And so the beginning of the end of Episode I is exactly what the beginning was: a negotiation. Only this time Padme is ready to put herself on the line. Her honest pleas for help somehow convince the otherwise unhelpful Boss Nass and he chips in everything he's got.
And, once again, we return to who Qui-Gon is as a person: the interpreter of patterns. Padme has changed and she's doing something that Qui-Gon openly says he doesn't understand. It's really the ultimate test of Qui-Gon's ENFP-ness: what do you do with a totally unknown puzzle? Sit back until the pieces reveal themselves. Which is what Qui-Gon does, urging Obi-Wan to follow suit. Much as these two disagree Obi-Wan is loyal.
The narrative then splits into four pieces: the battle above on the fake "planet", the battles in the castle, and the battle on the field. Everything's shot well, it's not like I need to tell you that the fighting is enjoyable. But then something happens that's.... odd. Just as everything is lost...
|This dude is captured by Padme.|
|Anakin accidentally blows up The Trade Federation ship.|
|The droids fall|
|What, you thought these were all unrelated?|
Looks like that paid off. Everyone, acting together, was enabled by the Force to win. Or did you think the line in The Return of the Jedi "May the Force be with us" was just a throw-away? But this is not something that us Westerners decode normally. Star Wars is far from the only myth to put in a single line in the middle of a conversation that is indirectly referenced throughout the rest of the work. As an example, understanding the Bible is entirely predicated on realizing that it's not a bunch of a random books put together in an interesting order but realizing that each and every word is situated on purpose and is a cohesive whole that formulates inside your heart, not on the page. Mythology is the blue-print. You are the building.
Before we leave this moment of happiness and return to the narrative, I feel that Qui-Gon's death needs to be addressed, because this is the first moment we really start to understand that Star Wars communicates backwards as well as forwards. Events later in the story inform us of what's going on in past scenes. Qui-Gon sits down to meditate.
And in all three they become immortal.
No, I don't think Qui-Gon's just sitting down to meditate. This is the dude who said to keep yourself in the moment, remember? And his act of concentration is incredibly similar to Obi-Wan's, with one exception: Qui-Gon doesn't sacrifice himself. He's killed. We'll get back to why that's important later, but suffice it to say, Qui-Gon tried to do what Obi-Wan did later, and Han's last act of love further torments his son with his ever present memory. In a way Han achieves immortality in a way the others never will.
|Not really elated, no.|
But Episode 1's completely worthless to the story! Totally OK to skip!
Addendum: I realized that I forgot to address why Obi-Wan didn't "Force Rush" towards Qui-Gon to help him out with Darth Maul. The Force takes a physical toll on whoever uses it, no matter if they're using Dark and Light approaches. Only those with a lot of experience in the Force could generally string together Force Powers, and even then it took an effort. Obi-Wan is not even a Jedi yet. And right before he'd used a Force Jump. It's notable that never, at any point, does Obi-Wan ask why he doesn't use the power. He never seems to regret not putting on another burst of speed because it was simply beyond him to do so.
At least, that's the understanding of it I have. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.