When the Star Wars prequels are brought up in conversation, they tend to only herald bad tidings. Just the words "phantom menace" can summon a chorus of gripes and groans about Jar Jar and medichlorians. But let's be honest here, the movies weren't that bad.
Naturally, when the three films have to size up against the beloved original trilogy, they aren't going to score as highly as they should. In fact, there are actually a few things about the movies that I don't like, but who cares about those? Why focus on the dark side (see what I did there?) when we can have an optimistic outlook about the high points of the trilogy?
More Intergalactic Racial Diversity!
Even though the Star Wars saga takes place in a galaxy far far away, the original trilogy is filled with mostly humans. Sure, Chewbacca is a Wookie, and there are quite a few aliens in both the Mos Eisley Cantina and Jabba's palace, but the majority of the major characters are all humans.
In the prequel trilogy, there are aliens galore! We see Kaminoans, Geonosians, Zabrak, Twi'lek, and so many more interesting and creative alien life forms. You can take a look at the Jedi Council, the Galactic Senate, or practically anyone in Coruscant, and you'll probably be able to pick out at least a dozen different in-depth species.
John Williams' Music Is Incredible!
If you thought that nothing could ever top the music of the original trilogy, well, you were right. To this day 'The Imperial March' is the best composed piece that I've ever heard. However, John Williams brought his A-game to the prequel trilogy, giving us such amazing pieces as 'Across the Stars', 'Battle of the Heroes', and one of my personal favorites, 'Duel of the Fates'.
The Combat Choreography Is Spectacular!
Ok, think back to the first lightsaber battle. That's right, old Ben Kenobi standing off against the fearsome Darth Vader on the first Death Star. The entire battle consisted of a few flicks of a lightsaber, with neither combatant making any extreme offensive effort.
Now check out the gif above of young Anakin and Obi-Wan swinging full-force on the fiery lava planet of Mustafar. Their speed, skill, and general badassery far surpasses even the Luke and Vader fight at the end of Return of the Jedi. Let's just hope they got that same choreographer back for The Force Awakens!
The Star Wars World Feels Like A Real Universe!
In the original Star Wars trilogy, we got a taste of a few planets, such as Tatooine, Hoth, and Endor. But with the prequel trilogy, we got to see how enormous the Star Wars universe really is. From the peaceful, serene world of Naboo to the rainy ocean world of Kamino, the prequel trilogy has shown us the many wonders of the galaxy that the original trilogy barely touched on.
It Introduced Us To Exciting New Characters!
Not every character in the prequel trilogy is as hated as Jar Jar. In fact, the movies have introduced some epic characters that Star Wars fans still want to see more of. Take Mace Windu for example. He didn't have a whole lot of screen-time in the first film, but in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, Mace quickly became a fan favorite. When Star Wars anthology films were announced, one of the most sought after titles was a stand-alone Mace Windu film.
The same could be said about Darth Maul, from The Phantom Menace. Although he re-appeared in The Clone Wars animated series, fans are still calling out for Maul. Let's just hope that Samuel L. Jackson or Ray Park or open to reprising their characters.
As you can see, not every part of the prequel trilogy deserves as much hate as it gets. In fact, the films are actually pretty entertaining if you focus on the better part of the series.