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    EXT. SPAVE
    A vast sea of stars severas as a backdrop for the Main Title, following by a rollup, whcih crawls into infinity.

    There is unrest in the Galactic Senate
    Several hundred solar systems under
    the leadership of the rebel leader, Count
    Dooku, have decalred their intentions to
    secede from the Republic.

    This separatist movement has made it
    difficult for the limited number of
    Jedi Kights to maintain peace and
    order in the galaxy.

    Senator Amidala, the former Queen of
    Naboo, is returning to Coruscant
    to vote on the critical issue
    of creating an army to assist the
    overwhelmed Jedi.

    PAN UP to reveal the amber city planet of Coruscant. A yellow Naboo Fighter flies OVER CAMERA toward the planet, followed by a large Royal Cruiser and two more Fighters.

    EXT. CITYSCAPE, CORUSCANT - DAWN
    The ships skim across the surface of the city landscape. The sun glints off the chrome hulls of the sleek Naboo spacecraft as they navigate between the buildings of the capital planet.

    EXT. CORUSCANT, LANDING PLATFORM - DAWN
    Two Naboo Fighters land on one leaf of a three-leaf-clover landing platform. The Royal Starship lands on the central lead, and the third Fighter lands on the remaining plaform.

    A small GROUP OF DIGNITARIES waits to welcome the Senator. One of the members of the group os a well dressed JAR JAR BINKS, a member of the Galactic Representative Commission, and DORME, Senator Amidala's handmaiden.

    One of the FIGHTER PILOTS jumps from the wing of his ship and removes his helmet. He is CAPTAIN TYPHO, SENATOR AMIDALA'S Security Officer. He moves over to a WOMAN PILOT.

    CAPTAIN TYPHO
    We made it. I guess I was wrong,
    there was no danger at all.

    The ramp ;pwers. TWO NABOO GUARDS appear. SENATOR AMIDALA, ONE HANDMAIDEN (VERSE) and FOUR TROOPERS descend the ramp. AMIDALA is more beautiful now than she was ten years earlier when, as Queen, she was freeing her people from the yoke of the Trade Federation.

    The DIGNITARIES start to move forward. SENATOR AMIDALA reaches the foot of the ramp, when suddenly there is a blinding FLASH and a huge EXPLOSION. The DIGNITARIES and PILOTS are hurled to the ground as the starship is destroyed.

    Klaxons blare, alarms sound! CAPTAIN TYPHO and the TWO ESCORT PILOTS get up and run to where SENATOR AMIDALA lies dying. Beyond, ARTOO DETOO drops down from the Naboo Fighter and rolls toward the wreckage. The FEMALE ESCORT PILOT kneels by SENATOR AMIDALA and takes off her helmet, revealing SENATOR PADME AMIDALA.

    PADMÉ
    Cordé...

    She gathers up her decoy double in her arms. Cordé's eyes are open. She looks up at her.

    CORDÉ
    ... I'm sorry, m'lady... I'm... not sure I...

    CORDÉ dies. PADMÉ hugs her.

    AMIDALA
    No!... No!... No!...

    PADMÉ lowers CORDÉ to the ground. She gets up and looks around at the devastation. There are tears in her eyes.

    AMIDALA
    I should not have come back.

    CAPTAIN TYPHO
    M'Lady, you are still in danger.

    Amidala says nothing.

    CAPTAIN TYPHO
    This vote is very important. You did
    your duty and Cordé did hers. Now
    come. (she doesn't respond) M'Lady,
    please!

    She turns. They walk away. ARTOO lets out a small whimper and rolls off after them.

    EXT. SENATE BUILDING - DAY
    The massive Senate Building glistens in the afternoon sun. Small patches of fog have still to burn off.

    INT. SENATE CHAMBER - DAY
    The vast rotunda is buzzing with chatter. MAS AMEDDA, the Supreme Chancellor's majordomo, tries to quiet things down as PALPATINE confers with an AIDE, UV GIZEN, riding a small one man floating scooter.

    MAS AMEDDA
    Order! We shall have order! The motion
    for the Republic to commission an army
    takes precedent, and that is what we
    will vote on at this time.

    Everything quiets down. The AIDE disperses, and SUPREME CHANCELLOR PALPATINE steps to the podium.

    PALPATINE
    ...My esteemed colleagues, excuse
    me... I have just received some
    tragic and disturbing news. Senator
    Amidala of the Naboo system... Has
    been assassinated!

    There is a shock silence in the vast arena.

    PALPATINE
    (continued)
    This grievous blow is especially
    personal to me. Before I became
    Chancellor, I served Amidala when
    she was Queen. She was a great
    leader who fought for justice, not
    only in this honourable assembly,
    but also on her home planet. She
    was so loved she could have been
    elected queen for life. She
    believed in public service, and
    she fervently believed in
    democracy. Her death is a great
    loss to us all. We will all mourn
    her as a relentless champion of
    freedom... and as a dear friend.

    There is a moment of silence. ASK AAK, the SENATOR of MALASTARE, moves his pod into the centre of the arena.

    SENATOR ASK AAK
    How many more Senators will die
    before this civil strife ends! We
    must confront these rebels now,
    and they need an army to do it.

    A second pod moves into the centre of the area with DARSANA, the
    AMBASSADOR OF GLEE ANSELM.

    AMBASSADOR DARSANA
    Why weren't the Jedi able to stop
    this assassination? We are no
    longer safe, under their protection.

    Senator ORN FREE TAA swings forward in his pod.

    ORN FREE TAA
    The Republic needs more security
    now! Before it comes to war.

    PALPATINE
    Must I remind the Senator from
    Malastare that negotiations are
    continuing with the separatists.
    Peace is our objective here... not
    war.

    The SENATORS yell pro and con. MAS AMEDDA tries to calm things down. SENATOR PADME AMIDALA, with CAPTAIN TYPHO, JAR JAR, and DORME, manoeuvre her pod into the centre of the vast arena.

    AMIDALA
    My noble colleagues, I concur with
    the Supreme Chancellor. At all
    costs, we do not want war!

    The Senate goes quiet, then there is an outburst of cheering and
    applause.

    PALPATINE
    It is with great surprise and
    joy the chair recognises the
    Senator from Naboo, Padmé Amidala.

    PADMÉ
    Less than an hour ago, an
    assassination attempt was made
    against my life. One of my
    bodyguards and six others were
    ruthlessly and senselessly
    murdered. I was the target but,
    more importantly, I believe this
    security measure before you, was
    the target. I have led the
    opposition to build an army... but
    there is someone in this body who
    will stop at nothing to assure it's
    passage...

    Many of the SENATORS boo and yell at SENATOR AMIDALA.

    PADMÉ
    (continuing)
    I warn you, if you vote to create
    this army, war will follow. I
    have experienced the misery of war
    first-hand; I do not wish to do it
    again.

    There is sporadic yelling for and against her statements.

    PADMÉ
    Wake up, Senators... you must wake
    up! If you offer the separatists
    violence, they can only show us
    violence in return! Many will
    lose their lives. All will lose
    their freedom. This decision
    could very well destroy the very
    foundation of our great Republic.
    I pray you do not let fear push
    you into a disastrous decision.
    Vote down this security measure,
    which is nothing less than a
    declaration of war! Does anyone
    here want that? I cannot believe
    they do.

    There is an undercurrent of booing... and groaning. SENATOR ORN FREE TAA moves his pod next to AMIDALA.

    ORN FREE TAA
    My motion to defer the vote must
    be dealt with first. That is the
    rule of law.

    AMIDALA looks angry and frustrated. PALPATINE gives her a sympathetic look.

    PALPATINE
    Due to the lateness of the hour
    and the seriousness of this
    motion, we will take up these
    matters tomorrow. Until then, the
    Senate stands adjourned.

    EXT. EXECUTIVE QUARTERS BUILDING - DAY
    The giant towers of the Republic Executive Building seem to reach the heavens. Traffic clogs the smoggy sky.

    INT. CHANCELLOR'S OFFICE - DAY
    CHANCELLOR PALPATINE sits behind his desk with TWO RED-CLAD ROYAL GUARDS on either side of the door. YODA, PLOT KOON, KI-AD-MUNDI, and MACE WINDU sit acress from him.

    PALPATINE
    I don't know how much longer I can
    hold off the vote, my friends.
    More and more star systems are
    joining the separatists.

    MACE WINDU
    If they do break away -

    PALPATINE
    No! I will not let that happen!

    MACE WINDU
    But if they do, you must realise
    there aren't enough Jedi to
    protect the Republic. We are
    keepers of the peace, not soldiers.

    PALPATINE
    Master Yoda, do you think it will
    really come to war?

    YODA closes his eyes.

    YODA
    Worse than war, I fear... Much
    worse.

    PALPATINE
    What?

    MACE WINDU
    What do you sense, Master?

    YODA
    Impossible to see ... The Dark Side
    clouds everything. But this I am
    sure of -
    (opens his eyes)
    Do their duty the Jedi will.

    A muted BUZZER SOUNDS. A hologram of an AIDE, DAR WAC, appears on the Chancellor's desk.

    DAR WAC
    The loyalist committee has arrived,
    my Lord.

    PALPATINE
    Send them in.

    They all stand as SENATOR AMIDALA, CAPTAIN TYPHO, JAR JAR, MAS AMEDDA, DORME, and SENATORS BAIL ORGANA, HOROX RYYDER and ORN FREE TAA enter the office. YODA and MACE WINDU move to greet the SENATOR, YODA taps AMIDALA with his cane.

    YODA
    With you the force is strong...
    young Senator. To see you alive
    brings warm feeling to my heart.

    PADMÉ
    Thank you, Master Yoda. Do you
    have any idea who was behind
    the attack?

    MACE WINDU
    Our intelligence points to
    disgruntled spice miners, on
    the moons of Naboo.

    PADMÉ
    I don't wish to disagree but I
    think that Count Dooku was behind
    it.

    There is a stir of surprise.

    MACE WINDU
    You know, M'Lady, Count Dooku
    was once a Jedi. He wouldn't
    assassinate anyone, it is not in
    his character.

    KI-ADI-MUNDI
    He is a political idealist, not
    a murderer.

    YODA
    In dark times nothing is what it
    appears to be, but the fact remains
    Senator, in grave danger you are.

    PALPATINE gets up, walks to the window, and looks out at the vast city.

    PALPATINE
    Count Dooku has always avoided
    any kind of conflict. It appears
    he has no desire to start a war.
    Why would he kill you? To what end?

    PADMÉ
    I don't know, but everything in my
    being tells me he was behind it...

    After gazing out of the window for several moments Palpatine turns to
    Mace.

    PALPATINE
    Master Jedi, may I suggest that
    the Senator be placed under the
    protection of your graces.

    BAIL ORGANA
    Do you think that is a wise use
    of manpower during these stressful
    times?

    PADMÉ
    Chancellor, if I may comment, I
    do not believe the...

    PALPATINE
    ..."situation is that serious."
    No, but I do, Senator.

    PADMÉ
    Chancellor, please! I don't want
    any more guards!

    PALPATINE
    I realise all too well that
    additional security might be
    disruptive for you, but perhaps
    someone you are familiar with... an
    old friend like... Master Kenobi...

    PALPATINE nods to MACE WINDU, who nods back.

    MACE WINDU
    That's possible. He has just
    returned from a Border dispute on
    Ansion.

    PALPATINE
    You must remember him, M'Lady...
    he watched over you during the
    blockade conflict.

    PADMÉ
    This is not necessary, Chancellor.

    PALPATINE
    Do it for me, M'Lady, please. I
    will rest easier. We had a big
    scare today. The thought of
    losing you is unbearable.

    AMIDALA sighs as the JEDI get up to leave.

    MACE WINDU
    I will have Obi-Wan report to you
    immediately, M'Lady.

    YODA leans into her ear.

    YODA
    Too little about yourself you
    worry, Senator, and too much about
    politics. Be mindful of your
    danger, Padmé. Accept our help.

    As the JEDI leave the office, PALPATINE continues to pace behind his desk.

    PALPATINE
    I will not like this Republiv, that
    has stood for over a thousand
    years, be split in two

    EXT. SENATE APARTMENTS - TWILIGHT
    A graceful skyscraper twinkles in the evening light of Coruscant.

    INT. SENATE BUILDING, APARTMENT CORRIDOR - EVENING
    The door to the apartment slides open. JAR JAR walks into the corridor, where TWO JEDI are exiting the elevator. He recognises OBI-WAN and becomes extremely excited, jumping around, shaking his hand.

    JAR JAR
    Obi! Obi! Obi! Mesa sooo smilen
    to see'en yousa. Wahoooooo!

    OBI-WAN smiles.

    OBI-WAN
    It's Good to see you, too, Jar Jar.

    JAR JAR
    Oops! Wheresa mesa manners?
    Excuse me, Master Obi-Wan. I
    completely forgot myself for
    a moment there. I have had to learn
    Diplodiaclect... speak it like a
    native now. Don't really see the
    point, actually, but members of
    the Senate seem to prefer it...

    JAR JAR notices OBI-WAN'S APPRENTICE.

    JAR JAR
    (continuing)
    ...and this, I take it, is your
    apprentice... Nooooooooo! Annie?
    Noooooooo! Little Bitty Annie?
    (Looks at Anakin)
    Nooooooo! Yousa so biggen!
    Yiyiyiyyi! Annie!! Mesa no
    believen.

    ANAKIN
    Hi, Jar Jar.

    JAR JAR grabs hold of ANAKIN and envelops him in a big hug.

    JAR JAR
    Annie! Annie! Yiyiyiyiyiyiiii!

    INT. SENATE BUILDING, APARTMENT - EVENING
    PADME is in a conference with CAPTAIN TYPHO and DORME. JAR JAR enters the room, followed by the TWO JEDI.

    JAR JAR
    Lookie... lookie... Oops!... Oh,
    dear, I'm afraid I've forgotten
    myself again.

    PADME and TYPHO rise as OBI-WAN and ANAKIN stop before the SENATOR. OBI-WAN steps forward. ANAKIN stares at PADME. She glances at him.

    OBI-WAN
    It's a great pleasure to see you again,
    M'Lady.

    PADMÉ
    It has been far too long Master
    Kenobi. I'm so glad our paths
    have crossed again... but I must
    warn you that I think your
    presence here is unnecessary.

    OBI-WAN
    I'm sure the Jedi Council have
    their reasons.

    She moves in front of ANAKIN

    PADMÉ
    Annie??
    (stares)
    My goodness you've grown.

    They look at each other for a long moment.

    ANAKIN
    (trying to be smooth)
    So have you... grown more
    beautiful, I mean... and much
    shorter... for a Senator, I mean.

    OBI-WAN looks disapprovingly at his apprentice. PADME laughs and shakes her head.

    PADMÉ
    Oh Annie, you'll always be that
    little boy I knew on Tatooine.

    This embarrasses ANAKIN, and he looks down. OBI-WAN and CAPTAIN TYPHO smile.

    OBI-WAN
    Our presence will be invisible,
    M'Lady.

    CAPTAIN TYPHO
    I am very grateful you are here,
    Master Kenobi. The situation is
    more dangerous than the Senator
    will admit.

    PADMÉ
    I don't need more security, I need
    answers. I want to know who is
    trying to kill me.

    OBI-WAN
    (frowning)
    We're here to protect you
    Senator, not to start an
    investigation.

    ANAKIN
    We will find out who is trying to
    kill you Padmé, I promise you.

    He's done it again. He bites his lip in frustration and shame. OBI-WAN gives ANAKIN a dirty look.

    OBI-WAN
    We are not going to exceed our
    mandate, my young Padawan learner.

    ANAKIN
    I meant in the interest of
    protecting her, Master, of course.

    OBI-WAN
    We are not going through this
    exercise again, Anakin. You will
    pay attention to my lead.

    ANAKIN
    Why?

    OBI-WAN
    What??!!

    ANAKIN
    Why else do you think we were
    assigned to her, if not to find
    the killer? Protection is a job
    for local security... not Jedi.
    It's overkill, Master.
    Investigation is implied in our
    mandate.

    OBI-WAN
    We will do as the Council has
    instructed, and you will learn
    your place, young one.

    PADMÉ
    Perhaps with merely your presence,
    the mysteries surrounding this
    threat will be revealed. Now if
    you will excuse me I will retire.

    Everyone gives AMIDALA a slight bow as she and DORME leave the room.

    CAPTAIN TYPHO
    Well, I know I feel a lot better
    having you here.
    I'll have an officer on every
    floor and I'll be at the command
    centre downstairs.

    JAR JAR
    Mesa busten wit happiness seein
    Yousa again, Annie. Deesa bad
    times, bombad times.

    Captain Typho leaves.

    ANAKIN
    She didn't even recognise me, Jar
    Jar. I thought about her every
    day since we parted... and she's
    forgotten me completely.

    JAR JAR
    Shesa happy. Happier den mesa
    see-en her in longo time.

    OBI-WAN
    Anakin, you're focusing on the
    Negative again. Be mindful of your
    thoughts. She was glad to see us.
    Now lets check the security here.

    ANAKIN
    Yes, my master.

    EXT. JEDI TEMPLE - EVENING
    The vast Jedi Temple sits on an endless flat plain, silhouetted by a against the traffic-filled sky.

    INT. JEDI TEMPLE, CORRIDOR - EVENING
    MACE WINDU and YODA walk down the long hallways, silhouetted by a lit room at the end.

    MACE WINDU
    Why couldn't we see this attack on
    the Senator?

    YODA
    Masking the future, is this
    disturbance in the Force.

    MACE WINDU
    The propecy is coming true, the
    Dark Side is growing.

    YODA
    And only those who have turned to
    the Dark Side can sense the
    possibilities of the future. Only
    going through the Dark Side can we
    see.

    MACE WINDU
    It's been ten years, and the Sith
    still have no shown themselves.
    Do you think they are behind this?

    YODA
    ...Out there, they are. A
    certainty that is.

    MACE WINDU
    Do you think Obi-Wan's apprentice
    will be able to bring balance to
    the Force?

    YODA
    Only if he chooses to follow his
    destiny.

    There is a long silence as they walk away. Only footsteps are heard.

    INT. SENATE BUILDING, AMIDALA'S APARTMENT, BEDROOM - NIGHT
    PADME is asleep in her bed, lit only by the light of the city outside her window coming through the blinds. ARTOO stands in the corner of the bedroom. His power is off.

    INT. SENATE BUILDING, AMIDALA'S APARTMENT, MAIN R0OM - NIGHT
    ANAKIN is standing in the living room. He is in a meditative state. It is quiet. We hear DISTANT FOOTSTEPS in the corridor outside the apartment. Suddenly ANAKIN'S eyes pop open. His eyes dart around the room. He reaches for his lightsaber, then smiles and puts it back in his belt.

    The door to the apartment slides open, and OBI-WAN enters.

    OBI-WAN
    Captain Typho has more than enough
    men downstairs. No assassin will
    try that way. Any activity up
    here?

    ANAKIN
    Quiet as a tomb. I don't like
    just waiting here for something to
    happen to her.

    OBI-WAN checks a palm-sized view scanner he has pulled out of his utility belt. It shows a shot of ARTOO by the door, but no sign of PADME on the bed.

    OBI-WAN
    What's going on?

    ANAKIN shrugs.

    ANAKIN
    She covered that camera. I don't
    think she liked me watching her.

    OBI-WAN
    What is she thinking?

    ANAKIN
    She programmed Artoo to warn us if
    there's an intruder.

    OBI-WAN
    It's not an intruder I'm worried
    about. There are many other ways
    to kill a Senator.

    ANAKIN
    I know, but we also want to catch
    this assassin. Don't we, Master?

    OBI-WAN
    You're using her as bait??

    ANAKIN
    It was her idea... No harm will
    come to her. I can sense
    everything going on in that room.
    Trust me.

    OBI-WAN
    It's too risky... and your senses
    aren't that attuned, young
    apprentice.

    ANAKIN
    And yours are?

    OBI-WAN
    Possibly.

    INT. SENATE BUILDING, AMIDALA'S APARTMENT, BEDROOM - NIGHT
    As PADME sleeps, a PROBE DROID approaches outside her window. It sends out several small arms that attach to the window, creating sparks that shut down the security system. Then a large arm cuts a small hole in the glass. A FAINT SOUND is heard as the small section of glass is removed from the window.

    ARTOO wakes up, and his lights go on. The PROBE DROID freezes. ARTOO looks around, makes a PLAINTIVE LITTLE SOUND, then shuts down again. The PROBE DROID attaches a little tube to the window. TWO DEADLY LOOKING CENTIPEDE-LIKE KOUHUNS exit the tube, crawl through the blinds and head toward the sleeping PADME.

    INT. SENATE BUILDING, AMIDALA'S APARTMENT, MAIN ROOM - NIGHT
    ANAKIN and OBI-WAN continue their conversation in the main room of the apartment.

    OBI-WAN
    You look tired.

    ANAKIN
    I don't sleep well, anymore.

    OBI-WAN
    Because of your mother?

    ANAKIN
    I don't know why I keep dreaming
    About her now. I haven't seen her
    since I was little.

    OBI-WAN
    Dreams pass in time.

    ANAKIN
    I'd rather dream of Padmé. Just
    Being around her again is...
    intoxicating.

    OBI-WAN
    Mind your thoughts, Anakin, they
    betray you. You've made a
    commitment to the Jedi order... a
    commitment not easily broken...
    and don't forget she's a
    politician. They're not to be
    trusted.

    ANAKIN
    She's not like the others in the
    Senate, Master.

    OBI-WAN
    It's been my experience that
    Senators are only focused on
    pleasing those who fund their
    campaigns... and they are more
    than willing to forget the
    niceties of democracy to get those
    funds.

