The Original Trilogy was more mythic, and the characters were more developed. Also a big reason why Star Wars is so popular is nostalgia and the Star Wars in our minds. A lot of us first saw those movies as kids. As a young child there was nothing more mesmerizing and fascinating to me as Star Wars. When those movies first came out, we didn't know very much about all the characters. Take for example my personal favorite, Boba Fett. Why do you think he became so popular? Besides being a mysterious badass and standing around looking cool, he had a relatively small amount of screen time. This got us interested and made us want to see more. It's easy to project anything you want onto a character that doesn't say much and looks pretty f*cking cool. All my play time stories in childhood involved Boba Fett and sometimes that very awesome action figure released prior to 'The Empire Strikes Back'. When questioning the condition of his cargo in TESB, he's the only one who verbally crosses Vader and doesn't get choked like imperial officers or screwed on his deal like Lando in a similar situation. He has Vader's respect and is the only one hired by Jabba and by Vader to capture number 2 protagonist also a badass character. In this case of a bounty requested by Jabba, he literally uses the Empire, mocking it ("As you wish"), but that was part of what made him so fearless and calculating. He doesn't give a sh!t about his employers, takes the jobs that are convenient for him, and asks for a ridiculously large amount of money. Jeremy Bulloch is responsible for giving Boba Fett that attitude even with very few lines. When we see young Boba in 'Attack of the Clones' it came as quite a shock, although Logan's acting was great for a kid. He just wasn't that same Fett as in my mind. And WHERE IS THE HELMET! We never saw Boba Fett without it. That armor and helmet are part of him and why he looks so intimidating. As well as his weapons and gadgets and a signature ship that made him recognizible. All the sudden he's a clone of a bounty hunter we didn't know anything about. Who is this Jango Fett and why is he so special that an entire army is made from his DNA? Well we know more about him now thanks to the expanded universe, but Boba Fett was just so special to me for so long and should have been kept more of a mystery. That's my badass bounty hunter son of a b*tch, and I love all things Fett and Mandalorian. I even make my own very nice, authentic looking sets of Mandalorian armor and cosplay with other adults who have the minds of children. I cling very tightly to certain parts of my childhood, and I do anything possible to keep the memories alive.
As far as other things effected by the prequels, take Vader. We hate the fact that the wanting to save his wife from dying bullsh!t pushes him over the edge. Hayden's performance basically ruins the concept in our minds of this powerful no nonsense Dark Lord we saw in the OT. And now the Force is attributed to microscopic organisms in blood? The Force used to be very personal and like a religion. Also an energy field like Qi (chi). Now it seems like anyone can be a Force sensitive who was born with these organisms in their body. The romance between Anakin and Padme was nauseating and did not keep with the style of the originals. What happened to "I love you." "I know." That was classic and part of Han's character. And the focus on the CGI was more important than the actual story. And the backgrounds. There is a big difference between shooting on location and CGI. For the Original Trilogy the scenes shot in Tunisia, Norway, and California were amazing. The actors were better in the originals also. People don't give Mark Hamill enough credit. He really is an excellent actor and a very interesting guy. He was spot on portraying a naive farm boy who transitions into a mature adult or Jedi. David Prowse and Bob Anderson made Vader who he is with his sexy walk and lightsaber style. And the voice of James Earl Jones is what made Vader iconic. He just would not be the same and as terrifying without it. Also the music, thanks to John Williams, made The Original Trilogy even more emotional and dramatic. He does the music in the prequels too, but we first heard his work for Star Wars in The OT. It was in 'A New Hope' during that touching scene where Hamill captures Luke's longing where we heard 'Binary Sunset' for the first time. And in my favorite movie, 'The Empire Strikes Back' where we first heard the very awesome 'Imperial March". Of course these are my opinions, but most people feel this way too, especially first generation Star Wars fans like myself.
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Star Wars fan since '77
· 8 years ago