In deep space, a signal outpost on a lonely planetoid falls under devastating bombardment. The fleet of deadly Utapauan dreadnoughts makes way for its next kill under the command of Miat Alpha, chief lieutenant of Atha Prime.
The Republic loses contact with its distant member world of Alderaan. In response, the Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, good friend of Alderaan’s reigning monarch King Bail, boards the next outbound freighter from Coruscant to investigate. He meets the pilot, one Anakin Skywalker, a young man in whom Kenobi senses tremendous potential in the Force. During the journey Obi-Wan casually mentions that he comes from the desert world of Tatooine.
The freighter reaches Alderaan and the two men encounter Padme with her droid ZeeGee and King Bail at the royal palace. Anakin takes his first step on the path of the Jedi under the guidance of Obi-Wan and also takes an interest in Princess Padme. He loads up his ship with a cargo of precious jewels only found on Alderaan.
The next day they meet an ambassador from Utapau only to find out that a bomb is hidden inside the ambassador’s cybernetic body. The bomb explodes in the heart of the royal palace and kills most of the royal family. Obi-Wan barely manages to protect Bail and then sees Utapauan dreadnoughts overhead laying siege to the planet.
Anakin is in for more than he bargained for, so he decides to high-tail out of there. Padme tells him she needs to return with him to Coruscant in order to summon the Republic fleet using a recording of the bombing she kept inside ZeeGee. The Utapauans damage Anakin’s ship’s hyperdrive with blaster fire. He uses his supernatural reflexes to weave through the invading fleet and jump to hyperspace. One of the ships that Anakin passes by runs its scanners on him and detects the valuable jewels in his cargo hold.
Because of their damaged hyperdrive, Anakin and Padme are forced onto nearby Tatooine where Obi-Wan told Anakin his brother Owen still lives.
Amidst the ruins of the royal palace, Miat Alpha steps out of his personal shuttle and revels in the conquest. Bail and Obi-Wan meet up with the surviving royal guardsmen in the forest; theirs is now a guerrilla war.
Episode I to be continued.