Hey all, I've just come back from the Australian premier of Episode II and I thought I'd share some of my opinioins with ya's. Well, I think I'll start by saying that I'm somewhat underwhelmed. The acting, although an improvement over Ep I, is still wooden, ocasionally awkward and worst of all, badly scripted. Most of the one liners just fall (with the exception of some of the C3P0 moments). The story, however, is a major improvement over Ep I. It is *very* slow to start though, and the beginning houses some of the most awkward acting/scripting. I can tell you the ending is superb, with the coolest ever battle sequence - and Yoda kicks some ass in the most awesome way possible. The Yoda fight maybe slightly overcooked, and lots of people found it very funny, although I'm sure that's not the intention. The CG is a little ho-hum by now, with the usual sweeping vistas/curvy buildings, but mostly looks fairly convincing. there are times where it appears they have over extended themselves in the CG department, and the effect looks very cheesy (the "water world" to name one such occurrence). Music is the usual excellent John Williams score, which really soars in the final scenes. Some of the sound effects seem a little off; some of the ship engines and the explosions in the asteroid field scene just sound weird. Like I said before, the start (first hour or so) is very slow, even tedious, but it really picks up pace latter on. It may be one of the most awesome endings yet - very Empire Strikes Back. Overall a great improvement over Ep I (very little Jar Jar!), but still not anywhere near the quality of the earlier Staw Wars sagas. Someone mentioned to me that he thought that the Lord of the Rings trilogy would be the trilogy for the next generation. I'm inclined to agree with him.