Until the release of ROTS on 5/19/05, I would like to discuss AOTC chapter by chapter on the DVD. There are 47 chapters to discuss over the next eight months, excluding Chapter 1: Opening Logos, Chapter 2: Attack of the Clones and Chapter 50: End Credits. Each discussion will last 5 days. At the end of 5 days, the following chapter will be posted. Chapter 16: Audience with the Queen DISCUSSION: November 2, 2004 - November 6, 2004 DVD TIME INDEX: 39:24 - 40:54 Synopsis: In the Theed Palace Throne Room, Anakin and Padme are before Queen Jamilla, Padme's successor. Artoo waits outside. Padme talks about the Republic is going to be pushed into a civil war due to the conflict with the Separatists. Sio Bibble thinks that's outrageous. He states that there hasn't been a full-scale war since the formation of the Republic. Jamilla asks for Padme's opinion. Padme believes that the situation will get worse when the Separatists turn to the Trade Federation or Commerce Guild out of fear. Sio Bibble states that the Republic has done nothing to bring Nute Gunray to justice. Jamilla tries to bring assurance by believing in the Republic. Everyone stands up. Jamilla says that Padme needs to worry about her own safety. Bibble asks Anakin his suggestion. Padme interferes and says that Anakin's a padawan and begins to make up her own mind. Anakin cuts her off. Padme says that she knows what she's doing. Anakin apologizes. Jamilla approves and they walk out of the throne room. END OF CHAPTER Opinion: A short chapter, just reintroducing us to the Theed Palace in a way to make sure Padme's safe. It's a political discussion that starts off well, but ends on a sour note. The chapter helps further the relationship between Anakin and Padme. I'm really not that big of a fan of Queen Jamilla. I think Padme is definitely a better queen in making decisions and also a fashion princess. Padme shows weakness in this chapter. She shows her arrogance and self confidence. This scene shows that Padme still treats Anakin like a little boy. The way she looks at Jamilla. I think she realized that she was superior to Jamilla, who is practically asking for her input. But, the one expression after Sio Bibble's comment felt like "I heard this before when I was queen too." I noticed that Jamilla follows a different pattern than Padme. The backing on the throne is green now not red. I think she brings the role down a notch. Padme's already got a plan to the Lake Country. Her exchange with Anakin is so well done that it gives another angle to look at the senator. Natalie does a good job here with gestures and acting. It adds minor details to the story, mainly furthering the love story, but not sure if this was the right way to go in advancing the story. I would have gone straight to Padme's parents house and did this as a hologram in her bedroom. Something along those lines would make it seem more personal.