I know the Star Wars topic has been done repeatedly, but this is a new twist. A series of animated shorts are set for the Cartoon Network which will “bridge the gap” between Episodes 2 and 3. Details here.
Although I’m not a huge fan of the series, I find this rediculous. I grew up watching the original trilogy on video, I’ve actually had more fun with the various PC games than with the movies. I did not have high expectations for Eps. 1 & 2, but I assumed at least there would be an interesting plot line. Now we are told that the first meandering, plodding 5 hours are not sufficient to prepare for Ep.3.
It has been known all along that Lucas is stong in visuals and editing, not story telling. How the hell could he choose to put all that tedious “political intrigue” on the screen and leave the “Clone Wars” for the cartoon network? All that Trade Federation stuff could have been put into the title crawl which begins each movie.