COLOGNE, GERMANY – MAY 20: The costume worn by Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker during the Boonta Eve Podrace is seen during the ‘Star Wars Identities’ Exhibtion Press Preview & VIP Opening at Odysseum on May 20, 2015 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images)
2. The Pod Race
Leading up to The Phantom Menace, the pod race got a lot of attention. It was something different than previous Star Wars films. In the original trilogy, the stakes were always so high.
The prequels were allowed to have a little fun and that’s what the pod races were meant to be. They also showcased how this young kid who no one paid attention to was also a pretty good pilot even at such a young age.
It also brought together this huge collection of aliens, giving a glimpse into the life on Tatooine and what the galaxy was actually like.
And for the time, the visual effects were pretty cool too. The sounds effects were fantastic, making you feel as though you were in the seats of the arena as the jet engines shook the theater seats – if you happened to see it in the theaters 20 years ago.
We kind of get a “race” in the original trilogy with the chase on Endor moon, but the pod race was so well done taking us out of the cockpit of ships like the Millennium Falcon and putting us right in the elements.
Star Wars fans get to see the planet, different species, including Tusken Raiders, and Anakin’s adeptness at flying.
It’s a fantastic scene and one well remembered for the last 20 years.