18. Qui-Gon Jinn, Gas Expert And Escape Novice
This is a minor plot point in Phantom Menace, so it goes pretty low. However, it set a tone for some really silly moments in Episode I. As the film opens, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are awaiting a meeting with the leaders of the Trade Federation, but are hit with poison gas before the meeting can actually happen.
How does Qui-Gon know what the poison gas is immediately without suffering any effects from the gas?
Also, why does he not try to cut his way out or otherwise do anything to not be in the room with the poison gas? Why in the name of logic does Nute Gunray immediately open the door, releasing the gas instead of leaving the doors closed and ensuring the job is done?
Oh yeah, to destroy what’s left of them — whatever that means. If you’re going to dispose of bodies, why the hell not let them sit there for a while? Was there a tax break for the Federation for disposing of warm bodies as opposed to cold ones?
Star Wars is one of the most popular sagas that hinges the plots it develops on a few key irrational moments. Characters who drive events should be killed, but are left alive for convenient reasons (you know the most obvious instance of this).
In this case, Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon should either be dead or at least had to put effort into escaping from a trap.
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