Though my time here has been relatively short, it would not surprise me to hear that many of you find me to be a "basher." But I have a legitimate question to bring about that in no way, shape, or form decries any of Lucas' work. It does have to do with the ludicrous levels of protection Lucas goes to to insure that his story is unadulterated and fresh on opening day. I don't think I need to remind those present about the numbered and incounterfeitable scripts given to production crew members, the refusal to give any info on the movie to any media (save starwars.com), and the gag orders placed on the actors, all in the name of secrecy. Now, in this day and age of superfast information transfer, it is almost inevitable that someone will learn something about any given movie they wish to expose. There are some measures that can't be accounted for; i.e., post-production crew stealing rough cuts of the movie and showing them to the world's biggest (no kidding) and least credible movie-scooper, Harry Knowles. I hate that it happened. I hate it for those who read the review before they saw the film, and I hate it for George, because it is such a huge slap in the face to have his security breached like that by one of his own. However, this is not what I came here to talk about. I cannot stress how important secrecy is to a movie as large in scope and interest, in order to keep the movie tense, taut, and dramatic. When I saw Dooku take off Anakin's arm, I was like, "woah, holy potatoes! Didn't see that coming," and that was important. But I knew long before the film came out that Dooku was in league with Sidious. Did I read spoilers on TF.N? Was this learned by reading Aint-He-Fat's review? No. Sadly, this detrimental spoiler appeared when I cut through the toy section of my local Wal-Mart a few days before the movie opened, and saw the action figure for "Darth Tyrannus" with Christopher Lee's mug on it. I was so dissapointed, and even more so after I saw the film. Learning Lee's duality is a major plotpoint, very important as a payoff in the closing of the film. A part of my enjoyment was stolen. And it was stolen by a company run by Lucas. Had Lucasfilm Liscensing held off a scant few weeks with the release of the Darth Tyrannus promos, spoiling (something Lucas reportedly loathes) would have not been an issue to those who remained spoiler-free. Likewise, in the spring of 1999, every major music retail chain was pushing the release of the TPM soundtrack. So, being the mindless automaton that I was, I immediately ran to Sam Goody and swooped up my very own copy, only to recoil in horror upon reading the title of the track, "Qui-Gon's Funeral." Via media outlets and posters and whatnot, I knew that this Qui-Gon guy was a good guy, a jedi, and somehow connected to Anakin. An he gets killed?!? So when I was in my seat opening day, and I saw Obi-Wan get separated from Maul and Qui-Gon, I was like, "Well, here it comes. So long, Liam." The taste in my mouth was one of disgust and disappointed, and not all of that was brought on by Jar Jar. It was brought on by carelessness. And Jar Jar. I can only hope that come April of '05, I'm not cruising around the mall, and see an add for "Chewbacca Action figure w/ bowcaster and Nute Gunray's head on a stick," or "Grando Clarissian/Mon Mothma two-pack." I mean, what could be worse? A "Dead PadmÃ¨ and Yoda delivery-room playset, w/ infant twins accessories?" "Last-Stand Mace Windu, complete with bisected torso and death-throe pose?"