As much as I love AOTC there is something I've noticed to be missing in the film: strong heroic female characters that girls can emulate. As in every other action film, the vast majority of characters who have something to do with the action are male. I wouldn't be complaing about this, except that every action film I see is the same. If there are female characters, if they are important (ie: Padme) they are necessarily sexual. As far as I can remember, there are only a handful of women with speaking roles in the movie: 1. Beru: she says "hello" and gets some drinks. Quite unlike the Beru of Episode IV who is more of a foil to Owen 2. Shmi: she dies 3. Jocasta Nu: the archtypal wise old woman. Yet she comes across as far too sure of herself, the type of person who is pleasant only if you agree with them 4. Queen Jamilla: she might be a Queen, but we never see any effect of her power or authority 5. Zam: she fails twice to assisinate Padme and takes orders from Jango 6. Finally, there ls Padme: she mignt be a Senator, she might shoot down a few Geonosians. But she doesn't really do anything else but stand around and look pretty. That's the thing about Zam, Queen Jamilla and Padme: they never have a profound ability to affect events. Zam takes orders. Queen Jamilla is not shown doing anything much but sitting behind a desk. And Padme's only role in a major action sequences is to avoid being killed. Yes, we might see female Jedi fighting in the arena, but the closest we get to characterisation is one of them yelling "yaah". Think of a character like Mace Windu. It woudln't matter if that character is female or male. But think how cool it would be for girls if Mace was a she. Then girls would have an action hero they could identify with. A change like this would do nothing to distract from Lucas' story and would be a nice recognition that Star Wars does have a positive role to play in our popular culture. Think how much of a difference this could make to the young girl who is used to getting strange looks from her father as she asks how a boat's motor works even though he has just been showing her brother. She becomes scared of asking such questions anymore, beliving that there are proper roles for men and proper roles for women. Unfortunately, there are many girls who feel trapped by their gender and would love to see someone on screen who does not make them feel ashamed for wanting to do more that be obidient. I know I've been privileged to grow up in an environment where both boys and girls could play any game they wanted to, work towards any job they dreamed of. Sadly, this isn't always the case. Lots of girls would like to be able to identify with an action hero. It would be nice if Lucas would let them.