Most of you seem to think I'm a total idiot for trying to watch Revenge of the Sith without having seen the prior prequels, and that's probably not untrue, but Neal Stephenson insists there's a bigger problem at hand. "[V]ery little of the new film makes sense, taken as a freestanding narrative," he writes in the New York Times. Any real understanding of what's going on in Episode III, he says, is dependant on information available not in any of the six films, but in a variety of supplemental materials - from the various novelizations to the Clone Wars animated series - essentially, arcana that appeals to passionate Star Wars geeks, but flies under the radar of casual film fans. Even something like Hayden Christenson's performance can be rationalized through the supplementals: "Only if you've seen the Clone Wars cartoons will you understand that Anakin is a seriously damaged veteran, a poster child for post-traumatic stress disorder...Mr. Christensen has been given an impossible acting task. He's trying to swim in air."