[17:09] <KesKittaur> Sparks, but isn't that an absolutist statement in and of itself
[17:10] <KesKittaur> doesn't this mean that jedi themselves are sith?
This was something the original series hinted at a few times, but never really overtly said. The prequels on the other hand used this as a hammer in several places and eliminates any sympathy one may have for the supposed heroes, which I think was what killed the franchise there.
The same heavy handedness is also why I didn't like Empire Strikes Back. It felt too...well...too heavy handed in the attempts to be Serious Science Fiction. Lucas is wonderful at the concept of Technicolor Space Opera -- bright, colorful, not too serious, epic space scenes, etc. However, much like technicolor, the subtlety gets lost somewhere along the way. The depth, the shadows, the unevenness of characters are what makes things wonderful and dark; I just have never felt that Empire had those things.