    ANAKIN
    Not another lecture, Master. Not
    on the economics of politics....
    It's too early in the morning... and
    besides, you're generalising. The
    Chancellor doesn't appear to
    be corrupt.

    OBI-WAN
    Palpatine's a politician, I've
    observed that he is very clever at
    following the passions and
    prejudices of the Senators.

    ANAKIN
    I think he is a good man. My
    instincts are very positive
    about...

    ANAKIN looks stunned. He looks sharply at OBI-WAN

    OBI-WAN
    I sense it, too.

    INT. SENATE BUILDING, AMIDALA'S APARTMENT, BEDROOM - NIGHT
    ARTOO sounds an alarm and shines a light on the bed. THE KOUHUNS are inches from PADME'S face. Their mouths are open, and wicked stinger tongues flick out.


    OBI-WAN and ANAKIN burst into the room. The KOUHUNS stand on their hind legs and hiss as PADME wakes up. ANAKIN throws himself in front of her, whacking in half the deadly creatures with his lightsaber.

    OBI-WAN sees the DROID outside the window and raqces straight at it, crashing through the blinds as he goes through the window.

    EXT. WINDOW LEDGE, APARTMENT BUILDING - NIGHT
    OBI-WAN flies through the glass window and flings himself at the PROBE DROID, grabbing onto the deadly machine before it can flee. The PROBE DROID sinks under the weight of OBI-WAN but manages to stay afloat and fly away, with the Jedi hanging on for dear life, a hundred stories above the city.

    INT. SENATE BUILDING, AMIDALA'S APARTMENT - NIGHT
    ANAKIN and PADME stare at the sight of OBI-WAN being carried off by the DROID. ANAKIN turns to her. She pulls her nightdress around her shoulders.

    ANAKIN
    Stay here!

    CAPTAIN TYPHO, with TWO GUARDS and DORME, enter the room as Anakin dashes out.

    EXT. CITYSCAPE, CORUSCANT - NIGHT
    The PROBE DROID sends several protective electrical shocks across its surface, causing OBI-WAN to almost lose his grip. As they dart in and out of the speeder traffic, OBI-WAN disconnects a wire on the back of the DROID. Its power shuts off! OBI-WAN and the DROID drop like rocks. OBI-WAN realises the error of his ways and quickly puts the wire back. The DROID'S systems light up again and it takes off.

    EXT. SENATE APARTMENTS - ENTRANCE - NIGHT
    ANAKIN charges out of the building and runs to a line of parked speeders. He vaults into an open one and takes off, gunning it fast toward the lines of speeder traffic high above.

    EXT. CITYSCAPE, CORUSCANT - NIGHT
    The DROID bumps against a wall, hoping to knock the Jedi loose. It moves behind a speeder afterburner to scorch him. It takesthe JEDI wildly between buildings and finally skims across a rooftop as OBI-WAN is forced to lift his legs, tenaciously hanging onto the DROID. The DROID heads for a dirty, beat-up speeder hidden in an alcove of a building about twenty stories up. When the pilot of the speeder, a scruffy bounty hunter called ZAM WESELL, sees the DROID approach with OBI-WAN hanging on, she pulls a long rifle out of the speeder and starts to fire at the JEDI. EXPLOSIONS burst all around OBI-WAN.

    OBI-WAN
    I have a bad feeling about this.

    FINALLY, the DROID suffers a direct hit and blows up. OBI-WAN falls fifty stories, until a speeder drops down next to him, and he manages to grab onto the back end of the speeder and haul himself toward the cockpit. The JEDI struggles to climb into the passenger seat of the open speeder and sit down next to the driver, ANAKIN.

    ANAKIN
    That was wacky! I almost lost you
    in the traffic.

    OBI-WAN
    What took you so long?

    ANAKIN
    Oh, you know, Master, I couldn't
    find a speeder I really liked,
    with an open cockpit... and with
    the right speed capabilities...
    and then you know I had to get a
    really gonzo color...

    They zoom upward in hot pursuit of ZAM asshe fires out the open window at them with her laser pistol.

    OBI-WAN
    If you'd spend as much time
    working on your saber skills as
    you do on your wit, young Padawan,
    you would rival Master Yoda as a
    swordsman.

    ANAKIN
    I thought I already did.

    OBI-WAN
    Only in your mind, my very young
    apprentice. Careful!! Hey, easy!!

    As this conversation is going on, ANAKIN deftly moves in and out of the oncoming traffic, across lanes, between buildings, and miraculously through a construction site. ZAM WESELL continues firing at them.

    ANAKIN
    Sorry, I forgot you don't like
    flying, Master.

    OBI-WAN
    I don't mind flying... but
    what you're doing is suicide!

    They barely miss a commuter train

    ANAKIN
    Master, you know I've been flying
    since before I could walk. I'm very
    good at this.

    OBI-WAN
    Just slow down!

    ZAM WESSEL and the JEDI race through a line of cross-traffic made up of giant trucks. The speeders bank sideways as they slide around right-angle turns between buildings. ZAM races into a tram tunnel.

    OBI-WAN
    (continuing)
    Wait! Don't go in there!

    ANAKIN zooms into the tunnel after ZAM. They see a tram coming at them. They brake, turn around, and race out, barely ahead of the charging commuter transport.

    OBI-WAN
    (continuing)
    You know I don't like it when you
    do that!

    ANAKIN
    Sorry, Master. Don't worry, this
    guy's gonna kill himself any
    minute now!

    ZAM WESSEL turns into oncoming traffic, deliberately trying to throw the JEDI off. Oncoming speeders swerve, trying to avoid ZAM and the JEDI. ZAM does a quick, tight loop-over and ends up behind the JEDI. She is now in a much better position to fire at them with her laser pistol. To avoid being hit by the laser bolts, ANAKIN slams on the brakes and moves alongside ZAM. She now fires point-blank at OBI-WAN.

    OBI-WAN
    What are you doing? He's gonna
    blast me!

    ANAKIN
    Right - this isn't working.

    ANAKIN slides underneath Zam's speeder. They race along in traffic, one speeder right on top of the other. The BOUNTY HUNTER skims over the rooftops, causing ANAKIN to drop behind. ANAKIN goes through his gears, zooming around traffic. They race at high speed across a wide, flat surface of the city planet. A large spacecraft almost collides with them as it attempts to land. They round a corner and clip a flag, which gets caught on one of the front air scoops.

    OBI-WAN
    That was too close!

    ANAKIN
    Clear that!

    OBI-WAN
    What??

    ANAKIN
    Clear the flag! We're losing
    power! Hurry!

    OBI-WAN leans out of the speeder, then crawls out onto the front engine, pulling the flag free of the scoop. The speeder lurches forward with a surge of power.

    OBI-WAN
    Whooooaaa! Don't do that! I
    don't like it when you do that!

    ANAKIN
    So sorry, Master.

    They chase the BOUNTY HUNTER through a power refinery.

    OBI-WAN
    It's dangerous near those power
    couplings! Slow down! Don't go
    through there!

    Huge electrical bolts shoot between the buildings as the speeders pass.

    OBI-WAN
    (continuing)
    Yiiii, what are you doing?

    ANAKIN
    Sorry, Master!

    OBI-WAN
    (sarcastically)
    Oh, that was good...

    ANAKIN
    That was crazy!!!

    ZAM slides around a corner sideways, blocking an alley, firing point-blank as ANAKIN approaches.

    ANAKIN
    (continuing)
    Ahh, damn.

    OBI-WAN
    Stop!!

    ANAKIN
    No, we can make it.

    ANAKIN barely misses the BOUNTY HUNTER'S speeder as he dives under it, and through a small gap in the building hitting several pipes and going wildly out of control. ANAKIN struggles to regain control of the speeder, narrowly missing a crane, barely clipping a pair of giant struts. A giant gasball shoots up, causing ANAKIN to spin and bump a building, stalling the speeder.

    OBI-WAN
    I'm crazy... I'm crazy... I'm
    crazy.

    ANAKIN
    But it worked... we made it.

    OBI-WAN
    (angrily)
    It didn't work... we've stalled!
    And you almost got us killed!

    ANAKIN
    I think we're still alive.

    ANAKIN works to get the speeder started. It quickly races to life.

    OBI-WAN
    (very angrily)
    It was stupid!

    ANAKIN
    (sheepishly)
    I could have made it...

    OBI-WAN
    (furious)
    But you didn't!!! And now we've
    lost him.

    Suddenly, there is an ambush. Laser bolts fire everywhere. EXPLOSIONS surround them. They look up to see ZAM WESSEL take off.

    ANAKIN
    No we didn’t...

    Out of a cloud of smoke and ball of flames the JEDI tear after ZAM. They are smoking. OBI-WAN slaps out the small fire on the dashboard. ZAM goes up and down, through cross-traffic. There is a near miss as a speeder almost hits them. ZAM turns down and left between two buildings. ANAKIN pulls up and to the right

    OBI-WAN
    Where are you going?! He went
    down there, the other way.

    ANAKIN
    This is a shortcut... I think.

    OBI-WAN
    What do you mean, ‘You think?’
    What kind of shortcut?! He went
    completely the other way! You’ve
    lost him!

    ANAKIN
    Master, if we keep this chase
    going, that creep’s gonna end up
    deep fried. Personally, I’d very
    much like to find out who in the
    hell he is and who he’s working
    for...

    OBI-WAN
    (sarcastic)
    Oh, so that’s why we’re going in
    the wrong direction.

    ANAKIN turns up a side street, zooming up several small passageways, then stops, hovering about fifty stories up.

    OBI-WAN
    (continuing)
    Well, you lost him.

    ANAKIN
    I’m deeply sorry, Master.

    ANAKIN looks around front and back. He spots something. He seems to
    start counting to himself as he watches something below approach.

    ANAKIN
    (continuing)
    Excuse me for a moment.

    ANAKIN jumps out of the speeder. OBI-WAN looks down and sees Zam’s speeder about five stories below them cruising past. ANAKIN miraculously lands on top of the Bounty Hunter’s speeder. The speeder wobbles under the impact. ZAM looks up and realises what has happened.

    ZAM takes off, and ANAKIN slides to the back strut and almost slips off, but manages to hang on. ANAKIN works his way back to the speeder’s cockpit, just as ZAM stops suddenly, and ANAKIN flies forward to the left front fork. ZAM shoots at him with a laser pistol. There is a BLAST near ANAKIN'S hand, which breaks off a piece of the speeder. ANAKIN slides to the right fork of the speeder, where ZAM can’t reach him. He scrambles to the top, holding onto an air scoop.

    OBI-WAN has jumped into the driver’s seat of his speeder and is deftly gaining on the rogue speeder. The two speeders dive through oncoming traffic and then through cross traffic. Finally, ANAKIN is able to get hold of his lightsaber and starts to cut his way through the roof of the speeder. ZAM takes out her laser pistol and starts firing at the helpless JEDI, knocking the sword out of his hand. OBI-WAN races under the speeder and catches the Jedi weapon in the passenger’s seat.

    ANAKIN sticks his hand into the cockpit and, using the Force, pulls the gun out of ZAM’S hand. She grabs the Jedi’s hand, and they struggle for the weapon. It goes off, blowing a hole in the floor of the speeder. The speeder careens wildly out of control. ZAM struggles to pull the speeder out of it’s nose dive. OBI-WAN gets slowed down by traffic and loses sight of the Bounty Hunter’s speeder.

    Just as the dragster is about to nose dive into the ground, ZAM pulls it out, and it slides hard on the pavement in a shower of sparks. ANAKIN goes flying into the street.

    EXT. ENTERTAINMENT STREET - NIGHT
    ZAM exits the crashed speeder and runs. ANAKIN picks himself up off the pavement and runs down the very crowded street.

    It's the seedy underbelly of the city. Broken sidewalks, garish lights reflected on the filthy puddles. It's pretty crowded with various ALIEN LOW-LIFES, PANHANDLING DROIDS, and the occasional group of UPPERCLASS SLUMMERS.

    ANAKIN barges into several of them as he chases after the fleeing ZAM. He loses the Bounty Hunter in the crowd, them sees him again. The young Jedi is having a very difficult time getting through the crowd.

    Ahead, ZAM turns in through a door and disappears.

    A nightclub sighs is flashing over the door. ANAKIN is just about to follow ZAM when there is a sudden swirl of litter from downthrusters. PEOPLE start moving out of the way, and the open speeder lands in the street beside him. OBI-WAN gets out and walks over, holding out ANAKIN'S lightsaber.

    OBI-WAN
    Anakin!

    ANAKIN
    She went into that club, Master.

    OBI-WAN
    Patience.

    OBI-WAN hands ANAKIN the lightsaber.

    OBI-WAN
    (continuing)
    Here. Next time try not to lose it.

    ANAKIN
    Sorry, Master.

    ANAKIN reaches for the lightsaber, but OBI-WAN holds it back.

    OBI-WAN
    A Jedi's saber is his most
    precious possession.

    ANAKIN
    Yes, Master.

    He reaches for the lightsaber, OBI-WAN pulls it back.

    OBI-WAN
    He must keep it with him at all
    times.

    ANAKIN
    I know, Master.

    OBI-WAN
    This weapon is your life!

    ANAKIN
    I've heard this lesson before...

    OBI-WAN finally holds out the lightsaber and ANAKIN grabs it.

    OBI-WAN
    But, you haven't learned anything,
    Anakin.

    ANAKIN
    I try, Master.

    INT. NIGHTCLUB - NIGHT
    OBI-WAN and ANAKIN enter the nightclub bar, and everyone stares at them

    OBI-WAN
    Why do I think you are going to be
    the death of me?!

    ANAKIN
    Don't say that Master... You're
    the closest thing I have to a
    father... I love you. I don't want
    to cause you pain.

    OBI-WAN
    Then why don't you listen to me?!

    ANAKIN
    I will. I'll do better, I promise.

    OBI-WAN
    Do you see him him?

    ANAKIN
    I think he's a she...

    OBI-WAN
    Then be extra careful...
    (nods to a room)
    Check it out.

    OBI-WAN goes away.

    ANAKIN
    Where are you going, Master?

    OBI-WAN
    To get a drink.

    OBI-WAN heads for the bar. ANAKIN blinks in surprise, then moves into the room, where ALIEN FACES look back at him with hostility, suspicion, and invitation as he moves among the tables. OBI-WAN arrives at the bar. He signals the BARMAN.

    CLOSE - Somewhere in the room a HAND moves to a pistol in its holster and unsnaps the safety catch. At the bar, a glass is placed in from of OBI-WAN. A drink is poured. He lifts the glass.

    ELAN SLEAZEBAGGANO
    Wanna buy some death sticks?

    OBI-WAN looks at him. He moves his fingers slightly.

    OBI-WAN
    You don't want to sell me death-
    sticks.

    ELAN
    I don't want to sell you death-
    sticks.

    OBI-WAN moves his fingers.

    OBI-WAN
    You want to go home and rethink
    your life.

    ELAN
    I want to go home and rethink my
    life.

    He leaves. OBI-WAN lifts the drink and tosses it back.

    CLOSE. The gun is drawn from its holster and held down out of sight. The BOUNTY HUNTER starts to move toward the bar.

    ANAKIN checks out ALIEN FACES. OBI-WAN signals for another drink. The gun moves toward his unsuspecting back.

    The drink is poured. OBI-WAN reaches for it. The gun is raised to aim directly at his back, and suddenly OBI-WAN turns fast. His lightsaber flashes. There is a shrill SCREAM and ZAM'S ARM hits the floor. The gun drops from its twitching fingers. Blood spreads.

    The room is silent. ALIENS rise menacingly from their seats, and ANAKIN is suddenly at OBI-WAN's side, his lightsaber glowing.

    ANAKIN
    Easy... Official business. Go
    back to your drinks.

    Slowly, the ALIENS sit. Conversation resumes. Onstage, THE PERFORMERS pick up their routine. OBI-WAN and ANAKIN lift ZAM and carry her out.

    EXT. ALLEY OUTSIDE NIGHTCLUB - NIGHT
    OBI-WAN and ANAKIN carry ZAM into the alley and lower her to the ground. OBI-WAN attends to her wounded shoulder. She stares up hatefully at ANAKIN. She winces in pain, then nods.

    OBI-WAN
    Do you know who it was you were
    trying to kill?

    ZAM WESSEL
    The Senator from Naboo.

    OBI-WAN
    Who hired you?

    ZAM glares at OBI-WAN.

    ZAM WESSEL
    It was just a job.

    ANAKIN
    Tell us!

    ZAM WESSEL
    That Senator's gonna die soon
    anyway, and the next one won't
    make the same mistake I did...

    OBI-WAN
    This wound's going to need
    treatment.

    ANAKIN
    Who hired you? Tell us... tell us
    now!

    ZAM glares hatefully.

    ZAM
    It was a Bounty Hunter called...

    There is a sudden FTZZZ sound. ZAM twitches. She blinks in surprise and dies.

    There is a WEOOSH from above. OBI-WAN and ANAKIN look up yo see an ARMOURED ROCKET-MAN taking off from a roof high above. OBI-WAN looks down at ZAM. He touches her neck and pulls out a small, wicked-looking dart.

    OBI-WAN
    Toxic Dart...

    INT. SENATE BUILDING, AMIDALA'S APARTMENT - DAY
    ANAKIN and JAR JAR stand near the door of the anteroom to PADME'S
    bedroom. PADME and DORME move about packing luggage.

    PADMÉ
    Representative Binks. I know I can
    count on you.

    JAR JAR
    Yousa betchen mesa bottums.

    PADMÉ
    What?!

    JAR JAR
    (coughs, recovers)
    Oh, pardone-ay, Senator. I mean,
    I am honoured to accept this heavy
    burden. I take on this
    responsibility with deep humility
    tinged with an overwhelming pride.
    (pompously)
    It is not every day that I am
    called upon to...

    PADME kisses him on the cheek and gives him a hug. JAR JAR turns red.

    PADMÉ
    You're a good friend, Jar Jar. I
    don't wish to hold you up. I'm
    sure you have a great deal to do.

    JAR JAR
    Of course, M'lady.

    JAR JAR bows and goes out. As he passes ANAKIN, he flashes a dazzling smile... PADME is in a very bad mood.

    PADMÉ
    I do not like this idea of hiding.

    ANAKIN
    Don't worry. Now that the Council
    has ordered an investigation, it
    won't take Master Obi-Wan long to
    find that bounty hunter.

    PADMÉ
    (frustrated)
    I haven't worked for a year to
    defeat the "Military Creation Act"
    not to be here when its fate is
    decided.

    ANAKIN
    Sometimes we have to let go of our
    pride and do what is requested of
    us.

    PADMÉ
    Pride?!? Annie, you're young, and
    you don't have a very firm grip on
    politics. I suggest you reserve
    your opinions for some other time.

    ANAKIN
    Sorry, M'lady. I was only trying
    to...

    PADMÉ
    Annie! No!

    ANAKIN
    Please don't call me that.

    PADMÉ
    What?

    ANAKIN
    Annie...

    PADMÉ
    I've always called you that... it
    is your name, isn't it?

    ANAKIN
    It's Anakin. When you say Annie
    it's like I'm still a little
    boy... and I'm not.

    PADMÉ
    I'm sorry, Anakin. It's impossible
    to deny you've...
    (looks him over)
    ...that you've grown up.

    PADME smiles at ANAKIN. He becomes a little shy.

    ANAKIN
    Master Obi-Wan manages not to see
    it...

    PADMÉ
    Mentors have a way of seeing more
    of our faults than we would like.
    It's the only way we grow.

    ANAKIN
    Don't get me wrong... Obi-Wan is
    a great mentor. As wise as Master
    Yoda and as powerful as Master
    Windu. I am truly thankful to be
    his apprentice. Only... although
    I'm a Padawan learner, in some
    ways... a lot of ways... I'm ahead
    of him. I'm ready for the trials.
    I know I am! He knows it too. He
    believes I'm too unpredictable...
    Other Jedi my age have gone
    through the trials and made it...
    I know I started my training
    late... but he won't let me move
    on.

    PADMÉ
    That must be frustrating.

    ANAKIN
    It's worse... he's overly
    critical. He never listens! He
    just doesn't understand! It's not
    fair!

    PADME cannot surpress a laugh. She shakes her head.

    PADMÉ
    I'm sorry... You sounded exactly
    like that little boy I once knew,
    when he didn't get his way.

    ANAKIN
    I'm not whining! I'm not.

    PADME just smiles at him. DORME laughs in the background.

    PADMÉ
    I didn't say it to hurt you.

    ANAKIN
    I know...

    There is a brief silence. PADME comes over to ANAKIN.

    PADME
    Anakin...

    They look into each other's eyes for the first time.

    PADMÉ
    (continuing)
    Don't try to grow up too fast.

    ANAKIN
    I am grown up. You said it
    yourself.

    ANAKIN looks deep into PADME'S eyes.

    PADMÉ
    Please don't look at me like that.

    ANAKIN
    Why not?

    PADMÉ
    Because I can see what you're
    thinking.

    ANAKIN
    (laughing)
    Ahh... so, you have Jedi powers
    too?

    DORME is watching with concern.

    PADMÉ
    It makes me feel uncomfortable.

    ANAKIN
    Sorry, M'lady.

    ANAKIN backs away as PADME turns and goes back to her packing.

    EXT. CORUSCANT, SPACEPORT FREIGHTER DOCKS, TRANSPORT BUS - DAY
    A small bus speeds toward the massive freighter docks of Coruscant's Industrial area. The spaceport is bustling with activity. Transports of various sizes moves supplies and passengers as giant floating cranes lift cargo out of starships. The bus stops before a huge intergalactic freighter starship. It parks in the shadows of an overhang.

    INT. CORUSCANT, SPACEPORT FREIGHTER DOCKS, TRANSPORT BUS - DAY
    ANAKIN and PADME, dressed in Outland peasant outfits, get up and head for the door where CAPTAIN TYPHO, DORME and OBI-WAN are waiting to hand them their luggage. DORME is dressed to look like Senator Amidala.

