This was posted on the first page, but I still want to comment on it: it was in defense of the argument that the PT are boring... "TPM and AOTC dont have to be a story we already know. they could have just as easily been about the origins of the jedi, or the sith, or how yoda came to be the most powerful jedi or a million other stories we have NOT heard yet" I have to disagree on this. The focus of all the Star Wars movies is on Anakin. He's the reason for Star Wars, he's Joseph Campbell's archetypal hero (since Campbell mentored Lucas I think it's fair to bring him in on the argument). The OT illustrated Anakin's cycle from the dark side to the "light" side. Or if you will, his transformation from Vader into Anakin Skywalker. It only follows to have the PT illustrate the reverse of this: Anakin's transformation into Darth Vader. Thats what's so great about the Star Wars movies, they are two big rotations for Anakin's character. In ANH< when Vader said to Obi Wan, "The circle is now complete, when I left you I was but the learner, now I am the master" sure he means that he was a learner and now he's a master, but in the bigger context of the SW films it really addresses the first cycle of his character from light to dark. THAT circle is complete, and that circle is the PT. Lucas had to do the PTs the way he's doing them to illustrate the first rotation. If he started introducing stories we haven't heard before, then there wouldn't be room to cover the important first cycle of Anakin. The origins of the Sith, and Yoda's rise to power are not important enough to hold their own in the bigger scheme of the star wars movies which are about Anakin. They're just little side bars that don't need to be elaborated on that much, because they are only elements of the Anakin story that function only to further the plot. GL had no choice but to select the story he did for the PT. Otherwise there would be no unity in the films, and the focus of Star Wars would be completley shifted away from Anakin as the central hero. Star Wars would fall apart.