okay, i didn't even read your whole letter, but you are wrong that qui-gon knew sideous and everybody, and that's why they were runnning. i agree that i was confused about that part when i first say the movie. why were they running to begin with? BUT.... if you watch the deleted scenes in the DVD version of episode I, you will see that qui-gon noticed the little spy thing that darth maul sent out after him and smashed it with his lightsaber, so he KNEW that somebody was looking for him. HA!