Oh, WOW! This is going to be a little inchoate... Yes! Neat progression you outlined there! The Dex connection is, in the words of Obi-Wan, curious. I mean, Dexter: From thefreedictionary.com --> dex·ter adj. 1. Of or located on the right side. 2. Heraldry Situated on or being the side of a shield on the wearer's right and the observer's left. 3. Obsolete Auspicious; favorable. The opposite of dexter is sinister. From ANH's opening crawl: "Pursued by the Empire's sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy...." Obviously, Dex is very favourable to Obi-Wan, enabling him to cop a break from the "old folk's home", and giving him the next critical bit of info he needs to track Jango to Kamino. And AOTC seems quite self-conscious about this left/right thing, particularly with regard to Anakin's personal journey to rescue Shmi, the Republic assaulting the Separatists on Geonosis, and pointy vessels manned by our main protagonists (who all end up on Geonosis, in a battle for their lives, catalyzing the conditions for this ensuing assault). Notably, AOTC is also the episode where a considerable amount of recursion occurs, in contrast to its OT mirror (e.g., Padme returns to Naboo, Anakin returns to Tatooine -- planetary recursion). II / V. Doubling/splitting versus hairpin unity. "V" for "(Millennium) Falcon" ("Valcon" -- and looks like what it represents: i.e., V ... wings). "II" for all the bunching of sticks. Attack/tack/tacky... attachment. Clones. Twigs/shoots/sticks. Attachment of the sticks. I'm not quite sure how this all plays out with respect to the droid progression paradigm, or the left-right dialect, other than it seems to suggest a certain dissonance: a brain splitting. Some nouveau experiment in cinematic consciousness, perhaps. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double-slit_experiment Sebulba's a tricky one, but it's interesting that he is Anakin's main racing rival: an aquatic/amphibious challenger to Anakin's land-based messiah. And Jar Jar, another amphibious being (the other target of Sebulba's bully boy tactics), watches the race from a high vantage point. The physical simultaneously does battle with and is egged on by the digital. Humans dominate in politics, but digital aliens may be inherently superior everywhere else ("I'm the only human who can do it"). Damn, that's good! I'll just add that Obi-Wan gets himself a distended Maul/MagnaGuard/Grievous/Tusken Raider antagonist in AOTC, in the form of the acklay -- distorted crown, spiky gnashing teeth, improbable weapon-defined width -- and he even duels it with a spear, which the acklay takes and crushes with its jaws (width-ways). Obi-Wan again triumphs in this encounter after another delayed climax, this time returning to put the acklay out of its misery with another newly-acquired lightsaber. As with his other opponents, it's not a clean death for the acklay: Obi-Wan first stumps it in the legs (recalling the cleaving of Maul across the waist and Zam's hand removal in the club; also anticipating another maiming years to come in the cantina; to say nothing of the mutilation of Anakin), then ritualistically brings his sword down, stabbing the poor creature in the head. Seems appropriate that the motif gets a little skewered in AOTC, only to right itself in ROTS. It's been said on here before that ROTS and TPM seem to have more in common, in a lot of ways, than TPM and AOTC (the deeper truth is obviously more mixed), and I can think of any number of examples (just to throw a random one out this instant: the presence of the Fates for the closing-credits music to both TPM and ROTS, while they are absent from AOTC's end-credits music). Ho boy, I just thought of something even more random while writing out that example. Watto: "Republic credits? Republic credits are no good out here. I need something more real." Heh. Anyway, another link, of sorts, between Maul and the MagnaGuards, besides the "M", is the presence of red duels. Sorry, jewels. Obi-Wan is clinging onto a fixture ensconcing a red jewel while hanging inside the pit against Maul; and the MagnaGuards have both red eyes and a similar red-jewel form in their lower thorax/navel region. But yes, Obi-Wan is a very practical guy, and always seems to pull victory from the jaws of defeat. Jaws. Hehehe. Smile, you son of a bantha! Nice. The saga is something like a galactic almanac. We focus on the bit that interests us, then try to correlate it with other bits. Oh, that sounds quite exotic! I should start watching this show! In an animatic supplied on the Blu-ray set, the Ben-Grievous chase sequence is much longer, and their death-match does, indeed, culminate with Obi-Wan ripping Grievous' heart from his chest. I do tend to think Spielberg went a bit overboard with his contributions (like with the suggestion that Anakin and Obi-Wan be hurling lava at each other on Mustafar), then Lucas stepped in and toned things down. I like those nifty connections, though. I've made a crude association between Grievous and a Hindu god before, but you've gone further. And: death and rebirth. Shoulda caught that. Nice work all round!! I also can't help thinking of Tarkin's line, now that you've made that fascinating link between Ben and Vader: "Their fire has gone out of the universe." Oooh, this saga! "These... visions you have..." Neat-o! It's just like the Emperor in ROTJ to "Lord Vader"'s son. A Sith Lord being sent by Darth Sidious to "help out" the hapless Gunray and his associates is also -- surprise, surprise -- another connection between TPM and ROTS. Oh, and lastly... "I'm sorry to differ with you, sir, but you are the caretaker. You have always been the caretaker. I should know, sir, I have always been here." "When my new apprentice, Darth Vader, arrives, he will... take care of you."