The Star Wars Prequels Are Bad

Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson in Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace. (Lucasfilm)
There’s no reason to pretend otherwise.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A long time ago — 1977, to be exact — in our own galaxy, George Lucas released Star Wars. In many ways it was an ersatz combination of things that already existed — Campbell’s monomyth, Flash Gordon serials, Westerns, Akira Kurosawa and World War II films, already-written sci-fi novels — but bringing all of these things together, combined with breathtaking special effects that have aged remarkably well, quickly ensured the movie’s immortality.

Many have attempted to recapture the magic of what is now called A New Hope, both inside the Star Wars franchise and outside of it. Chief among them is

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