Hi folks! Sorry for the long absence. As you might have noticed, I pretty much disappeared from the boards after the end of Season 4, so I think I owe you all a bit of an explanation. Well, some of you may remember my reaction to the big Season 3 finale reveal. I did not for a second believe that "Maul-in-the-ball" actually meant that they would bring him back from the dead. After the great second half of Season 3 I held the writers in too high a regard to give that notion any credit. But as time went by, rumours started surfacing that that might indeed be the case. At that time I stated pretty categorically that if Maul really returned I'd have to seriously consider resigning from my post as forum manager. And then it was confirmed that Maul would indeed return! I was shaken, but decided to give the show the benefit of the doubt. They had already proved me wrong before with Savage, which despite being a pretty revolting concept, turned out to be pretty cool in its execution, and I came to accept and enjoy his introduction. So I awaited what was to come with wary anticipation, and eventually Maul made his return. And something broke. No amount of badassery or cool choreography could hide the huge cop-out of this move. Here was Obi-Wan fighting Maul again, here was Savage made completely redundant, here's every problem being solved with a sprinkle of Nightsister magic. It was too much. I might have been able to bury the whole thing along with other previous failings like poisoned tea and droid adventures, but the confirmation that Maul would remain a recurring villain pretty much sealed the deal. His return even tarnished my experience when watching Epispde I in 3D at the movies, it was just too much. And so I retreated from the boards, I just had no passion to discuss this show anymore. I decided to give it some time, to see if it was just some passing frustration. I thought I'd wait until the perm boards were back before making up my mind. Well, we're back, and I'm afraid I had to resign my position. I just cannot justify devoting such time and energy to something I no longer respect. I'll probably keep on checking out the show (I am a Star Wars fan after all, and I'm sure there WILL be some cool stuff I'll enjoy from time to time) but not with any great anticipation and devotion. I'll be around the forum as well, if I feel I have something to say. And also because one thing that remains unchanged is how much I love all you folks around here!