I think what some people are missing...and what Carl misses sometimes, too...I mean, look, we're never gonna be able to stop talking about these films. And the truth is, the prequels are just at that edge where they're not bad enough to completely dismiss, not good enough to completely accept. This is a property that fans have a RELATIONSHIP with. And it's something we feel the need to work out, and something we'll never really work out. I think the tone of the Council is pretty much the tone of fandom. We want to be excited about Ep III, but at the same time we know we can't get our hopes up too much. I think it's frustrating, because...well, for me anyway, I don't know if anyone else feels this way, but when I watch AotC, it's SO CLOSE. You can see the great movie just beyond what's on the screen, and it misses, just barely misses, and it would almost be easier if it had just been a complete disaster, and you could just move on, but you can't.
It does say alot about the state of fandom when the most fun everyone had, and the most fun I as a reader had, was when the council went into pure fantasy mode talking about Ep VII-IX. And pretty much nailed the scenario I, and I guess most fans, would like to see: Lucas drafting a loose outline, then turning it over to three young, talented pairs of writers and directors who have the love, and it's strange to know that he won't do that. If he's as tired of Star Wars as he seems to be, why wouldn't he just hand it over? But shit, the guy can't even work with Speilberg, so clearly this scenario can never happen.