II vs. III….Brad Plumer makes the case today that, contrary to conventional wisdom, Star Wars Episode II was better than Episode III. I’m not quite sure he convinced me, but it’s a close run thing. He brings many convincing arguments to the table.

In any case, we can all agree that Episode I sucked, right? But speaking of that, I’ve got a question: does anyone know what the deal was with those shimmering red force field thingies that opened and shut randomly during the 3-way battle between Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Qui-Gon Jinn? I never quite figured out what was going on there.