The Prequels - Premise
The great Jedi war has ended. The Jedi vanquished the Sith, and the Galaxy is recovering from the war. It is now a time of peace.
A new vote is up in the Republic to appoint the Jedi as the Republic’s Guardians of Peace. Some members of the Republic do not trust the Jedi still. From their point of view, the Jedi were strange wizards who brought their war unto the Republic. The average person had no quarrel with the Sith, so many blamed the Jedi for the war. But it was supposed to be the Galaxy’s last great war, so they went along with it.
The Jedi declared the Sith vanquished, but there was an investigation at the end to assure that all Sith were indeed destroyed. The committee could not prove this, but this was keep quiet. The Jedi basically ended the war prematurely. One Sith Lord managed to evade capture: Darth Plagueis. Using his powers, he was able to prolong his life but at a cost; he became horribly disfigured, but was able to maintain a normal appearance with the Force. His goal was to find a way through the Force to achieve immortality and wait for the Republic to fall for the Sith to rise again, but he could not do it alone. He needed an apprentice.
Episode 1 - The Force Awakens
Cut to modern day (1000 years later). The vote for the Jedi to become Guardians of the Republic is coming up. The vote is put on hold suddenly when a group of Neimoidians claim the Jedi are not Guardians of Peace because they failed to kill all of the Sith. Their proof? They’ve found one! Where? They’re not sure. Someone told them, and all they know is that he’s hiding on Naboo. The Jedi laugh at this and deny it. The Republic ignores it. The Neimoidians form a blockade around Naboo, and will not allow anyone to come or go. They shall prove to the Republic that the Jedi are liars, and they are wrong for wanting them to be our Guardians, by finding the Sith Lord on Naboo.
The Republic puts the vote on hold, and sends two Ambassadors to Naboo to negotiate release of the planet with the Neimoidians. The Neimoidians assure that they cannot be swayed, but allow the Ambassadors to come. The Ambassadors arrive, but are left alone in a room without the Neimoidians. The Neimoidians receive orders from their whistle blower to kill the Ambassadors to send the Republic a message that they are not to be taken as a joke. They do so.
It turns out the Ambassadors are actually Jedi Knights! They were sent as Ambassadors to help the Neimoidians look for the Sith Lord just in case they were right. But now that the Neimoidians have tried to kill them, it is unlikely that will happen. The Jedi survive and seek to arrest the Viceroy for treason and attempted murder. They almost capture the Viceroy, but are forced to run away when they discover that the Viceroy have gathered a droid army to capture the Sith Lord. Understanding that the droid army is an invasion army to take over the planet, the Jedi stow aboard the army’s transport ships and go down to the Planet. They make their way towards the Capitol of Theed to warn the Queen of the Invasion.
Whilst on their journey towards Theed, the Jedi meet an interesting creature named Jar-Jar Binks. He’s a Gungan, or an underwater dweller. The Naboo and the Gungan’s do no get along, but Jar-Jar has hope for the two species. The Jedi Qui-Gon saves Jar-Jar’s life from the Invasion army. Mistaking Qui-Gon as a Nubian, Jar-Jar hatches a scheme to use the Jedi to help mend the sour feelings felt between his two peoples. He tricks the Jedi into following him under-water to the Gungan city of Ooth Gunga. He tells them it’s a shortcut to Theed. Upon their arrival, they’re arrested. The Jedi are also mistaken as Nubians, and Jar-Jar is arrested for violating the truce between Nubians and Gungan’s by bringing “enemies” into Gungan territory.
They are set on trial by the head Gungan, Boss Nass. He orders Jar-Jar to be executed for treason. The Jedi try to explain to him that they are not Nubians, but Jedi looking for a Sith Lord. The Boss’ hatred for Humans keeps him from listening and he orders them to be taken prisoner for bargaining power with the Naboo. Qui-Gon uses the Force to trick the Boss’ mind. The Boss’ decides to let the 3 go and provides them transport to Theed. They make their way to Theed, but arrive late due to their fiasco with the Gungans. The Droid Army has already taken Theed, and has taken the Queen prisoner. The Jedi rescue her and her aides, and hatch a plan to get her safely off of the Planet. They enlist the help of Fighter Pilots to attack one of the blockade ships, while the Queen, the Jedi and Jar-Jar escape in a separate ship towards the Republic capital, Coruscant. On the ship, they are introduced to a droid named R2-D2, who helps repair the ship just enough for them to escape.
The ship was damaged during the escape, and they’re forced to land for repairs. They choose an outlying non-Republic planet called Tatooine. A poor, dusty place filled with forgotten people and pirates. Back on the Blockade ships, the Viceroy tell their Whistle blower that the Ambassadors were Jedi who broke into the Capital, stole the Queen and are heading to the Republic. The Whistle Blower’s name is unknown. He tells the Viceroy not to worry. He has sent an assassin trained to kill Jedi to find the lost ship. The Assassin’s name is Darth Maul.
