I remember reading a George Lucas interview one time, many years back where he made some comments which I at the time I found fascinating. I've often thought of them. And now that the prequels are underway, I can't help thinking of them a lot! Here's basically what I remember George saying. The interviewer had asked him why it was necessary that Vader's helmet was removed at the end of ROTJ. GL said one big reason was that a few people seemed to be confused and thought Darth Vader was a robot and he wanted to show him there was a human being in the suit. Relating to that, he said it was important that people know for all of the crazy creatures, gadgets and special effects in STAR WARS that ultimately he intended it to demonstrate human frailty. And that it would be necessary for people to know that Darth Vader wasn't just a bad guy in a black suit that happened to be the hero's father. And that we would have to go back to beginning to understand the TRAUMA that led Darth to be in that suit. This was MANY years ago and I was always intrigued by these comments. Now we're getting to the good stuff. One thing I am struck by is that while Anakin is an ultra-POWERFUL superman when it comes to his gifts with the Force, he is very WEAK and immature at dealing with grief, anger, hurt, disappointment, patience, separation, jealousy, romance, pride and his emotions in general. Anakin is indeed typical of the human condition we all experience, we all must deal with the big issues, death, love, pride, our relationship with our parents, our mentors and so on. And all of his powerful talents cannot save him from his very human flaws of arrogance. He was so tender and tearful holding his dying mother. But so brutal on the way home. Talk about mood swings! As much as I love STAR WARS, Episode II was the first one during which I cried. When finished the saga will be a great cautionary tale on making the RIGHT decisions. And dealing with our emotions. All set within a very entertaining framework. I can't wait for Episode III. Comments?