Star Wars: In defence of the prequels

The Star Wars prequels (1999 to 2005) introduced the magic of Star Wars to a whole new generation.

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For many though they were a massive disappointment that almost ruined the memory of the original trilogy.

Criticised for complex plot, bad/over acting and the introduction of characters like Jar Jar Binks, they’ve been written off by many as an irrelevant.

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We at Indie Mac User are here to say that there are some redeeming features of the prequel trilogy that Star Wars fans would do well to remember.

Darth Maul

Since the release of The Phantom Menace, Darth Maul has proven to be a popular character.

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IGN named Darth Maul the 16th greatest Star Wars character, noting, “Of the countless characters to walk in and out of the Star Wars saga, none looks or acts more badass than Darth Maul.

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Maul’s best scene (and in my opinion the best scene of Episode I) is the final duel between Acrobatic Sith Lord Darth Maul wielding a double ended lightsaber and Jedi Obi Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn.

Count Dooku

The intimidating Sith Lord was the main antagonist in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

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His story as a once respected Jedi Master who’s fallen to the dark side had a real Shakespearian edge to it that showed just what the Jedi were up against and the great power of the dark side!

Played by legendary British actor Christopher Lee, Count Dooku’s betrayal felt personal and real.

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Lee’s performance as Count Dooku is a character that deserves to be part of the Star Wars franchise. This role was one Lee’s greatest performances; sadly Lee passed away this year.

General Grievous 

General Grievous was developed for Revenge of the Sith (Episode III) as a powerful new villain on the side of the Separatists.

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The initial instructions that director George Lucas gave the Art Department were very open-ended: “a droid general”.

From that vague direction, the artists developed a lot of explorations, some purely mechanical, some not, for Grievous’ s look. He was also created as a villain foreshadowing Anakin Skywalker’s transformation into Darth Vader: the heavy breathing, the cyborg body, and his seduction into a malevolent faction.

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This character is a perfect mix of comedy and pure Jedi killing evil *insert evil laugh* !!!!

Senator Palpatine 

In the original trilogy, Darth Sidious is depicted as the aged, pale-faced Emperor of the Galactic Empire.

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In the prequel trilogy, he is portrayed as a charismatic Senator from Naboo who uses deception and political manipulation to rise to the position of Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic.

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Ian McDiarmid reprised his role for the prequels and these films show the pure strength and ability of McDiarmid’s acting.

Yoda

The prequels show Yoda before his forced exile and he’s a badass !!!!!

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His fight with Darth Sidious in Episode III is just epic !!!!!!

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The moment the Jedi were stabbed in the back and nearly wiped out completely.

These are emotional scenes in Star Wars Episode III when soldiers of the Republic turn on their Jedi commanders.

The unsuspecting Jedi die without knowing why or what’s gone wrong thanks to the deception of the evil Sith Lord.

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Another great, if upsetting, moment that wouldn’t have seen the light of day on the silver screen if it wasn’t for the prequels.

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Tell us what are your favourite aspects of the Star Wars prequels, what did you hate and what could of been differently in the comments box below – use the force !!!!!

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