Another Phantom Menace


Now that George Lucas’ original vision of the Skywalkers spanning nine movies is complete, let’s take a look at some of our favorite moments in the series.

The Phantom Menace isn’t the first movie but it is the first episode. It begins with the already iconic line spoken by the young Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi to his master Qui-Gon Jinn, “I have a bad feeling about this.” He doesn’t know it yet, but it’s only going to get worse.

What is supposed to be a simple negotiation about a border dispute becomes an attack on the Jedi and leads to the movement of political events that will change the leadership of the known worlds.

We’re not going to focus on politics at the moment because the outcome of such events it seems was to establish Palpatine as leader giving the man more power to maneuver things in his favor. This isn’t his story so much as someone else’s. Though Palpatine’s influence will be the tipping point for the star of our movie.

Because what else could happen in the origin story of young Anakin Skywalker? Though this story ends with hope, there’s the constant undertone of impending doom. From the beginning, we see that this boy’s life has been a struggle.

Anakin and his mother are enslaved because they lost everything gambling. They are eventually sold to a shady mechanic who recognizes the value in the ten-year-old boy with an aptitude for mechanics.

When the Jedi come to the area looking for a part to repair their ship. There’s only one shady mechanic with the right one. Here is where the Jedi Qui Gon and his padawan ‘stumble’ upon this woman and her son, they are as shocked as we are to learn the boy has no father.

How is that possible? Midi-chlorians are the only explanation given. The boy has a high concentration of them making him potentially one of the strongest to wield the force they’ve ever known including Yoda.

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Though there is resistance to his training both Jedi make it their mission to see that the boy learns what he needs to in order to become the ‘one to bring balance to the force.’

Everyone watching this movie already knows what happens to young Anakin in adulthood but again the movie ends with hope. There’s a fantastic party on the now united and safe-for-now planet Naboo.

So what do we know now that the movies are all finished that we didn’t know before?

Palpatine is actually the one being credited for young Anakin’s birth in the first place. He’s the one with the midi-clorians to pull it off it seems making himself the father of Anakin in a way.

Not convinced? Well, let’s keep going on our trek through Star Wars movies and see if we can learn more information to either refute or support the notion that Palpatine has been attempting to orchestrate the Skywalker line from the beginning.

The question raised in this first movie: “Who is the ‘one’ that will bring balance to the force?”