@slicer4ever: How dare you contradict my hatred. You make a good point, but I think it harmed the story. If not that, it was just one more thing in Phantom Menace that ruined it, as if we didn't have enough Jar Jar, stale acting, a boring story involving taxes or something, and extravagant costume changes by certain royalty. There was so much in that movie that just slapped you in the face after years of waiting for it, and all of these things - including midichlorians - could've just not happened.
up to a year ago, i would have agreed with you to a certain extent, but with the recent theatrical run of phantom menace, it allowed me to sit down, and actually realize some points to the overall plot line that i never realized before(mostly from being too young to really understand when phantom menace came out). In my opinion the story wasn't even hard to follow(perhaps when phantom originally came out, it may have been confusing), but with the entire trilogy done, it's easy to follow what happens in phantom menace, I don't see where a boring story is coming from, no one ever mentioned taxes, in the opening scenes, it's shown that the trade federation is only blocking/attacking naboo because of palpatine is paying them to do so, to which he uses as an opportunity to get into a seat of power for when he begins to play the separatists/republic against each other. other than that, the story pretty straight forward, princess is cast out from her kingdom, princess finds the help of a couple of knights, and she comes back and retake's her throne.
I don't see what else you want, it's mentioned in the original trilogy that the clone wars were a pretty big deal, and i think the second trilogy managed to work it all in pretty decently. the hardest part was selling anakin as a fallen jedi, and for most of the trilogy, your pretty much rooting for him, up until mace windu's death it felt like anakin could be saved, and if it weren't for the fact that we know anakin becomes the sith lord, he might have.
In the end, that's the hardest part with the second trilogy, in my opinion, we know what happens, no matter how hard we want to root for people, we know things are going to go down, we know the jedi lose, and we know that anakin falls to the dark side, we know that padme dies, and the luke/leia are split up, it's just that the trilogy decided to wait until the last half of the third movie to sell us all these facts.
edit: also, yes, jar-jar completely unnecessary, and it's obvious they tried to remove him asap after the first movie.
Edited by slicer4ever, 31 October 2012 - 01:23 AM.