If you got to see the Episode Three Trailer last night, you'll know that we are likely in for one heck of a movie. A few things are pretty easily discerned. Anakin no longer looks goofy. He looks scary. The trailer shows him attacking someone with a red lightsaber, most certain to be his rematch with Count Dooku who amputated his right arm in their last meeting. It also shows the Jedi council catching up to Darth Sidious/Palpatine/The Emperor, and a wicked showdown. And of course, the inevitable emotional and intense lightsaber battle between Anakin and Obi-Wan.
The thing that has harmed the previous two prequels has been Lucas' predilection for development of unnecessary characters and conflicts (Jar-Jar Binks, the love relationship between Padme and Anakin, and I would go so far as to say the entire Jango/Boba Fett thing). He has spared us a real ramping up of Anakin's skills and ego and Palpatine's force/political intrigue, which is the entire purpose of the prequels.
I'm getting my hopes up, which Liberty Friend Jonathan Last would tell me not to do, but I just can't help myself. The only thing to remember...the good guys don't win this one! **Insert Imperial March music here**