Attack of the Clones,  Prequel Trilogy,  Revenge of the Sith,  The Phantom Menace

Repressed feelings: IGN praises many key aspects of the Star Wars Prequels but still says they’re bad

From IGN:

“It’s easy to hate on the Star Wars prequels, and you wouldn’t be wrong to do so. When measured as the sum of their parts, they fall apart faster and harder than clone loyalty towards Jedi Masters post Order 66. Jar Jar is possibly one of the worst characters in movie history. The love story between Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker is cringe-inducingly bad. And Anakin’s decision to go from loving soon-to-be-father to younglings slayer is a bipolar pill that’s difficult to swallow.

It’s definitely not all bad, however. What follows is a collection of things that George Lucas got right in the prequel trilogy.

The light(saber) at the end of the tunnel

Sure, Episode I was more disappointing than watching Greedo shoot first in the Special Edition of A New Hope, but it got so much better beyond the political rantings of the opening crawl.

Granted, when ‘terrible’ is the starting point for expectations post-Episode I, it’s not that difficult to climb higher, but even Episode I saved its best part towards the end of the movie. We are, of course, referring to the iconic lightsaber battle between Darth Maul and Jedi duo Obi-Wan Kenobi / Qui-Gon Jinn.

This epic battle of laser-sword mastery showed the dominating, thousands-strong Jedi Order had a very big reason to fear the return of the Sith, even though the ‘death’ of Maul meant they only had to destroy one more Sith Lord to cleanse the galaxy. Stuntman-turned-actor Ray Park brought the rage-filled Darth Maul to life in such a way that he was a believable threat to his Jedi opponents. After Maul nixed Jinn, the ensuing duel between Kenobi and the Sith Lord escalates in intensity to the point where Lucas reportedly considered slowing the fight down for audiences because it felt too fast.

In Episode II, the Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi fight versus Count Dooku was less impressive, but gave way to a duel between Yoda and Dooku. Sure, watching Yoda jump around like a frog on a hot plate is a bit ridiculous, but the fact of the matter is the beloved Jedi Master a) has a lightsaber and b) proves the claim that he’s an amazing swordsman. Episode III has more lightsaber fights than the first two, and we get to see that Palpatine knows his way around a ’saber, while the Anakin versus Obi-Wan showdown is sufficiently epic (if you can ignore how it ends). […]

Read more at IGN.


  • KirkMan1701

    People like this must be really terrified of the mere existence of the SW prequels and the mere fact that others enjoy them as to still continue to obsessively cry and carry on about them. They state their arrogant opinion about how “Jar Jar Binks is somehow the worst fictional character ever” as an objective fact thus showing that they are scared to death of that character and anyone who dares to enjoy him as a threat to their lowbrow pew pew action old-school Star Wars identity. I bet that the old expanded universe (now Legends) content from the 1980s and 1990s (i.e. Dark Empire, X-Wing Alliance, Shadows of the Empire, Rogue Squadron) published prior to the release of TPM was a breeding ground for this uninformed identity which the prequels (esp. Jar Jar) threatens.

  • Caleb

    Typical backhanded compliment article. You want to appeal to the new kids on the block (people who grew up with the prequels), but not alienate/anger the cool kids (OT purists). So, we end up with an article neither completely positive nor negative, which pleases neither group. If you really want to make a pro-prequel article, just keep the negativity to a minimum and don’t litter the whole article with it. There’s enough people bashing them online, we don’t need one more article.

  • Alexrd

    IGN being IGN.

    I have more respect for people who genuinely dislike the movies than those who write these fake-praising pieces.

    Thanks for saving us a click.

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