Back on Tatooine, Qui-Gon heads into town with Padme (a representative for the Queen) to search for a new engine for the ship. He finds a dealer named Watto. Watto is a slave owner who deals in spare parts. One of his slaves catches the eyes of Padme, a young boy named Anakin Skywalker. Luckily for Qui-Gon, Watto is the only dealer in town with the correct engine part. Unfortunately Qui-Gon can’t buy it because his Republic Credits are no good on Tatooine, a non-Republic planet. Qui-Gon tries a mind trick on Watto for the part, but that doesn’t work either! Watto’s mind is not weak. One has to be smart and wise in order to survive on Tatooine this long. Qui-Gon leaves in frustration, to the dismay of Anakin and Padme.
On their way back, a violent sandstorm picks up, preventing the troupe from returning to the ship. Anakin recognizes the group on his way home from Watto’s shop, and offers them shelter in his slave hut. There they meet his mother Shmi, and C-3PO: a protocol droid he is assembling for his Mom from spare parts he finds in Watto’s shop. At night, Anakin tells them about his adventures in Pod races. He has a gift for foresight, which helps him predict maneuvers in races, helping him win. Watto often places him the races and uses gambling make money off of him. Anakin tells Qui-Gon that they could bet the parts for the Naboo ship in race, and he could win them for him. Qui-Gon takes this bet to Watto, but secretly bets Anakin’s freedom as well. Watto agrees, since Anakin’s win is highly improbable. Qui-Gon recognizes Anakin’s foresight abilities as powers of the Force. These certain powers are only common in very powerful Jedi who have trained for a long time. Qui-Gon takes a blood sample of Anakin to find his Midi-Chlorian count, which is unusually high for average Jedi. Midi-Chlorians are microscopic life forms that live in the blood cells of all living things. They transpose the powers of the Force to the beings who learn to hone them. Anyone can become a Jedi, as long as they learn to listen to the Midi-Chlorians in their blood. Anakin however, is already extremely communicative with his Midi-Chlorians, without any training at all. Where do the Midi-Chlorians receive their powers of the Force? Some say it is the Will of the Force, but it remains unknown.
Meanwhile, Darth Maul lands on Tatooine and begins his search for the Jedi. The Podrace happens, and Anakin is able to win using his Force abilities. He is able to look into the future and see how to best his opponent Sebulba in the final lap. Qui-Gon wins the parts for the ship, and informs Anakin that he is free, and can come with Qui-Gon to become a Jedi. Anakin is happy at first, but then becomes upset once he realizes his Mom cannot come and will remain a slave. After a tearful goodbye, Anakin leaves Shmi, promising to come back one day and free her. On their way out of town, Qui-Gon and Anakin realize they are being followed by Darth Maul. Maul attack Qui-Gon and the two duel with their lightsabers. Anakin and Qui-Gon barely escape, leaving Maul behind on the planet as they jump to hyperspace. Anakin is introduced to Qui-Gon’s Jedi apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi. On their way to Coruscant, Padme and Anakin bond. Anakin misses his mother, whilst Padme is missing home (she’s never been out of the palace before). Both are homesick. Anakin gifts her a necklace his mother gave him. The necklace prevents you from feeling alone or homesick.
The crew arrive in Coruscant. The Jedi head to the Jedi Temple to convene with the Jedi Council. Padme and the Queen head off to her Senate chambers to prepare for the session of Congress. At the Jedi Council meeting, Qui-Gon reports that no presence of the Dark Sith Lords was felt on Naboo. However they did encounter a lightsaber wielding assassin on their departure from Tatooine. Qui-Gon’s only conclusion is that he is perhaps a Sith lord. The Council dismiss this and claim that is not enough evidence to assume he is. Qui-Gon brings up Anakin, and demands that the Council convene with him. He tells them Anakin might fulfill an ancient prophecy that tells of a Jedi who will bring balance to the Force. After hearing his outrageous claims about Sith Lords, the council annoyingly agrees to see the boy. The council is beginning to wonder if they sent the right Jedi on this mission.
Congress convene’s, and the Queen meets up with Senator Palpatine, their Naboo representative. He explains that the current Chancellor Vallorum is highly unlikely to provide security for the Queen to fight the Droid Army and win her planet back. He’s too desperate to uphold peace, he’ll ignore an act of violence to prevent war. He suggests calling for a vote of no confidence in his place, forcing the Senate to elect a replacement Chancellor till the end of his term. The plan is to nominate Palpatine, who will act in the best interest of Naboo’s security. During the session of Congress, the Queen pleas her case to the Senate. She tells them Naboo has been invaded by the Neimoidians and they have a droid army, and they will not relinquish control of the Planet until they find the Sith Lord. The Senate finds a way to ignore her plea. Instead of providing security volunteers and supplies, they instead vote for a delegation to be sent to investigate the matter. The Queen is outraged. Now is not the time for diplomacy, this is an act of War! She calls for a vote of no confidence in Chancellor Vallorum. The Senate rallies behind her and demand a new vote. Frustrated, the Queen decides to return home and fight the Viceroy herself.
