Really enjoyed the movie, I'm not really a critic. I felt that it put context into the urgency (more so than the deathstar blowing things up) to episode iv. My wife and I were feeling so tense for the last 3rd of the movie. I'm looking forward to seeing the DVD and hoping to see if they release the deleted scenes. I didn't mind the semi blandish characters in my mind they were realistically more in line with just some ordinary and plausibly uncharismatic everyday people. The whole thing felt like a pretty good first step for spin off material. Let's just remember i-iii was some gaudy space opera. I'm truely hoping to see more spin offs maybe even a shadows of the empire film.