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 40: Gungan Retreat DISCUSSION: March 2, 2005 - March 6, 2005 DVD TIME INDEX: 116:40 - 119:04 Synopsis: Back on the plains of battle, the Gungan shield generator explodes lifting the shield around the primitive army. Captain Tarpals whistles for a retreat. The battle tanks begin to cross the field. Jar Jar runs away, hiding underneath a fambaa pulling energy balls held in a cart. Binks holds onto the cart and the blue balls roll down the plains taking out some of the battle tanks. Jar Jar runs for his life, but is grabbed by Captain Tarpals and pulled onto a Kaadu. Due to a shot, Jar Jar flies throught the air and land on the turret of the tank. Tarpals, riding next to the tank, throws Jar Jar a small energy ball. The Gungan can't catch it and throws it at a battle droid coming out of the tank. The tank turns over sideways. Tarpals rides again next to the tank and pulls the clumsy Gungan off the tank. Back at the palace, droidekas sound the queen and her army. Padme surrenders. Back in space, Anakin's ship is hit, spins out of control and lands in the hangar of the Droid Control Ship. The ship comes to a bumpy stop at the end of the hangar. Droids approach the ship. Anakin is worried. END OF CHAPTER Opinion: Back to the battle with the Gungans. Probably my least favorite of the four battles in this climatic battle for Naboo. Jar Jar makes more of a fool out of himself and the CGI is still average to say the very least. Jar Jar's role should have been a more serious role. Yes he was the comic relief of the film, but the kid should've grown up and taken some responsibility, now as "bombard general." I hate the energy balls and would take any of the Ewok tricks any day of the week. Luckily Captain Tarpals was used just enough to take some of the battle away from the centered Jar Jar. The surrender in the palace and Anakin's crash landing in the Droid Control Ship are two good cliffhangers that make this chapter somewhat decent. It's good to have the battle in the beginning or more say the middle go the way of the villains. That way we want the heroes to turn this around. But the good thing about this battle is that everything is pretty much dependent on everything else. Decent chapter. Could use more time for duel and less time for the Gungans. As I said Anakin and Padme save this chapter from an utter disappointment. Padme more than Anakin. Lukewarm action. Need to get back to Jedi vs. Sith.