Star Wars I - The Phantom Menace is a science fiction film not set within the Solar System which was released in 1999 and is directed by George Lucas.
Jedi Knights Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are despatched to planetNaboo after the Trade Federation has blockaded the planet over a trade tax. The Jedi Knights collect Queen Padme Amidala and attempt to whisk her to Coruscant.
During their attempt to get to the Naboo palace, they stumble across Jar Jar Binks (the most hated character in the universe) who takes them to his underwater hideout but they are kicked out. The three use an underwater submarine to make it to the Palace of Theed after avoiding a number of hungry fish.
On route to Coruscant, seat of the Galactic Council, they are forced to make a detour to Tatooine because their craft is damage. The two Jedi Knights venture into the town of Mos Espa where they meet a young Anakin Skywalker with his mum Shmi Skywalker. The Skywalkers are the property of a Toydarian slave trader called Watto. Watto agrees to let them leave if Anakin wins a Pod Race thus making Watto money.
They enter the race which Anakin wins but when they go back to see Watto, he relents on his agreement and only allows the Jedis to take Anakin and his unfinished C-3PO. As the Jedi's are about to leave the planet, they are attacked by Darth Maul who has caught up with them, Maul is determined to stop the Queen from pleading her case. Qui-gon is able to fend off the Sith Lord and the craft departs.
Padme Amidala pleads her case to the Galactic Council against the Trade Federation but gets nowhere so she returns with her Jedi Knights and Anakain to Naboo to save her planet.
Jar-Jar takes the Jedi Knights to a secret hiding place of the Gungans where the Jedi Knights and Padme Amidala plead their case to the leader of the Gungans to help. After careful considering, the Gungan Leader agrees to help the humans and orders his troops into place on the battlefield.
Whilst the Gungans fight the Trade Federation robots, Padme Amidala assisted by the two Jedi Knights and her loyal guard Captain Panaka lead an assault on the Theed Palace where the Trade Federation is holed up.
The film finishes with Anakin sneaking into a Theed fighter and accidentally launches it as a Trade Federation craft hovering over the planet and destroys it. The craft controlled the Trade Federation robots on the planet fighting the Gungans.
This film was the highest grossing of all the six films prior to star Wars - The Force Awakens and because of its poor storyline and irritating Jar-Jar, the following films didn't do quite as good as they should have been. May be the force will be with the seventh episode out in December 2015.
Captain Panaka ( Hugh Quarshie )
|Panaka is the chief of the Royal Guard on Naboo. He is prominent in star Wars I - The Phantom Menace but in the later films, his involvement is reduced. Panaka provides protection to Padme Amidala as leaves her home world to plead her case to the Galactic Council. He does not return in any of the following Star Wars films.|