Used to be a regular poster here, back in the day, and was admittedly disappointed with the prequel trilogy. After reading many of the positive posters here, I gave it another chance and do see much of what they love in it. I recently watched the whole saga for the first time in years (second time I ever saw TPM and AotC) when they were showing them all on Spike TV a few weeks ago. What I have come to realize is this: I love the story-telling, visuals, dialog, etc. from the OT (particularly Star Wars and Empire), but have some trouble with the story itself (particularly the redemption of Vader, who I personally see as beyond redemption--but I am not a Christian, so I certainly understand that to many, no one is beyond redemption). Watching the PT, I largely feel the opposite: I think very highly of the story--a tragedy--the fall of a hero and political intrigue and how evil takes over, but have trouble with the story-telling (particularly in TPM and the second half of AotC). It is weird; I kind of think Lucas matured as thinker and political thinker at the same time he lost some of visual/emotional/character simplicity that makes for great storytelling. For me then,the OT is a not-very interesting story, very well told, while the PT is a fascinating story told not so well. Anyway, these are just some thoughts after an extended holiday from the saga and I was wondering what others thought about this dichotomy. And I am not saying that the OT is simple and the PT is complicated, I am talking more about the PT being a more original story and a harder task for a storyteller. However, at least for me, better storytelling involves emotion which I found somewhat buried in the PT. Anyhow I see merits in both trilogies, I just find it interesting that the strengths of one are the weakness of the other and vice versa.