but he didn't think he'd be around and working long enough to make all nine, so he rolled the dice on the middle three. Honestly, the Ep.IV treatment, if shot as written would have been a yawner. Heck, watch the Ep.IV original trailer - it's a miracle anyone went to see it. Lucas surrounded himself with a lot of talented people, many of whom had moved on by the prequels. How you can turn an actress like Natalie Portman into a prop is truly a puzzlement. By Ep.III he had painted himself into a corner since we all know who has to live and die in the next reel. They need a Episode 3&1/2 - and I don't mean cartoons - to tell how two infants end up a princess and a kid who can operate just about any device he's handed.