Episode II is my least favorite of the series as well, but not for the romance - simply because Anakin's character felt so... flat. Unfocused. Like they were trying too hard to make him Obviously Evil
, but then remembered he was supposed to be sympathetic, and while doing that they forgot to actually give him a personality.
One of the reasons I really like Revenge Of The Sith is because they greatly improved Anakin's character - he still comes off as emotionally distant, but this time it feels like a part of his personality rather than the absence of one.
I used to dislike The Phantom Menace, until someone pointed out to me that when you don't allow Jar Jar to suck the drama and momentum out of every scene he's in, the movie is actually really
good. And he was right.
Also, I've long felt bad for the Gungans. Besides Jar Jar and his crineworthy Unfortunate Implications
greatly exaggerating their... off qualities... they're actually a pretty cool bunch. His friend, the other general - Roos Tarpals
(everybody has a name, I love that about Star Wars) - is one of my favorite secondary characters in the series, even if he does just show up for a few scenes to be a straight man.
I would have actually enjoyed more scenes with Jar Jar in the series if he was always paired up with Tarpals, him being an annoying goofball and Tarpals being his irritated, competent friend you constantly kept him in line with a sigh and a facepalm. It would've made the Gungans look a bit less like a joke if a more sensible one was a more recurring character, I think.
edited 25th Dec '11 11:44:23 PM by KnownUnknown