Your opinion is well taken and I can't say you are wrong in your feelings. Some people just have this feeling of disconnect, while others do not. My reasons for feeling this way: 1. Anakin is a different actor, with a different screen persona. It's also weird to see Anakin and Padme "look" the same age in AOTC. 2. Qui Gon is dead. 3. Obi-Wan plays second-fiddle to Qui Gon in TPM, which throws off the feel in AOTC when he is in the main mentor role. 4. Jar Jar plays a large role in TPM, which is greatly diminished in the next two films (thankfully ) 5. A more animated childish feel in TPM to me (battle droids, Gungans). AOTC seems to deal with more adult issues, particularly with Ani and Padme's relationship. Just my $.02. I'm not saying anyone else is wrong, but these are some of the reasons I feel a disconnect with TPM. I digress.