    CAPTAIN TYPHO
    Be safe, m'lady.

    PADMÉ
    Thank you, Captain. Take good
    care of Dorme... the threat's on
    you two now.

    DORME
    He'll be safe with me.

    They laugh, and PADME embraces her faithful handmaiden. DORME start to weep.

    PADMÉ
    You'll be fine.

    DORME
    It's not me, M'Lady. I worry
    about you. What if they realise
    I'm not you?

    PADMÉ
    (looks to Anakin)
    Then my Jedi protector will have
    to prove how grown up he is.

    DORME and PADME smile. ANAKIN frowns as OBI-WAN pulls him aside.

    OBI-WAN
    Anakin, you stay put on Naboo.
    Do not attract any attention. Do
    absolutely nothing without
    checking in with me or the Council.

    ANAKIN
    Yes, Master.

    OBI-WAN
    (to Padme)
    I will get to the bottom of this
    plot quickly, M'Lady. You'll be
    back here in no time.

    PADMÉ
    I will be most grateful for your
    speed, Master Jedi.

    ANAKIN
    Time to go.

    PADMÉ
    I know.

    PADME gives DORME a last hug. ANAKIN picks up the luggage, and the TWO PEASANTS exit the speeder bus, where ARTOO is waiting for them.

    OBI-WAN
    May the Force be with you.

    ANAKIN
    May the Force be with you, Master.

    They head off toward the giant Starfreighter.

    PADMÉ
    Suddenly, I'm afraid...

    ANAKIN
    I'm kinda scared too. This is my
    first assignment on my own.

    PADMÉ
    There's nothing to worry about...
    we have Artoo with us.

    The two laugh.

    OBI-WAN and CAPTAIN TYPHO watch ANAKIN and PADME disappear into the
    vastness of the spaceport with ARTOO trundling along behind them.

    OBI-WAN
    I hope he doesn't try anything
    foolish.

    CAPTAIN TYPHO
    I'd be more concerned about her
    doing something, than him.

    EXT. FREIGHTER DOCKS - CORUSCANT - DAY
    The freighter slowly takes off from the huge docks area of Coruscant. It soon moves into the crowded skies.

    INT. JEDI TEMPLE, MAIN HALLWAY - LATE DAY
    From high above, light streams down from the lofty ceilings. OBI-WAN crosses the floor of the great hallway, heaading for the Analysis Rooms.

    INT. JEDI TEMPLE, ANALYSIS CUBICLES - LATE DAY
    OBI-WAN walks past several glass cubicles where work is going on. He comes to an empty one and sits down in front of a console. A PK-4 ANALYSIS DROID comes to life. A tray slides out of the console.

    PK-4
    Place the subject for analysis on
    the sensot tray, please.

    OBI-WAN puts the dart onto the traym which retracts into the console. The DROID activates the system, and a screen lights up in from of OBI-WAN.

    OBI-WAN
    It's a toxic dart. I need to know
    where it came from and who made it.

    PK-4
    One moment, please.

    Diagrams and .... appear on the screem, scrolling past at great speed. OBI-WAN watches as the screen goes blank. They tray slides out.

    PK-4
    (continuing)
    As you can see on your screen,
    subject weapon does not exist in
    any known culture. Markings
    cannot be identified. Probablt
    self-made by a warrior not
    associated with any known society.

    OBI-WAN
    Excuse me? Could you try again
    please?

    PK-4
    Master Jedi, our records are very
    thorough. they cover eight
    percent of the galaxy. If I can't
    tell you where it came from,
    nobody can.

    OBI-WAN picks up the dart and looks at it, then looks to the DROID.

    OBI-WAN
    Thanks for your assistance! You
    may not be able to figure this
    out, but I think I know someone
    who might.

    EXT. SPACE, STARSHIP FREIGHTER
    The massive, slow-moving Freighter suddenly zooms away into lightspeed.

    INT. STARFREIGHTER, STORAGE HOLD - DAY
    The great, gloomy hold is crowded with EMIGRANTS and their belongings. To one side ARTOO is coming to the head of a food line, where SERVERS are ladling out bowls of mush. ARTOO holds two bowls.

    SERVER
    Keep moving! Keep moving!

    ARTOO slips tube into a tub of mush and sucks up a large quantity. With one of his little claw-arms, he grabs several chunks of something that looks like brown bread. A SERVER sees him.

    FOOD SERVER
    (continuing)
    Hey! No Droids!

    ARTOO takes one last big suck and heads away from the food line. The SERVER shouts after him angrily. The little droid moves past groups of eating or sleeping EMIGRANTS and comes to where ANAKIN is sound asleep. The young Jedi seems to be having a nightmare. He is very restless.

    ANAKIN
    No, no, Mom, no...

    He is sweating. PADME leans over to wipe some of the sweat from his forehead. He wakes up with a start, then realises where he is. PADME simply looks at him. He stares back, somewhat confused. ARTOO fills up two bowls with mush.

    ANAKIN
    (continuing)
    What?

    PADMÉ
    You seemed to be having a
    nightmare.

    ANAKIN looks at PADME a little more closely, trying to see if he has revealed any of his secrets. She hands him a bowl of mush and bread.

    PADMÉ
    (continuing)
    Are you hungry?

    ANAKIN
    Thank you.

    PADMÉ
    We went into lightspeed a while
    ago.

    ANAKIN looks into PADME'S eyes.

    ANAKIN
    I look forward to seeing Naboo
    again. I've thought about it every
    day since I left. It's by far the
    most beautiful place I've ever
    seen...

    PADME is a little unnerved by his intense stare.

    PADMÉ
    You were just a little boy then.
    It may not be as you remember it;
    time changes your perception.

    ANAKIN
    I think time has given me much
    more mature feelings to enhance my
    perception.

    PADMÉ
    It must be difficult having sworn
    your life to the Jedi... not being
    able to visit the places you
    like... or do the things you
    like...

    ANAKIN
    Or be with the people I love.

    PADMÉ
    Are you allowed to love? I
    thought that was forbidden for a
    Jedi.

    ANAKIN
    Attachment is forbidden.
    Possession is forbidden.
    Compassion, which I would define
    as unconditional love, is central
    to a Jedi's life, so you might say
    we're encouraged to love.

    PADMÉ
    You have changed so much

    ANAKIN
    You haven't changed a bit. You're
    exactly the way I remember you in
    my dreams. I doubt if Naboo has
    changed much either.

    PADMÉ
    It hasn't...

    ANAKIN
    I can't wait to breathe the sweet
    breeze that comes off the rolling
    hills. Whenever I try to
    visualise the Force, those hills
    are what I see.

    ANAKIN looks at PADME when he says this.

    ANAKIN
    (continuing)
    I love Naboo.

    There is an awkward moment.

    PADMÉ
    (changing the subject)
    Were you dreaming about you
    mother earlier, weren't you?

    ANAKIN
    Yes... I left Tatooine so long
    ago, my memory of her is fading.
    I don't want to lose it. Recently
    I've been seeing her in my
    dreams... vivid dreams... scary
    dreams. I worry about her.

    PADME gives ANAKIN a sympathetic look.

    EXT. CORUSCANT, DOWNTOWN, BACK STREET - MORNING
    OBI-WAN walks down the street. It is a pretty tough part of town. Old buildings, warehouses, beat up speeders and transporter rigs occasional "shiny freighters" hissing through.

    OBI-WAN comes to a kind of alien diner. On the steamed-up windowa it says "DEX'S DINER" in alien lettering. He goes inside.

    INT. CORUSCANT, DEX'S DINER - MORNING
    A young waitress, HERMIONE BAGWA, is wiping off a booth tabletop. There is a counter with stools and a line of booths along the wall by the window. A number of CUSTOMERS are eating - TOUGH-LOOKING WORKERS, FREIGHTER DRIVERS etc. HERMIONE looks up as OBI-WAN comes in.

    HERMIONE
    Can I help ya?

    OBI-WAN
    I'm looking for Dexter.

    HERMIONE'S eyes narrow.

    HERMIONE BAGWA
    Waddya want him for?

    OBI-WAN
    He's not in trouble. It's
    personal.

    HERMIONE stares at OBI-WAN. There is a brief pause. Then she goes to the open serving hatch behind the counter.

    HERMIONE BAGWA
    Someone to see ya, honey
    (lowering her voice)
    A Jedi, by the looks of him.

    Steam billows out from the kitchen hatch behind the counter as a huge head pokes through.

    DEXTER JETTSTER
    Obi-Wan!

    OBI-WAN
    Hey, Dex.

    DEXTER JETTSTER
    Take a seat! Be right with ya!

    OBI-WAN sits in a booth.

    HERMIONE BAGWA
    You want a cup of ardees?

    OBI-WAN
    Thank you.

    HERMIONE moves off as the door to the counter opens and DEXTER JETTSTER appears. He is big - bald and sweaty, old and alien. Not someone to tangle with. He arrives, beaming hugely.

    DEXTER JETTSTER
    Hey, ol' buddy!

    OBI-WAN
    Hey, Dex.

    DEXTER eases himself into the seat opposite OBI-WAN. He can just make it. HERMIONE sets two mugs of steaming ardees in from of them.

    DEXTER JETTSTER
    So, my friend. What can I do for
    ya?

    OBI-WAN
    You can tell me what this is.

    OBI-WAN places the dart on the table between them. DEX'S eyes widen. He puts down his mug.

    DEXTER JETTSTER
    Well, whattaya know...

    DEXTER picks up the dart delicately between his puffy fingers and peers at it.

    DEXTER JETTSTER
    (continuing)
    I ain't seen one of these since I
    was prospecting on Subterrel
    beyond the Outer Rim!

    OBI-WAN
    Do you know where it came from?

    DEXTER grins. He puts the dart down between them.

    DEXTER JETTSTER
    This baby belongs to them cloners.
    What you got here is a Kamino
    Kyberdart.

    OBI-WAN
    Kamino Kyberdart... I wonder why
    it didn't show up in any analysis
    archive.

    DEXTER JETTSTER
    It's these funny little cuts on
    the side give it away...
    Those analysis droids you've got
    over there only focus on symbols,
    you know. I should think you Jedi
    would have more respect for the
    difference between knowledge and
    wisdom.

    OBI-WAN
    Well, Dex, if droids could think, we
    wouldn't be here, would we?
    (laughing)
    Kamino... doesn't sound familiar.
    Is it part of the Republic?

    DEXTER JETTSTER
    No, it's beyond the Outer Rim.
    I'd say about twelve parsecs
    outside the Rishi Maze, toward the
    south. It should be easy to find,
    even for those droids in your
    archive to find. Those Kaminoans
    keep to themselves. They're
    cloners. Damned good ones, too.

    OBI-WAN then picks up the dart, holding it midway between them.

    OBI-WAN
    Cloners? Are they friendly?

    DEXTER JETTSTER
    It depends.

    OBI-WAN
    On what, Dex?

    Dexter grins.

    DEXTER JETTSTER
    On how good your manners are...
    and how big your pocketbook is...

    EXT. NABOO SPACEPORT - DAY
    The Starfreighter lands in the giant port city of Theed.

    PADME, ANAKIN and ARTOO are among the EMIGRANTS streaming from the Starfreighter and into the vast docking area. They exit onto the main plaza.

    EXT. NABOO PALACE, GRAND COURTYARD (NABOO) - AFTERNOON
    The speeder bus pulls up and stops. PADME, ANAKIN, and ARTOO get out. The great courtyard stretches out before them, and they see the rose-colored dome of the palace on the far side. ARTOO WHISTLES. They pick up their gear and start to cross the courtyard. ARTOO trundles behind them.

    ANAKIN
    If I grew up here, I don't think
    I'd ever leave.

    PADMÉ
    (laughing)
    I doubt that.

    ANAKIN
    No, really. When I started my
    training, I was very homesick and
    very lonely. This city and my Mom
    were the only pleasant things I
    had to think about... The problem
    was, the more I thought about my
    Mom, the worse I felt. But I
    would feel better if I thought
    about the palace - the way it
    shimmers in the sunlight - the way
    the air always smells of flowers...

    PADMÉ
    ...and the soft sound of the
    distant waterfalls. The first
    time I saw the Capital, I was very
    young... I'd never seen a
    waterfall before. I though they
    were so beautiful... I never
    dreamed one day I'd live in the
    palace.

    ANAKIN
    Well, tell me, did you dream of
    power and politics when you were
    a little girl?

    PADMÉ
    (laughing)
    No! That was the last thing I
    thought of. My dream was to help
    in the "Refugee Relief Movement."
    I never thought of running for
    elected office. But the more
    history I studied, the more I
    realised how much good politicians
    could do. So when I was eight, I
    joined the "Apprentice
    Legislators", then later on became
    a Senatorial advisor, with such a
    passion that, before I knew it, I
    was elected Queen. Partly because
    I scored so high on my education
    certificate, but for the most part
    it was my conviction that reform
    was possible. I wasn't the
    youngest Queen ever elected, but
    now that I think back on it, I'm
    not sure I was old enough. I'm not
    sure I was ready.

    ANAKIN
    The people you served thought you
    did a good job. I heard they
    tried to amend the Constitution so
    you could stay in office.

    PADMÉ
    Popular rule is not democracy,
    Annie. It gives the people what
    they want, not what they need.
    And, truthfully, I was relieved
    when my two terms were up. So
    were my parents. They worried
    About me during the blockade and
    couldn't wait for it all to be
    over. Actually, I was hoping to
    have a family by now... My
    sisters have the most amazing,
    wonderful kids... but when the
    Queen asked me to serve as
    Senator, I couldn't refuse her.

    ANAKIN
    I agree! I think the Republic
    needs you... I'm glad you chose
    to serve. I feel things are going
    to happen in our generation that
    will change the galaxy in profound
    ways.

    PADMÉ
    I think so too.

    ANAKIN and PADME walk toward the palace. ARTOO continues to follow.

    INT. NABOO PALACE, THRONE ROOM - AFTERNOON
    QUEN JAMILLIA is seated on the throne, flanked by SIO BIBBLE and a COUPLE OF ADVISORS. FOUR HANDMAIDENS stand close by, and GUARDS are at the doors.

    QUEEN JAMILLIA
    We've been worried about you.
    (takes her hand)
    I'm so glad you're safe, Padmé.

    PADMÉ
    Thank you, Your Highness. I only
    Wish I could have served you
    better by staying on Coruscant for
    the vote.

    SIO BIBBLE
    Given the circumstances, Senator,
    you know it was the only decision
    Her Highness could have made.

    QUEEN JAMILLIA
    How many systems have joined Count
    Dooku and the separatists?

    PADMÉ
    About two hundred. And more are
    leaving the Republic every day.
    If the Senate votes to create an
    army, I'm sure it's going to push
    us into a civil war.

    SIO BIBBLE
    It's unthinkable! There hasn't
    been a full-scale war since the
    formation of the Republic!

    QUEEN JAMILLIA
    Do you see any way, through
    negotiations, to bring the
    separatists back into the Republic?

    PADMÉ
    Not if they feel threatened. The
    separatists don't have an army,
    but if they are provoked, they
    will move to defend themselves.
    I'm sure of that. And with no time
    or money to build an army, my
    guess is they will turn to the
    Commerce Guilds or the Trade
    Federation for help.

    QUEEN JAMILLIA
    The armies of commerce! Why has
    Nothing been done in the Senate
    to restrain them?

    PADMÉ
    I'm afraid that, despite the
    Chancellor's best efforts, there
    are still many bureaucrats,
    judges, and even Senators on the
    payrolls of the Guilds.

    SIO BIBBLE
    It's outrageous! After all of
    those hearings, and the four trials in
    the Supreme Court, Nute Gunray is
    still the Viceroy of the Trade
    Federation. Do those money
    mongers control everything?

    QUEEN JAMILLIA
    Remember, Counsellor, the courts
    were able to reduce the
    Federation's armies. That's a
    move in the right
    direction.

    PADMÉ
    There are rumours, Your Highness,
    that the Federation Army was not
    reduced as they were ordered.

    ANAKIN
    The Jedi have not been allowed to
    investigate. It would be to be too
    dangerous for the economy, we were
    told.

    QUEEN JAMILLIA
    We must keep our faith in the
    Republic. The day we stop
    believing democracy can work is
    the day we lose it.

    PADMÉ
    Let's pray that day never comes.

    QUEEN JAMILLIA
    In the meantime, we must consider
    your own safety.

    SIO BIBBLE signals. All the other ADVISORS and ATTENDANTS bow and leave the room.

    SIO BIBBLE
    (to Anakin)
    What is your suggestion, Master
    Jedi?

    PADMÉ
    Anakin's not a Jedi yet, Counsellor.
    He's still a Padawan learner. I
    was thinking...

    ANAKIN
    (nettled)
    Hey, hold on a minute!

    PADMÉ
    Excuse me! I was thinking I would
    stay in the Lake Country. There
    are some places up there that are
    very isolated.

    ANAKIN
    Excuse me?! I am in charge of
    security here, M'Lady.

    SIO BIBBLE and QUEEN JAMILLIA exchange a look. Something is going on here.

    PADMÉ
    Annie, my life is at risk, and
    this is my home. I know it very
    well... that is why we're here.
    I think it would be wise for you
    to take advantage of my knowledge
    in this instance.

    ANAKIN
    (takes a deep breath)
    Sorry, M'Lady.

    SIO BIBBLE
    (to Anakin, amused)
    She is right. The Lake Country is
    the most remote part of Naboo.
    Not many people and a clear view
    of the surrounding terrain.

    QUEEN JAMILLIA
    Perfect. It's settled then.

    ANAKIN glares at PADME. Then QUEEN JAMILLIA gets up, and they all start to leave.

    QUEEN JAMILLIA
    (continued)
    Padmé, I had an audience with your
    father yesterday. I told him what
    was happening. He hopes you will
    visit your mother before you
    leave... your family's very
    worried about you.

    PADME looks worred. They ALL exit down the main staircase.

    EXT. JEDI TEMPLE - DAY
    The main entrance at the base of the huge temple is bustling with activity. All sorts of JEDI are coming and going.

    INT. JEDI TEMPLE, ARCHIVES LIBRARY - DAY
    A bronze bust of Count Dooku, stands among a line of other busts of Jedi in the Archive Room. OBI-WAN stands in front it, studying the striking features of the chiselled face.

    On the walls, lighted computer panels seem to stretch into infinity. Farther along the room in the background, FIVE JEDI are seated at tables, studying archival material.

    After OBI-WAN studies the bust for a few moments before MADAME JOCASTA NU, the Jedi Archivist is standing next to him. She is an elderly, frail-looking human Jedi. Tough as old boots and smart as a whip.

    JOCASTA NU
    Did you call for assistance?

    OBI-WAN
    (distracted in thought)
    Yes... yes, I did...

    JOCASTA NU
    He has a powerful face, doesn't
    he? He was one of the most
    brilliant Jedi I have had the
    privilege of knowing.

    OBI-WAN
    I never understood why he quit.
    Only twenty Jedi have ever left
    the Order.

    JOCASTA NU
    (sighs)
    The Lost Twenty... and Count Dooku
    was the most recent and the most
    painful. No one likes to talk
    about it. His leaving was a great
    loss to the Order.

    OBI-WAN
    What happened?

    JOCASTA NU
    Well, one might say, he was always
    a bit out of step with the
    decisions of the Council... much
    like your old Master, Qui-Gon Jinn.

    OBI-WAN
    (surprised)
    Really?

    JOCASTA NU
    Oh, yes. They were alike in many
    ways. Very individual thinkers...
    idealists...

    JOCASTA NU stares at the bust

    JOCASTA NU
    (continuing
    He was always striving to become
    a more powerful Jedi. He wanted
    to be the best. With a lightsaber,
    in the old style of fencing, he
    had no match. His knowledge of
    the Force was... unique. In the
    end, I think he left because he
    lost faith in the Republic. He
    believed that politics were
    corrupt, and he felt the Jedi
    betrayed themselves by serving the
    politicians. He always had very
    high expectations of government.
    He disappeared for nine or ten
    years, then he just showed up
    recently as the head of the
    separatist movement.

    OBI-WAN
    Interesting... I'm still not sure
    I understand.

    JOCASTA NU
    Well, I'm sure you didn't call me
    over here for a history lesson.
    Are you having a problem, Master
    Kenobi?

    OBI-WAN
    Yes, I'm trying to find a planet
    system called Kamino. It doesn't
    seem to show upon any of the
    archive charts.

    JOCASTA NU
    Kamino? It's not a system I'M
    familiar with... Let me see...

    JOCASTA NU leans over OBI-WAN'S shoulder, looking at the screen.

    JOCASTA NU
    (continuing)
    Are you sure you have the right
    co-ordinates?

    OBI-WAN
    (nodding)
    According to my information, it
    should be in this quadrant
    somewhere... just south of the
    Rishi Maze.

    JOCASTA NU taps the keyboard and frowns.

    JOCASTA NU
    No co-ordinates? It sounds like the
    kind of directions you'd get from
    a street tout... some old miner or
    Furbog trader.

    OBI-WAN
    All three actually.

    JOCASTA NU
    Are you sure it exists?

    OBI-WAN
    Absolutely.

    JOCASTA NU
    Let me do a gravitational scan.

    OBI-WAN and JOCASTA NU studt the star map hologram.

    JOCASTA NU
    There are some inconsistencies
    here. Maybe the planet you're
    looking for was destroyed.

    OBI-WAN
    Wouldn't that be on record?

    JOCASTA NU
    It ought to be. Unless it was very
    recent.
    (shakes her head)
    I hate to say it, but it looks
    like the system you're searching
    for doesn't exist.

    OBI-WAN
    That's impossible... perhaps the
    archives are incomplete.

