I need to be careful here not to present this as an anti-Phantom Menace thread. I am not anti-Phantom Menace, but I wonder if Episode 1 could have been better utilised to set up the rest of the prequel trilogy, and indeed the Original Trilogy. While Phantom Menace is a perfectly fine "Standalone" story, little of what happens in it has any bearing on the future saga films. The main villian, Darth Maul, while scary, is killed and neither he, nor his legacy, carry over to the next film(s). There is much to-do about a taxation blockade, which is all rather trivial in the big scheme of things. In my opinion, the only thing of consequence that happens is that Obi-Wan, Anakin & Padme meet. And of course the droids & Palpatine are introduced. Knowing how much has to be compressed and resolved in AOTC and Episode 3, I wonder if TPM should have been set during 2 different times. The first half being the character introductions and a compressed version of the TPM that was released, and the second half set years later reintroduce Padme & Anakin and set things up for AOTC. Like I said, I have no issues with TPM as a movie, but in the context of the saga, I do have a feeling that too little actually happened in Episode 1 outside of the perfunctionary character introductions. Anyone care to agree or disagree?