I personally feel that Dooku shoulda been included in TPM, at the very least during the Jedi Council Scenes. Not to say that he shouldn't have had other scenes, but those scenes woulda been perfect for him to be in. There's a lot of good potential "argument with the Jedi" material there. Then, at Qui Gonn's funeral Dooku coulda either voiced or emoted his frustration at Qui Gonn's needless death (which is one of the reasons why he supposedly left the Order, which ties into his disgust at the fact that the Jedi are the puppets of the decaying government). The opportunity coulda been taken to also show his bond to Qui gonn as well over the course of these scenes. I dunno, I just think it woulda helped out AOTC alot to have seen Dooku with the Jedi before he left them. For example, if his final scene woulda been exiting the Council Chamber or Qui Gonn's funeral in an angry hurry, pissed at the Jedi, and then the next time we woulda heard of him was in the opening crawl of AOTC, and learned that he started a Revolution, I feel it would have been kinda shocking and cool, and would also have added a bit more weight to such things as Windu's claim that Dooku would never assasinate anyone, and make the entire story more impactful overall. It would especially add more weight to Obi Wan's interrogation scene, having seen Dooku in Episode One and knowing his connection to Qui Gonn. It goes back to the age old saying of show, don't tell...or in this case, show, so that when we're told later on, it lends an added weight to things, because we have seen it happen. Dooku was disenfranchised with the Republic and with the Order...seeing him display this frustration in TPM woulda made him more of a sympathetic character when he talks about it in AOTC because we kinda would have seen where he's coming from, i.e. that his former apprentince was sent off to a conflict at the Republic's behest which resulted in his death and which in turn showed how much control the Republic had over the Jedi. And lending sympathy to Dooku was exactly what Lucas was trying to do before he revealed to us that he had gone over to the Dark Side, so this woulda worked. At any rate, Dooku's absence from Episode One is not a glaring flaw or anything, but makes for an interesting What If. That said, I do think it woulda benefitted both movies more if he had been included from the get-go. As for Sifo Diyas...eh, I kinda like the mystery surrounding the fact that we never see him so I don't think his absence from Episode One is as missed as Dooku's. And I'm thinking maybe a scene or two coulda been given to Shmi on the Lars homestead in AOTC, maybe featuring her closeness to Lars more and having her talk to him about how much she missed Anakin but knew he was doing good out there. It would give the later scene of her death more weight. Once again, its a case of show, don't tell. In this case, seeing Cliegg Lars' loving relationship with his wife woulda made his speech about her at the funeral scene that much more impactful. But then again, as is, we're kinda in the same boat as Anakin, because the last time Anakin (and we the audience) saw her was as a loving, semi-happy mother in TPM, and then the next time Anakin (and we the audience) sees her is as a shell of her former self on the brink of death, and that kinda adds more weight to it all, as well. So, giving her a bit more screen time in AOTC helps us connect to her more, but keeping it as is helps us see the events through Anakin's eyes. So in a way it works fine. But I don't think more screentime for her woulda hurt, either. So I guess what I'm saying is that of the three, Dooku shoulda been given more screen time, with an appearance in Episode One, and that Shmi's screentime works either way...and that Sifo Diyas' TOTAL LACK of screen time works perfectly as is. =) What do you guys think?