Force Unbridled

Episode 1 Part 5
The Phantom Menace Part 5 (First Session Synopsis)

QUI-GON and OBI-WAN stand opposite QUEEN AMIDALA and her HANDMAIDENS. Between them, a holographic projector shows the city of Theed with troops readouts and locations. The PADAWANS circle the holotable along with CAPTAIN PANAKA and some ANTARIAN RANGERS

AMIDALA : …then Our forces will join us for the final push on the Throne Room. LYRIN MARTEL glances over the image a final time and shakes his head

LYRIN : The loss of life will be great if you follow this plan. Your forces take a direct route through the opposition.

AMIDALA : This is the quickest route through the enemies forces, Our advisors on the ground inform Us that will leave the smallest window for the battle droids of the Federation to reinforce the Viceroy’s position.

LYRIN : That may be, but if all of your troops are lost en route, then the Federation will have no need of reinforcements. By taking this route LYRIN adjusts the holodisplay to show a longer, more roundabout route to the Throneroom you avoid most Droid patrols, leaving them out of position to stall your strike.

AMIDALA : looking to her handmaidens, PADME shakes her head negative We value the input of the Jedi, but we must trust our troops on the ground in their assessment. They are more familiar with the battleground. AESA looks to QUI-GON JINN to see if he will support their position, but he appears distracted by events far away

KENDRICK : Your highness, we understand there is a familiarity, I assume then there are some secret passages that will allow us to avoid the droid patrols along this route? Again the QUEEN looks to her handmaidens and again PADME will shake her head negatively, AESA watches intently

AMIDALA : There are no passages, no. However We must trust our guard. For Us to show lack of confidence in their assessment, We risk demoralizing them when they need Our support the most. They say this is the best route, and so this is the route We shall take. At seeing the exchange, AESA looks to the other JEDI PADAWANS to see if they have seen the same, the JEDI share a nod

LYRIN : This is madness, perhaps we should speak directly to Padme, since she is charge here. A shock ripples through the HANDMAIDENS, shared by the QUEEN. AESA’s shoulders sag at the heavy handed negotiation, but PADME nods and steps forward, a calming hand on the shoulder of the QUEEN

PADME : This is DORME, my doppleganger, and loyal bodyguard. I am Padme Amidala Organa, Queen of Alderaan. at this, OBI-WAN blushes as it sinks in, and, seeing his reaction, PADME blushes as well. AESA observes the reaction and a look of trouble crosses her brow

AESA : Your highness, we are merely concerned for the loyal men and women who fight for you. The plan you put forth is exactly what a trained commander would expect from his opponents. This is precisely the plan that the Viceroy will be prepared against, please listen to us, your highness, there is a safer way. I know that your experience may be that my Order is rash … as the words leave her mouth, she notices a shared exchange between PADME and OBI-WAN and realizes her blunder

PADME : stiffening My decision is not one made lightly, nor is it one that will be changed. Thank you, Master Jedi, for your suggestions, but this is in the end my operation, and its outcome will be mine to live with. seeing no room to argue, AESA nods, but carries a look of worry, glancing from the distracted QUI-GON, to the conflicted OBI-WAN, and finally to her fellow PADAWANS, who share her troubled brow. CUT TO

The ship enters the hanger.

The PADAWANS, QUI-GON, and OBI-WAN exit the ship and eliminate the few droid guards. They are followed by the RANGERS and CAPTAIN PANAKA. Finally, PADME and the HANDMAIDENS.

QUI-GON : to PADME Stay close to us, in the fighting, allow the Padawans to form a defensive circle. Do not stray. Should we encounter the assassin, my Padawan and I will engage him and buy you all time to get to the Viceroy. In this instance, listen to the Padawans – they are skilled and will guide you.

PADME : Yes, Master Jedi. Thank you for your help in freeing my people. As they move forward during the conversation, the large doors on the opposite of the Hangar open to reveal DARTH MAUL. He is clad in a heavy cloak, and stands calmly with his hands behind his back. From underneath the deep hood, angry red eyes glare. QUI-GON looks to the PADAWANS, who nod back and escort the others towards a side entrance. MAUL’s eyes follow, but are pulled back to QUI-GON and OBI-WAN as they ignite their lightsabers. A sinister smile grows on MAUL’s face as he slowly takes back the hood, then removes his robe and holds his Lightsaber in front of him. A single crimson blade emerges, then, a moment later, a second, revealing it to be a double bladed Lightsaber! Battle is engaged as QUI-GON and OBI-WAN leap forward. CUT TO

PADME and the PADAWANS make their way down a passage towards the main square as the sound of clashing lightsabers recedes into the distance. They seem to calm the further away they get. Rounding a corner, they come across 10 Battle Droids and 2 Droidekas! Immediately, the droids begin opening fire, as the Droidekas turn on their energy shields

ABRAXIS : blocking shots and covering PADME Destroyers! Those energy shields are vehicle grade, we won’t be getting through them very easily.

