Damn Wayne, you really didn't like episode one at all!!! Was it as good as the original trilogy? No. The original trilogy blazed trails through the movie making jungle. But, episode one wasn't supposed to be some huge, gory drama. It is an introduction to the star wars universe, and I'll be the first to admit that it was geared towards kids. Think about it this way...all the 8 year old kids of the world went and saw episode one and said WOW. Those same kids will be around 11 years old when episode 2 comes out, and this time the story starts to get darker. Then, when episode 3 comes out (the darkest of all 6 movies - pretty much everyone is gonna die) those kids will be 14, old enough to handle the movie and understand the violence.
I've had this discussion with many people before. Most people didn't like jar jar binks. He was to comical, had a stupid accent, whatever. But, is one character really enough to make you hate the entire movie? If so than I'm going to have to say you are too judgmental. These are Lucas movies, we have to accept that he is not making them for us, he is making them for himself. Personally, I've looked past the comic relief so many people hate jar jar for, and look at him as the digital masterpiece that he is. I think it is amazing that ILM can make a digital character who can create such a reaction from America (love him or hate him, you noticed him, and 90% of the criticism was that he talked/acted stupid, not that he looked fake. You've got to at least give him that.)
I hope that everyone who hated episode 1 goes to episode 2, by all means it should be a better movie (lucas is past the grand introduction, now its time to tell some serious story...the clone wars baby!). And if you hated episode one because of jar jar you might be interested to know that he has a very small part in this movie (only a couple of scenes from what I understand). And we get to see Mace Windu and Yoda kicking some ass, that alone is worth the price of a ticket..