C3PO and R2D2 on the Star Wars: The Phantom Menace pin

C3PO and R2D2 on the Star Wars: The Phantom Menace pin

This really nice pin features the movie “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.” The Star Wars series began with Episode III, oddly enough. I saw that movie in Hollywood when it was first showing—at the Chinese Theater. “The Phantom Menace” has the sub-subtitle of Episod I—where it all began I suppose.

The opening crawl tells us:

“Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute.

Hoping to resolve the matter with a blockade of deadly battleships, the greedy Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to the small planet of Naboo.

While the congress of the Republic endlessly debates this alarming chain of events, the Supreme Chancellor has secretly dispatched two Jedi Knights, the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, to settle the conflict….”

Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn discover nine-year-old Anakin Skywalker, a young slave unusually strong in the Force. Anakin wins a thrilling Podrace and with it his freedom as he leaves his home to be trained as a Jedi. The heroes return to Naboo where Anakin and the Queen face massive invasion forces while the two Jedi contend with a deadly foe named Darth Maul. Only then do they realize the invasion is merely the first step in a sinister scheme by the re-emergent forces of darkness known as the Sith.

Episodes III, IV, V were better.

Location: 17-C2

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