LYRIN : smiling and accessing a small wrist datapad All those droids are controlled from a central mainframe, they don’t have independent processors. I won’t be able to take total control, but I might be able to disrupt some of their systems. I can’t get the shield down long, but I can get it for a few seconds.

CASTIS : That’s all I will need. As LYRIN finishes his coding, the bubble around one of the DROIDEKAS flickers for a moment. CASTIS leaps with incredible speed and with a spinning slash of her brilliant green blade, strikes the shield unit on the base of the DROIDEKA, a shower of sparks flying everywhere Shield is down!

KENDRICK : That’s my cue! igniting his own Lightsaber, two emerald beams erupt from either end, much like MAUL’s. He leaps forward, striking low and spinning his blade along the insectoid legs of the DROIDEKA, sending it to the ground in a shower of pieces and parts as AESA moves to intercept fire from the second DROIDEKA aimed at LYRIN. The RANGERS and HANDMAIDENS exchange fire with the BATTLE DROIDS as the PADAWAN move to eliminate the second DROIDEKA, with AESA guarding LYRIN and ABRAXIS guarding PADME. The team quickly dispatches the remaining droids, and they move out into the courtyard.

The camera switches back and forth between the battles with QUI-GON and OBI-WAN against DARTH MAUL, and the PADAWANs and PADME against a seemingly never-ending tide of DROIDEKAS and BATTLE DROIDS. As QUI-GON and OBI-WAN force DARTH MAUL back through the underground depths of THEED CITY, the others fight through the above ground streets of the city until they enter the PALACE. The closer they get, the greater the toll on them, as RANGERs, HANDMAIDENs, and ALDERAANIAN GUARDs all fall to the withering hail of fire from the BATTLE DROIDS. Even the PADAWANS looks weary by the time they reach the THRONE ROOM. Throughout this, TOR DAHN can be seen administering healing to the wounded, using his powers through the FORCE.

PADME : as a final BATTLE DROID falls This is it, the Throne Room. The Viceroy should be inside, but he will be well guarded. The RANGERS and ALDERAAN GUARD nod in readiness, the PADAWANS look to each other and share an unspoken battle plan. As PADME opens the door, the team engages the BATTLE DROIDS and DROIDEKAS as one, each knowing their preferred targets, with LYRIN disabling shields long enough for the other PADAWAN to destroy the units, leaving all the droids vulnerable to the lethal blades of energy. Soon, the battle is over, and the Viceroy stands alone, PADME pointing a blaster to him This invasion is over, Alderaan will have its liberty, Viceroy.

NUTE : Please! Don’t shoot! You must understand … at this, the doors on the far side of the Throne room burst open and OBI-WAN and QUI-GON enter, still battling DARTH MAUL. As the PADAWAN turn to assist the other two JEDI, the Viceroy sees an opportunity and moves to shoot PADME while she is distracted. From the other side of DARTH MAUL, OBI-WAN clearly sees past the PADAWAN and others to what the Viceroy intends and is forced to make a decision, stay and fight MAUL or save PADME. With an incredible FORCE LEAP, he flips through the air and lands within striking distance of the blaster held in the Viceroy’s hands, sundering it and saving PADME. He turns to see …

MAUL, seeing an opportunity strikes furiously to the now defenseless side of QUI-GON, forcing QUI-GON to overextend to protect where OBI-WAN once was and leaving an opening for the other blade of DARTH MAUL’s double Lightsaber to impale him. As the PADAWANs and OBI-WAN watch, QUI-GON drops his Lightsaber and falls to his knees as DARTH MAUL frees his Lightsaber and turns towards the young JEDI, smiling with a sickening self-satisfaction.

The PADAWAN look to each other, and then to OBI-WAN, but it’s clear he is lost in the moment. With a worried look, they nod to each other and as a group steel themselves and move to confront the Sith. With a furious rage, OBI-WAN leaps and strikes first, and while MAUL appears ready for attack, he moves to defend himself, but it is the weapon that killed his master that OBI-WAN vents his anger on, and MAUL is unprepared. With a shower of sparks, DARTH MAUL’s saber is cut in half, with part of it sliding away while MAUL adjusts his grip on the remaining one. No sooner has OBI-WAN finished his swing than CASTIS is making hers, keeping MAUL on the defensive and causing him to miss a counterstrike on OBI-WAN. With each attack, MAUL sets up for a counter, but is forced to abandon it as another PADAWAN strikes from a new angle. KENDRICK pauses and focuses, his Lightsaber changing to a softer hum as he imbues it with a concussive Force. Twirling the blade above his head, he strikes MAUL, catching his blade and then hitting him with the pommel, the force released on contact and staggering MAUL back. Shaking his head, he throws his hands out to the arrayed PADAWANs, knocking them back as he sprints back out the doors he arrived through at a frightening pace. ABRAXIS begins to follow, but as he makes his way down the hallway, he sees MAUL is outpacing him and were he to catch up, he would be facing the Sith alone. Turning, CUT TO

Episode 1 Session 1
The Phantom Menace Scenario Crawl & Player Script


Episode 1 Part 4
The Phantom Menace Part 4

SEVERAL FEDERATION DROIDS patrol a deserted city street. The Palace can be seen in the distance

NUTE sits in a strange, mechanical walking chair, which approaches SIO BIBBLE and SEVERAL OTHER NABOO OFFICIALS. RUNE follows a few paces behind. DROID GUARDS surround SIO BIBBLE and THE OTHERS as FOUR COUNCIL MEMBERS watch

NUTE : When are you going to give up this pointless strike? Your Queen is lost, your people are starving, and you, Governor, are going to die, much sooner than your people, I’m afraid. Take him away!

