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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....
A vast sea of stars serves as the backdrop for the main title, followed by
a roll up, which crawls up into infinity.
EPISODE 1 THE PHANTOM MENACE
Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to
outlaying star systems is in dispute.
Hoping to resolve the matter with a blockade of deadly battleships, the
greedy Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to the small planet of
While the congress of the Republic endlessly debates this alarming chain of
events, the Supreme Chancellor has secretly dispatched two Jedi Knights,
the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, to settle the
PAN DOWN to reveal a small space cruiser heading TOWARD CAMERA at great
speed. PAN with the cruiser as it heads towardthe beautiful green planet of
Naboo, which is surrounded by hundreds of Trade Federation battleships.
INT. REPUBLIC CRUISER - COCKPIT
In the cockpit of the cruise, the CAPTAIN and PILOT maneuver closer to one
of the battleships.
(off screen voice) Captain.
The Captain turns to an unseen figure sitting behind her.
(V.O) Tell them we wish to board at once.
The CAPTAIN looks to her view screen, where NUTE GUNRAY, a Neimoidian trade
viceroy, waits for a reply.
(cont'd) With all due respect for the Trade Federation, the
Ambassodors for the Supreme Chancellor wish to board immediately.
Yes, yes, of coarse...ahhh...as you know, our blockade is perfectly
legal, and we'd be happy to recieve the Ambassador...Happy to.
The screen goes black. Out the cockpit window, the sinister battleship
looms ever closer.
EXT. FEDERATION BATTLESHIP - DOCKING BAY - SPACE (FX)
The small space cruiser docks in the enormous main bay of the Federation
INT. FEDERATION BATTLESHIP - DOCKING BAY - SPACE
A PROTOCOL DROID, TC-14, waits at the door to the docking bay. Two WORKER
DROIDS, PK-4 and EG-9 watch.
They must be important if the Viceroy sent one of those useless
protocol gearheads to greet them.
The door opens, and the Republic cruiser can be seen in the docking bay.
Two darkly robed figures are greeted by TC-14.
I'm TC-14 at your service. This way, please.
They move off down the hallway.
A Republic cruiser! That's trouble...don't you think?
I'm not made to think.
INT. FEDERATION BATTLESHIP - CONFERENCE ROOM
A door slides open, and the two cloaked shapes are led PAST CAMERA into the
formal conference room by TC-14.
I hope you honoured sirs with the most comfortable here. My master
will be with you shortly.
The droid bows before OBI-WAN KENOBI and QUI- GON JINN. He backs out the
door and it closes. The JEDI lower their hoods and look out a large window
at the lush green planet of Naboo. QUI-GON sixty years old, has long white
hair in a ponytail. He is tall and striking, with blue eyes. OBI-WAN is
twenty five, with very short brown hair, pale skin, and blue eyes. Several
exotic, bird-like creatures SING in a cage near the door.
I have a bad feeling about this.
I don't sense anything.
It's not about the mission, Master, it's
Don't center on your anxiety, Obi-Wan. Keep your concentration
here and now where it belongs.
Master Yoda says I should be mindful of the future...
.....but not at the expense of the moment. Be mindful of the
living Force, my young Padawan.
Yes, Master...how do you think the trade viceroy will deal with
the chancellor's demands?
These Federation types are cowards. The negotiations will be
INT. FEDERATION BATTLESHIP - BRIDGE
NUTE GUNRAY and DAULTRAY DOFINE stand, stunned, before TC-14.
(shaken) What?!? What did you say?
The Ambassadors are Jedi Knights, I believe.
I knew it! They were sent to force a settlement, eh. Blind me,
we're done for!
INT. FEDERATION BATTLESHIP - HALLWAY
A hologram of NUTE , surrounded by BATTLE DROIDS, appears in the conference
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.
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
INT. FEDERATION BATTLESHIP - BRIDGE
The bridge is a cocophony of alarms. NUTE and RUNE watch OWO-1 on the
Not sure exactly what...
OWO-1 is suddenly cut in half in mid-sentence. RUNE gives NUTE a worried
What in blazes is going on down there?
Have you ever encountered a Jedi Knight before, sir?
Well, not exactly, but I don't...(panicked) Seal off the bridge.
That won't be enough, sir.
The doors to the bridge SLAM shut.
I want destroyer droids up here at once!!!
We will not survive this.
INT. FEDERATION BATTLESHIP - HALLWAY - OUTSIDE BRIDGE
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.