You're quite aware that they exist? And you were taught about them in high school? REALLY??? Personally, I just think you're claiming to know things after they've been introduced into the discussion, to cover up ignorance and marginalize what I've said. No, I'm not aware of many. Then again, I'm not aware of many people that know about or understand the principles of the Enlightenment; or much of any aspect of history, for that matter. Right. Anakin has his beliefs; Padme has hers. It doesn't mean they're grossly unsuited. You acted like it was a problem, but I read it as a pretty neutral interjection, myself. I wasn't calling your attitudes about marriage into question; I was simply taking one of your arguments involving marriage to its logical conclusion. Who says Anakin and Padme aren't compatible? Okay, you. But this is a highly personal view, so I don't see the need in arguing it out. The same ol' spiel. Personally, I don't give a flying fig whether someone "knows a great deal about cinema and the art of movie-making" or not. I care much more for personal passion and creative insights; which sometimes come from a place of ignorance, or localized knowledge, not some academic comprehension of cinema. In fact, the latter can make someone into a blowhard: a prejudicial statistician or poindexter that knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Mike Stoklasa is a little more like the latter, unfortunately, since he seems to be an exponent for clear, comprehensible cinema, and argues from arbitrary standards that don't really exist and would be pretty useless if they did. I never tried to suggest you didn't have issues with the prequels before Mike Stoklasa came along. On the contrary, his videos seem predicated on the assumption that the average viewer is likely going to be a disgruntled Star Wars fan who has stewed over the perceived deficiencies of the PT for some time, and finally has an outlet for their frustration. You can't really go to his videos and hope to understand what the hell he's talking about before seeing the movies for yourself; but that's a scary thought. Nonetheless, every time you parrot something he's now inscribed into nerd lore, you give tacit approval to that same attack/complaint/distortion in his reviews. I'm just not sure what point you've really made; let alone what point has possibly been "proved". Sorry if that sounds rude, but I've been quibbling your argumentation here, so I'm just reiterating where I'm at. If I was too broad before, let me make a small adjustment: racism takes many forms. I was mainly talking about the form it takes when people choose to start pointing fingers. A few days ago, Obama was being slammed in the news for making poor choices with his recent cabinet choices -- white males -- and it struck me as just that sort. I don't know if you're American or not, but a lot of the bluster about Star Wars and these purported elements seems like it can be traced to there, and I find that to be a reflection of where America was at thirteen/fourteen years ago and is STILL at today, sadly. There's a climate of fear and paranoia over racism, with many people ringing that bell for a host of different reasons (some personal, some political); but they're the ones -- more often than not -- that seem to be perpetuating racism in reverse. Projection comes easy to the human mind; and what better card to play than the race card in modern society? There's a parallel in the film itself: Anakin is tested for his ability to perceive different objects/forms in the mind of Mace Windu holding and looking at a small display screen. He is meant to be using the Force -- his own intuition -- to do it. The films are flooded with imagery and situations designed to seduce, puzzle, and intrigue. Everything is some kind of test. Lucas himself is an experimental filmmaker; one of the things he is experimenting with is audience response. But I suppose it is necessary to deny this cornerstone of his art if you're dissatisfied with his work and looking to slam his decisions and call his characters racist.