Die erste Senatsszene 5 EXT. SENATE BUILDING - DAY The massive Senate Building glistens in the afternoon sun. Small patches of fog have still to burn off. 6 INT. SENATE CHAMBER - DAY The vast rotunda is buzzing with chatter. Mas Amedda, the Supreme Chancellor's majordomo, tries to quiet things down as Palpatine confers with an aide, Uv Gizen, riding a small one man floating scooter. MAS AMEDDA: “Order! We shall have order! The motion for the republic to commission an army takes precedent, and that is what we will vote on at this time.” Everything quiets down. The aide disperses, and Supreme Chancellor Palpatine steps to the podium. PALPATINE: “ ...My esteemed colleagues, excuse me...I have just recieved some tragic and disturbing news. Senator Amidala of the Naboo system has been assassinated!” There is a shock silence in the vast arena. PALPATINE (continuing): “This grevious blow is especially personal to me. Before I became Chancellor, I served Amidala when she was Queen. She was a great leader who fought for justice, not only in this honorable assembly, but also on her home planet. She was so loved she could have been elected queen for life. She believed in public service, and she fervently believed in democracy. Her death is a great loss to us all. We will all mourn her as a relentless champion of freedom… and as a dear friend.” There is a moment of silence. Ask Aak, the Senator of Malastare, moves his pod into the center of the arena. ASK AAK: “How many more Senators will die before this civil strife ends! We must confront these rebels now, and we need an army to do it.” A second pod moves into the center of the area with Darsana, the Ambassador of Glee Anselm. DARSANA: “Why weren’t the Jedi able to stop this assassination? We are no longer safe under their protection.” Senator Orn Free Taa swings forward in his pod. ORN FREE TAA: “The Republic needs more security now! Before it comes to war.” PALPATINE: “Must I remind the Senator from Malastare that negotiations are continuing with the separatists. Peace is our objective here…not war.” The Senators yell pro and con. Mas Amedda tries to calm things down. Senator Padmé Amidala, with Captain Typho, Jar Jar, and Dorme, maneuvres her pod into the center of the vast arena. PADME: “My noble colleagues, I concur with the Supreme Chancellor. At all costs, we do not want war!” The Senate goes quiet, then there is an outburst of cheering and applause. PALPATINE: “It is with great surprise and joy the chair recognizes the Senator from Naboo, Padmé Amidala.” PADME: “Less than an hour ago, as assassination attempt was made against my life. One of my bodyguards and six others were ruthlessly and senselessly murdered. I was the target but, more importantly, I believe this security measure before you was the target. I have led the opposition to build an army… but there is someone in this body that will stop at nothing to assure its passage…” Many of the Senators boo and yell at Senator Amidala. PADME (continuing): “I warn you, if you vote to create this army, war will follow. I have experienced the misery of war firsthand; I do not wish to do it again.” There is sporadic yelling for and against her statements. PADME (continuing): “Wake up, Senators…you must wake up! If we offer the separatists violence, they can only show us violence in return! Many will lose their lives. All will lose their freedom. This decision could very well destroy the very foundation of our great Republic. I pray you do not let fear push you into a disastrous decision. Vote down this security measure, which is nothing less than a declaration of war! Does anyone here want that? I cannot believe they do.” There is an undercurrent of booing…and groaning. Senator Orn Free Taa moves his pod next to Amidala. ORN FREE TAA: “My motion to defer the vote must be dealt with first. That is the rule of law.” Amidala looks angry and frustrated. Palpatine gives her a sympathetic look. PALPATINE: “In view of the lateness of the hour and the seriousness of this motion, we will take up these matters tomorrow. Until then, the Senate stands adjourned.” Jedi Tempel Korridor 14 EXT. JEDI TEMPLE - NIGHT The vast Jedi Temple sits on an endless flat plain, silhouetted