The camera panning up made for an interesting surprise at the theater. Seeing the bottom of Coruscant first. Speaking of which, this was the first SW movie to open with an already known planet. The animation on the ships was beautiful. I loved the design of the Senatorial Barge. The muted music was a little bothering. Even if the music was supposed to be low and ominous to support the sequence, it shouldn't have been almost non-existent. The fog made for great symbolism was many have stated. The main thing that bothered me was that it wasn't Sabe who died instead of this unknown Corde. The emotion of the sequence would have been felt more by the fans. Sure the audience probably though the woman was the decoy from part one, but we knew better and it kinda took away from the sequence for me. The acting was also a little cheesy during this scene which didn't help the audience get into the film. It just reminded them of TPM. Since Hugh Quarshie did not want to return unless his role was enlarged, I understand Typho not being Panaka or Panaka not blowing up with the ship on screen. The Naboo Lieutenant could have been easily Panaka in a perfect world. But alas it was never meant to be.