Just as someone said earlier, it's nice to see people voice their opinions on this matter without it turning into a flame war. I was 5 in 1977. My Dad took me to see ANH in the theater and I couldn't stop talking about it. Shortly after came toy landspeeders, action figures, and TIE fighters all over the house. I saw ESB and ROTJ on release day as well in '80 and '83. I still watch the OT and recapture a little of that magic I felt when I was a kid. I don't watch the PT expecting to recapture or re-live anything because they're different movies telling a different story. I think what happened was people built this up in their minds for 16 years and it simply didn't live up to what THEY thought it should be. I knew for many years after ROTJ that if any movies were going to be made, they were going to be about how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader. I'd heard that the whole saga was about the rise, fall, and final redemption. Rather than comparing my imagination to what was actually on film I simply kept an open mind and went with what was there. The PT has it's flaws, but watching the OT, it has it's own too. I've heard people make comments about Anakin being whiny and "How does this guy become Darth Vader?". Well, Luke in ANH is roughly the same age as Anakin in AOTC and he's just as whiny. "But, I was going to Toshi Station to pick up some power converters!!" "Aww, Biggs is right. I'm never gonna get out of here!" How does this guy become a Jedi strong enough to bring his father back from the dark side and help destroy the Emporer? You have to watch and find out. My least favorite of the OT is ROTJ. Simply because I never liked the Ewoks. Even as an 11 year old I thought they were kind of dumb. But, if you put on ROTJ I'll gladly sit through "yub, yub!" to see those amazing scenes with the Emporer, Luke, and Vader. Same thing with TPM and AOTC. They aren't perfect, but they've got some moments that still make you feel like a kid again (Palpatine watching the Clone Army assemble with the Imperial March playing). At least they do for me. They're movies! Put them on and escape. If you look at the OT with the same eyes as you do the PT, you'll find just as many flaws, I think. I've rambled long enough, but keep in mind we're watching movies that are done by a guy who's heavily influenced by Saturday morning serials of Flash Gordon. He's writing his own versions of those with other influences mixed in. Take it for what it's worth and have a good time!