    JOCASTA NU
    The archives are comprehensive and
    totally secure, my young Jedi.
    One thing you may be absolutely
    sure of - if an item does not
    appear in our records, it does not
    exist!

    OBI-WAN stares at her, then looks back at the map.

    EXT. THEED, RESIDENTIAL AREA, SIDE STREET - AFTERNOON
    PEOPLE are passing through the little street, OLD MEN are sunning themslves, WOMEN are gossipping, KIDS are playing. ANAKIN, PADME and ARTOO turn onto a side street. ANAKIN is back in his Jedi robes. PADME wear a beautiful simple dress. She stops, beaming.

    PADME
    There's my house!

    PADME starts forward; ANAKIN hangs back.

    PADME
    (continuing)
    What? Don't say you're shy!

    ANAKIN
    (untruthfully)
    No, but I...

    Suddenly, there are shouts from two little girils, RYOO (age 6) and POOJA (age 4). They come running toward PADME.

    RYOO & POOJA
    Aunt Padme!! Aunt Padme!!

    PADME
    Ryoo!! Pooja!!

    PADME scoops up RYOO and POOJA and hugs them.

    PADME
    (continuing)
    I'm so happy to see you! This is
    Anakin. Anakin, this is Ryoo, and
    this is Pooja.

    ANAKIN and the GIRLS say hello shyly. Then:

    RYOO & POOJA
    Artoo!!!

    As they see the droid, they hug him. ARTOO WHISTLES and BEEPS. PADME laughs. ANAKIN and PADME go on toward the house. The GIRLS stay and play with ARTOO.

    INT. PADME'S PARENTS' HOUSE, MAIN ROOM - AFTERNOON
    SOLA, PADME'S beautiful older sister, comes in from the kitchen carrying a big bowl of food.

    SOLA
    (over her shoulder)
    They're eating over at Jev
    Narran's later, Mom. They just
    had a snack. They'll be fine.

    SOLA puts the bowl down on the table, where ANAKIN, PADME and RUWEE NABERRIE (Padme's father) are coming into the room.

    PADME
    Anakin, this is my sister, Sola.

    SOLA
    Hello, Anakin.

    ANAKIN
    Hello.

    SOLA sits, as JOBAL NABERRIE (Padme's mother) comes in with a heaped bowl of steaming food.

    JOBAL
    You're just in time for dinner. I
    hope you're hungry, Anakin.

    ANAKIN
    A little.

    PADME
    He's being polite, Mom. We're
    starving.

    RUWEE
    (grinning)
    You came to the right place at the
    right time. Sit down, son.

    EVERYONE sits and starts passing food.

    JOBAL
    (to Padme)
    Honey, it's so good to see you
    safe. We were so worried.

    PADME gives JOBAL a dirty look. RUWEE smiles as he watches.

    RUWEE
    Dear...

    JOBAL
    I know, I know... but I had to say
    it. Now it's done.

    SOLA
    Well, this is exciting! Do you
    know, Anakin, you're the first
    boyfriend my sister's ever brought
    home?

    PADME
    (rolls her eyes)
    Sola!! He isn't my boyfriend!
    He's a Jedi assigned by the Senate
    to protect me.

    JOVAL
    A bodyguard?! Oh, Padme! They
    didn't tell us it was that serious!

    PADME
    It's not, Mom, I promise.
    (glances at Jobal)
    Anyway, Anakin's a friend. I've
    known him for years. Remember
    that little boy who was with the
    Jedi during the blockade crisis?

    They nod.

    PADME
    (continuing)
    He grew up.

    JOBAL
    Honey, when are you going to
    settle down? Haven't you had
    enough of that life? I certainly
    have!

    PADME
    Mom, I'm not in any danger.

    RUWEE
    (to Anakin)
    Is she?

    ANAKIN
    ...Yes... I'm afraid she is.

    PADME
    (quickly)
    But not much.

    EXT. PADME'S PARENTS' GARDEN - AFTERNOON
    ANAKIN and RUWEE are walking.

    RUWEE
    Sometimes I wish I'd traveled
    more... but I must say, I'm happy
    here.

    ANAKIN
    Padme tells me you teach at the
    university?

    RUWEE
    (nodding)
    Yes, and before that, I was a
    builder. I also worked for the
    Refugee Relief Movement, when I
    was very young.

    INT. PADME'S PARENTS' HOUSE, MAIN ROOM - AFTERNOON
    PADME, SOLA and JOBAL are clearing the table.

    SOLA
    Why haven't you told us about him?

    PADMÉ
    What's there to talk about? He's
    just a boy.

    SOLA
    A boy? Have you seen the way he
    looks at you?

    PADMÉ
    Sola - stop it!

    SOLA
    It's obvious he has feelings for
    you. Are you saying, little baby
    sister, that you haven't noticed?

    PADMÉ
    I'm not your baby sister, Sola.
    Anakin and I are friends... our
    relationship is strictly
    professional.
    (to Jobal)
    Mom, would you tell her to stop it?

    SOLA
    (laughing)
    Well, maybe you haven't noticed
    the way he looks at you. I think
    you're afraid to.

    PADMÉ
    Cut it out.

    JOBAL
    Sola's just concerned... we all
    are.

    PADMÉ
    Oh, Mom, you're impossible. What
    I'm doing is important.

    JOBAL
    You've done your service, Padmé.
    It's time you had a life of your
    own. You're missing so much!

    EXT. PADME'S PARENTS' GARDEN - AFTERNOON
    ANAKIN and RUWEE are walking in the garden. RUWEE stops and faces ANAKIN directly.

    RUWEE
    Now tell me, son. How serious is
    this thing? How much danger is my
    daughter really in?

    ANAKIN
    There have been two attempts on
    her life. Chances are there'll be
    more. My Master is tracking down
    the assassins. I'm sure he'll find
    out who they are. This situation,
    won't last long.

    RUWEE
    I don't want anything to happen to
    her.

    ANAKIN
    I don't either.

    INT. PADME'S PARENTS' HOUSE, PADME'S ROOM - AFTERNOON
    PADME throws some things into a bag.

    PADME
    Don't worry, this won't take long.

    ANAKIN
    I just want to get there before
    dark.

    PADME goes on packing. ANAKIN looks around the room.

    ANAKIN
    (continuing)
    You still live at home.

    PADME
    I move around so much, I've never
    had a place of my own. Official
    residences have no warmth. I feel
    good here. I feel at home.

    ANAKIN
    I never had a real home. Home was
    always where my Mom was.

    ANAKIN picks up a framed hologram.

    ANAKIN
    (continuing)
    Is this you?

    The hologram shows Padme at age seven or eight surrounded by forty or fifty little green creatures. She is holding one in her arms. They are all smiling hugely.

    PADME
    That was when I went with the
    Relief Group to Shadda-Bi-Boran.
    Their sun was imploding, and the
    planet was dying. I was helping
    to relocate the children. See
    that little one I'm holding? His
    name was N'a-kee-tula, which means
    sweethear. He was so full of
    life,. All those kids were. I did
    everything I could to save him,
    but he died... they all did. They
    were never able to adapt... to
    live off their native planet.

    ANAKIN picks up another hologram. It shows PADME at age ten or eleven. She is wearing official robes and standing between two robed legislators. Her expression is severe.

    PADME
    (continuing)
    My first day as an Apprentice
    Legislator. Notice the difference?

    PADME pulls a face. ANAKIN grins. She continues packing. ANAKIN sets the two holograms down side by side - the beaming little girl, and the the stern, unsmiling adolescent.

    INT. JEDI TEMPLE, MAIN HALLWAY - DAY
    OBI-WAN walks through the main hallway to the training area.

    INT. JEDI TEMPLE, TRAINING VERANDA - DAY
    OBI-WAN comes out onto the veranda and stops, watching TWENTY or so FOUR-YEAR-OLDS doing training exercises, supervised by YODA. They wear helmets over their eyes and try to strike little TRAINING DROIDS with their miniature lightsabers. The DROIDS dance in front of them.

    YODA
    Don't think... feel... be as one
    with the Force. Help you, it will.
    (he sees Obi-Wan)
    Younglings - enough! A visitor we
    have. Welcome him.

    The CHILDREN take off their helmets and turn off their lightsabers.

    YODA
    (continuing)
    Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, meet the
    mighty Bear Clan.

    CHILDREN
    Welcome, Master Obi-Wan!

    OBI-WAN
    I am sorry to disturb you, Master.

    YODA
    What help to you, can I be?

    OBI-WAN
    I’m looking for a planet described
    to me by an old friend. I trust
    him. But the system doesn’t show
    up on the archive maps.

    YODA
    An interesting puzzle. Gather
    round the map reader, younglings.
    Master Obi-Wan has lost a planet.
    Find it, we will try...

    The map reader is a small shaft with a hollow opening at the top. The CCHILDREN gather around it. OBI-WAN takes out a little glass ball and places it into the bowl. The window shades close darkening the room and the reader lights up, projecting the star map hologram into the room. The CHILDREN laugh. Some of them reach up to try and touch the nebulae and stars. OBI-WAN walks into the display.

    OBI-WAN
    This is where it ought to be...
    but it isn’t. Gravity is pulling
    all the stars in this area inward
    to this spot. There should be a
    star here... but there isn’t.

    YODA
    Most interesting. Gravity’s
    silhouette remains, but the star
    and all its planets have
    disappeared. How can this be?

    There is a brief pause. Then a CHILD puts its hand up. YODA nods.

    JEDI CHILD JACK
    Because someone erased it from the
    archive memory.

    CHILDREN
    That’s right! Yes! That’s what
    happened! Someone erased it!

    JEDI CHILD MAY
    If the planet blew up, the gravity
    would go away.

    OBI-WAN stares; YODA chuckles.

    YODA
    Truly wonderful, the mind of a
    child is. Uncluttered. To the
    centre of the pull of gravity go,
    and find your planet you will.

    OBI-WAN
    But Master Yoda who could have
    erased information from the
    archives? That’s impossible,
    isn’t it?

    YODA
    (frowning)
    Much harder to answer, that
    question is.

    EXT. NABOO LAKE RETREAT, WATER SPEEDER, LANDING PLATFORM - LATE AFTERNOON
    A water speeder driven by PADDY ACCU, the retreat caretaker, skims across the lake away from the island landing platform where a chrome Naboo Starship rests. ANAKIN and PADME are sitting in the speeder as it skims away to where a lodge rises on a beautiful island in the middle of the lake.

    EXT. NABOO LAKE RETREAT, LODGE, GARDEN TERRACEM LATE AFTERNOON
    ANAKIN and PADME walk up the stairs from where the water speeder is parked onto a terrace overlooking a lovely garden. Behind them, PADDY ACCU supervises two serving girls, NANDI and TECKLA, as they carry the bags into the Lodge.

    ANAKIN and PADME stop at the balustrade. PADME looks out across the garden to the shimmering lake and the mountains rising beyond. ANAKIN looks at her silently.

    PADMÉ
    When I was in Level Three, we used
    to come here for school retreat.
    See that island? We used to swim
    there every day. I love the water.

    ANAKIN
    I do too. I guess it comes from
    growing up on a desert planet.

    PADME becomes aware that ANAKIN is looking at her.

    PADMÉ
    ...We used to lie on the sand and
    let the sun dry us... and try to
    guess the names of the birds
    singing.

    ANAKIN
    I don’t like sand. It’s coarse
    and rough and irritating, and it
    gets everywhere. Not like here.
    Here everything’s soft... and
    smooth...

    He touches her arm. PADME has become receptive to the way he looks at her but is nervous.

    PADMÉ
    There was a very old man who lived
    on the island. He used to make
    glass out of sand - and vases and
    necklaces out of the glass. They
    were magical.

    ANAKIN
    (looks into her eyes)
    Everything here is magical.

    PADMÉ
    You could look into the glass and
    see the water. The way it ripples
    and moves. It looked so real...
    but it wasn’t.

    ANAKIN
    Sometimes, when you believe
    something to be real, it becomes
    real. Real enough, anyway...

    They look into each other's eyes. He touches her chin.

    PADMÉ
    I used to think if you looked too
    deeply into glass, you would
    lose yourself.

    ANAKIN
    I think it's true...

    ANAKIN kisses PADME. She doesn't resist. She comes to her senses and pulls away.

    PADMÉ
    I shouldn't have done that.

    ANAKIN
    I'm sorry. When I'm around you,
    my mind is no longer my own.

    PADMÉ
    It's the situation... the stress...

    He looks at her.

    ANAKIN
    ...the view.

    EXT. CORUSCANT, LANDING PLATFORM - LATE AFTERNOON
    Obi-Wan's Starfighter is ready for takeoff. OBI-WAN and MACE WINDU stand beside it.

    MACE WINDU
    Be wary, this disturbance in the
    Force is growing stronger.

    OBI-WAN
    I am concerned for my Padawan. He
    is not ready to be on his own.

    YODA
    The Council is confident in this decision,
    Obi-Wan.

    MACE
    He has exceptional skills. The
    Council is confident in its
    decision, Obi-Wan. If the
    prophecy is true, he weill be the
    one to bring balance to the Force.

    OBI-WAN
    But he still has much to learn.
    And his abilities have made him...
    well... arrogant. I realise now
    what you and Master Yoda knew from
    the beginning... the boy was too
    old to start the training and...

    OBI-WAN hesitates.

    MACE WINDU
    There's something else?

    OBI-WAN
    Master, he should not have been
    given this assignment. I'm afraid
    Anakin won't be able to protect
    the Senator.

    MACE WINDU
    Why?

    OBI-WAN
    He has a... an emotional
    connection with her. It's been
    there since he was boy. Now
    he's confused... distracted.

    MACE-WINDU
    Obi-Wan, you must have faith that
    he will take the right path.

    OBI-WAN climbs into the cockpit of the Starfighter.

    OBI-WAN
    Has Master Yoda gained any insight
    into whether or not this war will
    come about?

    MACE WINDU
    Probing the Dark Side is a
    dangerous process. He could be in
    seclusion for days... May the
    force be with you.

    INT. JEDI TEMPLE, YODA'S QUARTERS - LATE AFTERNOON
    YODA sits with his eyes closed, meditating. Silence.

    EXT. NABOO LAKE RETREAT, LOUNGE, LATE AFTERNOON
    The setting sun touches the mountain peaks. The lake glows in the rose-tinted light. Floatinf lamps glean softly like jewels at the lodge.

    INT. NABOO LAKE RETREAT, DINING ROOM - LATE AFTERNOON
    NANDI place dessert in front of PADME. TECKLA does the same for ANAKIN. The dessert is some kind of fruit. PADME picks up her fork and goes to spear a piece, but it moves! She frowns and tries again -the fruit moves. She lokk up at ANAKIN. His eyes are on his plate.

    PADME
    You did that?

    ANAKIN looks up - wide-eyed innocence.

    ANAKIN
    What?

    PADME scowls at him. PADME jabs at the fruit - ANAKIN subtly moves his hand and it lifts up from the plate and hovers in front of her.

    PADME
    That! Now stop it!

    PADME laughs. ANAKIN laughs. She reaches out for the fruit - it loops.

    PADME
    (continuing)
    Anakin!!

    ANAKIN moves his fingers. The fruit flies into his hand.

    ANAKIN
    I'm not really supposed to do
    that... for fun, I mean. If
    Master Obi-Wan were here, he'd be
    very grumpy.

    ANAKIN is pleased. He cuts the fruint into several pieces and sends one back to PADME. She bites it out of the air and laughs.

    INT. NABOO LAKE RETREAT, LODGE, FIREPLACE ALCOVE - TWILIGHT
    A fire blazes in the open hearth. PADME is sitting in front of it, gazing at the flames.

    She looks up as ANAKIN arrives. She makes room for him. Brief pause.

    ANAKIN
    May I tell you something?

    PADME
    I don't know.

    ANAKIN
    Then how can I tell you?

    PADME
    Maybe you should use your Jedi
    intuition.

    ANAKIN
    It doesn't work around you. My
    mind is always a muddle... I can
    only think of you.

    PADME
    Anakin, don't...

    ANAKIN
    From the moment I met you, all
    those years ago, a day hasn't gone
    by when I haven't thought of you.
    And now that I'm close to you again,
    I'm in agony. The closer I get to
    you, the worse it gets. The
    thought of not being with you
    mskes my stomach turn over - my
    mouth goes dry. I feel dizzy. I
    can't breathe. I'm haunted by the
    kiss you should never have given
    me. My heart is beating, hoping
    that kiss will not become a scar.
    You are in my very soul,
    tormenting me. What can I do? I
    will do anything you ask...

    Silence. The logs flame in the hearth.

    ANAKIN
    (continuing)
    If you are suffering as much as I
    am, tell me.

    PADME
    ...I can't. We can't. It's just
    not possible.

    ANAKIN
    Anything's possible. Padme,
    please listen...

    PADME
    You listen. We live in a real
    world. Come back to it. You're
    studying to become a Jedi Knight.
    I'm a Senator. If you follow your
    thoughts through to conclusion,
    they will take us to a place we
    cannot go... regardless of the way
    we feel about each other.

    ANAKIN
    Then you do feel something!
    There's an extraordinary
    connection between us. You can't
    deny that.

    PADME
    Annie, it doesn't make any
    difference. Jedi aren't allowed
    to marry. You swore an oath,
    remember? You'd be expelled from
    the Order. I will not let you
    give up your responsibilities...
    your future, for me.

    ANAKIN
    I was destined to be a Jedi. I
    don't think I could be anything
    else. But you are asking me to be
    rational. That is something I
    know I cannot do. I wish I could
    wish my feelings away... but I
    can't.

    PADME
    I am not going to give into this.
    I'm not going to throw my life
    away. I have more important things
    to do than fall in love.

    There is silence as they stare at the fire. ANAKIN is thinking.

    ANAKIN
    It wouldn't have to be that way...
    we could keep it a secret.

    PADME
    Then we'd be living a lie - one we
    couldn't keep even if we wanted
    to. Mt sister saw it. So did my
    mother. I couldn't do that.
    Could you, Anakin? Could you live
    like that?

    Silence for a moment.

    ANAKIN
    ...No, you're right. It would
    destroy us.

    EXT. SPACE
    It's just like the star map hologram, plus the storm-shrouded planet of Kamino, which is exactly where it ought to be. Obi-Wan's Starship flies OVER CAMERA and heads down toward the planet.

    EXT. TIPOCA CITY, KAMINO LANDING PLATFORM (RAINSTORM) - DAY
    Heavy rans and hard-driving winds lash the platform as Obi-Wan's Starship approaches. The huge, ultra-modern city of Tipoca rests on great stilts that keep it above the pounding and ever-present waves that cover the surface of this watery world.

    The Starfighter lands. OBI-WAN gets out and makes his way through the bowling wind toward a tower on the far side of the platform. A door slides open. A shaft of brilliant light pierces the swirling rain. OBI-WAN passes through it and goes inside.

    INT. TIPOCA CITY, CORRIDOR ENTRANCE
    A Brilliant white light. OBI-WAN pushes the soaking hood from his face.

    TAUN WE
    Welcome to Tipoca City, Master
    Jedi.

    OBI-WAN wipes the rain from his face and blinks in surprise at a tall, pasty-white alien named TAUN WE. He has large, almond shaped eyes.

    TAUN WE
    Everything is ready. The Prime
    Minister expects you.

    OBI-WAN
    (warily)
    I'm expected?

    TAUN WE
    Of course! He is anxious to see
    you. After all these years, we
    were beginning to think you
    weren't coming. Now please, this
    way!

    OBI-WAN masks his surprise as they move away along the corridor.

    Obi-Wan follows Taun We cautiously.

    INT. TIPOCA CITY, PRIME MINISTER OFFICE - DAY
    The door slides open. OBI-WAN and TAUN WE enter and cross to where LAMA SU rises, smiling, from behind his desk, which, like all the furniture on Kamino, seems made out of pure light.

    TAUN WE
    May I present Lama Su, Prime
    Minister of Kamino... and this is
    Master Jedi...

    OBI-WAN
    Obi-Wan Kenobi.

    LAMA SU
    Please...

    LAMA SU indicates a chair. OBI-WAN sits. TAUN WE hovers. The room is bathed in brilliant white light. The whole place is ultra high-tech.

    LAMA SU
    I trust you are going to enjoy
    your stay. We are most happy you
    have arrived at the best part of
    the season.

    OBI-WAN
    You make me feel most welcome.

    LAMA SU
    And now to business. You will be
    delighted to hear we are on
    schedule. Two hundred thousand
    units are ready, with another
    million well on the way.

    OBI-WAN
    (improvising)
    That is... good news.

    LAMA SU
    Please tell your Master Sido-Dyas
    that we have every confidence his
    order will be met on time and in
    full. He is well, I hope?

    OBI-WAN
    I'm sorry Master - ?

    LAMA SU
    Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas. He's still
    a leading member of the Jedi
    Council, is he not?

    OBI-WAN
    Oh, yes. Sido-Dyas.

    LAMA SU
    (rising)
    You must be anxious to inspect the
    units for yourself.

    OBI-WAN
    That's why I'm here.

    EXT. NABOO, MOUNTAIN MEADOW - LATER AFTERNOON
    PADME and ANAKIN are in the middle of an idyllic hilly meadow, its lush grasses sprinkled with flowers. At a distance, a herd of SHAAKS graze contentedly.

    Beyond is the shimmering expanse of the lake. Several other lakes stretch to the horizon. The warm air is full of little floating puffballs. They sit on the grass, in a playful, coy mood, talking. PADME is picking flowers.

    PADMÉ
    I don't know...

    ANAKIN
    Sure you do... you just don't want
    to tell me.

    PADMÉ
    Are you going to use one of your
    Jedi mind tricks on me?

    ANAKIN
    They only work on the weak-minded.
    You are anything but weak-minded.

