I've been laughing about how awkward society is about certain social taboos/crimes since I first conceived of the scene which was shortly after watching the RedLetterMedia plinkett reviews a year ago or so.
Star Wars was ok with murdering children.... it doesn't get any darker than that and I'm just starting, Star Wars was also comfy with decapitation, impaling ppl, cutting ppl in half, dismemberment, genocide, poisoning ppl, showing a guy being dismembered and then slowly being burnt alive, doing a close up of a guy as his hands and head are cutoff...... I'm not saying rape isn't crossing a line but I'm pretty sure more than a few lines were crossed in the prequels and an accidental rape tastefully done would have been far more real and far less dark.
Well there is the general point that violence has a much higher tolerance in American media than sex, you can show the effects of violence and still get the same effect, while cutting out an "accidental rape" scene would remove the impact such an event would have. And since the MPAA will be rating the film...it's something to be mindful of. Also, a lot of the dismemberment stuff in Star Wars is pretty sanitized.
p.s. both Liam Neeson and the Pod Racing were nothing more than filler.
He was okay, and another role that could have been handled better.
with regards to the pod racing, pod racing is not an instructional tool for flying.... the race was yet another huge drawn out scene created for the sake of making a huge drawn out scene, it gets even worse later in the movie as it took pains to explain that Anakin had no idea what he was doing as he pulled the conveniently sized baby helmet onto his head and flew the Naboo fighter out of the hanger bay..... filler & nothing more.
Again, I'm not necessarily talking about the movies we got vs. how they could have been done better
And reflexes and instincts could be similar traits to podracing and starfighting. The problem was that they built up the podracing stakes in dialogue instead of showing the audience...anything, really. If they had spent the scene showing some fancy maneuvers and split-second decisions (slo-mo?), I think it would have been better.
The entire Battle for Naboo was poorly executed. It comprised of a ground battle, a space battle, an infiltration of the palace, and a lightsaber duel. The lightsaber duel could have stayed on its own, but the other three battles should have been intermixed better then they were. The primary goal was getting into the throne room to disable the Trade Federation's operation, so everything should have been in or near the city. The Gungans could have don guerilla-style attacks to lure forces out, and a few fighters could have provided minimal but tactical air support. They could then have kept Anakin running a fighter through buildings and/or forests providing support, drawing the parallelism...
Again, that was wordy, but let's take a similar battle that was done better: The Battle of Endor. Here, we have a ground battle, a space battle, and a lightsaber duel. Here, the ground and space battles directly influence each other. Luke is watching the the Rebels lose while the Emperor taunts him. These connections bring the necessary unity to have them all going on at once, instead of, "hey, the space battle is over so now the ground battle is over!" and, "Oh yeah, let's put in a lightsaber fight because we can."
On second thought, let's not go to TechReport. Tis a silly place.