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 8 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 3: Return to Coruscant DISCUSSION: August 29, 2004 - September 3, 2004 DVD TIME INDEX: 1:51 - 4:22 Synopsis: Pan up from scroll. Padme's Senatorial Cruiser comes over camera at it approaches Coruscant. A Naboo Officer tells Senator Amidala that they are approaching the planet. The ship flies toward a landing platform in the midst of some murky fog. The ship lands. Captain Typho and a female pilot exit their N-1 Starfighters. Senator Amidala and entourage descend the ramp of the Senatorial Cruiser. Parts of the cruiser blow up. Senator Amidala and entourage lie unconcious on the platform. The female pilot rushes over to the senator and reveals herself to actually be Senator Amidala. The decoy, Corde, tell Amidala that she has failed her. Captain Typho tries to persuade Amidala to leave the platform for her own safety. She agrees. Senator Amidala, Captain Typho and remaining entourage leave the platform. END OF CHAPTER Opinion: This was a different approach to the beginning of a Star Wars movie with the Pan Up. I liked how Lucas ended TPM centered around Padme and began AOTC with Padme. This added a new element of mystery to the saga. We don't know who tried to assassinate the senator. The original script called for Jar-Jar to be in this scene. We are grateful for this omission. I liked the use of a decoy. It still ties into the fact from TPM that since Padme's in a political position, she needs to be protected. It's good to see that she does have piloting skills to add more depth to Luke, since both his parents can fly. Every Star Wars opening has some tragedy and this is no exception. Very good scene.