BIBBLE : This invasion will gain you nothing. We’re a democracy. The people have decided… They will not live under your tyranny. BIBBLE is taken away as OOM-9 approaches NUTE

The ship is asleep. The lights are dim as PADME walks into the main room. She goes to a monitor and watches the BIBBLE plea recording. ARTOO is to one side, cooing as he rests. PADME appears tired. She senses someone watching her and turns around with a start. She sees ANAKIN sitting in the corner, shivering and looking very dejected. She goes over to him. He looks up at her with weary eyes – he has been crying. He is holding his arms to keep himself warm

PADME : Are you all right?

ANAKIN : It’s very cold. PADME gives him her over-jacket

PADME : You’re from a warm planet, Anakin. Too warm for my taste. Space is cold.

ANAKIN : You seem sad.

PADME : The Queen is…worried. Our people are suffering…dying. She must convince the Senate to intervene, or…I’m not sure what will happen.

ANAKIN : I’m…I’m not sure what’s going to happen to me. I dunno if I’ll ever see you again.. he pulls something from his pocket I made this for you. So you’d remember me. I carved it out of a japor snippet… the spacers say it will bring you good fortune. ANAKIN hands a wooden pendant to PADME. She inspects it, then puts it around her neck

PADME : It’s beautiful, but I don’t need this to remember you. Many things will change when we reach the capital, Anakin. My fondness for you will always remain.

ANAKIN : I care for you too. Only I…miss… ANAKIN is disturbed about something. Tears are in his eyes

PADME : …You miss your mother. ANAKIN looks at her, unable to speak. She hugs him

MOVE with the ship as it heads toward Coruscant

The spacecraft flies over the endless cityscape of Coruscant, the capital of the galaxy

ANAKIN looks out the cockpit window in awe

RIC OLIE : Coruscant…the capital of the Republic…the entire planet is one big city.

ANAKIN : Wow! It’s so huge!

The ship flies through the cityscape of Coruscant

Supreme Chancellor VALORUM, SEVERAL GUARDS, and DEFENSE COUNCILOR PALPATINE stand on a landing platform. The sleek Naboo spacecraft lands on the platform high above the street level of the galactic capital. The ramp lowers. OBI-WAN, QUI-GON, and ANAKIN descend the ramp first and bow before PALPATINE and VALORUM. CAPTAIN PANAKA, TWO GUARDS, QUEEN AMIDALA, then PADME, RABE, EIRTAE, and MORE GUARDS descend the ramp. QUEEN AMIDALA stops before the group. ANAKIN stands to one side, looking at the huge city. PALPATINE bows before the Queen

PALPATINE : It is a great gift to see you alive, Your Majesty. May I present Supreme Chancellor Valorum.

VALORUM : Welcome, Your Highness. It is an honor to finally meet you in person. I must relay to you how distressed everyone is over the current situation. I’ve called for a special session of the Senate to hear your position.

AMIDALA : I am grateful for your concern, Chancellor. VALORUM starts to lead QUEEN AMIDALA and her RETINUE off the platform toward a waiting air taxi

VALORUM : There is a question of procedure, but I feel confident we can overcome it… ANAKIN starts to follow, then stops, noticing that OBI-WAN and QUI-GON are staying with PALPATINE. QUEEN AMIDALA waves to him to follow her. ANAKIN looks back to QUI-GON, and he motions to come join him. The QUEEN gives him a skeptical look while PALPATINE and the JEDI watch the taxi move off into the city

QUI-GON : I must speak with the Jedi Council immediately, Councilor. The situation has become more complicated.

QUEEN AMIDALA is sitting listening to VALORUM. EIRTAE and RABE stand behind the QUEEN; PADME is nowhere to be seen. CAPTAIN PANAKA enters, then goes into the room with QUEEN AMIDALA

VALORUM is pacing as CAPTAIN PANAKA enters. EIRTAE and RABE stand to one side

VALORUM : …the Republic is not what it once was. The Senate is full of greedy, squabbling delegates who are only looking out for themselves and their home systems. There is no interest in the common good…no civility, only politics…it’s disgusting. I must be frank, Your Majesty, there is little chance the Senate will act on the invasion.

AMIDALA : What options do we have?

