This is interesting. I love it when the script has a line that was actually cut out of the final movie cut (see line in bold). I’m wondering if they cut the line from Darth Sidious because it made it TOO obvious that he’s a really evil Sith Lord. Because the only person that can handle the Jedi and not be afraid would be a Sith, right?
Chronologically, this is also the first time that we meet the future Emperor Palpatine. Lucas sets this up as a mysterious figure in a robe, but does a good job of portraying his power through his words, though we do not see his face. Not only does he get someone out of his sight immediately, he also decides to make their next plan of action legal. That’s power when you realize that someone can reverse a law for you. How convenient also. I wouldn’t mind having that power once and a while.
The Jedi were sent to help negotiate a peaceful deal with the Federation to end the blockade and this scene really makes the Trade Federation look guilty. The impression I got from the opening scenes shows the Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan as just chilling, definitely not out for a battle. Yet the way that Nute and Dofine are reacting – you would think that the Jedi were there to blow up the ship.
How pitiful the Neimoidians are though! This scene says it all. They have no backbone and wimper/grovel in front of anyone more powerful than themselves. They can’t make their own decisions and worse – cannot stand on their own which makes the power they have an illusion. They freak out the moment something doesn’t go their way as seen by Dofine. The Jedi appeared and they believed themselves to be doomed.
But when Darth Sidious told the Viceroy to kill the Jedi…what a bad call! It’s the first of many that Sidious makes during this movie. Ultimately, we know he gets his way throughout the Saga, but I feel like TPM has quite a few blunders on Sidious’ part. By telling the Viceroy to kill the Jedi, he causes more problems for himself. The Chancellor now knows something is suspicious and that the Trade Federation is not cooperating with the Senate. The Jedi become more involved than Sidious would like, leading to Amidala getting away from the planet and, I’m guessing, Sidious had to change his plans based on that.
Cool little scene to see Palpatine for the first time though. Who knew he had dealings with the slimy, pitiful Neimoidians in the beginning of his career?
INTERIOR: FEDERATION BATTLESHIP – BRIDGE
NUTE, DOFINE, and RUNE HAAKO are before the hologram of DARTH SIDIOUS, a robed figure whose face is obscured by a hood.
DOFINE: …This scheme of yours has failed, Lord Sidious. The blockade is finished! We dare not go against these Jedi.
DARTH SIDIOUS: You seem more worried about the Jedi than you are of me, Dofine. I am amused… Viceroy!
NUTE: Yes, My Lord.
DARTH SIDIOUS: I don’t want that stunted slime in my sight again… do you understand?
NUTE: Yes, My Lord.
NUTE gives DOFINE a fierce look, and DOFINE, terrified, rushes off the bridge.
DARTH SIDIOUS: This turn of events is unfortunate. We must accelerate our plans, Viceroy. Begin landing your troops.
NUTE: Ahhh, My Lord, is that…legal?
DARTH SIDIOUS: I will make it legal.
NUTE: And the…Jedi??
DARTH SIDIOUS: The Chancellor should never have brought them into this. Kill them, immediately.
NUTE: Ye…yes, My Lord. As you wish.