Qui Gon Jinn was never rewarded with a seat on the council, because he went his own way. Do any of you think that Qui Gon in TPM is a reference to Lucas himself and the lack of recognition he's received throughout his long career, mainly because he broke free from the shackles of the movie industry and went his own way. Remember that Lucas has also done a lot for film in general, it was not just SW. I know he was awarded with an AFI Lifetime Achievement award in 2005, but he started writing the script for TPM long before this. I guess the industry moguls did not appreciate his independence: It's a certain way you do things and if you're not one of us, then we will not recognise you as one either. I think there is something to this. Obi-Wan Kenobi: "If you would just follow the Code, you would be on the Council. They will not go along with you this time." Qui Gon Jinn: "You still have much to learn, my young apprentice". Anyways, I thought it was an interesting observation and something that might be fun to discuss.