First, I would like to commend Duespater for creating an awesome thread. I would also like to commend the mods at TFN for creating an awesome forum. (This will become the most popular forum, I have forseen it.)I would also like to commend everyone for their posts. You all have some very good thoughts. I have been blown away by the PT so far, and it is integrating very well with the OT for me. I love both of them equally. I was 3 years old in 1983 when I first saw ROTJ in the theater. I dont remember much from it, all I remember was seeing huge images of Jabba, and those aliens in his palace. I guess that makes me one of the last links of the first SW generation. I slowly started to like SW after that, but the SW Super Nintendo games really got me interested in the movies in 1992. (Those games were so much like the movies!!! They won the award for best video games adapted from a movie.) I was one of the few people who had very low expectations for the prequels. I figured it would be impossible for Lucas to capture that magic again. Plus, the effects for the PT would look far superior to the OT, and it wouldnt match. Plus, the characters would be too different b/c of different actors. There was no way it was going to feel like SW being made 16 years after ROTJ. I thought Lucas was making a huge mistake. Plus, I was at that time in 1999 more of a Bond fan. I was starting to get tired of SW. But I was pleasantly surprised. First, the opening crawl described an ingenous political plot. Then, I saw Ewan McGregor and heard him talk, I thought, "Oh my god!! That's Alec Guiness!!! Its Obiwan when he was an apprentice!! He sounds exactly like Alec Guiness!" At that moment, I then thought to myself, "This movie just might be ok." The rest is history, and I then fell in love with the PT. For me, it makes the OT even better, b/c now everything in the OT has more meaning for me. It seemed more dramatic. Now I will respond to some of your posts. Duespater, I think you are right about Lucas changing his mind about where the series was heading once he decided to make Vader Luke's father. This lead to more twists in ROTJ that a lot of the older fans didn't like. (Like Leia being Luke's sister.) This is probably also when he decided that he didnt need episodes 7, 8, and 9. (ROTJ is basically episodes 6, 7,8,and 9 crammed into one episode.) Darth Horax, although I hate it when people complain about cgi, I will admit that sometimes Lucas goes a little overboard on it. But most of the time, he does not. CGI is one of the big reasons Lucas waited so long to do the PT. He needed cgi to create his vision. As for the flying droid you spoke of in Corusacant, it was necessary to make that scene all cgi. There is no place that you could find a city that looks like Coruscant, and even if you could, you couldnt get one that looks as big as Coruscant. Personally, for me, cgi looks pretty photo realistic to me. The only thing that makes cgi look fake sometimes is that it looks too clear and perfect, b/c it was made on a computer. (For me, thats a much smaller problem than being restricted with a puppet.) That's one of the advantages of filming with digital cameras. If you make all the real elements look more clear, perfect, and colorful, the cgi doesnt stand out near as much. Also, Rhonderro, Deuspater, I dont think the acting or the dialogue is bad. Atleast it is no worse than in any of the other movies. If any of you have not read it yet, I recommend you read D. Trull's Phantom Menace essay at www.lardbiscuit.com . This is the best defense of TPM ever. He specifically defends the acting and dialogue very well. After I read it, I liked TPM even more.