While the Star Wars prequel trilogy is cinematic garbage and largely deserves the ridicule and derision it receives from disgruntled fans, there are some things in those films that are actually tolerable; enjoyable even. While we’re not endorsing that you go and invest eight hours of your life watching the trilogy over again, we would like to posit that there are some things in the prequels that don’t actually suck and that we’re surprisingly thankful for. Still, we’re hoping that the new generation of films doesn’t take too much inspiration from this particular Star Wars era!
In celebration of Ewan McGregor reprising his role as Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in an upcoming Diseny+ series, here are 9 things we enjoyed about the Star Wars prequels. Enjoy!
9. The Lightsaber Battles
While lightsaber duels are a highlight in all six Star Wars films, it’s hard to deny that the flashier, more acrobatic showdowns in the prequels are more exciting than the understated clashes between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in the original trilogy (even if those fights are more satisfying from a thematic standpoint). It’s no coincidence that the fight between Darth Maul, Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon Jinn is the best part of The Phantom Menace, even though the battle itself is admittedly too short. While the fights got a little too ridiculous as the trilogy wore on (watching Yoda flip around Sir Christopher Lee like a maniac is one jump-the-shark moment too many), the prequel lightsaber duels remain a series highlight.