"Without this device, there would be no dramatic tension while they were stranded on Tatooine." ROTFLMAO!!!! Lucas screwed up. He'd rather give us "Annie in toonland" than a great dramatic Star Wars film. If he wanted to keep the tension alive, he would not have spent 15 DAMN minutes on the Podrace. Rule Number One of Dramatic Tension: Keep things tight, with small intervals so as to not exhaust the audience. Tatooine was 15 minutes of eye-candy and 10 minutes of intervals. No dramatic tension whatsoever. Again: Is Bibble LYING THEN? Is he lying about the people's plight? Why would he do that? Where's his motivation for doing so? HE'S NOT LYING! The Naboo were suffering and Bibble was used by the TF to try and force the Queen to respond. Sidious did want the treaty signed until Amidala showed up on Coruscant. Once that happened, Palpious changed his plans and used her to gain the Chancellorship. After that, he didn't need her. That was why he no longer mentioned the treaty and instead informed Gunray to "Wipe them out. ALL of them." One thing Lucas has yet to do, in any of the Star Wars films, is stretch the plausibility of one character's influence on the course of EVERY SINGLE event. Palpatine was thwarted by Amidala earlier in TPM and he had to change his plans according to this young Queen who he earlier told Gunray was "Young and naieve" "Controlling her will not be difficult" He was wrong. Sidious had to change his course midway through and ended up with something more than he bargained for: Control of the Republic from within, not by carving it up as he originally planned by using the TF.