::wipes tears from the eyes:: I love you guys::sniff:: DarthTorgo, Patrick Russell, Maroothdrool--you are all after my own heart. I feel exactly the same way. In my eyes it's an almost total waste of character development for Obi-Wan, a waste of developing the relationship between Obi-Wan and Anakin and just generally I personally didn't much like Qui-Gon and I'm not the only one. The time missed on Obi-Wan's character development and the creation of the beginning of the relationship between him and Anakin just cannot be made up. That's time gone, never to be regained. For one thing it cut the heart out of Obi-Wan's own character arc and it cut the heart out of the relationship between Obi-Wan and Anakin which in turn weakens what should have been, IMO, one of the most powerful moments of the saga--the ultimate failure of their relationship and eventual battle. All so a character who was not even implied in the OT can be given center stage above everyone else. If TPM is the "introduction" then it should have introduced all the main protaganonists who would be ongoing in the saga. It should have introduced Obi-Wan as much as Padme and Anakin. But he was virtually ignored. Qui-Gon left him on the ship for a reason (to watch over the Queen and stop any communications being sent). Um...that makes sense? You leave the padawan on the ship to guard the whole royal entourage, a ship out in the open, like a "sitting duck" meanwhile, the Master heads into town to do what he obviously believes is going to be a fairly simply job of buying a hyperdrive. He thought he'd just go in there flash his credits and get it, obvious by his extreme annoyance when Watto refused and was impervious to his mind trick. It would have made much more sense for the Master to stay on the ship guarding the royal entourage(including initially the real Queen, remember she was a last minute addition to Qui-Gon's little Mos Espa group) while sending the apprentice into town on what the Master obviously thought would be a relatively simply purchasing mission. If Obi-Wan can guard the Royal Entourage he could certainly have been sent into town on the shopping spree. It makes very little sense for Master Jinn to go into town shopping and leave Padawan Kenobi guarding the lives of the Naboo royals, especially with the ship sitting out in the open like that. Instead the whole time on the Naboo cruiser is a waste. Obi-Wan has virtually no purpose there. At least if you stick him on the ship, have something of interest happen there. Big deal they got a communication, one that could be traced anyway regardless of what Obi-Wan did at that point and it doesn't even affect them UNTIL Qui-Gon returns to the ship anyway because Maul doesn't show up until then anyway. Obi-Wan's time on the ship had not practical purpose to the story, it did nothing to advance or reveal the character to the audience. I agree, send Obi-Wan into Mos Espa. That's exactly the scenario that should have been played out.