So it turns out that most of this blog post is irrelevant, because the lines that I were dissecting in this post, are not in the final version of TPM. I was just getting stuck over and over again on this cloaking device aspect and how I had never heard of it before this post. After reading the comments I got, I decided to go check out the movie, and a whole section of lines were cut out of the final script. Needless to say, that made me feel better. I have bolded the lines that were cut out below.
Aw this scene brings back such happy memories. I mean, this was the first time we saw Artoo in action in the Prequels. We recognized him when Jar Jar went into the droid hold, but it was awesome to see him fix the ship! It’s this great moment when you want to punch the air in happiness.
The line by Captain Panaka: “No, this is not a warship…we have no weapons. We’re a non-violent people… that is why the Federation was brave enough to attack us,” is such a throw away line. I feel like it shouldn’t have been in this scene but stressed earlier in the movie, perhaps when the Federation jammed their transmissions. It just seems so important to understand in the dealings with Naboo versus the Federation. This is Star Wars. People are used to ships fighting their way out of tough situations or even the inhabitants of the planet making a stand. So to throw this line in there about 25% of the way through the movie seems a little silly.
And on that topic, why wouldn’t they have a cloaking device on their ship? That just seems so…dumb, even if you are a peaceful planet. You need an evacuation plan, even if you’re peaceful. This is a big galaxy and I know most of the planets out there are not peaceful and DEFINITELY own weapons. So why would you make ships without cloaking devices?? Wouldn’t you rather your people be safe and alive than killed? If you have to evacuate your planet, which was considered in this movie, and you don’t have cloaking devices on your ship, then the enemy will see you guys as soon as you leave. So dumb. Okay, now I’m just perseverating, but seriously. Naboo should have thought this through better.
Yeah, so anyway, go Artoo! (Does anyone notice how he’s just referred to as the “Blue Droid” in the script? If you’re wondering, after the droid is introduced to Amidala, the script later refers to it as “Artoo”)
INTERIOR: NABOO SPACECRAFT – DROID HOLD (FX)
The lights go on, and all the DROIDS are activated. DROIDS rush to an exterior air lock, except for the red one, who runs into a wall. JAR JAR holds on for dear life.
One LITTLE BLUE ASTRO DROID, who is especially dedicated, lets out a loud screech as he passes JAR JAR, causing the Gungan to jump.
The LITTLE DROID enters an air lock and is ejected onto the exterior of the ship.
CAPT. PANAKA: Stay on course!
QUI-GON: Do you have a cloaking device?
CAPT. PANAKA: No, this is not a warship…we have no weapons. We’re a non-violent people…that is why the Federation was brave enough to attack us.
RIC OLIÉ: We won’t make it. The shields are gone.
EXTERIOR: NABOO SPACECRAFT – FEDERATION BATTLESHIP – SPACE (FX)
The DROIDS pop onto the exterior of the Naboo spacecraft; The ship races across the surface of the massive Federation battleship, as its guns blast TWO ASTRO DROIDS.
OBI-WAN: We’re losing droids fast.
CAPT. PANAKA: If they can’t get those shield generators fixed, we will be sitting ducks.
RIC OLIÉ: The shields are gone.
EXTERIOR: NABOO SPACECRAFT – ENGINES – SPACE (FX)
The Federation battleship blows away ONE MORE ASTRO DROID. The BLUE DROID connects some wires, causing sparks to fly.
RIC OLIE: Powers back! That little droid did it. He bypassed the main power drive. Deflector shield up, at maximum.
The lone BLUE DROID finishes his repairs and goes back into the ship. The Naboo spacecraft races away from the Federation battleship.