I’ve always had an aversion to the third act of AOTC. By the time our heroes set down on Geonosis, the interpersonal drama falls by the wayside and the film proceeds to offer up an escalating series of CGI-festooned setpieces that utterly tax my interest. There’s really nothing visceral about the Kamino battle, and the valid argument that the detached artificiality compliments the nihilism of the war itself doesn’t necessarily justify how lifeless the climax is, of how weightless it all feels. Thankfully, I rarely felt this disconnect with Revenge of the Sith. Chalk it up to the injection of emotional stakes, or to superior craftsmanship/staging, perhaps the aid of a superlative musical score, or maybe decisions like opting to grant the Clonetroopers authentic human movement. You’re right (as usual). My desire for a character swap boils down to the unbridled enthusiasm I have for the character. I honestly feel Watto is the equal to Yoda in realization, eclipsing the Threepio, Chewbacca (both of whom wore out their welcome at some juncture in ESB) or Jabba the Hutt. It pains me to think Lobot (for criminey’s sake!) inspires more threads than this supreme CGI triumph. Maybe Disney could produce a spin-off, wherein Watto frequents the Coruscant casinos, utilizing Jar Jar as a sort of Rain Man totem which ends in spectacular failure.