I don't really have a problem with the Prequels: I just think they're fun movies and not to be taken seriously under any circumstances. And same goes for the originals: it's all pretty basic entertainment that has a lot of flair and eneregy. Anyway, the PT is more like a variation on a theme than a direct predecessor. I think the Prequels would have been recieved better if the story was more distantly related to the OT then it is, if the PT tried to place some distance between itself and the originals. But the fact of the matter is that that wasn;t Lucas's plan, and he has done pretty well so far with something that is actually pretty restricted and limited. In fact, he has made the PT transcend those built-in limitations to a degree that I find satisfying, because truth be told, when the PT first became official, I wondered if they would even work at all, and I had no idea what to expect. So I actually think they've done well in spite of the built-in limitatioins of the story and the built-in skepticism of the fans. -JDR.