I've seen a lot of people mention the stupid and illogical moments in AOTC like Jar Jar being made a Senator and so on, but I haven't heard anyone mention this ridiculous anomaly. Are we to believe that Anakin left Tatooine for 10 *YEARS*, his mom was sold to another owner, married, had her own life, was kidnapped by Tusken Raiders, tortured by the Raiders, became somehow critically ill, and hung in there as long as she could which just happened to be exactly two minutes after her son showed up to "rescue" her?!? Oy.
This is the worst, most circumstancial, stupid thing in the entire Saga. There are SO many things that they could've done to improve this scene. For one, what exactly killed Shmi? So far as I could tell, she had some scars on her face. Obviously the Raiders did SOMETHING to kill her, but I'd like to know what. For me, this scene would've been a thousand times better if Anakin had tried to escape with the weak Shmi, and the Raiders (male AND female) had shot and killed her. At least that wouldn't have been a galactic coincidence, and Anakin would've had some reason to kill the Tusken Females other than their being there. Shmi holding onto life until JUST the right moment is just stupid.
Who agrees with me that this was a poorly-conceived scene?