The Sequel Trilogy for me also. For pretty much the reasons Caston did above, and others previously highlighted on the 1st page. WookieeWarrior77 makes a solid point too about the OT being changed so the Prequels fit better, and are more damaging to the OT. Changing the OT made little sense, other than it being a “free test” for the coming Prequels, and a poor and lazy attempt to “tie them together” after in 2004. Although it did remind me how jarring the PT was in comparison, as well as half-assed ideas such as introducing the “Chosen One” prophecy and “midichlorians”, the countless and needless contradictions featured in them.
The Sequels didn’t really do that nearly as much, or have such a negative effect. Sure, far too many mystery boxes and unanswered questions, and lack of overall cohesion, but didn’t take me out of the films in the way the Prequels do. Maybe the ST is just more “meh”, empty, less substance? The ST did makes more of an effort to continue on from the OT, which PT certainly didn’t even attempt to gel with half as much.
Those racial stereotypes in the PT too, man, they really do stand out. Cinema can date badly, but those 3 films were made in the last 25 years. Speaking of dating badly, many of those “dense” PT effects could do with being reworked. Time for a “Special Edition” of the Prequels, as has been suggested in other threads? The ST too. I’ll stick with the fan edits for if I ever want to watch either trilogy again.
Someone elsewhere on here made an interesting point: since TROS finished up the third trilogy, the Prequels are now only one third of the whole “Saga”, whereas before they were obviously a half, and so were simply more focused on beforehand? For some of us, instead of half the Saga being bafflingly and disappointingly poor in comparison to the OT, it is closer to two-thirds? Simple, but likely something to that?
I’ll echo what has already been said in this thread: the Sequels over the Prequels for me too, but would also prefer to watch Andor, 2003 Clone Wars, R1, Visions, later Bad Batch and Rebels, than either the ST or PT. I’m hoping the coming Acolyte series joins that list.