@Seerow, agreed on how character reception may vary. Like the Onderon rebels were nice enough, but very much fell into archetypes and a pretty consistent plot (I've considered it something of a Mon Cal arc 2.0 ). Gascon, on the other hand, is developing in pretty unique directions because he starts out as the gruff and arrogant officer who's never been on the field, then he reacts with some pretty genuine fear and even starts to bond with the droids (My view's always been they kind of have sentience and heart in their own right, they just don't relate to mortality and stuff the way organics do. Like "So you're telling me removing the head would cause a permanent malfunction?"). And no worries about whether you feel like you're optimistic or not, we all have our ways of appreciating shows, and we all have our high and low periods. @Watto, you're spot on as to why this works! Aside from the battles and animation (which, admittedly and ironically, are two-dimensional but exceedingly fun reasons to praise the show ), it's been a consistent thing throughout all seasons. Original, rarely seen or underdeveloped characters that get proper attention have usually been one of the more reliable sources in praise, because it strengthens their assets all across the board. It wasn't just a case of "Woo! Fan favourite!", but rather "This fan favourite has an interesting personality, and it leads to some neat interactions". The better defined the characters, the more you're willing to invest into their fortunes. The less an audience has to squint to obtain some sort of understanding of these guys and their motives, the clearer the picture. Also, to be fair, the whole "this other Jedi in that battle" is a favourite for two reasons: 1) It opens up avenues for other story hooks (is it a loss? A philosophy thing? A statement of war?), and 2) One does not simply enter a Star Wars fandom without finding background Jedi fanboys. Heck, look at me. All these seasons, still want an episode for the backgrounds just like in ol' Season 1. Dave's been pretty good with the self-restraint, only using Plo Koon as an emergency rescue button and not a spotlight hog.