One thing that comes to mind is that our collective emotional reaction is actually a credit to the dramatic setup of TPM and AOTC. Whatever their many weaknesses, they are part of the reason why we actually *care* about A & P in ROTS. Yeah, you're mostly right. A lot of little elements from both get a real payoff here, such as the carved japor pendant. If only Lucas had employed this kind of emotional touch in the earlier films (such as, for instance, leaving in Ani's creepy "I'm going to marry you" line or having PadmÃ© later tell him "I'll always care for you, Annie" instead of that stilted "my caring for you will remain" garbage)...then again, given some of the bad dialogue that still made it into ROTS, maybe we're lucky he didn't. Y'know, part of me is wondering if we like this film so much because TPM and AOTC were so bad in comparison. But the naked fact is that ROTS holds up as well as any of the OT movies, at least upon my singular viewing. The word here seems to be that it holds up under repeats as well. The real test will come around DVD time -- I well remember how AOTC pleased me at first but later lost a 1/2 star when I found it had aged poorly over time.