I agree with you that Lucas usually doesn't listen to negative fans, but come on, for Jar Jar he did big time. After TPM, and alot of people disdained him, he cut him back for that reason only. Can you name one main character in any of the 5 other SW movies, whose role was reduced to almost nothing in the next movie? Now the exception is someone dying in the next movie of course. Here is the OT main characters, and they were all featured in all 3 movies: Han, Leia, Luke, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, R2-D2, C3PO, and Lando(2 movies) They all had good sized roles in every OT movie Yoda and Kenobi died For the PT: Kenobi, Anakin, Palpatine, Padme, Yoda, R2-D2, C-3PO Shmi, QuiGon died Jar Jar was the only main player in the saga to have a major role in TPM, to having 2 scenes in AOTC, and having zero lines, or I think he said one line when they arrived on Coruscant. Every other characters was featured in one way or another in every movie they could be in. Lucas did that because alot of older fans hated him, nothing more nothing less. Come on guys, this one is obvious.