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Why is the original trilogy better than the prequels?

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I believe the prequels are better in a lot of ways.

·Better action

From the acrobatic and intense lightsabe duels to chasing a bounty hunter through busy Corosaunt traffic, the prequel action blows the cheesy saber clashes from the origanls out of the water

·Better characters

Yes, Han,Lea,Vader, Lando and Luke are all amazing but it kind of stops there. Obi Wan,Qui Gon, Anakin, Mace, Grevious, Maul, Jango, all of them had such better design and presence then the original cast.

·Better Story

Anakins journey was allot more fun than Luke’s, we got to see him as a kid, see what tormented him growing up, we see the amazing connection with him and Obi Wan, and ultimately the tragedy of him losing everything he had aqquired throughout the trilogy.

I could go on but I’d rather hear what peoples reasons are for preferring the originals. I love all 8 movies don’t get me wrong!

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I think the Prequel Trilogy and the Original Trilogy are equally beautiful, I don’t think one is more beautiful than the other. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, but I consider them two masterpieces. Personally I’m more attached to the Prequel Trilogy because it was the first Trilogy I watched, so if you asked me to choose which Trilogy I would like to watch the most I would say the Prequels, but from an objective point of view I think that both trilogies are equally beautiful.

In terms of quality, this is my opinion about the films:

The Empire Strikes Back = Revenge of the Sith
Return of the Jedi = The Phantom Menace
A New Hope = Attack of the Clones

I think many people tend to prefer the Original Trilogy because it was the first Trilogy they watched and so they’re more attached to It, just like I’m more attached to the Prequels for the same reason. In addition, the Original Trilogy has a simpler plot than the Prequels, it’s a plot that you don’t need to pay much attention to be able to understand, and therefore many people tend to prefer the Original Trilogy also for this reason. But that’s just my opinion, surely there are people who prefer the Original Trilogy for other reasons.

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All right, as one of those people who says the OT is better than the prequels, here’s my rebuttal to your points.

vigreen said:

·Better action

From the acrobatic and intense lightsabe duels to chasing a bounty hunter through busy Corosaunt traffic, the prequel action blows the cheesy saber clashes from the origanls out of the water

Of course the action is cooler in the prequels: they were made 20 years later, with groundbreaking new special effects at their disposal. But I’d say that those “cheesy saber clashes” from the OT have a lot more heart to them than the ultimately shallow action scenes from the prequels. The duels in the OT have a ton of dramatic weight and character development keeping the audience invested, while the prequel duels tend to just be there to look cool (especially in ROTS).

·Better characters

Yes, Han,Lea,Vader, Lando and Luke are all amazing but it kind of stops there. Obi Wan,Qui Gon, Anakin, Mace, Grevious, Maul, Jango, all of them had such better design and presence then the original cast.

I would disagree about the lack of interesting characters: aside from the main cast, we also have the iconic duo of R2-D2 and C-3PO, and characters like Obi-Wan and Palpatine who would later become some of the best parts of the prequels. But although the prequel characters are very well designed, they suffer from the same problem of a lack of substance: aside from the main trio, they’re mostly just there to look cool and do cool things.

·Better Story

Anakins journey was allot more fun than Luke’s, we got to see him as a kid, see what tormented him growing up, we see the amazing connection with him and Obi Wan, and ultimately the tragedy of him losing everything he had aqquired throughout the trilogy.

I agree that Anakin is a more interesting protagonist in concept, but the execution of his character arc was a lot worse than Luke’s. He constantly changes personality for very little reason: from a happy-go-lucky kid, to an angsty mass murderer, to a snarky action hero, and then back to an angsty mass murderer. Meanwhile, although Luke’s arc is a lot more simple, it’s consistent and well-developed, allowing the audience to identify with him much more than they do with Anakin.

That’s just my opinion though: it’s fine that you prefer the prequels to the OT, but I just wanted to say why I don’t.

My preferred Skywalker Saga experience:
I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX

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marvelsferb7 said:

I believe the prequels are better in a lot of ways.

·Better action

From the acrobatic and intense lightsabe duels to chasing a bounty hunter through busy Corosaunt traffic, the prequel action blows the cheesy saber clashes from the origanls out of the water

·Better characters

Yes, Han,Lea,Vader, Lando and Luke are all amazing but it kind of stops there. Obi Wan,Qui Gon, Anakin, Mace, Grevious, Maul, Jango, all of them had such better design and presence then the original cast.

·Better Story

Anakins journey was allot more fun than Luke’s, we got to see him as a kid, see what tormented him growing up, we see the amazing connection with him and Obi Wan, and ultimately the tragedy of him losing everything he had aqquired throughout the trilogy.

I could go on but I’d rather hear what peoples reasons are for preferring the originals. I love all 8 movies don’t get me wrong!

and same on reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/movies/comments/ahi7gv/why_is_the_original_trilogy_better_than_the/

“The other Sequels were the result of an over-anxious press. The original intention was to make three [films], and that was really the end of it. It was not until 10 years after the first [film] that I thought of doing a back story.” - George Lucas, speaking at the Premiere of ROTS in 2005

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The only similarity i see is on Phantom Menace they didn’t know if they could achieve the effects Lucas wanted, similar to ILM in 1976-77. They had to invent new technology on the fly, they had to push cgi as far as possible for the late 90s.
Lucas spent a lot of time on the screenplay, probably as much as the original 77 film. But none of that effort ends up on screen. He was very thoughtful in writing it, did a lot of research. Like he says he is a terrible writer and just bleeds on the page.

Episode II and III on the other hand didn’t have a long writing period, and began in the concept art before GL even started writing.

There is no doubt the 6 films are his stories. But he needed other writers to polish Star Wars, Empire and Jedi. He didn’t always know where he wanted to go with the story, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye and Leigh Brackett’s Star Wars 2 prove that. The Revenge of the Jedi script is much more operatic and epic in scope than the return of the jedi we ended up with. It also was unfilmable on any reasonable budget.

I’d still like to read the script of Episode I that opens on Utapau, and Obi Wan is the main character. There is no Qui Gon. Anakin is allegedly 12 and not 9 years old. Obi Wan somehow finds him and he is already gifted in the force. Decides to train him.

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Just realized this is a scam thread. And i fell for it.

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JadedSkywalker said:

The only similarity i see is on Phantom Menace they didn’t know if they could achieve the effects Lucas wanted, similar to ILM in 1976-77. They had to invent new technology on the fly, they had to push cgi as far as possible for the late 90s.
Lucas spent a lot of time on the screenplay, probably as much as the original 77 film. But none of that effort ends up on screen. He was very thoughtful in writing it, did a lot of research. Like he says he is a terrible writer and just bleeds on the page.

Episode II and III on the other hand didn’t have a long writing period, and began in the concept art before GL even started writing.

There is no doubt the 6 films are his stories. But he needed other writers to polish Star Wars, Empire and Jedi. He didn’t always know where he wanted to go with the story, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye and Leigh Brackett’s Star Wars 2 prove that. The Revenge of the Jedi script is much more operatic and epic in scope than the return of the jedi we ended up with. It also was unfilmable on any reasonable budget.

I’d still like to read the script of Episode I that opens on Utapau, and Obi Wan is the main character. There is no Qui Gon. Anakin is allegedly 12 and not 9 years old. Obi Wan somehow finds him and he is already gifted in the force. Decides to train him.

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Just realized this is a scam thread. And i fell for it.

Post it up in the Prequel thread JadedSkywalker, before the moderators delete this. I enjoyed reading your post. I think many of us would like to read the earlier script that opens on Utapau with an older Anakin.

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