I think Star Wars is riding the shark. Despite the Ewoks Christmas specials and the mediocrity of the second trilogy, there are still great manifestations of the Star Wars Universe out there. Particularly in video games (Knights of the Old Republic, Jedi Knight) and though I've not read them, I've heard good things about many of the books. Oh and since you reminded me. Did anyone else think of 'Parasite Eve' when they first started talking about Midi-chlorians in Episode 1?