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.
Big admission (for an Internet geek): I’ve never seen any of the Star Wars prequels, at least not in their entirety. I saw part of the first one (on TV), but I’ve never seen it all the way through, and this is kind of the reason why. I think my main reason was that as soon as I found out we were going to meet Darth Vader when he was a cute little kid, I thought to myself, “How will this help me enjoy the ‘real’ Star Wars movies?”
It’s kind of like what you’re saying, Stargazer (I think)—in the original movies, we got just enough hint about the early stuff that we knew all we needed to know. So what’s the point in belaboring the whole thing? More information isn’t necessarily better, not when you’re talking about a movie. Do we really need to know what Rick’s high school days were like in order to enjoy Casablanca?
So I’ve never seen them. I might one of these days. Then again, I might not.