Each Star Wars trilogy is amazing in its own right. Multitudes of fans have ranked these trilogies, declared their adoration or loathing for each one, and so on and so forth. I could rank them all, with a detailed explanation as to why the prequels are at the top…but instead, I’m taking a different route. (Besides, I’ve already discussed why I think the prequels are awesome.) For this post, I’ll list three things I love and three things I ‘hate’ about each set of movies.
Let’s jump right in!
THE PREQUEL TRILOGY
—Obi-Wan. I could say Padmé as well, but since I’m also writing a full post about her, I’ll save that for later. Anyway. Obi-Wan. As I told a friend, I love Obi-Wan because he’s a shining beacon of goodness and light in a saga that can get pretty dark and twisted at times. He’s a genuinely good person, always doing what’s right even when it costs him. From his days as Qui-Gon’s Jedi apprentice to delivering little Luke safely to Owen and Beru, Obi-Wan is a true, admirable hero.
—The music. ‘Across the Stars’ and ‘Duel of the Fates’ are two of my top three favorite pieces of Star Wars music (the other piece being the Force theme). John Williams did an outstanding job scoring the prequels, even if other people (*cough*GeorgeLucas*cough*) weren’t at the top of their game.
—Villain backstory. I love my villains, and Anakin’s story gives such a depth to Darth Vader. Well done.
—Jar Jar. Of course. You knew he had to be on here. Jar Jar hate is widespread and well-documented, so I’m not going to spend a huge paragraph talking about his faults. Suffice to say, he made The Phantom Menace about ten times worse than it needed to be.
—Anakin’s general cringiness. For the first two films of the prequel trilogy, Anakin is so not great. A little punk kid in the first movie and a love-sick, toxic teenager in the second. It’s only in Revenge of the Sith that I actually find myself liking Anakin. Having to put up with a blah version of him for two whole films takes some of the shine off the trilogy.
—Palpatine. He’s terrible. And hideous. I can appreciate his cleverness, but he’s an awful person.
THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY
—The vibes. All Star Wars stuff is AMAZING in terms of vibes. I love, love, love the vastness of the universe and how it actually feels like it could be real. It’s a whole other galaxy, a whole other culture…I can’t even describe it. And the original trilogy is simply amazing at transporting you to that realm. I will forever watch it just for the vibes, the mood alone. Which may sound weird, but it’s the way it is!
—Luke. It wasn’t until Return of the Jedi when Luke came, all cool and dressed in black, with a master escape plan, that I really liked him. But I do! He’s pretty great. (I guess he takes after his dad, in that I only liked him in his third movie.) Of course, The Last Jedi helped in deepening Luke’s character and making him more of a real person (imo). But yeah, he was great in Jedi.
—Tatooine. Gotta love that planet, eh?
—Boringness. Yup. I hate to say it, but the original trilogy can be boring in places. I found Empire Strikes Back especially so. Mainly, I’ll watch the OG trilogy because it’s Star Wars (and, therefore, awesome). But overall, it’s not as interesting as the other two trilogies. And that’s probably (at least partly) because…
—Not a lot of character depth. I seriously don’t get why people rave about Luke and Leia and Han. Yes, I just said that I like Luke. But for the first couple of films, he didn’t have much characterization going on besides a nice guy who was trying his best (but who was also prone to whining and moping, like his dad). And you don’t get much of Leia or Han’s internal life besides their love story. So not a lot of depth or development there either. At least that’s what I think.
—Han Solo. I do not get Han Solo. Harrison Ford is an amazing actor, but I honestly feel that his acting is cringy in the original trilogy. And I don’t like the character much either. 😛 There. I said it.
THE SEQUEL TRILOGY
—Rey. My beautiful heroine. Daisy Ridley is a joy to watch, and Rey’s strength of character and haunting backstory make her one of the best Star Wars characters, in my opinion.
—Ben’s redemption. I was one of those who loathed Kylo Ren after he murdered his father. I refused to become entranced with him as so many other Star Wars fans did. But I’m a sucker for redemption arcs, and that scene between Ben and Han was near perfection. I cried a lot. I just wish that we’d gotten to see more of redeemed!Ben before he DIED. *glares at film producers*
—The aesthetic. The planets! The costume design! The colors! The intricate details! The look of the sequel films is modern, sleek, and bursting with life and personality and allll the amazing Star Wars aesthetics you could ever ask for. Such a visual treat.
Except for a couple of kisses (the Reylo one wasn’t earned and I object to the lesbian one for religious reasons), I honestly can’t think of anything I hate (or even terribly dislike) about the sequel trilogy. *shrugs* It’s a good film series overall. I don’t feel like Disney ruined Star Wars. The sequel films aren’t perfect, but they aren’t terrible either.
So! Do you agree with my likes/dislikes? What are some of your favorite and least favorite things about each trilogy? Let me know in the comments!