Forgive me if there's a topic on this already, but I just wanted to discuss the political aspect of the prequels. Love it? Hate it? Are there parallels to real world politics woven in by Lucas or just imagined by the viewer? Personally, I love the political storyline of the prequels. It's probably my favourite element of the films after the action scenes. Palpatine's machinations are beautifully scripted and acted and I found the depiction of how the senate works in a GFFA fascinating to watch. I never understood the criticism that the politics in the prequels are boring. Firstly, Lucas said in interviews as far back as the early 80s that the first three episodes would mostly be about politics. There's no believable way to depict the fall of a Republic and the rise of a dictator without focusing heavily on politics, and to expect Lucas to just ignore that element of the story is unfair. Secondly, the senate scenes are beautiful to watch. I've heard people compare it to c-span but, as far as I know, that doesn't feature creatures form all around the galaxy in a massive chamber with freakin' floating pods! At least not last time I watched. The way that the senate is used in ROTS, with Yoda and Sidious literally throwing the pods at each other, is also a nice allegory for how politicians act when civility is abandoned. And speaking of allegory, I find it funny how different people use the politics in the films to suit their own arguments. Of course when ROTS first came out there were a great many articles comparing Palpatine to Bush/Cheney and the Clone Wars to the War on Terror. Since Obama got in office I've seen just as many Republican bloggers compare him to Palpatine and quote Padme's "This is how liberty dies" line in reference to the reaction by congress to Obamacare. Like any great work of fiction, people read into the movies what they want to read (just as how Lords of the Rings has been called an allegory for pretty every real-life war since Tolkien wrote it). I don't think Lucas intended these specific parallels, even though he did admit that Palpatine was based on Nixon. It's clear that he drew on a more wide range of influences, dating back to the Roman Empire.