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 46: Chancellor Palpatine Arrives DISCUSSION: April 1, 2005 - April 5, 2005 DVD TIME INDEX: 125:07 - 126:17 Synopsis: A Republic Cruiser lands in the Theed Plaza. Padme tells her Trade Federation nemesis that they'll have to explain their recent actions to the Senate. Panaka adds that they can kiss their franchise goodbye. Panaka leads the Neimoidians to the descending ship. Obi-Wan, Padme and Anakin meet the newly elected Chancellor Palpatine. Obi-Wan and Anakin bow. Palpatine says the Republic is in Obi-Wan's debt and Anakin's career will be watched with great interest. Padme then congratulates the Chancellor on his victory, but he gives the victory to her saying that together they will bring peace and prosperity to the Republic. END OF CHAPTER Opinion: Now that the Battle for Naboo is over, there's just a few scenes to wrap up this film starting with the arrival of Chancellor Palpatine. Phantom Menace truly is the first step towards the dark side and the subtly of this chapter is solid proof. I get chills now that Palpatine is Supreme Chancellor. We all know that he somehow achieves the status of Emperor, most likely in or after ROTS. But this is the first step. Palpatine's lines are exceptionally strong. From the Republic being in Obi-Wan's debt, which will reflect future events of making the ultimate sacrifce and also the line to Anakin. It's proof that Palpatine wanted Anakin as the apprentice all along and that Maul and Dooku were just throwaways until Anakin came of age. It's also good to see the Trade Federation storyline wrapped up. Nute may have hit a bump in the road, but with some Sith help a decade later, he and his cronies still have some chance of ruining Padme's life. Short, but is strong in terms of the prequels. So much has been expanded upon this chapter that it's one of those small sceens, you're glad that they left in. Padme repeats her gowns again, but besides that good chapter.