There are two things about Ep III that I think are problematic, and I'd like to propose a "solution" to both of them. The first problem, as many have observed on these boards, is a lack of surprises for those who are familiar with the CT. Because we already know the next three chapters of the story, the major events of the movie--Anakin turns to evil, Palpatine and Sidious turn out to be the same person, the Jedi are all murdered, the Republic becomes the Empire, etc.--are already laid out for us. There's not much room for a "plot twist"; so little room, in fact, that we wind up having endless discussions on these boards about things like who erased the Jedi Archives, the "true" identity of Sifo-Dyas, and the like. Most of this stuff is trivial, but it doesn't seem like we have much else to talk about. The next problem is with Anakin's portrayal in the PT. Much has been made os Anakin's essential "goodness", especially in TPM. But even in AOTC, we see him as a troubled young man, driven by loneliness, love for his mother, things like that. Sure, we've got his slaughter of the Sandpeople (and incidentally his "confession" to Padme is one of my fave SW sequences ever), but overall he's really trying to do the right thing most of the time. Frankly, he doesn't seem to be the stuff that galactic tyrants are made of. So where am I going with all this? Well, I think that GL's gotta go out on a limb, both to really give Anakin's turn some punch, and to give longtime fans a plot twist that will leave us breathless. Anakin has to do something worse than killing Dooku. He has to do something even worse than killing Mace, or trying to kill Obi-Wan, something worse than turning his back on the Jedi and everything they stand for. He's got to do something that will make the "new" PT fans hate him, and make the "old" CT fans understand how that earnest young man became the terror of the galaxy. Anakin's gotta kill Padme. It's the only way. It is his destiny. Fire away, guys.