And again, I don't see why it's such a fantastic idea to intentionally make Episode I a total throwaway. Too bad, too bad you still see it as a total throwaway, and too bad you can't see why it had to be a partial throwaway. To put it very simple: TPM does the "dirty work" for the rest of the saga. Obi Wan's role in TPM is as important as Luke's role will be episode III: only their presence matters, everything else is a bonus. But I think your issues with TPM are far beyond Obi Wan?