    PADMÉ
    All right... his name was Palo.
    I was twelve. We were both in the
    Legislative Youth Program. He was
    a few years older then I... very
    cute... dark curly hair... dreamy
    eyes.

    ANAKIN
    All right, I get the picture...
    whatever happened to him?

    PADMÉ
    I went on to become a Queen. He
    went on to become an artist.

    ANAKIN
    Maybe he was the smart one.

    PADME
    You really don't like politicians,
    do you?

    ANAKIN
    I like two or three, but I'm not
    really sure about one of them.
    (smiling)
    I don't think the system works.

    PADME
    How would you have it work?

    ANAKIN
    We need a system where the
    politicians sit down and discuss
    the problems, agree what's in the
    best interests of all the people,
    and then do it.

    PADME
    That is exactly what we do. The
    trouble is that people don't
    wlways agree. In fact, they
    hardly ever do.

    ANAKIN
    Then they should be made to.

    PADME
    By whom? Who's going to make them?

    ANAKIN
    I don't know. Someone.

    PADME
    You?

    ANAKIN
    Of course not me.

    PADME
    But someone.

    ANAKIN
    Someone wise.

    PADME
    That sounds an awful lot like a
    dictatorship to me.

    A mischievious little grin creeps across his face.

    ANAKIN
    Well, if it works...

    PADME stares at ANAKIN. He looks back at her, straight-faced, and can't hold a smile.

    PADMÉ
    You're making fun of me.

    ANAKIN
    (sarcastic)
    On no, I'd be much too frightened
    to tease a Senator.

    PADMÉ
    You're so bad!

    PADME picks up a piece of fruit and throws it at him. He catches it. PADME throws two more pieces of fruit, and ANAKIN catches them.

    ANAKIN
    You're always so serious. Always
    carrying the weight of the
    universe on your shoulders.

    ANAKIN then starts to juggle the fruit. PADME laughs and throws more fruit at him. He manages to juggle them too until there are too many, and he loses control and ducks, letting food fall on his head. They both laugh.

    ANAKIN stands in front of a SHAAK, yelling at it and waving his arms. PADME starts laughing as ANAKIN runs in circles, chased by the SHAAK.

    The SHAAK crosses in front of PADME. ANAKIN is riding it, facing the SHAAK'S tail. The SHAAK bucks, and ANAKIN falls off. PADME laughs even harder. ANAKIN lies still. PADME jumps uip and runs to where ANAKIN is face down in the grass. She turns him over. He is pulling a stupid face at her. She yelps in mock fury and takes a swing at him. He catches her arm. She struggles. They roll over in the grass. Suddenly, they become aware of the contact between them. They let go of each other quickly and sit up, looking away.

    ANAKIN stands up and holds out his hand to her. She take it. He pulls her up. And now they are easy together, not self-conscious any more. PADME scrambles up onto the SHAAK behind ANAKIN. She puts her arms around his waist and leans against his back. ABAJUB digs his heels in. The SHAAK starts forward, and they ride away.

    EXT. TIPOCA CITY, PARADE GROUND (RAINSTORM) - DAY
    OBI-WAN, LAMA SU and TAUN WE come out onto a balcony. Below is a huge parade ground. The rain and wind are brutal. THOUSANDS OF STORMTROOPERS, faces covered by helmets, are marching and drilling in formations of several hundred.

    LAMA SU
    (beaming)
    Magnificent, aren't they?

    OBI-WAN nods slowly.

    INT. TIPOCA CITY, CLONE CENTER, COMMINSSARY - DAY
    LAMA SU conducts OBI-WAN through a large eating area. TAUN WE follows as they walk by HUNDREDS OF CLONES who look exactly alike, all about twenty years old, dressed in black. They are seated at tables, eating.

    LAMA SU
    We modified their genetic
    structure to make them less
    independent than the original
    host. As a result they are
    totally obedient, taking any order
    without question.

    OBI-WAM
    Who was the original host?

    LAMA SU
    A bounty hunter called Jango Fett.
    We felt a Jedi would be the
    perfect choice, but Sido-Dyas hand-
    picked Jango Fett himself.

    OBI-WAN
    Where is this bounty hunter now?

    LAMA SU
    Oh, we keep him here. After a few
    hundred thousand clones, the
    genetic pattern starts to fade, so
    we take a fresh supply. He lives
    here, but he's free to come and go
    as he pleases.

    INT. TIPOCA CITY, CLONE CENTER, BARRACKS - DAY
    The tour continues through a long corridor folled with narrow, transparent tubes into which CLONES are climbing. Once in the tube, the CLONE goes to sleep.

    LAMA SU
    Apart from his pay, which is
    considerable, Fett demanded only
    one thing - an unaltered clone for
    himself. Curious isn't it?

    OBI-WAN
    Unaltered?

    LAMA SU
    Pure genetic replication. No
    tampering with the structure to
    make it more docile... and no
    growth acceleration...

    OBI-WAN
    I would like to meet this Jango
    Fett.

    TAUN WE
    I would be most happy to arrange
    it, for you.

    TAUN WE bows, and leaves.

    INT. TIPOCA CITY, CLONE CENTER, CLASSROOM - DAY
    The tour continues through a classroom filled with IDENTICAL YOUNG BOY CLONES.

    OBI-WAN
    You mentioned growth
    acceleration...

    LAMA SU
    Oh yes, it's essential.
    Otherwise, a mature clone would
    take a lifetime to grow. Now, we
    can do it in half the time. Those
    items you saw on the parade ground
    were started ten years ago, when
    Sido-dyas first placed the order,
    and they're already mature...

    OBI-WAN looks at the BOY CLONES.

    OBI-WAN
    And these?

    LAMA SU
    About five years ago.

    INT. TIPOCA CITY, CLONE CENTER, HATCHERY - DAY
    They enter a space filled with great racks of glass spheres, which are filled with fluid in which EMBRYOS are suspended.

    LAMA SU
    They're immensely superior to
    droids, capable of independent
    thought and action.

    OBI-WAN
    Very impressive.

    LAMA SU
    I'd hoped you would be pleased.

    OBI-WAN gazes at the nearest embryos.

    OBI-WAN
    (carefully)
    Tell me, prime minister, when my
    Master Sido-dyas first contacted
    you, did he say the order was
    for... himself... or?

    LAMA SU
    Himself? Of course not. This
    army is for the Republic?

    OBI-WAN
    (astonished)
    The Repubic?

    LAMA SU
    We are also very much agasint this
    Count Dooku and his seccessionist
    movement. We are proud to be of
    help to the Republic.

    INT. TIPOCA CITY, APARTMENT - LATE DAY
    TAUN WE shows OBI-WAN into his room.

    TAUN WE
    I have arranged for you to meet
    Jango Fett in the morning. Sleep
    well.

    TAUN WE goes. The door slides closed behind him. OBI-WAN looks around, then moves swiftly to check the room over. Finally, satisfied, he takes out his comlink.

    OBI-WAN
    Arfour, Arfour...

    EXT. TIPOCA CITY LANDING PLATFORM, JEDI FIGHTER, (RAINSTORM) - LATE DAY
    The R4 D17, Obi-Wan's Astro-Droid, who is sitting on top of Obi-Wan's Starfighter, switches on and BEEPS.

    INT. TIPOCA CITY, APARTMENT - LATE DAY
    OBI-WAN hears ARFOUR BEEP through his comlink.

    OBI-WAN
    Arfour, relay this, "scramble code
    five," to Courscant: care of "the
    old folks home."

    EXT. TIPOCA CITY LANDING PLATFORM, JEDI FIGHTER, (RAINSTORM) - LATE DAY
    ARFOUR BEEPS and WHISTLES. The panels light up inside the cockpit, as the message is transmitted.

    EXT. JEDI TEMPLE, LIVINF QUARTERS - EARLY EVENING
    YODA and MACE WINDU listen as a hologram of OBI-WAN stands between them broadcasting the massage. The singnal is very weak, the image fades in and out.

    OBI-WAN (V.O.)
    ...I've never heard of a Jedi
    called Sido-Dyas, have you, Master?

    MACE WINDU
    No. Whoever placed that order was
    not a Jedi, I can assure you.

    OBI-WAN (V.O.)
    I have a strong feeling that this
    bounty hunter is the assassin
    we're looking for.

    YODA
    Who he is working for... discover
    that, you must.

    OBI-WAN (V.O.)
    I will, Master, and I will also
    find out more about this clone
    army... May The Force...

    The hologram switches off, and OBI-WAN fades away.

    WINDU
    A clone army! Ordered by someone
    in the Senate perhaps... Someone's
    out to start a war.

    YODA
    Inform the chancellor of this, we
    must.

    WINDU
    Who do you think this impostor
    Sido-Dyas, could be?

    YODA stares back at MACE WINDU, then slowly shakes his head.

    EXT. NABOO LAKE RETREAT - NIGHT
    The silent lodge. The triple moons of Naboo reflected in the tranquil waters of the lake.

    INT. NABOO LAKE RETREAT, ANAKIN'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
    ANAKIN moves restlessly in his sleep. He mutters to himself. Sweat
    forms on his forehead. He turns violently. He cries out.

    ANAKIN
    No...No...No...Mom!...Don't,
    no, don't!

    EXT. NABOO LAKE RETREAT, LODGE, BALCONY OVERLOOKING GARDENS - MORNING
    ANAKIN is on the balcony overlooking the gardens. After a moment, PAMDE comes onto the balcony behind him. She sees he is meditating and turns to go.

    ANAKIN
    (eyes closed)
    Don't go.

    PAMDE
    I don't want to disturb you.

    ANAKIN
    Your presence is soothing.

    Brief pause.

    PADME
    You had a nightmare again last
    night.

    ANAKIN
    Jedi don't have nightmares.

    PADME
    I heard you.

    ANAKIN'S opens his eyes and looks at her.

    ANAKIN
    I saw my mother. I saw her as
    clearly as I see you now. She's
    suffering, Padme. She is in
    pain...They're killing her!
    (getting up)
    I know I'm disobeying my mandate
    to protect you, Senator. I know I
    will be punished and possibly
    thrown out of the Jedi Order, but
    I must go. I have to help her!
    I'm sorry, Padme. I don't have a
    choice.

    PADME
    Annie, I told you I wouldn't let
    you give up your future for me.
    I'll go with you. That way you
    can continue to protect me, and
    you won't be disobeying your
    mandate.

    ANAKIN
    What about Master Obi-wan?

    PADME smiles and takes his hand.

    PADME
    I guess we won't tell him, will we?

    EXT. NABOO LAKE, FLOATING LANDING PLATFORM - DAY
    ANAKIN and PADME step onto the landing platform from the water speeder. They enter the Naboo Starship. ARTOO BEEPS, and follows them on board. The ramp retracts.

    PADDY ACCU drives the water speeder away from the platform as Anakin's Starship takes off.

    EXT. TIPOCA CITY (RAINSTORM) - DAY
    Rain lashes the city. Below, mightly waves pound the stilts, breaking almost to the height of the platforms.

    INT. TIPOCA CITY, CORRIDOR - DAY
    TAUN WE conducts OBI-WAN to the door of Jango Fett's apartment. TAUN WE waves his hand, and a muted bell RINGS.

    As they wait, OBI-WAN notes the door lock entry mechanism. Then the door opens, and a ten-year-old boy, BOBA FETT, looks at them. He is identical to the boys in the classroom.

    TAUN WE
    Boba, is your father here?

    There is a brief pause, then BOBA FETT nods.

    TAUN WE
    (continuing)
    May we see him?

    BOBA FETT
    Sure.

    Another brief pause, then BOBA FETT steps aside, and TAUN WE and OBI-WAN go through.

    INT. TIPOCA CITY, FETT APARTMENT - DAY
    OBI-WAN, TAUN WE, and BOBA FETT enter the apartment. OBI-WAN looks around the room.

    BOBA FETT
    Dad! Taun We's here!

    JANGO FETT comes in from the bedroom. He wears a jumpsuit. He is unshaven and mean looking, his face pitted with scars of old wounds. There are a couple of weird tattoos on his muscular forearms. He eyes OBI-WAN with suspicion.

    TAUN WE
    Welcome back, Jango. Was your
    trip productive?

    JANGO FETT
    Fairly.

    OBI-WAN and JANGO FETT size each other up. BOBA FETT studies both of them.

    TAUN WE
    This is Jedi Master, Obi-Wan
    Kenobi. He's come to check on our
    progress.

    JANGO FETT
    That right?

    JANGO FETT'S eyes fix OBI-WAN coldly.

    OBI-WAN
    Your clones are very impressive.
    You must be very proud.

    JANGO FETT
    I'm just a simple man, trying to
    make my way in the universe,
    Master Jedi.

    OBI-WAN
    Aren't we all?

    OBI-WAN eyes the half-open bedroom door, through which a couple of pieces of body armour can be seen on the floor. JANGO FETT registers OBI-WAN'S look. He moves in front of him, blocking the view.

    OBI-WAN
    (continuing)
    Ever made your way as far into the
    interior as Coruscant?

    JANGO
    Once or twice.

    OBI-WAN
    Recently?

    JANGO
    (eyes Obi-Wan carefully)
    Possibly...

    OBI-WAN
    Then you must know Master Sido-
    Dyas?

    JANGO
    Boba, close the door.

    BOBA FETT moves to close the bedroom door. JANGO FETT smiles thinly at OBI-WAN.

    JANGO
    (continuing)
    Master who?

    OBI-WAN
    Sido-Dyas. Isn’t he the Jedi who
    hired you for this job?

    JANGO
    Never heard of him. I was
    recuited by a man called Darth
    Tyranus on one of the moons of
    Bogden.

    OBI-WAN
    No? I thought...

    TAUN WE
    Sido-Dyas told us to expect him.
    And he showed up just when your
    Jedi Master said he would. We
    have kept the Jedi’s involvement
    a secret until your arrival, just
    as your Master requested.

    OBI-WAN
    Curious...

    JANGO
    Do you like your army?

    OBI-WAN
    It seems to me it's your army -
    being that they are all clones of
    you.

    JANGO
    (grinning)
    They'll do their job well, I'll
    guarantee that.

    OBI-WAN
    I look forward to seeing them in
    action. Thank you for your time,
    Jango.

    JANGO
    Always a pleasure to meet a Jedi.

    OBI-WAN and TAUN WE go out. The door slides closed. JANGO FETT turns to his son. He is deep in thought.

    BOBA
    What is it, Dad?

    EXT. SPACE
    The Naboo Starship heads toward the desert planet of Tatooine.

    EXT. TATOOINE, MOS ESPA STREETS AND WATTO'S SHIP - DAY
    The Naboo Starship lands in a large parking lot of Spaceships on the outskirts of Mos Espa. ANAKIN and PADME ride a rickshaw through the streets. ANAKIN stares at sights he hasn't seen for years. Finally, they come to Wattos' shop, and the rickshaw stops.

    ANAKIN
    (to the droid driver)
    Wait, please.

    ANAKIN and PADME get down. Sitting on a stool in front of the shop is WATTO. He is using a small electronic screwdriver on a fiddly DROID. THREE PIT DROIDS are chattering away and are trying to help him, but they seem only to make him madder.

    WATTO
    (yelling, in Huttese)
    No, not that one - that one!

    ANAKIN
    (arriving)
    Excuse me, Watto.

    WATTO
    (in Huttese)
    What?

    ANAKIN
    (in Huttese)
    I said excuse me.

    WATTO turns to the chattering PIT DROIDS.

    WATTO
    (in Huttese)
    Shut down.

    The PIT DROIDS snap into their storage position.

    WATTO
    (continuing, in Huttese)
    What? I don't know you... What can
    I do for you? You look like a
    Jedi. Whatever it is... I didn't
    do it.

    WATTO drops the screwdriver and curses loudly in Huttese

    ANAKIN
    Let me help you with that.

    ANAKIN takes the fiddly piece of equipment and starts to play with it. WATTO blinks in surprise.

    ANAKIN
    (continuing)
    I'm looking for Shmi Skywalker.

    WATTO looks at him suspiciously. He stares at PADME, then back to ANAKIN.

    WATTO
    Annie?? Little Annie?? Naaaah!!

    Suddenly, the fiddly piece of equipment in Anakin's hands WHIRS into life. WATTO blinks at it.

    WATTO
    (continuing; in English)
    You are Annie! It is you! You
    little womp rat.

    WATTO gives ANAKIN a big hug.

    WATTO
    (continuing)
    You sure sprouted Weehoo! A
    Jedi! Waddya know? Hey, maybe
    you couldda help wit some
    daedbeats who owe...

    ANAKIN
    My mother...

    WATTO
    Oh, yeah. Shmi... she's not mine
    no more. I sold her.

    ANAKIN
    Sold her...

    WATTO
    Years ago. Sorry, Anne, but you
    know, business is business.
    Sold her to a moisture farmer
    named Lars. Least I think it was
    Lars. Believe it or not, I heard
    he freed her and married her. Can
    ya beat that?

    ANAKIN
    Do you know where they are?

    WATTO
    Long way from here... someplace
    over on the other side of Mos
    Eisley, I think...

    ANAKIN
    I'd like to know.

    ANAKIN'S grim look means business; WATTO gets the hint quickly.

    WATTO
    Yeah... sure... absolutely. Let's
    go look in my records.

    ANAKIN and WATTO go into the shop.

    EXT. TIPOCA CITY (RAINSTORM) - DAY
    The waves crash against the water city as the storm continues. Light suddenlyt streams from the base of a landing platform as a door slides open.

    INT. TIPOCA CITY, CORRIDOR - DAY
    OBI-WAN stands with LAMA SU and TAUN WE just inside the open door.

    LAMA SU
    Tell your Council the first
    battalions are ready. And remind
    them that if they need more
    troops, we will need time to grow
    them.

    OBI-WAN
    I won't forget.

    EXT. TIPOCA CITY, KAMINO LANDING PLATFORM (RAINSTORM) - DAY
    OBI-WAN comes out from the tower into the driving ran. The door closes behind him. He pulls his robe around him and stands braced against the gale.

    Below, a huge wave crashes against the stilts. Spray flies high and whips across the platform where OBI-WAN is standing. He walks over to his Starfighter, looks to see if anyone is watching, then turns and goes back to the door. It slides open.

    INT. TIPOCA CITY, CORRIDOR - DAY
    OBI-WAN enters cautiously from outside. Ahead, the corridor is deserted. He moves down it.

    INT. TIPOCA CITY, FETT APARTMENT - DAY
    OBI-WAN walks in to find the room in complete disorder. The bedroom door is wide open - clear signs of hurried departure. All of the Fetts' personal belongings are gone.

    OBI-WAN goes to an ultra-thin computer screen. He punches up AN ONSCREEN PICTURE of JANGO FETT and BOBA FETT unhitching the lines securing their ship to the landing platform. JANGO FETT is wearing his armour and rocket pack. BOBA FETT climbs aboard the small Fighter.

    EXT. TIPOCA CITY, KAMINO LANDING PLATFORM (RAINSTORM) - DAY
    JANGO FETT picks up a case and swings it up to BOBA FETT, who stows it inside the ship. JANGO FETT picks up another case and is about to swing it, when:

    BOBA FETT
    Dad!!

    JANGO FETT turns to see OBI-WAN charging out of the tower toward him. As he runs, OBI-WAN draws his lightsaber from his belt. It flashes on.

    JANGO FETT draws his gun and fires at the charging JEDI. OBI-WAN deflects the blast and swings at JANGO FETT.

    The bounty hunter rockets up and over OBI-WAN, landing behind him. He fires a thin wire from his wrist pack, trying to entangle the Jedi.

    JANGO FETT fire several Kamino Kyber Darts from his elbow launcher. OBI-WAN deflects them back at JANGO FETT, but they strike harmlessly against the bounty hunter's armour.

    IN THE COCKPIT of Jango Fett's ship, BOBA FETT grabs the controls of a laser gun and swings it to aim at OBI-WAN.

    OUTSIDE, in the driving rain, OBI-WAN and JANGO FETT circle each other, sizing each other up - feinting.

    IN THE COCKPIT, each time BOBA FETT is ready to fire, JANGO FETT blocks his view of OBI-WAN.

    OUTSIDE, OBI-WAN makes a sudden attack, swinging at JANGO FETT, who deflects the blows. One slices off a piece of the bounty hunter's shoulder plate. JANGO FETT rockets into the air and hovers above OBI-WAN. The Jedi spins as:

    IN THE COCKPIT, BOBA FETT fires.

    OUTSIDE, the laser shell streaks past OBI-WAN to strike the edge of the tower. JANGO FETT fires down at OBI-WAN. The Jedi deflects the shots back, but JANGO FETT evades them. Then he swoops down, swinging around OBI-WAN. As he shoots past, he kicks the lightsaber out of the Jedi's hand.

    The lightsaber skids across the wet surface of the landing platform. OBI-WAN dives after it. JANGO FETT zooms in front of him and grabs the lightsaber. OBI-WAN punches it out of his hand.

    IN THE COCKPIT, BOBA FETT watches as:

    OUTSIDE, OBI-WAN and JANGO FETT grapple and fight, punching, kicking, grabbing hold, and throwing each other around. OBI-WAN grabs JANGO FETT tightly, and JANGO FETT rockets up into the air and kicks OBI-WAN loose. OBI-WAN crashes to the deck and slides toward the edge. He grapples desperately for a handhold on the slick surface.

    JANGO FETT rockets down to kick at him. OBI-WAN hauls himself up. JANGO FETT zooms to the far side of the platform.

    OBI-WAN uses Jedi powers to pull part of the structure loose. It hits JANGO FETT, who loses his balance, teetering on the edge. OBI-WAN charges acress, dives, and grabs hold of JANGO FETT just as he falls over the edge.

