Pat; Sorry, but I always get worked up when people say stuff like "try wrapping your mind around THAT one for a sec". I'm not talking to you, so I don't hear the tone of it - so I guess I just find it quite patronizing, like you telling me that I'm not very bright here. That's just how it felt first time I read it. I'm human, you know. Other than that I found it unfair that you likened my claim about how the pathetic TF was quite proper for the movie's plot to people who supposedly claim the words "Oops!" and "Yippie" were needed to define Anakin's character. My opinion was and is that the plot of TPM does not have some great force openly defying another, it's all quite low-key and political and a matter of how you read the laws of the Republic, etc. Imo, this is perfect. There is a time of relative peace, and the conflicts are bubbling underneath the surface. Even Palpatine/Sidious is someone who doesn't show off his real powers, but rather persuades and bribes and tricks and maneuvers his way into a position of power. When we reach the time of the OT, Palpatine is only living for the pure exercise of absolute power. He has no opposition, like he has plenty of in TPM. That situation called for a different approach, which is the genius of this character. This way we'll have a real character arc, as well as a change in the way the conflicts are handled or even perceived throughout the saga, which I think is very interesting to witness. The pathetic TF fits very well into all of this. Willing and cowardly aides to the Sith who plots to take over the galaxy. He doesn't have to use an iron fist with them in the way he does with the Rebellion or even Darth Vader. I just thought this was worth more than "Oops!" and "Yippie!", but I really meant no offense.