VALORUM : Our only other choice would to be to submit a plea to the courts…

AMIDALA : There’s no time for that. The courts take even longer to decide things than the Senate. Our people are dying, Chancellor…more and more each day. We must do something quickly to stop the Federation.

VALORUM : To be realistic, Your Highness, I’d say you’re going to have to accept Federation control for the time being.

AMIDALA : That is something I cannot do.

A unique building with it tall spires stands out against the Coruscant skyline. A small transport passes by the vast temple

OBI-WAN and ANAKIN stand in an elegant but austere room. They don’t speak, and OBI-WAN seems tense with ANAKIN’s presence, but ANAKIN is clueless to the tension. PALPATINE enters through an elevator at the far side of the room and quickly notices the tension before moving over to OBI-WAN and placing a hand on his shoulder.

PALPATINE : Obi-Wan, my dear boy, is everything alright?

OBI-WAN : Defense Counselor Palpatine, I didn’t see you there. I’m fine.

PALPATINE : Obi-Wan, I’ve known you since you were a small boy. I have advised you over the years when I could … I am very proud of your accomplishments. I hope you realize you can tell me anything.

OBI-WAN : considering his words, then looking to ANAKIN I fear my time as a Jedi is over, Counselor.

PALPATINE : What do you mean, my boy?

OBI-WAN : Master Qui-Gon looks to take Anakin as an apprentice, and I’ve been letting him down so often lately …

PALPATINE : I’m sure the Council would never allow it. You have proven yourself many times to them and to me. Even as a padawan learner you have proven yourself an asset in my liaisons between the Senate and the Council. In my role of coordinating the Jedi’s defense of the Republic with the Senates orders you’ve proven to be a vital piece of that, Obi-Wan, and you’re a good friend.

OBI-WAN : Thank you, Counselor, you’re too kind, but this is a matter that I’m afraid is in the Council’s hands now.

PALPATINE : Well, I’m here to speak with Master Yoda, I’ll be sure to remind him of your many virtues when I speak to him.

OBI-WAN : I appreciate that, Counselor, but Master Yoda isn’t here. He’s on Kashyyyk investigating the hidnapping and murder of the Wookies by the Trandoshan pelt hunters.

PALPATINE : Ah, yes, a serious issue to be sure. Well, I suppose I will have to see if Master Windu can assist me with the Senate’s business then. PALPATINE moves past the group and enters the COUNCIL CHAMBER

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

Episode 1 Part 2
The Phantom Menace Part 2

As the camera lowers towards the bright green and blue planet of Alderaan, we follow a large group of TRADE FEDERATION ships coming out of orbit, one of which heads towards a speck in Alderaan’s orbit. We follow the ship in to see the speck become a large orbital station, its grand windows gazing out onto the horizon. Voices crackle as the ship identifies itself to Alderaan Orbital Control, and requests clearance to land on the station. As it is cleared, the camera follows the ship into the docking bay and then pans up the outside of the Station to rest upon …

Obi-Wan Kenobi stares out into space, a wistful smile on his lips. His master, Qui Gon Jinn, sits at the conference table reviewing station plans and sipping caff. He looks up at his padawan learner and regards him a moment.

OBI-WAN : Look at those cruisers, Master. They’re enormous! I wonder if this was what it was like to see the Sith war fleets arrive during the Great Sith Wars

QUI-GON : Be thankful you never have to find out, Obi Wan. The Sith Wars were a dark time in the history of the galaxy, one we should be thankful is past, not fondly wishing for.

OBI-WAN : I know that, Master, but the Jedi were needed then! We were out saving the galaxy, battling evil, not motioning to the schematics on the table reviewing design plans for oversights and non-compliance to Senate standards.

QUI-GON : Moving to Obi Wan and placing his hands onto his shoulders Your youth and naiveté is showing, my young apprentice. We were doing more than just defeating Sith. We were dying. We were making hard decisions that cost the lives of thousands, sometimes millions, because other decisions would have been worse. We were heroes to the billions we saved, but we were also butchers to billions others that we couldn’t. War makes a mockery of us all, Obi Wan, you would do well to remember this. Be careful what you wish for.

OBI-WAN : You’re right, of course, Master. I just wish that we had our lightsabers for more than just academic sparring and utility sometimes, that’s all … looks up to see Qui Gon has moved away and was staring out of the window, a concerned look on his face Master? Is everything all right?

QUI-GON : Those cruisers are moving into low orbit and dispensing landing craft. I sense something terrible is happening.

Warning Klaxons flare as explosions rock the station. The comms crackle as a desperate voice announces that Trade Federation forces have taken the station and that the primary command deck is in danger of falling, but the voice is cut off as a blaster shot is heard. Obi Wan and Qui Gon ignite their lightsabers as gas begins to fill the room

QUI GON : Dioxis. We must get to the control room to negotiate a surrender. nodding, Obi Wan joins him in taking a deep breath

A hologram of NUTE, surrounded by BATTLE DROIDS, appears in the conference room hallway.

