I have to admit that, even though I’ve been a rabid fan since I was 5 years old, and think Lucas made some large mistakes with The Phantom Menace, I’ve never seen The Phantom Edit. I’ve always wanted to. Would one of you be kind enough to email the url to me, assuming it’s still accessible?
It’s not that I hate Jar-Jar so much, but I think he could have been written much more effectively and much less offensively. He’s just way too over-the-top.
Anakin wasn’t so bad, except for a few lines and scenes. The idea that he succeeds in the final battle through Force-manifested luck really bothers me. The fact that he actually says “Yippee!” at one point in the movie (on Tattooine) doesn’t help either. Still, he’s much better than he’s made out to be by the “Mannequin Skywalker” crowd, IMHO.