I felt this was a pretty good first attempt with these types of storylines. The destinies of all the main characters played out pretty much the way did in the OT just with a twist. Yoda proves he is a bad ***** in this one.
One observation that I did make concerned the Emperor's Royal guard. All of them had double-bladed light sabers. I wondered if perhaps, just perhaps Maul does in fact get cloned somewhere between episode III and ANH and is used as the template for the emperor's gaurd. Don't know if I like this idea or not. It caught my attention nonetheless.