NUTE : They must be dead by now. Blast, what’s left of them. The hologram fades off, as a BATTLE DROID, OWO-1, cautiously opens the door. A deadly green cloud billows from the room. BATTLE DROIDS cock their weapons as a figure stumbles out of the smoke. It is TC-14 , carrying the tray of drinks.

TC14 : Oh, excuse me, so sorry. The PROTOCOL DROID passes the armed camp just as two flashing laser swords fly out of the deadly fog, cutting down several BATTLE DROIDS before they can fire.

The bridge is a cacophony of alarms. NUTE and RUNE watch OWO-1 on the viewscreen.
OWO-1 : Not sure exactly what… OWO-1 is suddenly cut in half in mid-sentence. RUNE gives NUTE a worried look.

NUTE : What in blazes is going on down there?

RUNE : Have you ever encountered a Jedi Knight before, sir?

NUTE : Well, not exactly, but I don’t…(panicked) Seal off the bridge.

RUNE : That won’t be enough, sir. The doors to the bridge SLAM shut.

NUTE : I want destroyer droids up here at once!!!

RUNE : We will not survive this.

QUI-GON cuts several BATTLE DROIDS in half, creating a shower of sparks and metal parts. OBI-WAN raises his hand, sending several BATTLE DROIDS crashing into the wall. QUI-GON makes his way to the bridge door and begins to cut through it.

The CREW is very nervous as sparks start flying around the bridge door. QUI-GON and OBI-WAN are on the view screen.

NUTE : Close the blast doors!!! The huge, very thick blast door slams shut, followed by a second door, then a third. There is a hissing sound as the huge doors seal shut. QUI-GON stabs the door with his sword. The screen goes black as a red spot appears in the center of the blast door.

RUNE : …They’re still coming through! On the door, chunks of molten metal begin to drop away.

NUTE : Impossible!! This is impossible!!

RUNE : Where are those destroyer droids?!

Ten ugly destroyer WHEEL DROIDS roll down the hallway at full speed. Just before they get to the bridge area, they stop and transform into their battle configuration. QUI-GON can’t see them but senses their presence.

QUI-GON : Destroyer droids!

OBI-WAN : Offhand, I’d say this mission is past the negotiation stage. The WHEEL DROIDS, led by P-59, rush the entry area from three hallways, blasting away with their laser guns. They stop firing and stand in a semi-circle as the smoke clears. OBI-WAN and QUI-GON are nowhere to be seen.

P-59 : Switch to bio…There they are! The Jedi materialize at the far end of the hallway and dash through the doorway that slams shut. The WHEEL DROIDS blast away at the two JEDI.

OBI-WAN : They have shield generators!

QUI-GON : It’s a standoff! Let’s go!

NUTE and RUNE stand on the bridge, watching the view screen as the WHEEL DROIDS’ POV speeds to the doorway.

RUNE : We have them on the run, sir…they’re no match for destroyer droids.

TEY HOW : Sir, they’ve gone up the ventilation shaft.

QUI-GON and OBI-WAN appear at a large vent in a giant hanger bay. They are careful not to be seen. Thousands of BATTLE DROIDS are loading onto landing craft.

QUI-GON : Battle droids.

OBI-WAN : It’s an invasion army.

QUI-GON : It’s an odd play for the Trade Federation. We’ve got to secure the Alderaanian Royalty and contact the Senate. Let’s split up. Stow aboard separate ships and meet down on the planet.

OBI WAN : Well, Master, at least I know Master Drallig’s lightsaber training paid off. weak smile

TEY HOW receives a transmission.

TEY HOW : Sir, a transmission from the planet.

RUNE : It’s Queen Amidala herself.

NUTE : Route it through our ship’s holonet, don’t let her know we have the station. On the view screen, QUEEN AMIDALA appears in her throne room. Wearing her elaborate headdress and robes, she sits, surrounded by the GOVERNING COUNCIL and FOUR HANDMAIDENS, EIRTAE, YANE, RABE, and SACHE.

NUTE : (cont’d) Again you come before me, Your highness. The Federation is pleased.

AMIDALA : You will not be pleased when you hear what I have to say, Viceroy … Exit your battleships from the sovereign airspace of Alderaan and leave our planet in peace.

NUTE smirks at RUNE

NUTE : I know nothing about any battleships…you must be mistaken. AMIDALA, surprised at his reaction, studies him carefully.

AMIDALA : Beware, Viceroy….the Federation is going too far this time.

NUTE : Your Highness, we would never do anything without the approval of the Senate. You assume too much.

AMIDALA : We will see. The QUEEN fades off, and the view screen goes black.

RUNE : She’s right, the Senate will never….

NUTE : It’s too late now.

RUNE : Do you think she suspects an attack?

NUTE : I don’t know, but we must move quickly to disrupt all communications down there.

The QUEEN, her handmaidens EIRTAE and SACHE and her Governor, SIO BIBBLE, stand before a hologram of COUNCILOR PALPATINE, a thin, kindly man.

