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What do you think of the Sequel Trilogy? - a general discussion thread
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BedeHistory731 said:

The ST is still infinitely better than the PT to me 🤷‍♂️.

I still prefer the PT for a few reasons:

  1. There are fewer meta moments in the PT that take you out of the experience. TFA and TLJ, in particular, are very referential and have a very prominent “proscenium arch” that makes you feel like you’re watching a movie about Star Wars (or a Star Wars-themed park ride) rather than just a movie in the Star Wars universe. With the prequels, it’s easier for me to relax and immerse myself in the setting.

  2. Most of my issues with the prequels are more surface-level problems. The acting, the dialogue, the visuals and CGI. Conversely, the sequels nailed all the superficial aspects, but their failings are on a more structural level with the plot and characters. (The prequels do have plot and character problems, also. Just not as many.)

  3. The prequels have a more coherent overarching plot.

  4. Prequels are harder to write than sequels. The PT was constrained by needing to work through a series of events preestablished by the OT. So I’d argue some inconsistencies with the OT were hard to avoid. On the other hand, the ST had the advantage of a blank slate to work off of (plus a huge amount of EU source material to potentially draw from), yet they needlessly limited themselves to making a modern variation of the OT.

  5. The prequels have more creative planet, ship, and alien designs than the sequels.

  6. The PT doesn’t actively detract from my enjoyment of the OT. The ST does.

(Just to be clear, I know the prequels are bad. And I have very mixed opinions on the creative choices George made with them.)