Okay, I still can't hit the nail on the head as to why this bugged me so much. Don't get me wrong, I like the philosophical side of things. Sure, I may not be a big hitter when compared to you fine people, but I like to think on these things, so in a sense that part I liked about this show. However, on the whole, I'm going to have to say this, and the arc as a whole, are not good ones.
But why? It started off so well. Now this is probably going to turn into a rant, so you've been warned.
It's probably best to start at the ending, something I know why I don't like. I'm presuming you've all seen it by now so I'll not have the spoiler tag. That ending, having it seem like a dream, I don't like. Never have. Never will. Bare with me. I'm aware that it leaves it open to interpretation, that it could have been a changing of the timeline, or that it was all a vision, happening in the blink of an eye, or what have you, but even with those reasons in place I still don't like it. Still not mollified. It's a cheap storytelling trick and Star Wars is simply, or perhaps should be, better than that.
The rest of it, I don't know. Maybe it's simply because it highlights the ways in which TCW can make itself better - that it needs to be a longer show, maybe an hour, allowing it to get more in depth. Maybe that's not it.
It can't simply be because it's retelling ROTS because Star Wars, and many other sci-fi franchises, redo storylines, or do things in ode to other stories. That's just the genre. It's very difficult to write an original story without copying what something else has done, and in Star Wars especially, as it's well known to mimic phrases and other scenes, but in a new context.
Well, I'm still none the wiser, probably never will be. I guess, if I turn my brain off, ignore ROTS, as if it hasn't happened yet, then it's a good episode.
But it has happened.
I am a Star Wars fan. That doesn't mean that I hate or love Jar Jar. That doesn't mean I hate or love Lucas, or agree or disagree 100% with him. That doesn't mean I prefer the PT over the OT, or vice versa. That doesn't mean I hate the EU, or even love all of it. These are not prerequisites. Being a man is not a prerequisite. Being a geek is not a prerequisite. The only prerequisite is that I love something about Star Wars. I am a Star Wars fan.
Life is like the Force - Luke Skywalker, Crucible. Damn straight I am.