Some of you will remember when the original Star Wars movie came out in 1977. Do you remember wondering, "Episode IV? What about I, II, and III?" We didn't have Roger Ebert to tell us to just wait 22 years for the first one and 28 years for the third one! It's hard to appreciate today how fun the saloon scene in Tatooine was. Great music, great aliens, and Han Solo to dominate the screen. Last night, in preparation for taking THE LAST KID IN AMERICA TO SEE "SITH" to an after-school showing, he and I watched Episode II. Once I again I was wondering this: If Star Wars is the story of the fall and redemption of Anakin Skywalker, wasn't there ANYONE ELSE Lucas could have gotten to play Anakin/Darth Vader? Hayden Christensen is so weak in Episode II. He's sullen; he seems weakest when he's trying to portray strong; and he seems to have the ability accent the wrong word in every line. (Surely no one was coaching him to do that. "Hey, let's throw them for a loop. Let's shoot for emphasizing the wrong word in all your lines.") Maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised tonight. Well, Star Wars hasn't really been about great performances, has it? Or great dialogue? It has been a well-imagined and well-told story that has spanned three decades. And it has been a great musical score and great action scenes. And above all, it has been Yoda! Entertained us well he has.