Well, just when I start to think, hey, she's not so bad, then I think about Padme and what she went through. Padme always wanted a family of her own, and to be normal. Then the man she loves more than anything goes away, leaving her pregnant and alone, and then she has to give up every personal dream she ever had for herself to protect her kids from Palpatine. Palapatine ruined her life, so I just find it repugnant that a brat that he raised to kill Luke would end up marrying Luke. I'm sure some would say that would be a triumph of sorts against Palpatine, but it isn't in my mind, because Mara didn't willingly leave his service, she was forced out. Ousted basically. She wasn't anymore enlightened due to the stuff that happened to her. She took like 15 years to admit she was ever even a little bit wrong. All I can see is Padme's sad face and think of how she sacrificed her very life for her children, and it wasn't so that that jackal could come and take over the whole family. Put yourself in Padme's position. In fact, the more I see Padme, the more the thought of Mara makes me angry. It's no coincidence that I started going from like to hate after 1999, with the advent of TPM, and the NJO. Two worlds colliding to be sure. I just can't accept Mara, she is like a CGI insert, she never was there, and I can't reconcile all this stuff from just a few years ago, after knowing the story in a certain capacity for 15 years. I never will accept that she was number one, and Vader was just a pathetic little flunkie, though he was the one that did all the work when Mara wasn't even born yet. I just hate Zahn for writing that. How dare he? I will always hate him for that nonsense. Mara could never in her wildest dreams hold a candle to Vader interms of accomplishment, let alone talent. It's just too unrealistic for words.