Two decades ago, anticipation was at an all-time high for the Star Wars prequel trilogy. While Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace didn't arrive until May 1999, fans were ecstatic about the continuation of the saga for the first time since Return of the Jedi in 1983. There was such a long gap between the movies that many believed that George Lucas was never going to get around to making Episodes I through III.
Then he did. And in the days before advance ticketing, people camped around theaters for weeks in advance just to be the first to see the new Star Wars installment. Sadly, The Phantom Menace didn't quite live up to fans' expectations. In retrospect, how could it? Everyone had their own impossible vision of what they wanted that movie to be. What they got was Darth Vader as a 9-year-old kid, a whole lot of podracing, and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Not that one, the other one.
To be fair, The Phantom Menace has its fans and even its defenders. That lightsaber battle between Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Obi-Wan Kenobi was an instant classic, and who could ever argue against John Williams' "Duel of the Fates" theme? You can find things to love about this movie if you try. That's why SYFY WIRE is going over the highlights of The Phantom Menace in 2 minutes or less. It's all here: the good, the bad, and the really, really bad.
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