I don’t know about you but the farther I get from the original release of Star Wars eps. I, II, III the more I appreciate them. The acting is not great, and Jar-Jar Binks is still a painful experience, but the story arc is still good.
Yes I do believe that eps IV, V, & VI stand-alone and they are amazing. In the original trilogy Luke Skywalker is the hero, Han gets the girl, and the Rebellion defeats the evil Empire. It’s great.
What George Lucas was trying to do with the prequels is important though. I think he was trying to show us why Luke matters so much. Using Anakin Skywalker’s journey from an innocent and gifted child, to an accomplished yet troubled hero, to a man who is willing to do anything to save the woman he loves and ultimately the person who destroyed the Jedis and fell to the Dark Side, George Lucas gave us a character who is troubled and conflicted. Darth Vader is no longer just the face of evil. He’s a person who tried to do what he thought was right and he was ultimately decieved.
Star Wars then becomes about the redemption of Anakin Skywalker. Luke’s mission is not about overthrowing the empire it is about rescuing his father from darkness. In the process the Emperor is defeated but in the process Luke saves his father. I find the saga of Anakin Skywalker to be compelling. I find Luke’s journey to be very interesting. And I wonder how long we should wait until we reboot eps. I, II, & III and see if we can do it right. that or just edit out Jar-Jar and replace the actors for Anakin.