This is my biggest issue with any prequel. I like getting back stories filled in, but unless you have a really great story, it just feels like filler until the endgame.Not helped by us knowing the fate of Krypton to start with!
There was only one good thing about this. It allowed for a very cool story in the STAR WARS TALES comics. The story takes place in Bespin, when stormtroopers show Vader the droid they destroyed. Vader picks up Threepio's head, and reminisces to being a boy with Shmi. He then tells the troops to send the droid to the garbage incinerator. Later, the troops inform Vader that Chewie had collected the pieces to reassemble him. Vader again flashes back to his youth, and eventually tells the troops to let the Wookie have the droid. It's a small, warm moment that is completely out of character for Vader, but still a cool story. But, again, the only good thing to happen from that.I hated the fact that Anakin built C3P0