Darth Skeptical, While you are entitled to your opinion, I believe their is a MAJOR flaw in your argument. You wrote: "You might think it would be cool to have a black hat/white hat galaxy in the PT, but you just can't have it. It won't work." In TPM, you had the Trade Federation vs. the Naboo. Darth Maul vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi. Droid armies vs. Gungan Armies. And you want to claim that the PT doesn't have black hat/white hat mentality??? I'm flabbergasted. That IS black hat/white hat. That's what Lucas wrote, not me! Let's look at AotC. While the film introduces gray in Anakin, the Republic, Obi-Wan, etc... you wouldn't call the Seperatists gray, would you? The droid armies are not gray, the Commerce Guilds are not gray... Lucas presents them as the 'black hat.' They're villains! (Make that 2-dimensional villains). Sidious, Dooku and Jango may be more 3-dimensional characters, but you'd be hard-pressed to call them anything but 'black hat'. I have no problems with the way Lucas has handled the "grays" of the PT: the Republic, the Jedi, Anakin (save the romance), etc. I do see certain writing flaws in the way he's handled the 'black-hats' of the PT. But perhaps you'd like to answers those questions I posed to Gonk?