Quote Originally Posted by Moon Ronin View Post
Dark Helmet: I am your father’s brother’s nephew’s cousin’s former roommate.
Lone Star: So what does that make us?
Dark Helmet: Absolutely nothing.

Obi Wan :Qui-Gon Jinn would never join you.
Count Dooku : Don't be so sure, my young Jedi. You forget that he was once my apprentice, just as you were once his.

The fact that Qui-Gon Jinn was trained by Count Dooku was in turn trained by Yoda really added nothing to the story (movie wise anyway) same with Dark Helmet's. It was like creating a link just to have one take it out and you would change absolutely nothing in the move.
Well, it does add to the ambiguity of Dooku's position, given that the movie has been teetering over whether Dooku is a villain or not (Padme thinks he is, but the Jedi disagree, but we then just saw him plotting with known villains). The scene also works given that it does a good job of establishing Dooku's character (he masks his manipulations and ruthlessness with politeness). Whether connecting Dooku to two previously established characters paid off in the end or not, it was a backstory and it didn't harm anything either. Also, it contextualizes the duel with Yoda, making it more then just two people with no ties fighting each other.

Quote Originally Posted by ChrisIII View Post
The Dooku thing does sort of slightly explain why Qui Gon was slightly unorthodox.

Unfortunately although Qui-Gon was interesting, the OT pretty much implied that in his youth, Obi-Wan was reckless and a bit overconfident, and this perhaps had a role in Anakin's fall. ("So was I, if you remember; "I thought I could instruct him just as well as Yoda"). It was presumed by some fans that this is why Ewan Mcgregor was cast, as he did have a bit of a reputation as a "bad boy" actor at that point.

Qui-Gon actually was Obi-Wan in earlier scripts, but Lucas decided to split the character pretty much in two, and instead of reckless Obi-Wan we sort of wound up with a Jedi who was more by-the-book than his master....and Obi-Wan's training really didn't have any major role in Anakin's downfall when you think about it. If anything, Obi-Wan was pretty much separated from Anakin both times when stuff went bad.
Debatable; we only saw a fraction of their interactions (and patience didn't seem to be Kenobi's strongest suite with Anakin's outbursts). On the other hand, even if we did want to assume that at least some of Kenobi's taking the blame for Anakin's downfall was him being too hard on himself, his attitude with Yoda when stating his intent to train Anakin in TPM does fit pretty well with his reflections in the originals.