Even though I am currently in my “Prequels are alright” phase, there are still a host of (relatively) minor details that bug me. None of these things are ‘deal-breakers’ when it comes to the main storyline of the movie, but they do make a person (or a geek like me at least) wonder. Give some examples, you ask? Well… alright.
Okay, I can buy the fact that a head of state is elected and that perhaps even folks call this head of state a monarch. But… a 13 year old? Being elected the monarch of an entire (evidently important) world? Uhhhhh. Yeah. I realize that age is treated differently in the Star Wars universe. For instance, Leia was a 19-year old Senator. But come on. A thirteen year old? It just seems so out of left field. Why couldn’t Padme have just been a monarch- and not an elected one? I don’ t know. Maybe the writers (or Lucas) figured a monarch wouldn’t be sympathetic to the democratic process of the Old Republic. Whatever the reason, the whole concept still bugs me.
Speaking of monarchs- even if Padme WAS just elected, it seemed to me that she had access to money. She likely would have had some kind of salary. In other words, she had access to money. You would think that after all the help that Anakin gave her planet (he DID blow up the Droid Control ship after all), Padme could have at least TRIED to purchase Shmi’s freedom- hell, she probably could have even asked for donations from her grateful people.
The Planet Core
To reach Theed City, Boss Nass says, you have to “Go through the planet core”. Now, by me, this was not interpreted literally. I took it to mean that the heroes would have to take subterranean aquatic passages to get past the droid army and into the city unnoticed. But the term ‘planet core’ is taken by many to be the literal path taken- as if the entire planet was a maze of rocky, water-filled tunnels. Not only does this seem to be a physical impossibility for a planet as we know it, it would also imply that the Jedi (and the entire Droid army) set down on the OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE PLANET from the capital- thus requiring them to march all the way across the planet to carry out their attack. While I agree that the Neimoidians weren’t exactly tactically savvy- I think they’d realize that landing so far away would be a ‘bad thing’- hell, it wouldn’t be economical to do that (that’s something they’d get). Also, a voyage THROUGH a seemingly earth-sized planet could be 12,000+ km in distance. Even if the Bongo the Jedi used could travel 200kph (questionable)- and there were no twists, turns or detours, the trip would take 60+ hours. By that time, the whole planet would be subjugated. So yeah. The whole ‘Planet core’ statement is misleading in a lot of different ways.
Those are just the first three that spring to mind. I’ll likely expound/rant about more at a later time, but I wanted to get these off of my chest.