PALPATINE : …How can that be true? No member of the Republic has attempted an armed confrontation with another member in millennia. It must be a…gre…derstanding… the hologram of PALPATINE sputters and fades away

AMIDALA : Councilor Palpatine?!? (turns to Panaka) What’s happening? CAPTAIN PANAKA turns to his SARGEANT

CAPT. PANAKA : Check the transmission generators…

BIBBLE : A malfunction?

CAPT. PANAKA : It could be the Federation jamming us. Your Highness.

BIBBLE : A communications disruption can only mean one thing. Invasion.

AMIDALA : Don’t jump to conclusions, Governor. The Federation would not dare go that far.

CAPT. PANAKA : The Senate would revoke their trade franchise, and they’d be finished.

AMIDALA : We must continue to rely on negotiation.

BIBBLE : Negotiation? We’ve lost all communications! How can we negotiate? We must prepare to defend ourselves.

CAPT. PANAKA : This is a dangerous situation, Your Highness. Our security volunteers will be no match against a battle-hardened Federation army.

AMIDALA : I will not condone a course of action that will lead us to war.

Six landing craft fly in formation toward the surface of the planet Alderaan.

*Three landing craft slowly descend through the cloud cover of the twilight side of the planet. One by one, the Federation warships land in the eerie swamp. OBI-WAN’s head emerges from the mud of a shallow lake. For in the background, the activities of the invasion force can be seen in the mist. OBI-WAN takes several deep breaths, then disappears again under the muddy swamp. Troop Transports (MTT’s) emerge from the landing craft.

The droid invasion force moves out of the swamp and onto a grassy plain. OOM-9, in his tank, looks out over the vast ARMY marching across the rolling hills. A small hologram of RUNE and NUTE stands on the tank.

RUNE : …and there is no trace of the Jedi. They may have gotten onto one of your landing craft.

OOM-9 : If they are down here, sir, we’ll find them. We are moving out of the swamp and are marching on the cities. We are meeting no resistance.

NUTE : Excellent.

QUI-GON runs through the strange landscape, glancing back to see the monstrous troop transports, emerging from the mist. Animals begin to run past him in a panic. As the machine is about to crush him QUI-GON begins to run. Just as the transport is about to hit them, QUI-GON drops, and the transport races overhead. QUI-GON pulls himself out of the mud and stands watching the war machine disappear into the mist. In the distance, two STAPS burst out of the mist at high speed, chasing OBI-WAN. The two STAPS barrell down on OBI-WAN. The two troops fire laser bolts at OBI-WAN. QUI-GON deflects the bolts back, and the STAPS blow up. One-two. OBI-WAN is exhausted and tries to catch his breath

OBI-WAN : Sorry, Master, the water fried my weapon. OBI-WAN pulls out his burnt laser sword handle. QUI-GON inspects it

QUI-GON : You forgot to turn your power off again, didn’t you? OBI-WAN nods sheeplishly It won’t take long to recharge, but this is a lesson I hope you’ve learned, my young Padawan. This weapon is your life.

OBI-WAN : Yes, Master.

QUI-GON: This army is too well equipped, and Alderaan is peaceful, their defense forces won’t be able to stop them. We must get to the Royal Family and secure their safe passage to Coruscant. Come, we must be quick.

NUTE and RUNE stand before a hologram of DARTH SIDIOUS.

NUTE : The invasion is on schedule, My Lord.

DARTH SIDIOUS : Good. I have the Senate bogged down in procedures. By the time this incident comes up for a vote, they will have no choice but to accept your control of the system.

NUTE : The Queen has great faith the Senate will side with her.

DARTH SIDIOUS : Queen Amidala is young and naive. You will find controlling her will not be difficult. You have done well, Viceroy.

NUTE : Thank you, My Lord. DARTH SIDIOUS fades away.

RUNE : You didn’t tell him about the missing Jedi?

NUTE : No need to report that to him, until we have something to report.

The long columns of the DROID ARMY move down the main road leading to Theed, the Alderaan capital

As the QUEEN watches helplessly from a window in the palace, a transport carrying NUTE and RUNE lands in Theed Plaza. They exit the transport.

NUTE : Ah, victory!

Paradise. Billowing clouds frame a romantic body of water. There is a RUSH OF BUBBLES, as OBI-WAN and QUI-GON bob to the surface. QUI-GON stands up to look around. OBI-WAN is on shore and helps to pull QUI-GON out of the water

BATTLE DROID 3B3 : (O.S) Drop your weapons! The TWO JEDI turn around to see a BATTLE DROID standing in front of them. I said drop your weapons QUI-GON ignites his laser sword, and in a brief flash, the DROID is cut down by the JEDI. The JEDI move on.

The waterfalls of Theed sparkle in the noonday sun.

QUEEN AMIDALA, SIO BIBBLE, and FIVE OF HER HANDMAIDENS (EIRTAE, YANE, PADME, RABE, SACHE) are surrounded by TWENTY DROIDS. CAPTAIN PANAKA and FOUR ALDERAANIAN GUARDS are also held at gunpoint. NUTE and RUNE stand in the middle of the room.

