The Five Best Scenes of ‘The Phantom Menace’

The Phantom Menace was the first Star Wars movie I’ve ever watched and that’s why it still has such a special place in my heart. It had so many exciting elements that could’ve been utilized in the sequels but unfortunately the trilogy quickly went down the drain after Attack of the Clones. For the next nine days I’m going to share with you the five best scenes of the nine Star Wars movies and I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I’m going to have fun writing them.

1. The Arrival of the Jedi

Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Lindsay Duncan, and John Fensom in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

One of the coolest scenes of The Phantom Menace is when you see the Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jin and his padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi, for the first time in the movie. There’s a certain mystique about them as they’re led through the Trade Federation ship, their faces hidden beneath their cloaks, but when they reveal themselves it’s always been one of my favorite scenes of the movie.

Qui-Gon is such a cool character and then his padawan is Obi-Wan! How awesome is that? It’s really one of the best scenes in the movie.

2. The Buunta Eve Pod Race

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

I love the entire Pod Race. It’s one of the more unique scenes in the entire Star Wars series and it always feels me with such adrenaline. Especially on the last lap of the race. The race between Anakin Skywalker and Sebulba is delightfully intense and always gives me chills every time I watch it. And despite knowing what’s going to happen I always cheer when Anakin parts himself from Sebulba’s pod racer and takes the straightaway for the win. It’s a pretty awesome ending to a rather awesome scene.

3. The Ultimate Duel

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I always say, Darth Maul is one of the coolest Siths in Star Wars because, well, he is. He’s a Dathomirian which is awesome. There had never been a Sith in Star Wars up until that point who wasn’t a human but rather one of the humanoid aliens from around the galaxy and that made him really unique…and intimidating. He had those sharp teeth and those horns, the red and black skin, the yellow eyes. In a word, he was cool…and epic!

And the duel between him and the two Jedi was the icing on the Phantom Menace cake. I absolutely love the music for the duel, I love how long the duel is, I love that they’re fighting in the bowels of the Queen’s palace, and I immensely enjoy the intensity of the situation. This is undoubtedly one of my favorite scenes in all of Star Wars.

4. Qui-Gon’s Funeral

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Qui-Gon is one of my favorite characters in Star Wars and even though he only lasted for the span of one movie he left his unique stamp on the film and the movies moving forward. One of the reasons why this scene is in my top five list for The Phantom Menace is because of the conversation between Mace Windu and Yoda. They speak about the Sith and the fact that with the arrival of Darth Maul there has to be another Sith somewhere out there in the galaxy but they have no idea that Sith, that phantom menace they’re talking about is in the same room and his name is Palpatine. It’s one of the more chilling moments in the Star Wars series and it hints so strongly to the future of the trilogy.

5. The Celebration

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The Phantom Menace wasn’t the best Star Wars movie ever made by a long shot but I have to admit, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this scene. In fact, I’m getting chills just thinking about it. It’s such a positive ending and the music just adds a depth to the scene that has made me happy since I was a baby girl. In the same instance as A New Hope this was the perfect celebratory ending for the first movie in the prequel trilogy and it’s actually my favorite scene in The Phantom Menace.

Well, these are the five scenes in The Phantom Menace that have always brought a smile to my face or goosebumps to my skin. Tomorrow I’m going to tackle my five favorite scenes from Attack of the Clones and I can’t wait to share them with you.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day. May the Force Be With You.

2 thoughts on “The Five Best Scenes of ‘The Phantom Menace’”

  1. Hi Annlyel, I just re-watched TPM two days ago and it is a good film (however as you say not the best but good) and served it’s purpose to please (most of) the fans of Star Wars AND introduce the galaxy far, far way to a new young audience.
    I still feel a little cheated that Qui-gon was taken from us so quickly but I realise it was a catalyst to the storyline (so the Ultimate Duel was a little bitter-sweet).
    The moment that chilled me though was when Palpatine greets the young Anakin and promises to keep an eye on his progress! Anakin was doomed….

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    1. Exactly. ‘The Phantom Menace’ wasn’t the best ‘Star Wars’ movie ever made but it definitely presented some interesting ideas. And it is chilling seeing Palpatine basically drooling over the young Skywalker. Creepy. 😦

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