A LONG TIME AGO IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY (aka the mind of George Lucas)…Hello fans, this month we will take a break from Doctor Who as we celebrate my other favourite franchise, Star Wars…beginning with the first of the prequel trilogy, Episode I The Phantom Menace.

STAR WARS Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Ok so I know there are a great deal of fans who are not overly fond of the prequels, but in the mind of the Creator, George Lucas, this was exactly how he wanted to film this epic story.

Lucas has often cited The Lord of the Rings series as a major influence on Star Wars. Lucas learned from Tolkien how to handle the delicate stuff of myth. Tolkien wrote that myth and fairytale seem to be the best way to communicate morality – hints for choosing between right and wrong – and in fact that may be their primary purpose. Lucas has also acknowledged in interviews that the Gandalf and the Witch-king characters in the Lord of the Rings influenced the Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader characters respectively.

Originally known as Episode I: The Beginning, The Phantom Menace (released on 19th May 99) takes place 32 years before the events of the original trilogy (Episodes IV, V and VI) and opens with two Jedi on a mission to Naboo to settle a Trade dispute and later invasion. After short negations with the Trade Federation, Master Qui Gon Jin and his apprentice Obi Wan Kenobi attempt to leave Naboo with the Queen so that she might plea with the Senate to alleviate the illegal blockade of ships of the Trade Federation. Sustaining hyperdrive damage, the ship must lands for repairs on the Desert planet of Tatooine where they meet a young slave named Anakin Skywalker (later known across the galaxy as Darth Vader) who is exceedingly strong with the Force…

It is in Episode I that we meet what many believe to be GL’s greatest mistake in the form of Gungan (native amphibious species to the planet of Naboo) Jar Jar Binks. This oafish character is not overly bright and is constantly getting himself into bombad trouble. In my opinion we did not need this character as we already have plenty of comedy relief from the golden fusspot C3PO and his counterpart R2D2. Then again I guess GL needed someone to blame for the Clone Wars?

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