This was initially in response to another discussion but...I realised that it had drifted far from the issue at hand. So, here's as concise a reasoning for my dislike of the PT as I can put together - explaining that it is not just about nostalgia but about how the PT is a very different story (which is reasonable in itself) but which is meant to inform about the OT and thus alters the OT. More pertinently it is about how I can not buy into the story as told in the PT. For the purpose of this discussion I am going to us the separate terms "the Jedi" and "Jedi Order". The former is a concept introduced and elaborated in the OT. The Jedi represent the path to good - to good action and good thought. In the OT "The Republic" represented people's freedoms and democracy. "The Galactic Republic" is a body politic which, as we see, is not fit for purpose. In the PT Lucas introduced the Jedi Order, which is attached to a political body called The Galactic Republic. The very first action in TPM is decribed as two Jedi being despatched on a secret mission by the Chancellor, Valorum. Think about that, a secret mission authorised solely by the Chancellor... Does the Chancellor have the power to send the Jedi on this mission? In a democracy? We know that such executive powers are not given to the Chancellor until AOTC. This action is, democratically, illegal. So, right from the beginning of the PT the Jedi have become the Jedi Order. The concept of the Jedi has been morphed into a body of government attached to a governmental system - and each has a dependency on the other (just take a look at the Jedi Temple...that must have been a costly bit of work.... The Jedi (a concept) is a pillar of the OT story-telling and here, right from the beginning, that concept is dismissed and replaced by the story-telling construct "the Jedi Order" Part of the problem, I think, is that Lucas doesn't believe in or understand democracy. So, here we have a guy who is telling the story of losing democracy when...his thoughts on the matter probably mirror those of Anakin in AOTC (the waterfalls picnic scene). He has said that he believes in a 'benign dictatorship'. There are more worrying hints as to Lucas' beliefs such as the line in one of the Naboo deleted scenes. Anakin is speaking of the people having tried to change the constitution so that Padmé might remain Queen. Now, while I think her rejection of that is admirable, the reason she gives makes me...uncomfortable. She says; "Popular rule is not democracy..." - now in a way I agree with this, in as much as representation is not democracy (though it may be an aspect of it) and - more especially - rule (as in being ruled) is certainly not democracy but more worryingly she continues "..it gives the people what they want not what they need"...errm...WHAT?! What this is really saying is 'the people' are incapable of self-governance. This is 'the people' as mob. This is an oligarchic/aristocratic/elitist argument of rule by the qualified elite. Is this the basis of common law and the American constitution? It most certainly is not. There is another worrying aspect from that scene; "when the Queen asked me to serve as Senator..." Say whaaat?! So the Senate is not even democratically representative? What made the OT is not matched in the PT. I don't like the story the PT tells; I cannot buy into that story. The Jedi as a concept, and their philosophy - all that it represents (responsibility, questioning truth, questioning your own motives, a path to light, spiritual awakening). The Republic is a concept that I can relate to, and I see the people who relate to their freedom fighting for that (the rebels). In contrast the PT gives me the Jedi Order (a genetic elite, an aspect of the body politic, a governmental cabal) and the Galactic Republic (an unrepresentative oligarchy, an organisation unfit for the purpose of promoting freedom). At no point in the PT do we see real people doing anything. The story is told by means of organisations - two separate oligarchic structures (the Galactic Republic and the CIS) and a genetically elite, quasi governmental cabal (The Jedi order). The OT and the PT tell their stories on an entirely different level from each other, and the concepts the OT deals with are incompatible with the story the PT tells. The Jedi and the Jedi Order are entirely differentiated story-telling constructions, and the same can be said for the Republic and the Galactic Republic.