I've done some significant amount of thinking on TPM, particularly on the character in the thread title. After watching ROTJ and looking throught the Art of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, and knowing his role was originally Obi-wan Kenobi's; I've come to the personal conclusion that Qui-gon wasn't necessary to the entire saga at all. The role he played would have been much more suited for Obi-wan, in finding Anakin, setting him free, defying the Council, and declaring him the Chosen One, which is a role that is ultimately wasted completely on a character that is never mentioned again, post-EIII. As of this moment, pre-III, he's fairly useless. Now for the obligatory "I love Qui-gon" part of the post. Yes, I loved Qui-gon, he was by far my favorite character from Phantom Menace. Especially the thought and dignity brought by Liam Neeson, his character was great. To quote the Human Torch, "Flame on."