Hayden Christopher is uncomfortable as hell in the wooing Amidala scenes, but improves immensely when required to be dark and nasty, which is a good sign for Ep III. The Jedi continue to be kickass -- the repeated flinging of themselves out of of balconies and out of cars, with apparently perfect confidence that they'll find a place to land is downright gleeful. R2D2 continues to be the Secret Master of the series. There was some more sorrowful foreshadowing, nowhere sharper than in the scene with Yoda and his baby Jedi students. Sweet and adorable on the surface -- until you remember that these children won't live to grow up.
And what delighted me most, was that they continued the theme from Ep I, which was that nearly everything that goes wrong, every disaster that is set up, happens because people are trying to do the right thing. This is most brutally driven home when the cavalry arrives to save the remaining Jedi at the stadium fight. Yoda uses the clone army to try to save the Jedi, comes to the rescue, and seals the Republic's use of the army. And of course it's a wonderful visual theme; the Jedi fight against the separatist systems and with the Stormtroopers, with all the familiar symbols of the Empire we know to hate. Everything that will be turned upside down in the original trilogy.