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Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy

When parents have babies, many record the daily lives of those babies, to document the rapid development of small beings once not even able to open their eyes or lift their heads all the way to walking and talking in a few short years. My parents were no different. Every once in a while, my parents will pull out the home movies and reminisce about my brother and I as babies. One of their favorites is a video of my brother and I toddling around in front of a TV, a TV playing a now very familiar movie.

"What does Luke say?" One of my parents asks.
"Noooooooo!" My brother and I answer.
"What does Darth Vader say?"
My brother and I respond with heavy breathing.

We were raised on the original Star Wars trilogy. Instead of animal sounds, we were asked what the characters in the Star Wars universe said. As children, we had lightsaber toys and countless Star Wars-themed LEGO sets. When The Phantom Menace came out, we were ecstatic. And also eight years old. Honestly, I believe this is one of the biggest reasons for why we love the prequel trilogy, despite its glaring flaws.

And that's the thing. We LOVE the prequel trilogy. The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith. Fucking love them. Yes, there are flaws, BIG ones (I mean, jfc, what were they thinking casting Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker? He was terrible.), but what about what was GOOD about the prequel trilogy? And there's a lot of good, good that Star Wars elitists ignore.

For me, the good in the prequel trilogy isn't all it takes for me to love them. Hell, if I'm going to be completely honest here, I PREFER them. Yeah, that's right, I fucking said it: I prefer the Star Wars prequel trilogy to the sacred original trilogy. I always knew it, I think even since watching The Phantom Menace as a child, I knew I preferred the newer films.

It reminds me of The Hobbit Trilogy, another trilogy coming after an older trilogy revered as sacred by the fanbase, and yet another franchise where I prefer the newer films to the older ones.

It's not just because I like how shiny and new they look (my god, I remember re-watching Two Towers after watching An Unexpected Journey and seeing, for the first time, how blatantly CGI Gollum was in the Lord of the Rings trilogy compared to Gollum in The Hobbit).

Like with The Hobbit, I care immensely more for the characters in the newer trilogies than I do the original. Bilbo Baggins with Thorin Oakenshield and his company of 12 dwarves? Give me them over Frodo and Aragorn any day (not that I don't love the rest of the Fellowship, but Thorin's Company > The Fellowship).

In the same way, I'd feel no remorse whatsoever if Luke had bit the dust in the trilogy because, oh my god, I really can't stand him. Who else is there? Leia, Han, and Chewy? I raise you Qui-Gon, Padme, and Jar-Jar, who I love unironically and unapologetically. Darth Vader and Darth Sidious? What about Darth Maul, Count Dooku, General Grievous, and Jango Fett? Don't even get me started on Ben Kenobi versus Obi-Wan. Absolutely no contest.

Sure, there's Hayden Christensen's Anakin and the absolute disaster that is the Anakin/Padme romance subplot, but absolutely everything else is great.

Also: THE CLONE WARS.

I don't give a fuck what anyone says, the clone troopers are vastly superior to the storm troopers. Clone troopers are BADASS, while storm troopers' legendarily horrible shooting has become an internet meme. Have you ever seen either of The Clone Wars TV shows? Yeah, they're cartoons, but they are far from childish (good lord, the newer show (with Ahsoka Tano) can get (and does get) BRUTAL).

Not to mention ALL THE JEDI. And how fleshed out the Jedi Order is and all the Jedi within. Not even kidding when I say one of my favorite Star Wars character of all time is Jedi Master Shaak Ti.

This is another big reason I prefer the prequel trilogy: the Jedi Order, at its PEAK.

As a little girl, I never loved Luke, never had a crush on Han Solo, never even admired Leia. No, no, the character I adored was Obi-Wan Kenobi. He was badass and wise and a JEDI. Then the new movies came out and there were MORE JEDI. SO MANY JEDI. I was in love. Why the hell did I have to love the original trilogy because it came first? Because they were technically "better" (better written, better directed)? The new movies have JEDI, and Obi-Wan's not dead! I'm not stuck with Luke! I get younger Obi-Wan! I get Qui-Gon, Mace Windu, a Yoda who's active in the universe, Shaak Ti, Aayla Secura, Kit Fisto, Saesee Tinn, Ki-Adi-Mundi, and more! Why settle for less?

And, finally, it wasn't so DESOLATE. Oh, sure, Order 66 happened, which was fucking DEVASTATING. But I'm talking about the UNIVERSE. We're not stuck on barren Tatooine, or desolate Hoth, or retro Cloud City, or even the unsophisticated moon of Endor. No, we get Naboo and CORUSCANT. The universe doesn't look like we're living in some Fallout universe. Instead we're living in Mass Effect, where everything's at peak condition and it feels like a science fantasy and not some dreary post-apocalyptic universe still clinging to the technology of the past without advancing.

There's just...SO MUCH GOOD in the prequel trilogy. People discount it because Jar-Jar's "irritating" or Anakin's whiny (which I'm not arguing because he's definitely the worst part of the the prequel trilogy), but by doing this, people are ignoring the good parts of the prequel trilogy, choosing to cling desperately to the original trilogy and insult everything that isn't it, like baby boomers claiming millenials are ruining America and the future is lost because we have better technology and have the audacity to use it.

I just love the prequel trilogy SO FUCKING MUCH, and with the new movie coming out and all the marketing bombarding us worse than the dreaded Minions, I just...wanted to vent, I guess. I was at the store today, witnessing said marketing, and if it wasn't Force Awakens merch, it was Vader or Boba Fett or classic storm troopers or Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewy, and my bro and I were wondering, "Where the hell's clone trooper merch? Where are the battle droids?" Nowhere, because no one likes the prequel trilogy right? Next thing you know, the entire prequel trilogy's going to get retconned like X-2 and X-Men: Last Stand after X-Men: Days of Future Past, and I'd fucking HATE that, just because some whining fuckboys were crying about how Jar-Jar ruined Star Wars. Keep your hate to yourselves, assholes, and get over yourselves. If you're spending so much time hating on the prequels and their fans, you have a serious problem, and I have some advice for you:

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