Well I do not agree, DG! Would you say that vague does equal mysterious? Let me tell you a little story about convolution versus complexity. When I was seventeen, I started writing a novel. It was more or less your typical college-students-in-fantasy world yarn, but to explain how they got there, I opted for a textbook's worth of fragmentary backstory, and to make things even less coherent, I piled on pages and pages of magical "rules" until even I couldn't explain things half the time. All that may make a story more complicated, but in no way does that equate to making the story better. As far as inconsistency, when characters change their minds about fundamental beliefs at the drop of a hat because the script requires it, we're not talking about multilayering; we're talking about a writer who jerks his characters around to make them do what he needs them to do. Wouldn't you agree? Unless Padme is well aware that the Seperatists aren't trying to leave the Republic, but to create a conflict which, as they have all the military power (they think), they will certainly win. First off, how could she possibly know that? Second, why would she then advocate leaving the Republic defenseless? Third, why does she never mention this, even when challenged to back up her accusation (which she never does)?