BIBBLE : …how will you explain this invasion to the Senate?

NUTE : The Alderaanians and the Federation will forge a treaty that will legitimize our occupation here. I’ve been assured it will be ratified by the Senate.

AMIDALA : I will not co-operate.

NUTE : Now, now, your Highness. You are not going to like what we have in store for your people. In time, their suffering will persuade you to see our point of view. Commander. OOM-9 steps forward Process them.

OOM-9 : Yes, sir! turns to his sergeant Take them to Camp Four. The SERGEANT marches the GROUP out of the throne room.

QUEEN AMIDALA, PADME, EIRTA, YANE, RABE, SACHE, CAPTAIN PANAKA, SIO BIBBLE, and FOUR GUARDS are led out of the palace by ten BATTLE DROIDS. The plaza is filled with tanks and BATTLE DROIDS, which they pass on their way to the detention camp. Unbeknownst to them, QUI-GON and OBI-WAN sneak across on a walkway above the plaza and jump from a balcony to begin an attack to rescue the QUEEN. FOUR BATTLE DROIDS are instantly cut down. MORE DROIDS move forward and are also cut down by the JEDIS’ flashing lightsabres until there is only the DROID SERGEANT left. The SERGEANT starts to run but is pulled back to QUI-GON by the Force, until finally he is dispatched by the JEDI. QUEEN AMIDALA and the OTHERS are amazed. They move between two buildings.

QUI-GON : Your Highness, we are Jedi from the Council here to conduct an inspection on your Orbital Stations.

BIBBLE : Not that we aren’t grateful, but what then are you doing down here?

QUI-GON : The Viceroy is in control of your orbital stations, now. Your Highness, we must make contact with the Republic. CAPTAIN PANAKA steps forward.

CAPT. PANAKA : They’ve knocked out all our communications.

QUI-GON : Do you have transports?

CAPT. PANAKA : In the main hanger. This way. THEY disappear down an alleyway as the ALARMS are sounded

CAPTAIN PANAKA cracks open a side door to the central hanger. QUI-GON looks in over his shoulder. OBI-WAN, and the rest of the group are behind him. They see several Alderaan spacecraft guarded by about FIFTY BATTLE DROIDS. ALARMS can be heard in the distance.

CAPT. PANAKA : There are too many of them.

QUI-GON : That won’t be a problem. to Amidala Your Highness, under the circumstances, I suggest you come to Coruscant with us.

AMIDALA : Thank you, Master Jedi, but my place is here with my people.

QUI-GON : They will kill you if you stay.

BIBBLE : They wouldn’t dare.

CAPT. PANAKA : They need her to sign a treaty to make this invasion of theirs legal. They can’t afford to kill her.

QUI-GON : The situation here is not what it seems. There is something else behind all this, Your Highness. There is no logic in the Federation’s move here. My feelings tell me they will destroy you.

BIBBLE : Please, Your Highness, reconsider. Our only hope is for the Senate to side with us, Bail will need your help.

CAPT. PANAKA : Getting past their blockade is impossible, Your Highness. Any attempt to escape will be dangerous.

BIBBLE : Your Highness, I will stay here and do what I can…They will have to retain the Council of Governors in order to maintain control. But you must leave… The QUEEN turns to PADME and EIRTAE

AMIDALA : Either choice presents a great risk…to all of us…

PADME : We are brave, Your Highness.

QUI-GON : If you are to leave, Your Highness, it must be now.

AMIDALA : Then, I will plead our case before the Senate. to Bibble Be careful, Governor.

The door opens to the main hanger. QUI-GON, OBI-WAN, CAPTAIN PANAKA, TWO GUARDS, and THREE HANDMAIDENS (PADME, EIRTAE, RABE), followed by QUEEN AMIDALA, head for a sleek chrome spacecraft. SIO BIBBLE, YANE and SACHE stay behind. The HANDMAIDENS begin to cry

CAPT. PANAKA : We need to free those pilots. CAPTAIN PANAKA points to TWENTY GUARDS, GROUND CREW, and PILOTS held in a corner by SIX BATTLE DROIDS

OBI-WAN : I’ll take care of that. OBI-WAN heads toward the group of captured pilots. QUI-GON and the QUEEN, CAPTAIN PANAKA, and the rest of the GROUP approach the GUARDS at the ramp of the Alderaanian craft

GUARD DROID : Where are you going?

QUI-GON : I’m Inspector for the Jedi Council, and I’m taking those people to Coruscant.