against the traffic-filled sky. 15 INT. JEDI TEMPLE, CORRIDOR - EVENING Mace Windu and Yoda walk down the long hallway, silhouetted by a lit room at the end. MACE WINDU: “Why couldn’t we see his attack on the Senator?” YODA: “Masking the future, is this disturbance in the force.” MACE WINDU: “The prophecy is coming true, the dark side is growing.” YODA: “And only those who have turned to the Dark Side can sense the possibilities of the future. Only going through the Dark Side can we see.” MACE WINDU: “It’s been ten years and the Sith still have not shown themselves. Do you think they are behind this?” YODA: “…Out there, they are. A certainty, that is.” There is a long silence as they walk away. Only footsteps are heard. Anakin meditiert 16 INT. APARTMENT BUILDING, AMIDALA’S APARTMENT, MAIN ROOM - NIGHT Anakin is standing in the living room. He is in a meditative state. It is quiet. We hear distant footsteps in the corridor outside the apartment. Suddenly Anakin’s eyes pop open. His eyes dart around the room. He reaches for his lightsaber, then smiles and puts it back on his belt. Zam Wessel Verfolgungsjagd 28 EXT. CITYSCAPE, CORUSCANT - NIGHT The Probe Droid sends several protective electrical shocks across its surface, causing Obi-Wan to almost lose his grip. As they dart in and out of the speeding traffic, Obi-Wan disconnects a wire on the back of the Droid. It’s power shuts off! Obi-Wan and the Droid drop like rocks. Obi-Wan realizes the error of his ways and quickly puts the wire back. The Droid’s systems light up again, and it takes off. -------- …It moves behind a speeder afterburner to scorch him. It takes the Jedi wildly between buildings and finally skims across a rooftop as Obi-Wan is forced to lift his legs, then run across the roof, tenaciously hanging onto the Droid. -------- …Zam does a quick, tight loop-over and ends up behind the Jedi. She is now in a much better position to fire at them with her laser pistol. To avoid being hit by the laser bolts, Anakin slams on the brakes and moves alongside Zam. She now fires point-blank at Obi-Wan. OBI-WAN: “What are you doing? He’s gonna blast me.” ANAKIN: “Right - this isn’t working.” Anakin slides underneath Zam’s speeder. They race along in traffic, one speeder right on top of the other. The Bounty Hunter skims over the rooftops, causing Anakin to drop behind. Anakin goes through his gears, zooming around traffic. They race at high speed across a wide, flat surface of the city planet. A large spacecraft almost collides with them as it attempts to land. OBI-WAN: “Watch out for those banners!” They round a corner and clip a flag, which gets caught on one of the front air scoops. OBI-WAN: “That was too close!” ANAKIN: “Clear that!” OBI-WAN: “What??” ANAKIN: “Clear the flag! We’re losing power! Hurry!” Obi-Wan leans out of the speeder, then crawls out on the front engine and pulls the flag free of the scoop. The speeder lurches forward with a surge of power. -------- …Zam slides around a corner sideways, blocking an alley, firing point-blank as Anakin approaches. ANAKIN (continuing): “Ahh, damn.” OBI-WAN: “Stop!!” ANAKIN: “No, we can make it!” Anakin barely misses the Bounty Hunter’s speeder as he dives under it, and through a small gap in the building hitting several pipes and going wildly out of control. Anakin struggles to regain control of the speeder, narrowly missing a crane, barely clipping a pair of giant struts. A giant gas ball shoots up, causing Anakin to spin and bump a building, stalling the speeder. OBI-WAN: “I’m crazy… I’m crazy… I’m crazy.” ANAKIN: “But it worked… we made it.” OBI-WAN (angrily) “No you didn’t! We’ve stalled! And you almost got us killed!” ANAKIN: “I think we’re still alive.” Anakin works to get the speeder started. It races to life. OBI-WAN (very angrily) “It was stupid!” ANAKIN (sheepishly) “I could have caught him…” OBI-WAN (furious) “But you didn’t!!! And now we’ve lost him for good.” Suddenly, there is an ambush. Laser bolts are everywhere. Explosions surround them. They look up and see Zam Wesell take off. ANAKIN: “No we didn’t…” Out of a cloud of smoke and ball of flames the Joint tear after Zam. They are smoking. Obi-Wan slaps out a small fire on the dashboard.