    Locked together, OBI-WAN and JANGO FETT plummet down toward the raging ocean. At the last moment, JANGO FETT fires a cable out of his backpack that shoots upward and locks onto a metal strut on the underside of the platform. OBI-WAN and JANGO FETT swing and CRASH onto one of the stilts.

    OBI-WAN is knocked clear and drops onto a SMALL SERVICE PLATFORM just above the waves. He hauls himself to his feet. JANGO FETT hovers in mid-air opposite him, as a HUGE WAVE crashes over OBI-WAN. When it subsides, the Jedi has disappeared.

    JANGO FETT rockets up to the landing platform, where he drops down beside his ship. He clambers inside the cockpit and settles into the pilot's seat. He punches buttons. The engines ROAR.

    OUTSIDE, Jango Fett's ship lifts off from the platform and heads up into the lowering sky. It disappears. Lightning flashes. Rain lashes the tower and streams across the surface of the platform, to where:

    A HAND suddenlt clutches at the very edge of the platform. A moment later, ANOTHER HAND grabs hold.

    EXT. TATOOINE, BLUFF OVERLOOKING HOMESTEAD - LATE DAY
    The Naboo Starship descends, hovers, and land on a bluff. ANAKIN and PADME get out. They look down from the edge of the bluff to where the homestead is seen on the desert floor below.

    PADME
    Stay with the ship, Artoo.

    ARTOO WHISTLES as ANAKIN and PADME start down the trail toward the homestead.

    EXT. TATOOINE, DESERT, HOMESTEAD MOISTURE FARM - LATE DAY
    C-3PO is working outside the homestead. He still lacks an outer covering; his inner parts and wiring show. He looks up as ANAKIN and PADME arrive,

    C-3PO
    Good evening. May I help you?

    ANAKIN
    Threepio?

    C-3PO
    Oh, my... oh, my! Master
    Anakin! My goodness, I can hardly
    believe it! And this must be Miss
    Padme.

    PADME
    Hello, Threepio.

    ANAKIN
    I've come to see my mother.

    C-3PO
    Oh, dear! I'm so terribly sorry,
    Master Annie.

    PADME
    Threepio, what's happened?

    C-3PO
    I think we'd better go inside.

    EXT. TATOOINE, HOMESTEAD, COURTYARD - LATE DAY
    ANAKIN, PADME and THREEPIO arrive in the courtyard. THREEPIO shuffles ahead.

    C-3PO
    Master Lars - Master Owen!
    Somebody to see you!

    OWEN LARS and BERU WHITESUN come out into the courtyard.

    ANAKIN
    I'm Anakin Skywalker. I'm here
    looking for my mother.

    OWEN
    Owen Lars... I guess I'm your
    step-brother.
    (they shake hands)
    This is my girlfriend, Beru.

    BERU
    Hello.

    PADME
    I'm Padme.

    OWEN
    I had a feeling you might show up
    some day.

    ANAKIN
    Is my mother here?

    CLIEGG
    No, she's not.

    CLIEGG LARS swings from the house on a small floating chair. One of his legs is heavily bandaged; the other is missing. He balances awkwardly and puts out a hand.

    CLIEGG
    (continuing)
    Cliegg Lars. Shmi is my wife...
    Come on inside. We have a lot to
    talk about.

    INT. TATOOINE, HOMESTEAD, KITCHEN - LATE DAY
    BERU puts several steaming cups of ardees on a tray and exits the kitchen...

    CLIEGG (O.S.)
    It was just before dawn. They
    came out of nowhere. A hunting
    party of Tusekn Raiders.

    INT. TATOOINE, HOMESTEAD, DINING AREA - LATE DAY
    CLIEGG, OWEN, PADME and ANAKIN sit around the table, BERU brings the drinks from the kitchen.

    CLIEGG
    Your mother had gone out early,
    like she always did, to pick
    mushrooms that grow on the
    vaporatos. From the tracks, she
    was about halfway when they
    took her. Those Tuskens walk like
    men, but they're vicious, mindless
    monsters. Thirty of us went out
    after her. Four of us came back.
    Three more are still out there
    looking. I'd be with them,
    only... I just couldn't ride any
    more... until I heal.

    CLIEGG grimaces, easing his throbbing leg.

    CLIEGG
    (continuing)
    This isn't the way I wanted to
    meet you, son. This isn't how
    your mother and I planned it. I
    don't want to give up on her, but
    she's been gone a month. There's
    little hope she's lasted this long.

    Silence. Then ANAKIN stands up.

    OWEN
    Where are you going?

    ANAKIN
    To find my mother.

    PADME
    No, Annie!

    CLIEGG
    She's daed, son. Accept it.

    ANAKIN
    I can feel her pain, and I will
    find her. I know she's alive.

    ANAKIN turns abruptly.

    EXT. TATOOINE, HOMESTEAD, MOISTURE FARM - LATE DAY
    ANAKIN stands looking across the desert. PADME comes running out of the homestead after him, followed by OWEN. ANAKIN turns to PADME.

    ANAKIN
    You are going to have to stay
    here. These are good people,
    Padme. You'll be safe.

    OWEN
    Take my speeder bike.

    PADME
    Anakin...

    PADME hugs him. ANAKIN walks over to Owen's speeder bike, which is standing close by.

    ANAKIN
    I trust you'll watch over her,
    Owen.

    OWEN
    Don't worry.

    ANAKIN swings onto the bike. The engine fires.

    ANAKIN
    I won't be long.

    ANAKIN takes off across the desert. PADME watches him go.

    EXT. SPACE, GEONOSIS
    The red planet of Geonosis is circled by a large asteroid field that form rings. Jango Fett's ship appears, heading toward it.

    INT. COCKPIT, FETT SHIP, SPACE, GEONOSIS
    JANGO FETT grins at BOBA FETT.

    JANGO FETT
    Nearly there, son.

    JANGO FETT guides he ship around the asteroids. Suddenly:

    BOBA FETT
    Dad, look!!

    On the view screen, Obi-Wan's ship appears, chasing after them. JANGO FETT grabs the controls. They are thrown around as the ship plummets to try to lose OBI-WAN.

    JANGO FETT
    Hang on!

    The ship goes into a power-climb. A GREAT SPACE DDOGFIGHT ensues between OBI-WAN and JANGO FETT.

    EXT. SPACE, GEONOSIS
    The ships flip, roll, and turn at incredible speed, didging, weaving and firing. They tumble from near misses. Hits fly off Obi-Wan's fighter as one of Jango's missiles gets through.

    Finally, it seems as if OBI-WAN is getting the upper hand. JANGO FETT breaks off the fight and dives sharply. He maneuvers deftly between two huge asteroids.

    In JANGO FETT'S COCKPIT, BOBA FETT flinches as asteroids pass very close by.

    BOBA FETT
    Dad! Watch out!

    JANGO FETT
    Stay calm, son. We'll be fine.
    That Jedi won't be able to follow
    us through this.

    But Obi-Wan ship dives into the asteroid belt after them.

    IN OBI-WAN'S COCKPIT, his skill is pushed to the limit as he throws the ship from side to side, avoiding great rocks. Then a huge asteroid tumbles across his path. There seem no way he can avoid it. OBI-WAN fires a couple of aerial torpedoes. They streak toward the asteroid.

    IN JANGO'S COCKPIT, they see the huge explosion as Obi-Wan's ship appears to smash into the asteroid.

    BOBA FETT
    Got him! Yeahhhhh!

    JANGO FETT
    We won't see him again.

    BOBA FETT laughs. Jango Fett's ship emerges from the asteroid belt and heads down toward the planet of Geonosis.

    EXT. TATOOINE, DESERT, JAWA CAMP - SUNSET
    ANAKIN stands in the middle of a crowd of JAWAS. He asks them from directions. The JAWAS confer exicitedly, then the CHIEF JAWA points in a particular direction. ANAKIN gets on the bike and speeds off to where the JAWA pointed.

    EXT. TATOOINE, DUNE SEA, CAMPFIRE - TWILIGHT
    ANAKIN rides over a large dune toward a small flickering light in the distance.

    He rides up and stops the bike in front of a campfire. There are bodies of THREE DEAD FARMERS lying beside the campfire. TWO EOPIES are thethered nearby, along with a burned and smoking speeder.

    EXT. TATOOINE, LANDSCAPE (FULL MOON) - NIGHT
    THREE DIFFERENT SHOTS. ANAKIN rids the speeder bike through three exotic landscapes. In one shot, he stops and looks down at some tracks. Then he starts up his speeder and rides off.

    EXT. TATOOINE, DESERT, HOMESTEAD (FULL MOON) - NIGHT
    The lights of the vaporators blink in the night sky. Somewhere close by, a night animal HOWLS.

    EXT. TATOOINE, HOMESTEAD, COURTYARD (FULL MOON) - NIGHT
    PADME is pacing the courtyard restlessly. She stops, listening to the animal HOWLING nearby. She shivers slightly, then turns and goes into the garage at the side of the courtyard.

    INT. TATOOINE, HOMESTEAD - GARAGE (FULL MOON) - NIGHT
    PADME stands looking at a speeder parked in the garage. Short silence. Then:

    C-3PO
    Please don't leave us, Miss Padme.
    These people need your help.

    THREEPIO is parked in a corner.

    PADME
    I'm not leaving, Threepio. I just
    can't sleep.

    C-3PO
    That's something I cannot relate
    to. As a Protocol Droid, I'm
    either active or inactive.
    There's no in-between.

    PADME
    I guess you're lucky.

    C-3PO
    Do you really think so..? I
    suppose I shouldn't expect...

    PADME
    You're not happy here?

    C-3PO
    Oh, I'm not unhappy... and my
    masters here ar so kind I
    wouldn't wish to trouuble them,
    it's just... being like this...
    well, it's embarrassing.

    PADME
    Being like what?

    C-3PO
    Naked. If you pardon the
    expression. You see, when Master
    Annie made me, he never quite
    found the time to give me any
    outer covering. It's so
    humiliating. How would you like it
    if you had to go around with all
    your circuits showing?

    PADME
    I guess I wouldn't like it at all.

    C-3PO
    Of course you wouldn't. Nobody
    would. It's simply not protocol.

    PADME looks thoughtfully at a pile of spare parts and bits of metal and tools.

    PADME
    Maybe we can do something about it.

    C-3PO
    I don't think so. Only Master
    Annie...

    PADME
    Why not? They seem to have a box
    of old coverings here.

    C-3PO
    Oh? How observant of you, Miss
    Padme. Of course, I'm just not
    mechanically minded... if you see
    what I mean.

    PADME picks up a piece of metal and holds it against him.

    PADME
    Let's see, if we put this...
    here...

    C-3PO
    Ooooh! That's tickles.

    PADME
    You'll have to be quiet, Threepio.
    Hold still, please.

    EXT. SPACE, GEONOSIS RINGS
    A huge chunk of rock tumbles slowly through the asteroid bely. CAMERA CLOSES, to discover Obi-Wan's Starship hidden in a blasted-out area on the pitted back side of the great rock.

    INT. COCKPIT, JEDI FIGHTER, SPACE, GEONOSIS RINGS
    OBI-WAN looks out toward Geonosis and sees in the distance a large fleet of Trade Federation Ships hidden among the asteroids. He starts the engines of his fighter.

    Obi-Wan's Fighter moves out from the back side of the asteroid and heads away from the asteroid field, descending toward Geonosis.

    EXT. GEONOSIS, LANDING AREA - NIGHT
    Obi-Wan's ship skims across the top of a small mesa along the edge of a rocky ridge. He maneuvers under a rock overhang and lands. He gets out of the Fighter and walks onto the mesa. The wind whips at him. He looks around.

    Geonosis is a red rock planet, featureless apart from buttes and mesas, and occasional tall stalagmites that stand out dramatically on the arid plains.

    The night is quiet, except for an occasional WEIRD CRY. OBI-WAN checks his bearings, then heads away.

    EXT. GEONOSIS, ROCK FACE TRAIL - NIGHT
    OBI-WAN climbs a steep, narrow trail. Suddenly, a CRY is heard close by. OBI-WAN stumbles slightly. His foot slips on the edge, sending a stream of peblles skittering into the darkness.

    OBI-WAN listens. Silence. He draws his lightsaber but does not ignite it.

    He sets off again and works his way around a narrow corner, to confront a crouching MASSIFF (a dog-sized lizard) with slavering fangs! The beast leaps at him, and OBI-WAN ignites his lightsaber as the MASSIFF knocks him on his back. Its jaws open wide. OBI-WAN stabs the creature, throws it off of him, and jumps up.

    A SECOND MASSIFF jumps from behind. OBI-WAN swings around and cuts it in half. The MASSIFF flies over the cliff, HOWLING. It plummets to its death hundreds of feet below.

    EXT. TATOOINE, CLIFF (FULL MOON) - NIGHT
    ANAKIN pulls up near the edge of a cliff. He gets off the bike and creeps to the edge. He looks over to see a Tusken camp in the oasis below. One of the huts at the edge of the camp has TWO TUSKEN GUARDS outside it.

    EXT. TATOOINE, TUSKEN RAIDER CAMP, OASIS (FULL MOON) - NIGHT
    ANAKIN creeps through the camp, working his way from hut to hut, flattening himself against the wall,s overhearing snatches of Tusken conversation from inside, using the shadows to him him until he arrives at the hut with the TWO GUARDS. They are sitting a short distance from the door. ANAKIN wriggles around the black. He takes out his lightsaber and cuts into the base of the wall.

    INT. TUSKEN RAIDER HUTT - NIGHT
    The lightsaber completes the hole in the wall. ANAKIN wriggles in. He pulls himself to his feet. There are candles everywhere.

    A shaft of moonlight from a hole in the roof pierces the gloom of the hut. By its light, ANAKIN sees SHMI, hanging from a wooden frame in the middle of the hut.

    He cuts her free, takes her into his arms, and lowers her gently to the ground. Her eyes are closed. Her face is bloodied. She has been
    terribly beaten. Anakin cradles her tenderly.

    ANAKIN
    Mom... Mom... Mom...

    SHMI'S eyelids flutter - and barely open. They are caked with blood.

    SHMI
    Annie...? Is it you?

    SHMI'S eyes focus slowly. ANAKIN gives a little choking gasp.

    ANAKIN
    I’m here, Mom. You’re safe. Hang
    on. I’m going to get you out of
    here...

    SHMI
    I’m so glad... to see you,
    Annie... Now... I am complete...

    ANAKIN
    Just stay with me, Mom. I’m going
    to make you well again.
    Everything’s going to be fine.

    SHMI
    You look so handsome. My son...
    my grown-up son. I’m so proud of
    you, Annie... so proud... I missed
    you so much... I love...

    SHMI dies. ANAKIN draws her to his breast. There is silence for a moment. ANAKIN lifts his head, listening for a moment, then he sits on the floor of the Tusken hut, cradling his dead mother in his arms.

    EXT. GEONOSIS, ROCK FACE TRAIL - NIGHT
    OBI-WAN arrives at the head of the trail. Far below, a flat plain stretches into the distance. He stop, peering into the darkness, where strange shapes loom indistinctly.

    OBI-WAN takes a pair of electronic binoculars from his belt and puts them to his eyes. He sees a cluster of great towers like fantastic stalagmites rise from the plain below.

    SLOW PAN with the binoculars, and suddenly a line of Battle Starships come into view. OBI-WAN touches the viewfinder. Between fifty and a hundred Federation Starships in near rows. Some are on platforms that are carrying the Starships diwn to an underground facility. Other platforms are rising to the surface. They carry THOUSANDS of BATTLE DROIDS that step off and file into the waiting ships. A fully loaded Starship takes off. OBI-WAN swings the binoculars upward, to see more Federation Starships.

    EXT. TATOOINE, TUSKEN RAIDER CAMP, OASIS - DAWN
    The pale light grows. Thin tendrils of smoke rise slowly in the cold, clear air. Somewhere an dog BARKS. An OLD WOMAN comes out of one of the huts. She carries a pail. She swirls it and tosses the dirty water onto the ground.

    As she goes back inside the hut, a TUSKEN CHILD runs past, dragging a stick in the sand. The CHILD runs through the line of huts, turns a corner, and stops suddenly, staring at the bodies of the TWO TUSKEN GUARDS. Between them, ANAKIN stands outside the hut door. His face is a grim mask. The CHILD stares, then there is a FLASH OF LIGHT as Anakin’s lightsaber switches on.

    EXT. GEONOSIS, LANDING AREA - NIGHT
    OBI-WAN comes running back to his ship and climbs into the cockpit. He settles into his seat. His ARFOUR DROID beeps a happy greeting. OBI-WAN switches on his comlink.

    OBI-WAN
    "Guiding light" to "old folks
    home."

    EXT. CORUSCANT, REPUBLIC EXECUTIVE BUILDING - DAY
    LOW ANGLE. A line of reflecting pools with splashing fountains flanked by statues on each side leads to the main entrance to the awesome building.

    INT. CORUSCANT, CHANCELLOR'S OFFICE
    A hologram of OBI-WAN flickers in front of a group, made up of Jedi (YODA, MACE WINDU, and KI-ADI-MUNDI) and Senators (BAIL ORGANA, ASK AAK, LUMINARA, and JAR JAR). PALPATINE and MAS AMEDDA are in the middle of the group, watching with growing concern.

    OBI-WAN
    ...Starships from the Trade
    Federation and the Commerce Guilds
    are taking deliveries of battle
    droids from the foundries on
    Geonosis.

    BAIL ORGANA
    That's outrageous! The treaty
    forbids the Trade Federation from
    building up an army. What are
    they doing?!

    OBI-WAN
    The droid foundry seems to be
    working at full capacity. I am
    going to go down and investigate.
    I will bring Jango Fett back home
    for interrogation.

    PALPATINE
    Those Geonosian foundries are part
    of the Techno Union. We will call
    in their representatives and ask
    them a few very pointed questions.

    OBI-WAN
    One more thing. Jango mentioned
    he was recruited by someone named
    Darth Tyranus. Any idea who that
    might be?

    YODA
    With the forename Darth, a Sith he
    must be.

    MACE WINDU
    Our missing apprentice. They are
    playing their hand at last.

    OBI-WAN
    Do you believe he could be the
    mysterious Sido-Dyas, who made the
    deal for the clone army?

    YODA
    Perhaps too many pieces are missing
    from this puzzle, there are.

    MACE WINDU
    Be careful, Obi-Wan. This
    investigation is becoming less
    than routine. Do you need help?

    OBI-WAN
    Let me see if I can figure out
    what's going on first.

    The hologram of OBI-WAN fades off. PALPATINE stares at the spot where the hologram was in disbelief.

    BAIL ORGANA
    The Commerce Guilds are preparing
    for war... there can be no doubt
    of that.

    PALPATINE
    Count Dooku must have made a
    treaty with them.

    MACE WINDU
    We must stop them soon before
    they're fully ready.

    SENATOR ASK AAK
    The debate is over, we need
    that clone army now!

    BAIL ORGANA
    Unfortunately, the debate is not
    over. The Senate will never be
    able to approve the use of that
    army before the separatists
    attack.

    Mas Amedda, who had been silent up until now suddenly speaks up.

    MAS AMEDDA
    This is a crisis! If the Senate
    votes the Chancellor emergency
    powers, he could approve the use
    of the army in a minute.

    PALPATINE
    Please, please, I don't wish to
    have emergency powers. That's too
    extreme a solution. It's akin to
    a dictatorship. We must rely on
    the Jedi. Master Yoda, how many
    are available to go to Geonosis?

    MACE WINDU and YODA look at one another.

    YODA
    Two Hundred,... less or more.

    BAIL ORGANA
    With all due respect for the Jedi
    Order, two hundred will be no
    match for hundreds of thousands of
    battle droids.

    MACE WINDU
    Patience. We should wait for Obi-
    Wan to report back. We don't know
    that Count Dooku has made a treaty
    with the Corporate Alliance, it's
    speculation.

    SENATOR ASK AAK
    But we must prepare for the worst.
    I'm going to propose a motion
    granting emergency powers to the
    Chancellor at the next session. We
    must not wait!

    PALPATINE
    Out of the question, Senator! You
    and I are too closely aligned.
    The issue will become partisan and
    debates will begin. The proposal
    must come from a neutral source.

    MAS AMEDDA
    If only Senator Amidala were here.

    JAR JAR steps forward from the back of the group.

    JAR JAR
    Supreme Chancellor... my august
    colleagues, I would be proud to
    propose the motion in question.
    This is a grave situation, and I'm
    sure Senator Amidala, and the
    Queen of Naboo would agree.

    SENATOR ASK AAK
    Thank you, Representative Binks.

    Silence. Then PALPATINE sighs deeply.

    PALPATINE
    If called upon, I will serve. But
    it will be the saddest day of my
    life.

    EXT. TATOOINE, DESERT, HOMESTEAD MOISTURE FARM - DAY
    All is quiet. BERU comes out of the house. She goes to a moisture line and starts to draw water.

    INT. TATOOINE, HOMESTEAD, GARAGE - DAY
    PADME fixes the last piece of covering onto THREEPIO.

    PADME
    There!

    PADME stands back. OWEN is with her. They look at THREEPIO. He isn't the golden figure we know because PADME has had to use whatever stuff she could findin the garage. He is multi-coloured in several textures, but he is complete.

    C-3PO
    Um. How do I look?

    OWEN
    Great! You look perfect.

    C-3PO
    Perfect? Oh, Miss Padme, I'm so
    happy!
    (extending his hand to shake hers)
    Oh, pardon me.

    THREEPIO drops his hand and bows formally.

    THREEPIO
    (continuing)
    Thank you.

    He forgets formality and hugs her. PADME hugs him back, laughing.

    C-3PO
    (continuing)
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    OWEN
    (grinning)
    Well, Padme, I think he should be
    yours from now on... I know that
    is what my Mom would want.

