RACERS depart

PADME gives him a hug, then SHMI

ANAKIN : Ah, gee…enough of this…

SHMI : It’s so wonderful, Anakin. You have brought hope to those who have none. I’m so very proud of you…

PADME : We owe you everything.

ANAKIN : Just feeling this good was worth it. In the background, QUI-GON has harnessed the EOPIES to containers full of parts

QUI-GON : Padme. Obi-Wan, let’s go, we’ve got to get these parts back to the ship. The GROUP walks over to QUI-GON and the EOPIES. QUI-GON mounts the first and OBI-WAN swings up onto the second EOPIE, PADME climbs on behind OBI-WAN. ARTOO whistles. ANAKIN and SHMI wave as they ride off I’ll return the eopies by midday.

ARTOO cruises ahead of OBI-WAN and PADME, who are riding one of the EOPIES; QUI-GON rides the other. They stop in front of the sleek Alderaanian spacecraft. CAPT. PANAKA comes out of the ship and joins them

QUI-GON : Start getting this hyperdrive generator installed. I’m going back…some unfinished business. I won’t be long.

OBI-WAN : I sense it’s something more than dropping off eopies?

QUI-GON : It’s Anakin. OBI-WAN and PADME exchange looks as her hand takes his arm. On a hill far overlooking the Alderaanian spacecraft, the SITH PROBE DROID turns and speeds away

ANAKIN and A GREEDO are rolling around on the floor, fighting. About A DOZEN OR SO KIDS are standing around them, yelling. Suddenly, a long shadow is cast over the TWO BOYS; they stop fighting and look up. QUI-GON is towering above them. KITSTER is with them

QUI-GON : What’s this?

ANAKIN : He said I cheated.

QUI-GON : Did you?


QUI-GON : Do you still think he cheated?


QUI-GON : Well, Anakin. You know the truth… You will have to tolerate his opinion, fighting won’t change it. QUI-GON moves off down the street. Anakin follows. The GREEDO wanders over to WALD who has been watching the goings-on

WALD : Keep this up, Greedo, and you’re gonna come to a bad end. Farther down the street QUI-GON and ANAKIN head toward Anakin’s hovel. QUI-GON takes a handful of credits from beneath his poncho and hands them to the boy

QUI-GON : These are yours. We sold the Pod.

ANAKIN : suddenly beaming Yes!

SHMI is cleaning up as ANAKIN bursts through the door, followed by QUI-GON

ANAKIN : Mom, he sold the Pod. Look at all the money we have! ANAKIN pulls a bag of coins out of his pocket

SHMI : Oh, my goodness, That’s wonderful.

QUI-GON : And Anakin has been freed.

ANAKIN : What?!?

QUI-GON : You’re no longer a slave. ANAKIN and SHMI are stunned

ANAKIN : Did you hear that, Mom? to Qui-Gon Was that part of the prize, or what?

QUI-GON : Let’s just say Watto has learned an important lesson about gambling.

SHMI : Now you can make your dreams come true, Anakin. You’re free! turns to Qui-Gon Will you take him with you? Is he to become a Jedi?

QUI-GON : Our meeting was not a coincidence. Nothing happens by accident. You are strong with the Force, but you may not be accepted by the Council.

ANAKIN : A Jedi! QUI-GON looks down to the youth

QUI-GON : Anakin, training to be a Jedi will not be a easy challenge. And if you succeed, it will be a hard life.

ANAKIN : But it’s what I want. What I’ve always dreamed about. Can I go, Mom?!

SHMI : This path has been placed for you, Anakin; the choice to take it is yours alone. ANAKIN thinks, looks to his mother, then to QUI-GON

ANAKIN : I want to go.

QUI-GON : Then, pack your things. We haven’t much time. ANAKIN hugs his mom and starts for the other room, then stops. SHMI and QUI-GON give each other a knowing look. ANAKIN has realized something

ANAKIN : What about Mom? Is she free too? You’re coming, aren’t you, Mom?

QUI-GON : I tried to free your mother, Anakin, but Watto wouldn’t have it.

ANAKIN : But the money from selling…

QUI-GON : It’s not nearly enough. SHMI comes over to her son and sits next to him. Taking both of his hands in hers, she draws him close

SHMI : Son, my place is here. My future is here. It is time for you to let go…to let go of me. I cannot go with you.

ANAKIN : I want to stay with you. I don’t want things to change.

SHMI : You can’t stop change any more than you can stop the suns from setting. Listen to your feelings; Anakin, you know what’s right. ANAKIN takes a deep breath, drops his head. QUI-GON and SHMI exchange a look of concern. When ANAKIN raises up, there are tears in his eyes

ANAKIN : I’m going to miss you so much, Mom…

SHMI : I love you, Anakin…now hurry. ANAKIN and SHMI hug. ANAKIN heads into the other room Thank you.

QUI-GON : I will watch after him. You have my word. Will you be all right?

SHMI : He was in my life for such a short time.

ANAKIN has thrown the last of his things in a small backpack. As he leaves, he stops and pushes the button that wakes his droid up. THREEPIO stares at him blankly

ANAKIN : Well, Threepio, I’m free…and I’m going away…in a starship…

THREEPIO : Master, Anakin, you are my maker, and I wish you well. Although I’d like it better if I were a little less naked.

ANAKIN : I’m sorry I wasn’t able to finish you, Threepio…give you coverings and all… I’m going to miss working on you. You’ve been a great pal. I’ll make sure Mom doesn’t sell you or anything. Bye. THREEPIO stares at ANAKIN as he rushes out of the room

THREEPIO : Sell me?!?

KITSTER runs up to ANAKIN as he and QUI-GON exit Anakin’s hovel. SHMI stands in the doorway. ANAKIN pulls a handful of coins out of his pocket and gives them to KITSTER

KITSTER : There are so many of us who want you to stay, Anakin… You’re a hero.

