What do I like about the Prequels? So many things. One major reason I like to prequels is that we get to see a populated, functioning galaxy. The original trilogy takes place in largely unpopulated isolated settings. There is almost no one even on screen besides the rebels and the empire with the exception of a few nondescript inhabitants of Cloud City and the aliens in the Cantina. The Galaxy seems empty in the Original trilogy. In the prequels, we see worlds full of inhabitants, cultures, political structures, etc. A galaxy that actually feels like more than a backdrop for a story that has no meaning beyond that to the main characters of the movie. It is actually possible to imagine life on these planets that extends far beyond the lives of the main characters. For example: On Tattooine, we get to see of various groups of inhabitants of the planet, their residences and how different groups on the planet relate to one another. We get an understanding of how the planet works. We can see that the Hutts have control over the planet, and their influence over the inhabitants of the planet, as evidenced by Watto's apprehension of dealing with them. We can see that the planet is largely uncivilized, as the Republic is absent of the world and beings overpower one another and sell other beings as property. We can see the relationship between the primitive Tusken Raiders and the more advanced inhabitants such as moisture farmers in Episode II. The worlds are structured in such a way and their residents are given detail to a degree that each world has a character that can be intuitively understood in much the same way that we abstractly grasp various parts of the Earth. Even if we haven't been to certain parts of the world, if we have seen and heard enough about them, we have a mental model and a certain understanding of the definition of that place. I have a lot more to say about worlds in the prequels, and several other aspects of them and why they are actually great movies.