    C-3PO
    Oh, my!

    Then suddenly, from outside:

    BERU (V.O.)
    Come topside, everybody! He's
    back! He's back!





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    INT. TATOOINE, HOMESTEAD, GARAGE - DAY
    A rough hologram of OBI-WAN is projected onto the garage by ARTOO. ANAKIN, PADME and THREEPIO watch the flickering image.

    OBI-WAN
    ...Alliance have pledged their
    armies to Count Dooku and are
    forming an... Wait!... ah...
    attack... I don't... make it...
    aaaggghhh!

    The hologram cuts off. ANAKIN jumps up, agitated.

    ANAKIN
    I'm going after him!

    PADME
    I thought the first thing he said
    was to retransmit his message to
    Coruscant.

    ANAKIN
    Yeah, you're right, you're right.

    EXT. TATOOINE, HOMESTEAD, MOISTURE FARM - LATE DAY
    ANAKIN, PADME, ARTOO and THREEPIO leave the homestead, waving to CLIEGG, OWEN and BERU as they go into the desert.

    INT. COCKPIT, NABOO STARSHIP - SUNSET
    ANAKIN sits down in the cockpit with PADME. THREEPIO is behind them. ARTOO is beside him. They are watching a hologram of MACE WINDU.

    MACE WINDU
    We will deal with Count Dooku. The
    most important thing for you,
    Anakin, is to stay where you are.
    Protect the Senator at all costs.
    That is your priority.

    ANAKIN
    Understood, Master.

    The hologram switches off. PADME is looking at the readout on the ship's control panel.

    PADME
    They'll never get there in time to
    save him. They have to come half
    way across the galaxy. Look,
    Geonosis is less than a parsec away.

    PADME starts to hit buttons and flick switches. ANAKIN puts a hand over hers, stopping her. She stares at him.

    ANAKIN
    If he's still alive.

    PADME
    Annie, are you just going to sit
    here and let him die?? He's your
    friend... your mentor...

    ANAKIN
    ...He's like my father, but you
    heard Master Windu. He gave me
    strict orders to stay here.

    PADME
    He gave you strict orders to
    protect me...

    PADME pulls her hand free and flicks more switches. The engines fire.

    PADME
    (continuing)
    ...and I'm going to save Obi-Wan.
    So if you plan to protect me, you
    will have to come along.

    ANAKIN grins and takes the controls.

    EXT. TATOOINE, BLUFF OVERLOOKING HOMESTEAD - SUNSET
    The Naboo Starship rises from the bluff and zooms away.

    EXT. CORUSCANT, JEDI TEMPLE - DAY
    TWO HUNDRED JEDI KNIGHTS are assembling outside the huge center of the Jedi Order.

    INT. CORUSCANT, JEDI TEMPLE, COUNCIL CHAMBER - DAY
    The JEDI COUNCIL are assembled as MACE WINDU makes his plea.

    MACE WINDU
    The longer we wait, the stronger
    Dooku's armies become. We cannot
    wait for the Senate to make up its
    mind about granting the Chancellor
    emergency powers, in order to be
    able to use that clone army... We
    have the authority to go now. We
    must go now.

    All of the JEDI COUNCIL nod their approval.

    YODA
    Agreed, Master Windu. Two hundred
    Jedi send. Enough, let's hope
    they are.

    INT. CORUSCANT, MAIN SENATE CHAMBER - DAY
    Inside the great rotunda, the UPROAR is even louder. Opposing SENATOES yell furiously at one another.

    MAS AMEDDA
    Order! Order!!

    Finally, the uproar dies.

    PALPATINE
    In the regrettable absence of
    Senator Amidala, the chair
    recognises Senior
    Representative of Naboo, Jar Jar
    Binks.

    Amid the conflicting storm of CHEERS AND BOOS, JAR JAR, with TWO GUNGAN AIDES, floats on his pod to the middle of the vast space. He looks at PALPATINE nervously. PALPATINE nods. JAR JAR clears his throat.

    JAR JAR
    Senators, dellow felagates...

    Laughter. Jeers. JAR JAR blushes.

    MAS AMEDDA
    Order! The Senate will accord the
    Representative the courtesy of a
    hearing!

    Comparative quiet. JAR JAR grips the edge of the podium.

    JAR JAR
    In response to the direct threat
    to the Republic from the
    Confederacy of Independent
    Systems, I propose that the Senate
    gives immediate emergency powers to
    the Supreme Chancellor.

    Uproar. JAR JAR looks a little sheepish.

    JAR JAR
    (continuing)
    Who can deny these are exceptional
    times? Exceptional times demand
    exceptional measures!
    Exceptional measures demand
    exceptional men!

    ORN FREE TAA
    We won't support a dictator.

    SHOUTS of agreement.

    JAR JAR
    That is the sentiment every one of
    us agrees with! And when the
    shadow of war has dispersed and
    the bright day of liberty has
    dawned once again, the power we now
    give to the Supreme Chancellor
    will be gladly, and swiftly
    returned. Out ancient liberties
    will be restored to us, burnished
    even more brightly than before!

    Brief silence, then a rolling wave of APPLAUSE. JAR JAR beams and bows.

    PALPATINE rises.

    PALPATINE
    It is with great reluctance that
    I have agreed to this calling. I
    love democracy... I love the
    Republic. The fact that this
    crisis is demanding I be given
    absolute power to tule over you is
    evident. But I am mild by nature
    and have no desire to destroy
    the democratic process. The power you
    give me I will lay down when this
    crisis has abated, I promise you.
    And all I ask in return is when my
    current term of office is over,
    you allow me to reture and live
    out my life in peace.

    MAS AMEDDA
    We shall proceed to the vote. All
    those in favor of granting
    emergency powers to the Supreme
    Chancellor, signal ate at this
    time... those opposed?

    EXT. SPACE
    The Naboo Starship heads toward the rings of Geonosis.

    EXT. GEONOSIS, LANDING AREA
    The Naboo Starship lands.

    INT. COCKPIT, NAOO STARFIGHTER - DAY
    ANAKIN switches off the engines. ARTOO and THREEPIO are in the navigation area of the cockpit. PADME is in the co-pilot's seat. She gets up.

    ANAKIN
    Hey, where are you going?

    PADME
    To find Obi-Wan.

    ANAKIN gets up and goes over to her.

    ANAKIN
    No! You're not!

    He grabs her arm.

    PADME
    Let go of me!

    ANAKIN
    I'm not letting you go out there.
    It's too dangerous.

    PADMÉ
    What?!?

    ANAKIN
    It's my job to protect you. I said
    it's too dangerous. You're not
    going, and that's final!

    PADMÉ
    Don't you give me orders, Annie!
    I'm a Senator of the Galactic
    Republic. You have no authority
    to contain me, restrain me, or
    direct me! You remember your
    place, young man.
    (standing up)
    Now you can come along and protect
    me or stay here. It's up to you.

    PADME storms out of the cockpit of the Naboo Starfighter. ANAKIN stands scratching his head, then follows.

    ARTOO BEEPS and WHISTLES.

    C-3PO
    Yes, it is, Artoo. Most
    confusing. One moment they're
    generating a pleasant mutual
    attraction and the next, waves of
    violent hostility. Even though
    I'm programmed to understand them,
    I doubt if I ever shall.

    ARTOO WHISTLES a plaintive sigh.

    INT. GEONOSIS, CORRIDORS - DAY
    ANAKIN and PADME enter the stalagmite city. They stop, looking around in wonder at the emptiness.

    PADME
    (in a low voice)
    It's empty!

    They start forward. As they pass, the surface of the pillars seems to pulse slowly and move. High above WINGED CREATURES grow from the pillars and detach themselves.

    INT. GEONOSIS, CENTRAL SQUARE - DAY
    ANAKIN and PADME cross the square, reaching the middle. They stop suddenly as FOUR GEONOSIANS grabs them. ANAKIN reaches for his lightsaber.

    PADME
    Wait!

    TWENTY WINGED GEONOSIANS carrying weapons alight on the flagstones in front of them.

    The GEONOSIANS part, and COUNT DOOKU appears. He bows courteously.

    COUNT DOOKU
    Senator Amidala, I've heard so
    much about you.

    PADMÉ
    Count Dooku, I assume.

    COUNT DOOKU
    I'm delighted to meet you at
    last. We have a great deal to
    discuss, Senator. I hope you can
    keep your young Jedi under control.

    PADMÉ
    Don't worry he's housebroken.

    INT. CONFERENCE ROOM (GEONOSIS) - DAY
    COUNT DOOKU sits at a large conference table with PADME on the far
    side. ANAKIN stands behind her with FOUR GEONOSIANS GUARDS standing behind him. JANGO FETT stands behind COUNT DOOKU, and SIX GEONOSIAN GUARDS stand behind him.

    PADMÉ
    You are holding a Jedi Knight, Obi-
    Wan Kenobi. I am formally
    requesting you turn him over to
    me, now.

    DOOKU
    He has been convicted of
    espionage, Senator, and will be
    executed. In just a few hours, I
    believe.

    COUNT DOOKU smiles.

    PADMÉ
    He is an officer of the Republic.
    You can't do that.

    DOOKU
    We don't recognise the Republic
    here, Senator. But if Naboo were
    to join our Alliance, I could
    easily hear your plea for clemency.

    ANAKIN grabs his lightsaber but doesn't turn it on.

    PADMÉ
    And if I don't join your
    rebellion, I assume this Jedi with
    me will also die?

    DOOKU
    I don't wish to make you to join
    our cause against your will,
    Senator, but you are a rational,
    honest representative of your
    people and I assume you want to do
    what's in their best interest.
    Aren't you fed up with the
    corruption, the bureaucrats, the
    hypocrisy of it all?.. Aren't
    you? Be honest, Senator.

    PADMÉ
    The ideals are still alive, Count,
    even if the institution is failing.

    DOOKU
    You believe in the same ideals we
    believe in! The same ideals we
    are striving to make prominent.

    PADMÉ
    If what you say is true, you
    should stay in the Republic and
    help Chancellor Palpatine put
    things right.

    DOOKU
    The Chancellor means well, M'Lady
    but he is incompetent. He has
    promised to cut the bureaucracy,
    but the bureaucrats are stronger
    than ever, no? Senator, the
    Republic cannot be fixed. It is
    time to start over. The
    democratic process in the Republic
    is a sham, a shell game played
    on the voters. It will not be long
    before the cult of greed, called
    the Republic, will lose even the
    pretext of democracy and freedom.

    PADMÉ
    I cannot believe that. I will not
    forsake all I have honoured and
    worked for and betray the
    Republic. I know of your treaties
    with the Trade Federation, the
    Commerce Guilds, and the others,
    Count. What is happening here is
    not government that has been
    bought out by business... it's
    business becoming government!

    DOOKU
    Are you willing to betray your Jedi
    friends? Without your co-operation
    I can do nothing to stop their
    execution.

    PADMÉ
    What is to happen to me? Am I to be
    executed also?

    DOOKU
    I wouldn't think of such an
    offence. But, there are
    individuals who have a strong
    interest in your demise, M'lady.
    It has nothing to do with
    politics, I'm afraid. It's purely
    personal, and they have already
    paid great sums to have you
    assassinated. I'm sure they will
    push hard to have you included in
    the executions. I'm sorry but if
    you are not going to co-operate, I
    must turn you over to the
    Geonosians for justice. I've done
    all I can for you.

    JANGO FETT moves over to ANAKIN.

    JANGO FETT
    I'll take that weapon.

    ANAKIN hesitates.

    DOOKU
    You may cause a lot of bloodshed,
    my young Jedi, but you will not
    escape.

    PADMÉ
    Anakin...

    ANAKIN hands his lightsaber over to JANGO FETT.

    INT. GEONOSIS, HIGH AUDIENCE CHAMBER - DAY
    ANAKIN and PADME are standing in the centre of what looks like a courtroom. Seated before them in a tall, boxed-off area is POGGLE THE LESSER, Archduke of Geonosis. He is accompanied by his underling, SUN RIT. Off to one side the Separatist Senators PO NUDU, TESSEK, and TOONBUCK TOORA. Next to them are the Commerce Dignitaries, SHU MAI, NUTE GUNRAY, PASSEL ARGENTE, WAT TAMBOR and SAN HILL of the Intergalactic Bank Clan. Along the wall about a HUNDRED GEONOSIANS wait for a verdict.

    SUN RIT
    You have been charged and found
    guilty of Espionage.

    POGGLE
    Do you have anything to say before
    your sentence is carried out?

    PADMÉ
    You are committing an act of war,
    Archduke. I hope you are prepared
    for the consequences.

    POGGLE laughs. COUNT DOOKU simply smiles.

    POGGLE
    We build weapons, Senator... that
    is our business! Of course we're
    prepared!

    NUTE GUNRAY
    Get on with it. Carry out the
    sentence. I want to see her suffer.

    POGGLE
    Your other Jedi friend is waiting
    for you, Senator. Take them to
    the arena!

    FOUR GUARDS take hold of PADME and ANAKIN. They are escorted out of the chamber to the sounds of chuckling.

    INT. GEONOSIS TUNNEL TO EXECUTION ARENA - DAY
    In the gloomy tunnel, ANAKIN and PADME are tossed into an open cart. The murmur of a vast crowd is heard offscreen. GUARDS extend their arms along the framework and tie them so that they stand facing each other.

    The DRIVER gets up onto his seat.

    ANAKIN
    Don't be afraid.

    PADMÉ
    I'm not afraid to die. I've been
    dying a little bit each day since
    you came back into my life.

    ANAKIN
    What are you talking about?

    PADMÉ
    I love you.

    ANAKIN
    You love me?! I thought we
    decided not to fall in love. That
    we would be forced to live a lie.
    That it would destroy our lives...

    PADMÉ
    I think our lives are about to be
    destroyed anyway. My love for you
    is a puzzle, Annie, for which I
    have no answers. I can't control
    it... and now I don't care. I
    truly, deeply love you, and before
    we die I want you to know.

    PADME leans toward ANAKIN. By straining hard, it is just possible for
    their lips to meet. They kiss.

    ANAKIN
    I have no desire to be cured of
    this love either. Long or short,
    I vow to spend the rest of my life
    with you.

    They kiss again.

    The DRIVER cracks his whip over the ORRAY harnessed between the shafts. The cart jerks forward. Suddenly, there isa HUGE ROAR and blinding sunlight as they emerge into the arena

    INT. GEONOSIS, EXECUTION ARENA - DAY
    The great stadium is packed with tier upon tier of yelling GEONOSIANS. The cart trundles to the center, where OBI-WAN is chained to one of four upright posts thatare three feet in diameter. The cart stops. PADME and ANAKIN are taken down, dragged to posts, and chained to them. PADME is in the center.

    OBI-WAN
    I was beginning to wonder if you
    had gotten my message.

    ANAKIN
    I retransmitted it as you
    requested, Master. Then we decided
    to come and rescue you.

    OBI-WAN
    It looks like you're going a good
    job so far.

    Their arms are pulled high above their heads, and the cart drives away. There is another ROAR as POGGLE THE LESSER, COUNT DOOKU, NUTE GUNRAY, THE FETTS and DIGNITARIES arrive in the archducal box and take their places.

    SUN RIT
    The felons before you have been
    convicted of espionage against the
    Sovereign System of Geonosis.
    Their sentence of death is to be
    carried out in this public arena
    henceforth.

    The crowd ROARS and CHEERS. In the box, POGGLE THE LESSER rises. The crowd becomes quiet.

    POGGLE
    Let the executions begin!

    The crowd goes wild.

    ANAKIN
    I have a bad feeling about this.

    From different gates around the arena, THREE MONSTERS are driven in. One is a REEK (bull-like), one is a NEXU (lion-like), and one is an ACKLAY (a kind of dino-lobster). They are driven in by PICADORS carrying long spears and riding ORRAYS. The PICADORS poke the MONSTERS toward the center, then retire to the perimeter.

    The MONSTERS toss their heads, looking around, ROARING or SCREECHING. Then they catch sight of the THREE CAPTIVES and start moving toward them.

    OBI-WAN
    Take the one the left. I'll
    take the one on the right.

    ANAKIN
    What about Padme?

    PADME has turned around and is pulling herself up by the chain to the top of the post. Within a moment, she is standing on top of it, trying to pull the chain free.

    OBI-WAN
    It looks like she's already on top
    of things.

    The REEK charges ANAKIN. He jumps up, and the beast hits the post hard. ANAKIN lands onto its back, wrapping part of his chain around its horn. The REEK backs off, shaking its head angrily, which tears the chain from the post

    OBI-WAN ducks around the post as the ACKLAY charges. It knocks the post flat, sending OBI-WAN sprawling. The ACKLAY crunches the post between its claws, freeing the chain. OBI-WAN leaps up and runs towards ONE of the PICADORS. The ACKLAY taks off after him.

    The NEXU arrives at PADME'S post and rears on its hind legs. One top, PADME struggles to tear the chain free. The NEXU ROARS, displaying wicked, dripping fangs.

    In the archducal box, NUTE GUNRAY beams and rubs his hands.

    In the arena, OBI-WAN runs at the PICADOR. The ORRAY rears up. OBI-WAN grabs the PICADOR'S long spear and pole vaults over him. The chasing ACKLAY smashes into the ORRAY. It goes down. The PICADOR tumbles onto the sand, where he is grabbed by the ACKLAY and crunched.

    ANAKIN's REEK starts to buck. It charges around the arena with ANAKIN hanging on for dear life. He whirls the free length of chain around his head and casts it into the REEK's mouth. Its jaws clamp hard on the chain. ANAKIN yanks hard on the chain, turning the REEK, beginning to ride it.

    The NEXU's claws dig deep into the post. The cat-like creature reaches the top of the post and takes a swipe at PADME. She turns and the claw barely catches her shirt ripping it off, leaving superficial claw marks across her back. She hits the creature with her chain and it backs off down the pole. Then, PADME jumps off the post into the air. She swings around on the chain and whacks the beast hard on the head with both her feet. It tumbles back onto the sand.

    In the archducal box:

    NUTE GUNRAY
    Foul!! She can't do that... shoot
    her or something!

    In the arena, OBI-WAN runs out from behind the fallen ORRAY and throws the spear at the ACKLAY, hitting it in the neck. It lets out a terrible SCREECH and turns on him. The NEXU springs up and makes to leap up at PADME again. She finally manages to work the chain loose. ANAKIN comes charging up on the REEK.

    ANAKIN
    You okay?

    PADME
    (nods, gasping)
    Sure! Well, sort of.

    ANAKIN
    Jump!!!

    The NEXU springs. PADME leaps from the top of the post to land on the REEK in front of ANAKIN. He hauls her upright. The REEK charges away, around the arena. The NEXU bounds after it. The REEK passes the wounded ACKLAY. The NEXU smells the blood and turns aside to attack the ACKLAY. The TWO MONSTERS fight. The crowd GROANS and BOOS.

    In the archducal box, NUTE GUNRAY turns angrily to COUNT DOOKU.

    NUTE GUNRAY
    This isn't how it's supposed to
    be! Jango, finish her off.

    COUNT DOOKU motions for the bounty hunter to ptay put. BOBA FETT is enjoying the spectacle.

    COUNT DOOKU
    (smiling enigmatically)
    Patiece, Viceroy... she will die.
    Maybe this is the way it's
    supposed to end.

    OBI-WAN runs and jumps on the back of the REEK behind ANAKIN. Across the arena, the NEXU, having chewed up the ACKLAY, starts to advance toward them.

    INT. COCKPIT, NABOO STARSHIP - DAY
    ARTOO BEEPS

    C-3PO
    Yes, it has been rather a long
    time. Do you suppose something's
    happened to them?

    ARTOO BEEPS and WHISTLES.

    C-3PO
    (continuing)
    Danger? Oh no, I shouldn't think
    so. It looks a very dull planet
    to me. They should be back
    shortly. Just stop worrying, Artoo.

    EXT. GEONOSIS, EXECUTION ARENA - DAY
    In the archducal box, amid the uproar, COUNT DOOKU feels a tap on his shoulder. He turns to see MACE WINDU standing behind him. COUNT DOOKU masks his surprise elegantly as he surveys the arena and sees JEDI KNIGHTS standing at every entrance and exit.

    COUNT DOOKU
    Master Windu, how pleasant of you
    to join us. You're just in time
    for the moment of truth. I would
    think these two new boys of yours
    could use a little more training.

    MACE WINDU
    Sorry to disappoint you, Dooku.
    This party's over.

    MACE WINDU signals, and at stategic places around the arena there are sudden flashes of light as about ONE HUNDRED JEDI switch on their lightsabers. The crowd is suddenly silent. COUNT DOOKU'S lips curl in slight amusement.

    COUNT DOOKU
    (to Mace Windu)
    Brave, but stupid, my old Jedi
    friend. You're impossibly
    outnumbered.

    MACE WINDU
    I don't think so. One Jedi has to
    be worth a hundred Geonosians.

    COUNT DOOKU looks around the great theater. His smile grows.

    COUNT DOOKU
    It wasn't the Geonosians I was
    thinking about. How well do you
    think one Jedi will hold up
    against a thousand battle droids?

    COUNT DOOKU signals. THOUSANDS OF DROIDS start to pour into all parts of the arena.

    MACE WINDU draws his lightsaber, JANGO FETT draws his guns and fires at MACE WINDU, who deflects the shots. JANGO FETT and MACE WINDU jump into the arena, where they fight. BOBA FETT wacthes his Dad and the Jedi Master fight. The battle beginss. GEONOSIANS fly away everywhere. DROIDS fire at JEDI, who deflect the bolts and cult down the DROIDS. The GEONOSIAN TROOPS fire ray guns that are more difficult for the JEDI to deflect.

