Until the release of ROTS on 5/19/05, I would like to discuss TPM chapter by chapter on the DVD. There are 47 chapters to discuss over the next eight months, excluding Chapter 1: Opening Logos, Chapter 2: The Phantom Menace and Chapter 50: End Credits. Each discussion will last 5 days. At the end of 5 days, the following chapter will be posted. Chapter 38: The Conflict Continues DISCUSSION: February 20, 2005 - February 24, 2005 DVD TIME INDEX: 108:01 - 110:17 Synopsis: The N-1 starships fly towards the Trade Federation blockade but are intercepted by a fleet of Droid Fighters. The Bravo Squadron checks in with their leader. The dogfight begins. Back on the plains of Naboo, OOM-9 orders a cease fire on the Gungan shield. Out of the MTTs come a legion of battle droids entering the battle. The battle continues in space. On the Trade Federation bridge, the droids are activated from the source. The droids get into formation and charge their enemy across the plains. The battle droids breach the shield and fire upon their Gungan enemies. The battle continues. The Gungans release numerous blue energy balls, only doing minimal damage to the droid army. Jar Jar tries to throw an energy ball, but can't. Back in the Theed Hangar, the Naboo control the vicinity. Padme decides to head for her throne room and confront and capture Nute Gunray. Anakin feels left out until Qui-Gon tells him to stay there. They head for the entrance. END OF CHAPTER Opinion: The Battle for Naboo continues on numerous levels. Getting back to the space and land battles, we get to see the spectrum of this climatic spectacle. Pretty good series of events leading up to the reason to love this film. The initial sequence of the space battle reminds me so much of the first film, but doesn't have the same feeling. A New Hope's space battle meant much more. This like the land battle are just diversions only to capture the Viceroy. But in a way, wasn't that how Return of the Jedi was set up. I love how the battle droids are controlled from the control ship making everything more intertwined. The land battle isn't that bad either. When I saw the thousands of battle droids get into formation, I cheered. The score at this point is just incredible. As far as the blue energy balls, it's not something I'm too happy about, but since Gungan weaponry was so ill-conceived for this movie, it's forgivable to some extent. Jar Jar just acts like a complete fool throwing the ball. It's a split chapter, but ends on a good solid note, getting back to the core of the battle. Anakin already is trying to defy Qui-Gon's orders. Then they approach the doors and we know what happens after that. Good chapter, could use a little bit of tweaking.