Fans were more than excited to learn that George Lucas would be ushering in a new era of Star Wars, and creating a new generation of Star Wars fans, when they learned of plans for a prequel trilogy in the late nineties. For those like me, who grew up with the original trilogy, that excitement quickly waned. The prequels, to the purists, were too heavily laden with CGI, were victimized by subpar acting, and just didn’t seem to have that Star Wars feel.
Breaking Down the Prequel Trilogy.
Despite its shortcomings, the prequel trilogy was not without its highlights. The brightest of those was Ewan McGregor’s portrayal of a young Obi-Wan Kenobi. (Don’t get me started on the fact that the proposed stand-alone Kenobi film may now be kaput.)
The prequel trilogy is a significant part of canon and, even for me, had some moments that are worthy entries into Star Wars lore. I recently tabulated my top five moments from the original trilogy; here are my top five from the prequels.
Best Prequel Trilogy Moments No. 5: Slave-I.
Next to the Millennium Falcon, there is perhaps no more iconic ship in Star Wars than Jango/Boba Fett’s Slave-I. One of the best parts of an otherwise forgettable Attack of the Clones was Obi-Wan’s dogfight with Jango Fett. In the original trilogy we never got to see Slave-I in action. Here we see Jango taking Slave-I full throttle through an asteroid field.
Between the amazing sounds of the explosive charges and the cinematography of the ship maneuvering through the asteroids, the sequence was visually striking and provided one of the more memorable scenes of the entire prequel trilogy.
4. Vader’s Transformation in the Prequel Trilogy.
In Revenge of the Sith we finally get to see the final steps of Anakin Skywalker’s descent into darkness. Anaklin languishes near death in excruciating pain. Medical droids affix to his charred body the bionic limbs that would make him, as Obi-Wan would later remark, “more machine now, than man, twisted and evil.” Anakin Skywalker ceases to exist and Darth Vader rises in his place.
The prequel trilogy scene in which we see Vader’s mask go on from the first-person perspective was well played out, indeed. Likewise, the sound fading to silence before we hear Vader take that first breath through his new breathing apparatus, was chilling. (For our purposes we’re going to ignore the rest of the scene as a whole. You know what I’m talking about.)