Ya know, I had the same debate in regards to Troy. One of the many reasons why certain members of the public and certain members of the media did not "love" Episode II is the lack of the Darth Vader element. Imagine the original trilogy without Darth Vader. Imagine any epic or saga or film without the element of a great antagonist; the results are weak characters, lame plots and overall dissatisfaction. Remember, Heroes are defined by the hardships they overcome, the virtues of their decisions and actions, the villains they defeat (the bigger the better).