I think I will bravely tackle this film and riff tonight.
One thing that I did not understand about this whole "Clone War" thing. Didnt they only make one million clones? (forgive me if I have the number wrong, I have tried to burn this film from my memory) Big fracking deal, an army of one million...... uh, you could cull together one ten times that large with people from the Empire in no time.
Was it just one million? And if so, WHAT WAS THE BIG FRACKIN DEAL??
In Battlefront 2, it implies that they continue to churn out clones throughout not only the Clone Wars but through the entire existence of the Empire. They even mention starting up new batches using the DNA of people other than Jango Fett.
As far as Yoda's 'do or do not,' I think he was going for some zen master way of saying "I know you can do this. If you don't pull it off, it's because you're not trying hard enough." I like the line anyway. Ok, geekness off.
I have learned that George Lucas is the Michael Jordan of baseball of romance writing. I don't know how the man ever got laid, because the dialog between Anakin and Padme sounds about the way some 13-year old idiot thinks it should be because he's heard so many girls say something about wanting guys to be 'sensitive' and 'in touch with their feelings.' The only true romantic character in all of the Star Wars movies was Han Solo. He was a badass, a smartass, and was so slick, he made ice look like sandpaper. The defining romantic moment was when Leia said, "I love you," and he simply said, "I know." In true cheesy fashion, Lucas wrote him saying, "I love you, too," which is wussy and sounds like something Anakin would say, but everybody thought it was WAY out of character, so they started thinking of alternatives. "I know" was something Harrison Ford thought up and blurted out during their final take before lunch, thus supporting my theory that Harrison Ford is awesome (or at least was *grumble*Firewall*grumble*). The only thing worse than Anakin's seduction techniques in Episode II are his techniques in Episode III. If you fast forward during all of the Padme/Anakin scenes, it gets better by leaps and bounds.
I learned that Darth Vader really did kill Anakin Skywalker and then took his place. No way is the cold, calculating murderer seen in the original trilogy the wuss that we see in the prequal. I'm pretty sure he knocked up Padme, too. A hot, prominent girl like that married to a total wuss who isn't even around most of the time tends to lead to...well, you get the picture.
I learned that a few really awesome action sequences peppered here and there are just enough to keep the movie's take in the black.
I learned that even CGI doesn't make long scenes showing people going places any better (well, maybe a little).
I learned that freshly grown clones move and fight like a bunch of special effects geeks moving around in a sound stage with the green dots attached.