5 Things the Star Wars Prequels Got Right
Before you get your pitchforks and torches out and chuck me on the stake to burn, I have some final words. Now I know that the Star Wars prequels were bad. They were so bad it’s pretty laughable. They were so bad that there aren’t enough midichlorions in the world to try and ‘force’ you to believe that they were good. But patience, be mindful of your surroundings, because I am convinced that there are at least five reasons, five redeeming factors, that show what the Star Wars Prequels got right.
1 – The Last 20 Minutes of The Phantom Menace
Now that I think about it, the title of the first prequel essentially captures everything wrong with the first revival of the franchise. It tried to live up to its ‘Space-Opera’ reputation, but just came out wanky and laughably pathetic at the worst of times.
But I can tell you, no one can deny the epic performance of the final battle between Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), against Darth Maul (Ray Park). The sheer energy in that final scene, the amazing choreography, the tension, John Williams ‘Duel of the Fates’, the death of Qui-Gon – it all played a part in the amazing crescendo that was the film’s climax.
And no one, no matter what, can say that that final battle between the Jedi and the Sith was an anti-climactic let-down. The only thing that does bother me is how Obi-Wan finally took down Darth Maul when Maul clearly had the high-ground!?
In any case, moving on!
2 – Introduction of the Clones
I have a confession, I only saw Attack of the Clones when I was about five. So it may just be me, but I remember thoroughly enjoying Obi-Wan tracking Jango Fett, and inadvertently discovering a clone army had been contracted by an extremist Jedi for the Republic. So yeah, while it was a massive Deus Ex Sifo-Dyas, it was cool too.
In any case, the entire arc of finding Jango is kind of great in terms of fan servicing and providing an interesting and entertaining plot. Not only do we get Boba Fett’s origins, we also see how much of a badass Jango is, and get a pretty phenomenal chase between Obi-Wan and Jango. Maybe that’s a homage to Boba hunting down Han Solo and co., in Empire?
No matter, the mystery of the clone army was solid and intriguing, actually leaving me wanting to know what was going to happen next. But that could also be due to the fact that that side-story was played alongside this wonderful bit of Lucas’ scripture.
3 – Anakin and Obi-Wan’s relationship
One of the best features of the trilogy was seeing Anakin (Hayden Christensen) and Obi-Wan grow up and bond as the years went by.
As soon as Attack of the Clones opens we see the intimate nature between Obi and Anakin. While they are close, the balance of power is clearly slanted towards Obi-Wan. Clones shakes up their entire dynamic, so throughout the film, they come to heads quite a fair bit. Their internal conflict, how they’re acting as two individuals rather than a pair, gets both of them in a whole lot of shit when they finally fight Count Dooku (Sir Christopher Lee).
But, thank god that angsty Tusken-Raider murderer lost his arm and learnt to be a bit more bloody humble, because he was just being a bratty, whiney, I’m the Chosen One, I hate sand, little shit.
Rant aside, Anakin did grow up by the time Revenge of the Sith came around and is more calm and collected. And from there we have the best chemistry between two actors in this entire trilogy. Anakin and Obi-Wan were funny, they worked amazingly as a team, they could express how they were feeling to one another without any hard feelings (except for the final scene, but we’ll get to that). You could feel the admiration, the philia between them both, and that is by far one of the saving graces of this entire trilogy.
4 – The final fight between Anakin and Obi-Wan
If it weren’t for the incredible dynamic between Anakin and Obi-Wan, the final fight between them in Revenge of the Sith would not have been as emotional as it was. Having said that, the choreography and the emotion by Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor truly made this scene.
But seriously, once Anakin says, “you will try”, John Williams‘ ‘Battle of the Heroes’ breaks loose, Darth flips his fucking shit, and lightsabers go flying, the audience get lost in the magic of the moment. I remember being in the cinemas on Saturday the fifth of May 2005, and being transfixed to one the greatest battle I’d ever seen.
That scene was perfect; it landed the choreography, the ferocity, the intensity, and was still emotional. It was the climax that the trilogy was leading up to, and it did not disappoint.
Well now I’m tearing up, thanks all.
5 – Memes
Okay admit it, the prequels had some very good moments.
But what makes the prequels even better are the memes. The memes which came out of these films created a cult-following of fans who will both roast and defend the prequels with their lives.
So without further ado, I present to you a collection of the dankest Star Wars related memes (Thanks @JustJediThings).
Tl;dr – Ewan McGregor is the saviour of the prequels.
Were there any other redeeming aspects I missed? Chuck a comment down below to chip in your 5 cents on what the prequels got right!