Title: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Genre: Action / Adventure / Fantasy / Sci-Fi
It is a distant galaxy eons before the gestation of the planet Earth. Advancements in
technology and science have allowed the evolution of millions of worlds that are otherwise
in many respects still primitive. These worlds are somewhat loosely allied into an
intergalactic Republic, whose capital world is the planet Coruscant, a planetary city.
Upholding order for the Republic are the Jedi, an order of warriors endowed with near-super
power derived from self-generated fields of energy known collectively as The Force.
Within the Republic, dissident worlds have banded into an alliance known as the Trade
Federation, and the Trade Federation is locked in a dispute with the peaceful world of Naboo.
Two Jedi knights, Qui-Gon Jinn and his youthful apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, have been sent
to Naboo to help mediate an end to the dispute, but Nute Gunray, an alien viceroy, orders
them to be killed, and the two Jedi discover upon their escape that the Trade Federation
will launch an invasion of Naboo. With the help of a well-meaning but hopelessly subliterate
alien native of Naboo, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan land on Naboo to rescue her ruler, Queen Amidala,
a ruler whose rule is a mixture of monarchy and republican democracy. Escaping Naboo, they
are attacked by a Federation base star and are forced to land on the distant planet Tatooine,
where in seeking parts to complete their journey to Coruscant they encounter a young boy,
Annikan Skywalker, a slave who possesses a gift for the savagely dangerous sport of
podracing - a gift that Qui-Gon deduces is part of a genetic makeup perfect for the Jedi Order.
Annikan eventually joins with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, and in the process attracts the attention
of one of Queen Amidala's handmaidens with a dramatic secret, and all reach Coruscant, but
endless and pointless debate within the Republic's Senate leave them no choice but to strike
out on their own to liberate Naboo, a task made all the more difficult because a traitor
within Coruscant has at his command a dissident Jedi warrior who seeks the death of Qui-Gon