I couldn't agree more (not that I have the DVD's though), on the "The Son, Daughter, & Father" arc... I honestly thought that was pretty bad, and tastes worse the 2nd time around.
Color me unimpressed with last season, and so far this season has been better, but I'm really afraid this series has too much of Lucas' portly digits in it. I mean, how sad is that to say? You can just see him stepping up on the bridge, and taking the wheel from the hands of a guy like Filoni, giving it a good spin, cackling, and walking away.
The formula's simple... "Landing At Point Rain" = good. "Poisoned Tea & Politics" = bad. It's turned into Lucas just expanding the ******** aspects of the prequals even further, and at the expense of kids.
It's sad when one of the better things you can say about the series is that it made Jar Jar a little more tolerable.
And in CW news there's a new episode this week, and it shows some promise. I've liked the current "slave" arc and Anakin being all Sithy but containing it (barely). The new season isn't as bad as last season, but it's gotta really pick up I think to rival the momentum the series had early in its run.