Is there some significance to the fact that Lucas' cameo comes during the Opera Scene in ROTS? I think there might be. Here's my idea, and please rememeber it's just an idea. Obviously, the only one who really knows Lucas' inspiration for these stories is Lucas himself: As has been noted by many others, the "show" that Palpatine watches during the Opera Scene in ROTS resembles sperm floating around an egg. Clearly, this imagery of sperm floating around an egg relates to the story that Palpatine tells Anakin about the Sith Lord who was so powerful that he was able to influence the midichlorians to create life. Palpatine, of course, uses this story to convince Anakin that there is a way to save Padme from dying; unfortunately, Anakin succumbs to Palpatine's influence and loses Padme as a result. In his downfall, Anakin falls prey to the common literary/mythological flaw of "overreaching" or attempting to harness power that is beyond the bounds of human control. He is joined in this character flaw by such characters as Adam and Eve (attempting to eat the fruit of knowledge), Icarus (who flew too close to the sun), Dr. Faustus (who made a deal with Satan for supernatural power), and Dr. Frankenstein (who paid the price for discovering the secret to the creation of life). Is it possible that Lucas suffers (or has suffered) from this flaw himself? And, more specifically, is there a personal connection for Lucas between "overreaching" and the ability/inability to create life? Keeping in mind Anakin's tragic flaw of "overreaching," consider what we know of Lucas' work habits and career. From the biographical materials that I've read (various interviews, Skywalking, Empire Building) I've learned that Lucas consisently made himself sick from working long hours during the production of A New Hope. And, from the many interviews with actors and other members of the production crew that I've seen on DVD's and TV, I've gotten the impression that Lucas is a classic type "A" workaholic. If you combine these descriptions of Lucas' type "A" character with some information about his marriage and family life, some interesting parallels with Anakin's story begin to appear. As some of you may know, Lucas' (3?) children are all adopted. And, as some of you may also know, Lucas and his former wife divorced in the 80's (I think) while he was still making the OT. I've read, of course, that an inability to have children, for whatever reason, can cause significant stress in a marriage. Perhaps this was the case in the Lucas marriage. If this was the case, perhaps George dealt with this stress by focusing all of his energy on his work (making the Star Wars movies), leading to further domestic trouble. In this situation, George himself, burdened with an inability to procreate, suffered the flaw of the mythological "overreacher", working night and day to create his work of art (the OT). Tragically, like Anakin, George's inability to come to terms with his human limitations (inability to procreate and subsequent focus on career) led to the loss of his wife. Obviously, if my specualtions are correct(or even close to correct), then the Opera scene would have a very personal significance for Lucas. Perhaps for this reason he decided that his one cameo in the saga should come during this scene, which perhaps more than any other in the saga was inspired by the events of his personal life. What do you guys think?