"JoelDubin, I agree with you in prefering the Han/Leia relationship. My point, though, was simply that they are different stories. People seem to expect the same thing again. " I didnt expect the same thing in terms of storyline and characters. I expected something even BETTER and even more heart felt then what came before in terms of dramatic impact. Maybe if Padme and Anakin had been friends during the ten years since Menace, (rather than meeting for the 1st time since then) at least Lucas could have used thier history and bond as friends as a dramatic spring board to the 2 falling in love. There would be less need to develop the relationship so quickly. As it stands, it seems like AOTC could have used at least 2 more key scenes in the film prior to the Arena scene to better develop the relationship.