The films of the Star Wars prequel trilogy had each gotten a lot of flak from fans after their respective release. On issues ranging from the overuse of CGI, the scripts, and the characters (especially Jar-Jar Binks), and the acting of certain actors. But these issues aside, the prequels had some things going for them that that were not only enjoyable but added to the Star Wars universe. To name a few (in no particular order):
Of all the villains introduced in the prequels, Darth Maul leaves probably the greatest impression. He may have a deep and cold voice but he says very little. Most of the time, he is either standing or walking around but his painted face, eerie eyes, and the mysterious aura around him speak for themselves. Once the gloves come off and he reveals his dual-ended lightsaber, Darth Maul shows that he is a villain we are never going to forget.
If it were not for Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, then his padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi wouldn't be a Jedi we know him as, Anakin Skywalker would not have been discovered, and Darth Vader probably wouldn't even exist, we owe him that much. He was known to be stern and empathetic yet rebellious and unorthodox, preferring to live in the moment and sometimes breaking the rules of the Jedi Code in order to accomplish his goals. His untimely demise at the hands of Darth Maul served to have Obi-Wan take on a mentor role to young Anakin as Qui-Gon was to him. Being played by Liam Neeson is a big plus.
A no-nonsense Jedi Master played by Samuel L. Jackson. Need I say anymore. Plus he's so badass, he is the only one in the universe awesome enough to wield a purple lightsaber and make it look cool.
Thrilling Lightsaber Battles
The lightsaber battles in the original trilogy may be iconic but they were fairly simple one-on-one fights. The prequels took them to a whole new level. Not only were there one-on-one fights but battles ranging from two vs. one, to one vs. one wielding four lightsabers at once, to seeing an army of Jedis wielding lightsabers. Not only did we see more lightsabers, we were treated to battles filled with feats of athleticism, complete with flips and kicks and use of the Force.
More of John Williams's epic score
The prequels enabled John Williams to give us more notable themes that would cause us to picture the events in the films that accompanied them. Themes like "Duel of the Fates" that debuted during the fight between Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Darth Maul, "Across the Stars," the love theme for Anakin and Padmé, and "Battle of the Heroes," which plays during the climactic battle between Obi-Wan and his former pupil who turned to the dark side.
- Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi
- Seeing Yoda kick some butt
- Christopher Lee as Count Dooku
- Revealing the Emperor's backstory
- Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker, mainly towards the end of Revenge of the Sith
- Giving Star Wars a deeper sense of mythology