Anakin is brought before the Jedi Council. His abilities of foresight are remarkable, but Yoda senses fear in him and they decide not to train him due to his age. He is too old to teach. The ways of the Jedi cannot be imprinted upon someone older 14. He will argue and rebel. Qui-Gon is outraged. If he is to fulfill the prophecy, then he must be trained! He decides to subvert the Council’s orders and take Anakin on as his own Padawan learner. The Council refuse to allow it, but it doesn’t stop Qui-Gon. Obi-Wan becomes jealous at this, especially since Qui-Gon is almost done training him. The Council tells them to forget Anakin right now, their mission is to find the Sith Lord. They send the Jedi on a new mission: return home with the Queen and draw out her attacker. Find him and arrest him, then we can find out if he is indeed a Sith Lord.
The Jedi, the Queen, Jar-Jar and Anakin return to Naboo. The Queen enlists the help of Jar-Jar. She wishes to reach out to the Gungans for help. For the first time in centuries, the Naboo wish to find peace with their neighbors. They find the Gungans on the run from the Droid Army in the swamps. She pleads with the Boss Nass to help their cause. They both live on the same Planet, and they can only defeat the droids if they all stand up together as Nubians and fight back. Boss Nass refuses to help the Queen, he doesn’t believe her. He thinks she wants to use the Droid Army to destroy all the Gungans by sending them into a hopeless battle. He doesn’t trust the Humans. Padme steps forward and gives him a reason to trust the Humans. She reveals to him that she is actually the Queen, and that the Queen to her right is a decoy. If she will trust her life with him, she can assure him he can do the same. Boss Nass agrees to help the Humans! They plan for battle. The Gungans will form an army outside of the city of Theed to draw out the Droid Army. The Queen and the Jedi will sneak into Theed to capture the Viceroy. Fighter pilots will take to the skies and destroy the Droid control ship to disable the Droid army.
The battle commences! The Gungans begin their fight, whilst the Queen and the Jedi sneak into the throne. The pilots make their way to their ships and fly off into space. On their way to the Throne room, Darth Maul appears and the Jedi engage him in a duel. The Queen and the security volunteers find another way to get to the Throne Room. Anakin jumps into a ship and uses the blaster cannons to fend of the Droids from the Queen. Unfortunately the ship is on automatic pilot and he’s taken up into space to fight with the other fighter squadrons agains the Droid control ship. Using his powers of insight, Anakin is able to find a small hole in the Control ships shield and enters inside it’s hanger bay. He destroys the ship from the inside and escapes with the other fighter pilots. The Droid Army falls down, defeated and the Gungans celebrate. Darth Maul unfortunately kills Qui-Gon Jinn. Obi-Wan bests Maul in the duel and kills the Sith Lord. Qui-Gon’s dying words to Obi-Wan are a sincere apology and a request for Obi-Wan to train Anakin. The Queen and others arrest the Viceroy and the day is won! Naboo is free again, and the Sith have been permanently vanquished from the Galaxy.
Senator Palpatine is elected Chancellor, and he returns to Naboo to celebrate. At Qui-Gon’s funeral, Jedi Master Mace Windu discusses with Yoda how unfortunate the Maul could not be captured, and how blind the Jedi order has been to ignore Qui-Gon. But who was Maul? Where did he come from? Who trained him? Is his master still alive? The Galaxy may not be rid of the Sith just yet. Obi-Wan begs Yoda to let him train Anakin. Yoda refuses because a more experienced master is needed. Obi-Wan won’t let up, and Yoda finally agrees. Your apprentice, Skywalker, will be.
A celebration is held in the Capital of Theed. The Boss Nass and the Gungans parade towards the Queen’s palace and she offers them a gift of her appreciation. PEACE, shouts the Boss, and the planet celebrates as once divided peoples are now united under a common banner. All is well in a Galaxy far, far away.
Closing notes on Episode 1
Palpatine is the Sith Lord on Naboo, even though he is introduced off world to the audience. He is also the Whistle Blower in the Senate. He kinda told the Neimoidians the truth…the Sith Lord comes from Naboo. He feeds their fear of the Sith still existing to get them to do his biding. He orchestrates this whole scheme to feed the Viceroy’s fear into acting Violently against his people. He knows that the Republic won’t respond with violence since there has been a thousand years of peace, and he’ll use this to vote Vallorum out of Office.
Palpatine plans for the Queen to stay on Coruscant. He planned to get elected, and send Security Volunteers to Naboo to fight the Droids, and he would allow the Viceroy to escape. If the Viceroy were caught, then Palpatine’s secret could be at stake. The Queen decides to go home and fight them herself, and she arrests the Viceroy, to the dismay of Palpatine. Palpatine was Darth Plagueis’ apprentice. They both found ways to live longer over the thousand year period (both are horribly disfigured, as the audience will see soon enough). Palpatine grew impatient and argued with his master. Waiting for the Republic to die out is pointless, we need to act now to take out revenge. Plagueis refuses, he can wait. Palpatine kills Plagueis, and plans the Sith’s revenge. Palpatine hatches this scheme and begins to train Darth Maul. He tells the Neimoidians that Maul is an assassin. But he is a Force user as the Jedi discover, therefore a Sith Lord. Palpatine doesn’t train Maul enough though, because he plans for the Jedi to kill him instead of him being captured. In the end, Maul was just a ruse to feed the Republic and the Neimoidian’s fears about the Sith Lords still existing.