    The REEK and the NEXU are spooked by the battle. The REEK bucks the riders off its back and stampedes around the arena, trampling DROIDS and JEDI that have moved into its path. PADME picks up a discarded pistol and joins the fight. SEVERAL JEDI run to the center of the arena and toss lightsabers to OBI-WAN and ANAKIN.

    Among the crowd, JEDI cut down swaths of GEONOSIANS and DROIDS. On the sand, JEDI fight, attacking DROIDS. OBI0WAN and ANAKIN swing their lightsabers, cutting DROIDS in half. PADME blasts away at DROIDS and GEONOSIANS.

    INT. COCKPIT, NABOO STARSHIP
    ARTOO whistles.

    C-3PO
    I don't hear anything.
    (Artoo beeps)
    You're scaring me! Stop imagining
    things!

    EXT. GEONOSIS, EXECUTION ARENA - DAY
    Among the tiers, JEDI are slowly being driven back. They have killed heaps of GEONOSIANS and have kncoked out piles of DROIDS, but sheer numbers are telling. Individual JEDI are being cut down or blasted/ The rest are retreating into the arena.

    ANAKIN and PADME are back-to-back, fighting DROIDS and flying GEONOSIANS. MACE WINDU fights fiercely with JANGO FETT. Finally, the bounty hunter falls. His helmet goes flying, bouncing down the steps, tumbling and rolling, kicked here and there by random feet. The bounty hunter's body falls to the ground.

    MACE WINDU runs to the center of the arena and fights back-to-back with OBI-WAN, as they swipe and mangle DROIDS.

    OBI-WAN
    Someone's got to - shut down -
    these droids.

    MACE WINDU
    Don't worry! It's being - taken
    care of!

    EXT. GEONOSIS, FEDERATION STARSHIP - DAY
    KI-ADI-MUNDI leads a raiding party of about TWENTY JEDI through the lines of parked Battle Starships. They cut a swath through masses of DROIDS until they arrive at the Command Starship. Some JEDI fall. The rest cut their way up the ramps and into the Command Ship.

    INT. COMMAND FEDERATION STARSHIP, CORRIDORS - DAY
    KI-ADI-MUNDI and teh surviving JEDI fight their way through the corridors of the Command Ship, deflecting laser bolts, slicing DROIDS.

    INT. COMMAND FEDERATION STARSHIP, CONTROL BRIDGE - DAY
    THEY burst onto the bridge and chop down the COMMAND DROIDS. The NEIMOIDIANS flee in all directions. KE-ADI-MUNDI leans over the control panel. He locates the illuminated master switch and punches down on it. It goes dark. Instantly, all the DROIDS on the Starship and all the DROIDS in the arena FREEZE!

    There is a moment of stunned silence, then the JEDI CHEER. One the bridge, PLO KOON claps KI-ADI-MUNDI on the back.

    PLO KOON
    We've done it! Now we have a
    chance!

    Suddenly, there is a harsh BEEPING SOUND. All the DROIDS on the Starship and all the DROIDS in the arena start fighting again! KI-ADI-MUNDI stares in disbelief and dismay.

    KI-ADI-MUNDI
    The system's off but they're still
    active. That's a new feature. They
    are independent of the control
    system.

    EXT. GEONOSIS, EXECUTION ARENA - DAY
    MACE WINDU, OBI-WAN, ANAKIN, PADME and an exhausted group of about TWENTY JEDI stand in the center of the arena surrounded by a ring of BATTLE DROIDS. The bloodied sand around them is strewn with the bodies of DEAD GEONOSIANS, SHATTERED DROIDS and JEDI.

    At the foot of some steps, BOBA FETT finds his father's battered helmet. He picks it up.

    KI-ADI-MUNDI and the SURVIVORS from the raiding party are herded into the arena by SUPERDROIDS. From the encircling tiers above, THOUSANDS OF BATTLE DROIDS level their weapons menacingly.

    In the archducal box, COUNT DOOKU lifts his hand. The DROIDS lower their weapons. The COUNT calls out to the JEDI.

    COUNT DOOKU
    Master Windu!

    Silence.

    COUNT DOOKU
    (continuing)
    You have fought gallantly. Worthy
    of recognition in the history
    archives of the Jedi Order. Now
    it is finished.
    (pauses briefly)
    Surrender - and your lives will be
    spared.

    MACE WINDU
    We will not be hostages for you to
    barter with Dooku.

    COUNT DOOKU
    Then, I'm sorry, old friend. You
    will have to be destroyed.

    The DROIDS raise their weapons. ANAKIN and PADME clasps hands tightly. COUNT DOOKU raises his hand to give the order to fire. PADME looks up suddenlt and whispers to ANAKIN.

    PADME
    Look!

    Above, six Gunships are descending fast through the open area in the arena ceiling. They land in a cluster around the handful of JEDI. CLONE TROOPERS spill out and start firing at the DROIDS. There is a hellstorm of laserfire that bounces off the laser shields created by the Gunships. YODA appears at the door of one of the Gunships.

    YODA
    Come on - hurry! Hurry!

    The SURVIVING JEDI dash to the Gunships and scramble in. MACE WINDU hangs on tight as the Gunship, firing all its weapons, rises out of the arena up and over the topmost rim.

    EXT. GEONOSIS, TERRAIN OUTSIDE EXECUTION ARENA - DAY
    The massed lines of parked Federation Starships and the DROIDS surrounding the arena, are themselves surrounded by thousands of Republic Starships, disgorging TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CLONE TROOPERS. Beyond, more Republic Starships are landing and spewing out troops.

    INT. GUNSHIP NUMBER ONE - DAY
    MACE WINDU stares at the incredible sight.

    YODA
    More battalions to the left.
    Encircle them we must, then
    divide.

    The CLONE TROOPERS open fire with artillery. EXPLOSIONS wreck the parked Battle Starships. CLONE TROOPERS advance, firing at the massed DROIDS. FIGHTER DROIDS fly overhead, exchanging fire with the Gunships and JEDI fighters.

    INT. COCKPIT, NABOO STARSHIP - DAY
    THREEPIO and ARTOO see flashes outside of the ship, exploding everywhere.

    C-3PO
    I'm sure I heard something, this
    time. Didn't you? It's probably
    just a celebration

    ARTOO lets out an EXHAUSTED BLEEP.

    EXT. BATTLEFIELD, GEONOSIS LANDSCAPE - DAY
    Gunship #2 skims the battlefield, firing down, deflecting answering fire from the droids.

    INT. GUNSHIP NUMBER TWO - DAY
    OBI-WAN, ANAKIN and PADME are at the open sides of the Gunship. CLONES fire down at the DROIDS below.

    The Gunship slows, circling over a droid gun-emplacement. It blasts it, but suddenly the Gunship is rocked by a near miss. It lurches violently.

    OBI-WAN
    Hold on! Look over there...

    Through the other side of the Gunship, they see a Geonosian Speeder racing past. In the open cockpit is the unmistakable figure of COUNT DOOKU.

    ANAKIN
    It's Dooku, go after him!

    The PILOT starts to comply, but... there is a HUGE BLASTS, the ship lurches on its side, and PADME tumbles out.

    ANAKIN
    (continuing)
    Padme!!!

    ANAKIN stares down in horror as PADME hits thr ground below.

    ANAKIN
    (continuing; to pilot)
    Put the ship down! Down!

    OBI-WAN
    No! Forget her. We have to go
    after Dooku.

    ANAKIN
    No we're not!! Land this ship!

    OBI-WAN
    Don't let your personal feelings
    get in the way. We've got a job to
    do.

    Below, PADME hauls herself to her feet and waves for them to go after DOOKU.

    ANAKIN
    I don't care!.. Go back.

    OBI-WAN
    Anakin! She's all right! Look.

    ANAKIN stares out to see PADME rescued by CLONE TROOPERS.

    OBI-WAN
    (continuing)
    Follow that speeder!

    On the ground, PADME looks up at Gunship #2 as it speeds away after Count Dooku. OBI-WAN and ANAKIN follow the speeder to a Geonosian tower. The speeder decsends rapidly; the Gunship follows.

    Count Dooku's speeder parks outside the tower; the Gunship parks next to it. OBI-WAN and ANAKIN leap down and run inside the tower.

    INT. GEONOSIS, SECRET HANGER TOWER - LATE DAY
    COUNT DOOKU throws switches on a control panel. His Interstellar Sail Ship is guarded by a SQUAD OF SUPER BATTLE DROIDS. The doors of the exit-port slide open.

    DROID CAPTAIN
    Your Excellency!

    COUNT DOOKU turns as OBI-WAN and ANAKIN run in through the hanger doors. They draw their lightsabers. The DROIDS raise their weapons.

    COUNT DOOKU
    That won't be necessary, Captain.
    Stand down. And leave them to me.

    The DROIDS lower their weapons and back off to the walls. COUNT DOOKU looks at OBI-WAN and ANAKIN with slight amusement.

    OBI-WAN
    (to Anakin)
    We move in together - you slowly
    on the...

    ANAKIN
    I'm taking him now!

    OBI-WAN
    Anakin, no!

    ANAKIN
    You'll pay for all the Jedi you've
    killed today, Dooku.

    ANAKIN charges across the open space at COUNT DOOKU, who smiles faintly, watching him come. ANAKIN raises his lightsaber. At the last moment, COUNT DOOKU thrusts out an arm, and ANAKIN is lifted up, hurled across the room, and slammed into the opposite wall. He slumps to the foot of the wall, semi-conscious. COUNT DOOKU moves toward OBI-WAN

    COUNT DOOKU
    Kenobi, isn't it? As you can see,
    my Jedi powers are far beyond
    yours. Now, back down.

    OBI-WAN
    I don't think so.

    OBI-WAN lifts his lightsaber. COUNT DOOKU smiles.

    COUNT DOOKU
    Ah, but if I must.

    COUNT DOOKU draws his lightsaber. He and OBI-WAN start to circle each other.

    COUNT DOOKU
    (continuing)
    I have spent the last ten years
    learning to use the power of the
    Dark Side. It gives me infinitely
    greater power.

    OBI-WAN
    You will have to prove it.

    OBI-WAN comes in fast, swinging at COUNT DOOKU'S head. DOOKU parries the cut easily. As they fight, it quickly becomes clear that DOOKU is the complete swordsman - elegant, graceful, classical - a master of the old style.

    COUNT DOOKU
    Grand Master Kenobi, you
    disappoint me. Yoda holds you in
    such high esteem.

    COUNT DOOKU parried another cut.

    COUNT DOOKU
    (continuing)
    Surely you can do better...?
    (parries)
    No, I'm surprised. Has Jedi
    swordsmanship degenerated so
    quickly, or are you trying to make
    fun of me?
    (cuts)
    Which is it?

    COUNT DOOKU thrusts. OBI-WAN steps back quickly, panting for breath.

    COUNT DOOKU
    (continuing)
    come, come, Master Kenobi. Put me
    out of my misery.

    OBI-WAN takes a deep breath, gets a fresh grip on his lightsaber and comes in again. For a moment, he drives COUNT DOOKU back. Then Dooku's superior skill begins to tell again, and he forces OBI-WAN to retreat.

    COUNT DOOKU increases the tempo of his attack. OBI-WAN is pushed to the limit to defend himself. DOOKU presses. His lightsaber flashes.

    OBI-WAN is wounded in the shoulder, then the thigh. He stumbles back against the wall, trips, and falls. His lightsaber goes skittering across the floor.

    COUNT DOOKU raises his lightsaber. OBI-WAN looks up helplessly. Dooku's lightsaber flashes down and CLASHES against - Anakin's lightsaber! COUNT DOOKU and ANAKIN stare eyeball to eyeball.

    COUNT DOOKU
    (continuing)
    That's brave of you, boy - but
    foolish. I would have thought
    you'd have learnt your lesson.

    ANAKIN
    I'm a slow learner.

    And ANAKIN charges at COUNT DOOKU. The force of his attack catches the Count slightly off balance. Anakin's lightsaber flashes. COUNT DOOKU draws back, putting a hand to his arm. He takes the hand away and looks at the smear of blood whee Anakin has nicked him.

    COUNT DOOKU
    You have unusual powers, young
    Padawan. But not enought to save
    you this time.

    ANAKIN
    Don't bet on it!

    OBI-WAN
    Anakin!

    OBI-WAN uses the Force to catch his lightsaber and he tosses it to ANAKIN. With TWO LIGHTSABERS, ANAKIN attacks. COUNT DOOKU parries and ripostes. It is no contest. ANAKIN is driven back against the wall. He loses one lightsaber. Finally COUNT DOOKU, in one flashing move, sends Anakin's arm, cut at the elbow, flying still gripping his lightsaber. ANAKIN drops to the ground in agony. COUNT DOOKU draws himself up to deliver the coup de grace.

    Suddenly, the great doors slide open. The DROIDS turn fast, raising their weapons. Through the thick smoke, emerges the heroic figure of YODA. He stops on the smoke-filled threashold, FOUR DROIDS lined up on either side of him, guns pointed.

    Before the DROIDS can get off a shot, YODA raises his hand, and the DROIDS are flung against the far walls and crash to the floor in heaps of smoking metal.

    Silence. COUNT DOOKU steps away from ANAKIN to face the Jedi Grand Master. His lightsaber whirls in a formal salute.

    COUNT DOOKU
    Master Yoda. At last we shall
    know who is the most powerful.

    YODA draws a miniature lightsaber out of his cane. He salutes formally.

    YODA
    Count Dooku. No interest in
    contests, do I have.

    COUNT DOOKU charges across the space at YODA. He rains down blows upon the tiny figure. YODA doesn't budge an inch. For the first part of the contest, he parries every cut and thrust that Dooku aims. Nothing the great swordsman tries gets through. His energy drains. His strokes become feebler, slower.

    YODA attacks! He flies forward. COUNT DOOKU is forced to retreat. Wprds are insufficient to describe the range and skill of Yoda's speed and swordplay. His lightsaber his a humming blur of light.

    Count Dooku's lightsaber is sent cartwheeling from his hand. He staggers back, gasping and spent, against the control panel. YODA jumps onto DOOKU'S shoulders, and is about to drive the lightsaber into the top of the Count's head.

    YODA
    (continuing)
    The end for you, Count, this is.

    COUNT DOOKU
    ...Not yet...

    COUNT DOOKU raises his arms and knocks YODA off his shoulders and then, with all his might, he uses the Force to pull on one of the cranes in the hanger. It comes crashing down on OBI-WAN and ANAKIN. But in the blink of and eye, YODA is under the crane, holding it up, using the Force. YODA closes his eyes and concentrates.

    ANAKIN is unconscious, and OBI0WAN tries toget out from under the crane. The fallen crane trembles and starts to life. Behind it, the sound of the Sail Ship's engines are heard starting up.

    YODA concentrates harder. Slowly, the crane rises. The SOUND OF THE ENGINES increases. YODA exerts every scrap of his powers. The crane lifts clear of ANAKIN and is thrown to the ground. DOOKU'S Sail Ship takes off. OBI-WAN and ANAKIN struggle to the exhausted YODA, but it's too late. The Sail Ship rises into the air and flies away. PADMÉ and a CLONE CAPTAIN with about TEN TROOPERS appear in the doorway.

    PADMÉ
    Anakin!

    PADMÉ runs too him and throws her arms around him. ANAKIN is barely able to stand up. The CLONE CAPTAIN marches up to YODA, stops, and salutes smartly.

    CLONE CAPTAIN
    Resistance is at an end, General.
    What are your orders ?

    YODA looks at him and sighs.

    EXT. CORUSCANT, OLD TOWN - DAWN
    COUNT DOOKU'S Interstellar Sail Ship glides through a deserted, burned-out part of Coruscant. COUNT DOOKU manoeuvres the ship into one of the empty buildings and lands.

    INT. CORUSCANT, SECRET LANDING PLATFORM - DAWN
    The ramp lowers. COUNT DOOKU emerges and walks to where the hooded figure of DARTH SIDIOUS stands waiting. COUNT DOOKU bows.

    COUNT DOOKU
    The Force is with us, my Master.

    DARTH SIDIOUS
    Welcome home, Lord Tyranus. You have
    done well.

    COUNT DOOKU
    I bring you good news, my Lord.
    The war has begun.

    DARTH SIDIOUS
    Excellent.
    (smiling)
    Everything is going as planned.

    EXT. CORUSCANT, JEDI TEMPLE - SUNSET
    The beautiful temple basks in the red glow of the setting sun.

    INT. JEDI TEMPLE, COUNCIL CHAMBER - SUNSET

    MACE WINDU
    Where is your apprentice?

    OBI-WAN
    On his way back to Naboo. He is
    escorting Senator Amidala home.

    They are standing, looking out through the tall windows at the great plaza below. YODA sits in his chair.

    OBI-WAN
    (continuing)
    I must admit without the clones,
    it would not have been a victory.

    YODA
    Victory? Victory, you say?

    OBI-WAN turns and looks at the sad little Jedi sitting in the Council Chamber. Apart from KI-ADI-MUNDI and PLO KOON, who is wounded, the Chamber is empty.

    YODA
    (continuing)
    Not victory, a defeat, it was...
    Master Obi-Wan. Begun, the Clone
    War has!

    EXT. NABOO LAKE RETREAT, LODGE, GARDEN - LATE DAY
    In a rose-covered arbor overlooking the sparkling late, ANAKIN and PADME stand before a NABOO HOLY MAN.

    THREEPIO and ARTOO stand by, watching, as the HOLY MAN blesses the happy couple and, amid gently falling rose petals, ANAKIN and PADME kiss.

    EXT. CORUSCANT, MILITARY STAGING AREA, BALCONY - LATE DAY
    PALPATINE, JAR JAR, BAIL ORGANA and the OTHER SENATORS, with TWO ROYAL GUARDS, stand looking down at the square below.

    TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CLONE TROOPS are drawn up in a strict formation or move forwards in near files to climb the ramps of the Military Assault Ships.

    On the balcony, PALPATINE'S expression is deeply sad. Everyone watches comberly as, in the square, loaded Assault Ships take off. Other land immediately in their place. The sky above is thick with transports. CLONE TROOPS march and board the Ships.

    The Great Clone War has begun...

    FADE OUT:

    THE END

  • #2
    Ist ja schon nett, aber ich les mir das jetzt nicht duerch, die 2 einhalb Wochen kann ich auch noch warten.


    PS: Ein link zu der entsprechenden Seite häts auch getan...

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    • #3
      Ich werd das Ganze mal überfliegen !
      Auch wenn ich die Grundzüge des Films jetzt schon kenne, etwas überrascht werden will ich dann schon noch !
      “Are these things really better than the things I already have? Or am I just trained to be dissatisfied with what I have now?”― Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby
      They have nothing in their whole imperial arsenal that can break the spirit of one Irishman who doesn't want to be broken - Bobby Sands
      Christianity makes everyone have this mentality that escapism is a bad thing. You know "Don't run away from the real world - deal with it." Why ? Why should you have to suffer? - Marilyn Manson

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      • #4
        ist es auch sicher das Richtige Skript???

        bei den neusten Filmen werden von den Filmstudios BEWUSST mehrere Skripte in Umlauf gebracht damit keiner im VOrraus weiss wie der Film verläuft...
        »Ich bin Hunger! Ich bin Durst!
        Ich kann hundert Jahre fasten, ohne zu sterben.
        Ich kann hundert Nächte auf dem Eis liegen, ohne zu erfrieren.
        Ich kann einen Strom von Blut trinken, ohne zu bersten. Sagt mir, wer Eure Feinde sind!«

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        • #5
          Einen Link gibt es nicht. Ich habs von einem Ami, der mir versicherte, daß es das ECHTE ist. (Hard to get)

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          • #6
            Ich denke schon das es das echte ist - zumindestes größtenteils, da die Szene der die schon aus den Trailern bekannt sind, alle stimmen und auch sonst es gut zusammen passt.
            Christianity: The belief that some cosmic Jewish zombie can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him that you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree.
            Makes perfect sense.

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            • #7
              *augenzukneif*

              Ich warte lieber auf den Freitag in 2 Wochen. Sich einen Film dermaßen häppchenweise zuzuführen verdirbt einem doch nur das ganz Erlebnis

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              • #8
                hab dieses script jetzt mal überflogen ..
                scheint ja im großen und ganzen alles gestimmt zu haben
                Achtung! Texte von "Dean" könnten Spuren von Ironie, Sarkasmus, Denkanstössen und freier Meinungsäusserung enthalten...
                Es wird keine Garantie auf Textverständnis gewährleistet. Zu Risiken und Nebenwirkungen lesen Sie bitte zwischen den Zeilen oder denken Sie einfach nicht weiter darüber nach.

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                • #9
                  Original geschrieben von Dean
                  hab dieses script jetzt mal überflogen ..
                  scheint ja im großen und ganzen alles gestimmt zu haben
                  Naja, beim Durchblättern sah es eher so aus, als ob im Film ne Menge gefehlt hätte. Wahrscheinlich ist das die eigentlich geplante aber durch Schnitt und Nachbearbeitung sehr veränderte Fasung

                  Daß manche Texte anders klingen mag an der Synchro liegen, aber die Cutszenes sind auf jeden Fall recht häufig (habe vier größere Szenen gezählt, teilweise auch schon bekannt, daß die fehlen sollten, teilweise nicht)
                  Vor allem die Kämpfe sind nur ähnlich, nicht identisch, besonders der Schlußkampf in der Arena von Geonosis (Federal Commandship gabs nicht, Ki Adi kämpfte von Anfang an in der Arena usw...)

                  Aber wer das Buch zum Film auf englsich haben will liegt nicht verkehrt DAS HIER zu nehmen, kommt sicher billiger und macht genauso viel Spaß
                  »We do sincerely hope you'll all enjoy the show, and please remember people, that no matter who you are, and what you do to live, thrive and survive, there are still some things that make us all the same. You, me, them, everybody!«

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