Really? I found the opposite, Chapter 2 was very exciting and the planets quite lovely. I have to admit Corellia was probably my favourite but it is chapter 3 or end game rather than the middle. I have to admit I did start skipping bonus series, but that was because generally I didn't need anymore commendations and I was too enthused in the story to stick around doing other things. I do think the Empire stories are perhaps a little more interesting, lots of opportunities for evil whereas even dark side charactes Republic side just seemed to be b*tches rather than evil.