I came to appreciate Palpatine more with TCW and reading the Plagueis novel. He is one of the most sufficiently creepy and well done villains in pop culture in decades and Filoni and Co. did well expanding on that. In fact, he's probably the only well-done villain in the show. I had always assumed Vader got injured in a volcano, maybe because I was fascinated by volcanoes as a kid. ESB came out the same month Mount St Helens erupted; I was 8 at the time. I had an LOTR-type scenario in my mind in which Anakin went after some dangerous power-encompassing crystal in or near a volcano, and Obi-Wan tried to stop him. I also had assumed that Anakin's wife had been a Jedi; I was interested in Padme's character and pleased with it in the first two prequels and TCW. Not discussing ROTS, she was written wrong on so many levels there. I'm definitely the only woman in my family who likes Star Wars but I never experienced what I have heard other women sci-fi fans have experienced; I have never been told that "you aren't supposed to like this since you're a girl."