DROID GUARD : You’re under arrest! The DROID GUARD draws his weapon, but before any of the DROIDS can fire, they are cut down. OTHER GUARDS run to their aid. OBI-WAN attacks the GUARDS around the PILOTS. QUI-GON stands, fighting off DROIDS as the OTHERS rush on board the spacecraft. OBI-WAN, the FREED PILOTS (including RIC OLIE), GUARDS and GROUND CREW MEMBERS rush on board the ship. The OTHER PILOTS and GUARDS race to SIO BIBBLE. After everyone has made it onto the ship, QUI-GON jumps on board. ALARMS sound. MORE DROIDS rush into the hanger and fire as the ship takes off

The ship exits the hanger. BATTLE DROIDS standing in the hanger shoot at them

The sleek spacecraft speeds away from the planet of Alderaan and heads for the deadly Federation blockade

The PILOT, RIC OLIE, navigates toward the massive battleship, QUI-GON and CAPTAIN PANAKA watch

RIC OLIE : ….our communications are still jammed. the massive battleship begins to open fire We’ve lost our main deflectors, one more direct hit and we’re in trouble.

A long row of five short, dome-topped ASTRO DROIDS (R-2 units). They all look alike, except for their paint color, and they all seem to be shut down. Soon, a bright red R-2 UNITs head pops up, followed by the others. In formation, they roll to a lift in the droid hold and one by one, they shoot up and onto the exterior of the ship.

The short, dome-topped ASTRO DROIDS (R-2 units) begin their work on the ship as blaster fire continues to wiz past their domes. One by one, they are struck by the blasts until only a BLUE DROID remains. Whistling worriedly, he swaps two wires, and the red panel glows blue


RIC OLIE : Powers back! That little droid did it. He bypassed the main power drive. Deflector shield up, at maximum.

The lone BLUE DROID finishes his repairs and goes back into the ship. The Alderaan spacecraft races away from the Federation battleship.


RIC OLIE : There’s not enough power to get us to Coruscant…the hyperdrive is leaking.

QUI-GON : We’ll have to land somewhere to refuel and repair the ship. QUI-GON studies a star chart on a monitor

OBI-WAN : Here, Master. Tatooine… It’s small, out of the way, poor… The Trade Federation has no presence there.

CAPT. PANAKA : How can you be sure?

QUI-GON : It’s controlled by the Hutts…

CAPT. PANAKA : The Hutts??

OBI-WAN : It’s risky…but there’s no alternative.

CAPT. PANAKA : You can’t take Her Royal Highness there! The Hutts are gangsters… If they discovered her…

QUI-GON : …It would be no different than if we landed on a system controlled by the Federation…except the Hutts aren’t looking for her, which gives us an advantage. CAPTAIN PANAKA takes a deep breath in frustration

The Alderaan spacecraft races away

NUTE and RUNE sit around a conference table with a hologram of DARTH SIDIOUS

NUTE : We control all the cities in the North and are searching for any other settlements…

DARTH SIDIOUS : Destroy all high-ranking officials, Viceroy…slowly…quietly. And Queen Amidala, has she signed the treaty?

NUTE : She has disappeared, My Lord. One Alderaan cruiser got past the blockade.

DARTH SIDIOUS : Viceroy, find her! I want that treaty signed.

NUTE : My Lord, it’s impossible to locate the ship. It’s out of our range.

DARTH SIDIOUS : …not for a Sith… A second SITH LORD appears behind DARTH SIDIOUS…Viceroy, this is my apprentice. Lord Maul. He will find your lost ship.

NUTE : Yes, My Lord. The hologram fades off This is getting out of hand…now there are two of them.

RUNE : We should not have made this bargain. What will happen when the Jedi become aware of these Sith Lords?


CAPT. PANAKA : …An extremely well put together little droid. Without a doubt, it saved the ship, as well as our lives.

AMIDALA : It is to be commended…what is its number? The LITTLE BLUE DROID lets out a series of bleeps. CAPTAIN PANAKA leans over and scrapes some dirt off of the side of the DROID and reads the number

CAPT. PANAKA : R2-D2, Your Highness.

AMIDALA : Thank you, Artoo Detoo. You have proven to be very loyal…Padme! PADME bows before the QUEEN Clean this droid up the best you can. It deserves our gratitude… to Panaka Continue, Captain.

CAPTAIN PANAKA looks nervously to OBI-WAN and QUI-GON

QUI-GON : Your Highness, we are heading for a remote planet called Tatooine. It is a system far beyond the reach of the Trade Federation. There we will be able to make needed repairs, then travel on to Coruscant.

AMIDALA : We are so close to Coruscant, how can we make it to Tatooine?

OBI-WAN : The Galactic Core exerts great gravity, you highness, to try and counter it takes far more energy the closer that you are to it. By using that gravity as a slingshot to get further away, we can make it to the Outer Rim for far less energy that to try and fight it all the way to Coruscant, of the planets along this slingshot path, Tatooine is the one that will best serve our purpose.

CAPTAIN PANAKA : Your Highness, Tatooine is very dangerous. It’s controlled by an alliance of gangs called the Hutts. I do not agree with the Jedi on this.

QUI-GON : You must trust my judgment, Your Highness. AMIDALA and PADME exchange looks. PADME moves next to the DROID

Episode 1 Part 1
The Phantom Menace Part 1



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