ANAKIN : I… looks to SHMI I… have to go. QUI-GON has moved a short way down the street


ANAKIN : Well.

KITSTER : Thanks for every moment you’ve been here. You’re my best friend.

ANAKIN : I won’t forget. ANAKIN exchanges punches with KITSTER and runs toward QUI-GON, then stops to look back at his mother standing in the doorway. He turns back to QUI-GON, then turns and runs back to his mother

ANAKIN : I can’t do it, Mom. I just can’t – how will you keep everything running? I had to fix the food processor three times already this cycle! SHMI hugs ANAKIN. QUI-GON watches from the distance. She looks him in the face

SHMI : Anakin, remember when you were 9 and climbed the great dune in order to chase the Banthas away so they wouldn’t be shot… Remember how you collapsed several times, exhausted thinking you couldn’t do it? ANAKIN shakes his head This is one of those times when we both have to do something we don’t think we can do. I know how strong you are, Anakin. I know you can do this…

ANAKIN : I.. will become a Jedi and I will come back and free you, Mom…I promise.

SHMI : No matter where you are, my love will be with you. Now be brave, and don’t look back… don’t look back.

ANAKIN : I love you so much. SHMI hugs ANAKIN, then turns him around so he is facing QUI-GON, and off he marches. He marches right past QUI-GON, staring right ahead, determined not to look back

The PROBE DROID beeps and whistles to DARTH MAUL. The SITH LORD gets on a speeder bike and follows the PROBE DROID into Mos Espa

ANAKIN and QUI-GON exit WATTO’S and stop before JIRA’S fruit stand. ANAKIN hands JIRA some coins

ANAKIN : I’ve been freed, and I’m going away. Buy yourself a cooling unit with this… Otherwise I’ll worry about you. JIRA is astonished. She stares, not knowing what to say

JIRA : Can I give you a hug

ANAKIN : Sure. She gives him a hug

JIRA : I’ll miss you, Anakin.. there isn’t a kinder man in the galaxy. You be careful… ANAKIN runs to join QUI-GON, who has already started down the street. As they walk along together, QUI-GON notices something out of the corner of his eye. Suddenly, without breaking his stride, he ignites his lightsaber, swing around, and lunges forward and cuts a lurking PROBE DROID in half. QUI-GON inspects the sparking and fizzing DROID

ANAKIN : What is it?

QUI-GON : Probe droid. Very unusual… not like anything I’ve seen before. Come on. QUI-GON and ANAKIN start running

QUI-GON and ANAKIN run toward the Alderaanian spacecraft. ANAKIN is having a hard time keeping up

ANAKIN : Master Qui-Gon, sir, wait! QUI-GON turns to answer and sees a DARK-CLOAKED FIGURE bearing down on a speeder bike

QUI-GON : Anakin, drop! ANAKIN drops to the ground just as DARTH MAUL sweeps over him. DARTH MAUL jumps off his speeder bike, and before he has hit the ground, the Sith Lord has swung a death blow with his lightsaber that is barely blocked by QUI-GON. ANAKIN picks himself up. The two galactic warriors, Sith and Jedi, are bashing each other with incredible blows. They move in a continual cloud of dust, smashing everything around them. This is a fierce fight. ANAKIN gets up, bewildered by the confrontation Anakin, get to the ship! Take off! Go! Go! QUI-GON struggles to fend off the relentless onslaught as ANAKIN races to the ship

ANAKIN runs into the main hallway of the spaceship, where PADME and CAPT. PANAKA are working

ANAKIN : Qui-Gon’s in trouble. He says to take off…now!!

CAPT. PANAKA : Who are you?

PADME : He’s a friend.

CAPT. PANAKA, ANAKIN, and PADME rush into the cockpit where OBI-WAN and RIC OLIE are checking the hyperdrive

CAPT. PANAKA : Qui-Gon is in trouble, he says to take off!

PILOT : I don’t see anything.

OBI-WAN : Over there! Fly low! In the distance is a small cloud of dust

QUI-GON and DARTH MAUL continue their sword battle. Leaping over one another in an incredible display of acrobatics, the two warriors hear the ship fly over them a few feet off the ground. QUI-GON almost disappears for a moment. Before DARTH MAUL knows what’s happening, QUI-GON is on the spacecraft’s ramp

The SITH LORD immediately jumps onto the ramp after QUI-GON, but barely makes it. His heels hang over the edge of a forty-foot drop. QUI-GON swings his lightsaber with all his might and knocks DARTH MAUL off the ramp and onto the desert floor. The ramp closes, and the Alderaanina craft rockets away, leaving the Sith Lord standing alone

The sleek spacecraft rockets away from the planet Tatooine

ANAKIN and OBI-WAN rush into the hallway to find QUI-GON collapsed on the floor opposite the entry. ARTOO is looking over him. The JEDI is breathing hard, wet with sweat and covered in dirt

ANAKIN : Are you all right?

QUI-GON : I think so… that was a surprise I won’t soon forget.

OBI-WAN : What was it?

QUI-GON : I don’t know… but he was well trained in the Jedi arts. My guess is he was after the Queen…

ANAKIN : Do you think he’ll follow us?

QUI-GON : We’ll be safe enough once we’re in hyperspace, but I have no doubt he knows our destination.

ANAKIN : What are we going to do about it?

QUI-GON : We will be patient.

RIC OLIE pulls back on the hyperdrive. OBI-WAN, QUI-GON, and ANAKIN watch

QUI-GON : Let’s hope this hyperdrive works and Watto didn’t get the last laugh. The stars streak outside the cockpit window

The ship streaks into hyperspace


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