In the 21 years since the release of The Phantom Menace, the impact and importance of Qui-Gon Jinn has only grown and Dan Zehr writing at StarWars.com takes a look at his lasting impact.
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace provides a window into a key aspect of teaching with Star Wars: the mentor/student relationship. Anakin Skywalker is only nine-year-old when he meets Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace, but the two instantly share a bond. While the moments they share are brief (the Trade Federation keeps everyone fairly occupied), the lessons learned have far reaching implications across any galaxy.
Qui-Gon is an experienced, well-respected Jedi, with his own way of doing things. He sees instant potential in Anakin, and soon learns how strong the young boy is in the Force. Anakin is intuitive, has remarkable instincts, and can see things before they happen. Qui-Gon knows these gifts reveal Anakin’s immense potential.