I wanted to discuss Dooku the character, mainly his characterization in Dark Rendezvous and ROTS novelization, I feel they go really well together. DR sets the stage with showing how fearful and used he feels of Palpatine, and how deep down a part of him still loved Yoda. Could he truly have been redeemed at that point? Then once he crosses the threshold into ROTS he still feels that together he and Palpatine will rule the galaxy. He seems to still have shreds of loyalty within him. Why wasn't he preparing a contingency to betray Palpatine at that point? He also shows fondness for Qui-Gon in wanting to honor his memory by taking Obi-Wan as his apprentice, he sees him as a "grandson". I find his character quite tragic, and even though he was a powerful and wise man who chose to make the wrong decisions, thing did not work out for him as planned.