TPM and AOTC are prequels, after all. It shouldn't be a massive surprise that some of the characters are younger than their adult personas from the OT. Why Star Wars has changed because Lucas is following the story without cheapening the history of these characters is something I don't recognize. The idea of the prequels has never been an obstacle for my continuing love and enjoyment of the saga. I suppose if Lucas wanted to copy the OT's penchant familiarity, he should've skipped on the entire prequel debacle and produced Episodes VII-IX. That's certainly not a criticism on Lucas' part, as I'm quite fond of the prequels thus far.