I know the terms “dumb question” and “Phantom Menace” go together too easily and I am just picking low hanging fruit here, but this is another question that has bugged me for a while. Remember when the Trade Federation guys wanted to kill Qui Gon Gin and Obi Wan on board their floating space donut and gassed them for like 10 seconds? Why didn’t they let the gas sit in there for like three days? Or use a gas that didn’t look like smoke and have a distinctive odor? How about a nerve agent that is absorbed through the skin? Or just vent the room out into space? Hell, just reduce the O2 content of the room slowly and let them pass out. Did Lucas really feel the need to use a white easily identified gas out of a hissing vent in order to make his scene happen?
For that matter, what is wrong with just using a bomb? If I were trying to kill a Jedi I wouldn’t us an easily deflected blaster. I would use a 12 gauge shotgun, or the blaster equivalent. Sure, he might be able to deflect 50% of the shells, but that still leaves a lot of lead in the air. This is pretty much why modern military doesn’t use swords any more.
The Empire logo I found in Dave’s Star Wars T Shirts. One of the coolest logos ever IMO.