This is a continuation of the thread: Stupid Battledroids !
Stillakid, that is a good point about Maul being an outsider in a time of war, and Panaka should have fired on the guy, he even made a move!
As for Panaka's line about the Droids being "battle hardened", you're absolutely right, they were neither hardened to the emotional scars of war, nor were they even in a battle previous to the occupation of Naboo to work out the bugs in the systems, at least according to the EU source material. I guess at BEST, they could have had mock-battles against each other (which might explain their shabby condition), but even then, how would Panaka know they were battle-hardened? I think he was just afraid and jumping to conclusions, but I guess the problem is it's a poor scene.