Originally Posted by Grievous
I always thought that if you took away the fact the CIS was being run by the Sith, then they actually were a better side for the Jedi to side with over the Republic. Honestly toward the end of the war the Republic had the Chancelor as the most powerful person in the galaxy. Why were the Jedi cool with that?
There were so many stupid writing decisions when it came to the Confederacy, I honestly don't even know where to begin, especially with the character of Count Dooku. By all means he should have been a legitimate Jedi and not a Sith.
The Separatists really should have been a group of people that feared Palpatines corruption and wanted to preserve the Republic they loved. This would have mirrored the whole Rebelion against the Empire type thing, only our heroes are on the otherside. Not only that, having our heroes the Jedi divided and attempting to stomp out the Confederacy, only to realize by doing that they allowed the fall of their order and the Republic they were trying to prevent all along works perfectly for the tragedy element the prequels were going for.
Being said, if the Seperatists weren't controlled by the Sith they could have better justified Palpatines ability to convince the public (and Anakin) the Jedi are traitors and need to be executed. Not only that this divide could have easily spring-borded the fallout between Anakin and Obi-Wan.
On another note, the way Anakin became Darth Vader was handled horribly. Vader spoke to Luke about how "Obi-Wan once felt as he does" and believed there was still good in him. Obi-Wan also told Luke that he is "more machine than man now" when Luke implied that he could reach what was left of his father. Now the first quote implies Obi-Wan and Anakin were somewhat like Xavier and Magneto in the X-Men, two old friends divided on beliefs in a struggle to sway the other over to their own side. That Obi-Wan spent a good deal of time trying to reach out and save Anakin before losing hope.
Now the second quote about Vader being a machine, had a duel meaning. Obviously it references his status as a cyborg, although it is more so meant to compare his capacity for empathy and emotion to that of a computer which follows along a set programing. Now when did we see this? The tragedy of Vader really should have mirrored the tragedy of the Republic. The Phantom Menace established Anakin as innocent and pure. As the government corrupts and becomes further and further into the oppressive military dictatorship, Anakin should have began to change and corrupt as well, becoming cold and merciless.
The biggest problem with these movies is that Lucas had the sheer arrogance to believe he could write them completely by himself.