You know (and I’ve said this before, but not here), I hate to admit this but: When I was kid, an in high school, and in college, the Star Wars trilogy was probably my favorite set of movies of all time. Lucas destroyed that franchise with the prequels so much that I can hardly go back and enjoy them originals.
The story was so much better when the past (Clone Wars, how Obi Wan and Anakin met when they were starfighters (which was retconned for the damn prequels), etc.) was a mystery. You got clues from different people (like Obi Wan dropping hints about how he met Luke’s father when they were both soldiers) but you didn’t know for sure. And it made the universe seem more real.
The prequel movies just made the series feel like a set of movies. The original trilogy almost felt like a documentary about what went on out there, a long time ago.