Do I like the Confederacy of Independent star systems? At one time I did find them intriguing... At one time. And more so that the Republic. I was really curious, really intrigued, and really interested in them from about 2002 to about 2005. When they were introduced, they seemed kind of gray morality with dark undertones. It was obvious they had people connected to the Dark Side, but simultaneously on many occasions, they actually had valid points.
They lost faith in the Republic, they seen the senate as corrupt, and there was a whole lot more. During Episode II, we find out that planets are leaving the Republic, and now the Republic will vote on a Military Creation Act. People were yelling in the senate room, while news cameras floated around Palpatine. I believe that act was the last straw because it got passed. I suppose the people who left the Republic to join the Separatists did not want their children fighting in any wars.
Then the Clone Wars broke out, and the droid army seemed menacing. The B1's were emotionless things. When the Super Battle Droids first appeared, they came walking out of the shadows and made Mace Windu jump away. These droids were killing Jedi left and right. Eventually the Jedi were surrounded. The Separatists was really intimidating and mysterious in their early days. Those traits even continued in Republic Commando.
So what changed? Many of the younger fans might not like my answer. Well... The Clone Wars t.v. show happened. It is an okay show, and it does have its moments, but it is the reason I lost interest in the Separatists. When the show was first announced, I was curious about how it would play out. It was called "The Clone Wars" after all. I was hoping for in-depth behind the scenes on each side of war. The show ended up being largely one-sided. It kind of took away that gray area that was once there and made everything more metaphorically white and black. The show displayed the Republic as morally correct, and the Separatists as nothing but bad guys. It kind of distance itself from the whole, government becoming more and more flawed. The Separatists was also portrayed as more comical and humorous. That guy in the cowboy hat who created the show also drew the droids weird and more comical. The Super Battle Droids looked like hunchbacks, while the B1 became more silly and stupid. The Separatists lost their mystery, valid points to make, and seriousness; which in-turn made me think, oh. Well... Nevermind. And I sort of lost interest in them.
I am certain fans will say, "stop paying attention to the political aspects of Star Wars, Larry-3. We only care about the action scenes, militaries, and lightsabers!" Well, the military and lightsabers are nice, but they are not the only thing I care about. I actually really do like the politics. In gives more depth to Star Wars. It makes me want to care more about each war. I cannot really support a faction unless I know their motivates and what each one is about. And the political climate in Star Wars has always intrigued me. Lucas really put a lot of thought into the politics. In fact, one could give a lecture on it. The politics really are well-done.
Anyway, back to my original point, at one time, I was actually really intrigued by the Separatists... At one time.
I hope you all enjoyed one of my many nerdy moments, ha.