I recently gave the prequel trilogy another try and you know what? My distaste for TFA has rekindled my appreciation of the PT. Now I enjoy, like really enjoy, the PT. Are they objectively bad movies? Hell yes, but I still rate them above TFA. That’s how much I dislike TFA.
I’ve had a similar experience, though for me it has more to do with the lore. Needless to say the PT films aren’t too well made, but I like the distinct world Lucas built for it much more than what we’ve gotten so far in the ST. For me SW is more than just the movies, and so far I’ve had no interest in the ST EU. The Clone Wars era EU on the other hand I’ve found more original and nuanced.
I’ve enjoyed the ST as movies, but the lore has IMO been very bland and boring.
That probably explains a bit why some PT fans hate the ST (and potentially vice versa?). I could give a shit about lore, and I feel like on of the biggest issues of the PT is putting lore and world building in front of effective storytelling. I mean I like SW lore, but in my mind that’s what the EU is for. When I watch a movie, I want a good movie, and in my opinion the ST delivers far above the PT in that regard.
I agree with all of the above, but I personally (like many fans) spend more time with EU material than just the movies. And so far I’ve had more fun with stories originating from the PT than the ST. It just boils down to individual priorities. For some fans the EU is really important and if the new movies don’t serve as platforms for interesting new stories, then those movies just aren’t that interesting to them, regardless of how well they were made.
As a film fan I admire the ST more than the PT, but as a SW fan I lean more towards the PT.