That was a very good, insightful post agentcoop, about the need for a temorary lull. As much as it's great to have symmetry and parallels in all six films, I also like it when they each have their own identity and do something not quite like in the other films -- that makes them stand out more. I love how there's a sense of sparseness in ANH, like "a new hope" is coming over the horizon. And it reminds me of a dawning sunrise, arriving slowly but burning brilliantly (Luke), if that makes sense. I also like it when Lucas changes things around and when he doesn't exactly follow a rigid blueprint when making these films. It would be kind of dull in my eyes if there was a "big battle" with four/five intercutting stories at the end of every film -- too predictable. As an example of unique structuring, in ESB, the big battle is placed at the beginning. People thought he and his crew were nuts -- people would've wanted to go home after this exhaustive Hoth battle. But it worked, and people were still hooked, Lucas still topped it with a great father/son duel. And Yoda, I liked how he was absent from ANH. Even if it wasn't intentional or not, it seemed to make his introduction that much more wonderful...I'm sure when we see this as a 12-hour series, it will be like finally seeing an old friend after a 20+ year absence. I just use this as an example of my belief that not every major character should be in all six films even though they could've of. Having staggered appearances makes it kind of surprising and interesting. (At least for a first time viewer if they saw this 12-hour series in one sitting.) As for Tarkin, perhaps he may be explained further in Episode III. Personally, I didn't mind that Vader was a subordinate (was he?), I always kind of felt they were working side-by side, just my opinion anyways. Maybe Lucas will write in Episode III how Palps starts getting more detached -- perhaps he's pleased with his manipulations, and he puts both hands behind his head and puts it on "cruise control" and let's regional governors and commanders handle the dirty work for a while. And then, when Palps sees the utter incompetance after ANH, he get's irate and starts doing the dirty work himself. I'm sure Lucas will write something better than that, but I'm pretty sure he will cover his tracks and the jump from Episode III and ANH regarding Palps won't be as glaring.