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 21: Teasing a Senator DISCUSSION: November 27, 2004 - December 1, 2004 DVD TIME INDEX: 47:48 - 50:18 Synopsis: Anakin and Padme are on a picnic in the meadow in front of numerous waterfalls. Padme's reluctant to tell him something and Anakin says go ahead. She finally gives in and tells about the story of her and Palo at age 12. She begins describing Palo and Anakin is trying to get her to move the story along. She says that she went into public service, while he became an artist. Anakin starts talking about liking politicians, but ends up turning into flirting between the two. He believes the system doesn't work and that they need someone strong, someone wise to tell them what everyone must do. Padme opposes to the idea of a dictatorship. Anakin flirts with her some more and Padme accuses him of teasing her. Later in another part of the meadow, Anakin is trying to impress Padme by riding a shaak. He falls into the grass and Padme, worried comes rushing over to see if he's okay. They rolls around in the grass ending up with Padme on top of Anakin. END OF CHAPTER Opinion: The love story picks up in a beautiful meadow in Lake Country. Out of the entire time on Naboo concerning the actual love story, this is probably my favorite scene. The cinematography, the music, the dialogue is all incredible. It's good backstory for Padme to bring up Palo. It shows the she started young even before becoming queen at age 14. Moving into a discussion about politics also helps the scene, showing Anakin practically regurgitating what Palpatine tells him. A dictatorship would work in Anakin's mind and Padme opposes of it, showing she is a defender of democracy. The thing about that is, Padme would rather die than serve a dictatorship. Not directly said, but from her eyes I can see it. Good foreshadowing for ROTS. The second part of the chapter, when Anakin rides the shaak starts off with what I feel is bad CG. It seems like it was rushed when trying to make it seem real. The idea's there, but on screen it could definitely be better. At the end, I like how there is this minute notion of Padme being on top of Anakin, symbolizing IMO, who wears the pants in this relationship. We see this down the road in this movie so well. A well crafted chapter balanced between love and backstory. Across the Stars is a great addition for this scene as well. Interesting environment, but still a good place to showcase the love between Anakin and Padme. Excellent chapter.