1. The thrilling podracing sequence and its innovative use of special effects

2. Introduction of Darth Maul and the iconic lightsaber duel 

3. The polarizing character of Jar Jar Binks and the debate surrounding his role 

4. Exploration of the film's political storyline and the role of the Trade Federation 

5. John Williams' iconic score, including the "Duel of the Fates" track 

6. The lasting legacy of The Phantom Menace and its impact on the Star Wars franchise 

7. The film's groundbreaking use of CGI and its influence on modern filmmaking