That is why The Phantom Menace is a roller coaster for me. It varies (for me) from poor to great from scene to scene. You have a great action set piece (like the Pod Race or the two Jedi Knights vs Darth Maul) butted up against less inspiring material (usually featuring Jar Jar Binks or juvenile humor or both) and the film is a constant up and down experience - for me. Regarding the Original Trilogy 'wow' moments I agree. For first time viewers I always recommend 4,5,6 - 1,2,3 because back in the day, those character reveals were huge moments in the films - things such as the reveals of Yoda, Vader's relationship with Luke, and Jabba's first appearance in Jedi. I watched the original trilogy theatrically as a young adult - and those revelations were huge moments in those films. Anyway, about an hour away from Star Wars: A New Hope. Later droogs. - Walter.