6 Moments From The Star Wars Prequels On Par With The Original Trilogy

George Lucas’s Star Wars prequels are widely regarded as inferior to their predecessors. Not just inferior but the general consensus on the internet and the world at large is that they suck….hard. People have a tendency to overreact though, and the truth is, there are scenes in Episodes I-III where George Lucas’s earlier genius manages to shine through. Are the movies as a whole as good as the originals? Of course not! That’s a ridiculous question and I hate you for asking it. Each movie has its own signature moments, though. You just have to sift through the sea of Gungans and clones until you find them. Here’s a list in no particular order of six scenes from the prequels that wouldn’t be out of place if inserted into Episodes IV-VI.

R2D2 Saves Everyone For The First Time – Episode I The Phantom Menace:

Artoo may seem like a secondary character in the Star Wars universe but he’s singlehandedly responsible for saving the main characters—and the galaxy—several times over. He shut down the trash compactor on the Death Star before Luke,Leia, Han and Chewie could become space pancakes. He fixed the hyperdrive on the Millennium Falcon right before it would have been blasted to smithereens by Imperial Star Destroyers. He smuggled Luke’s light saber into Jabba’s Palace, making the rebels escape from the Sarlaac possible. Artoo is the little droid that could. Screw Chewie, where’s Artoo’s medal? The Phantom Menace shows us the humble beginnings of everyone’s favorite droid; possibly the only origin in the prequels that didn’t get screwed up. R2D2 starts out life aboard Queen Amidala’s ship as a maintenance droid. During the Queen’s escape from Naboo her ship comes under heavy fire from the trade federation blockade. One lucky laser blast knocks out the Queen’s shields, spelling certain death for her and everyone aboard unless the shield generator can be repaired quickly. A group of droids including Artoo are dispatched to the outside of the ship to repair the shield generator. One by one, the droids are picked off by laser fire until only Artoo remains to fix the generator. The little droid manages to come through at the last second, allowing Amidala and her Jedi escorts to escape. This marks the first time that Artoo saves everyone’s bacon. It’s a nice little scene showing that even from the beginning, Artoo is the real hero of the series.

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  1. I rewatched Episode II over the weekend, not having seen it since its theatrical release. While I enjoyed it more this time around (having had too high of hopes the first time), I still lamented the potential this film passed over to be great. The scenes you mention from Episode II were good, but they could have been better. I would have loved to seen Anakin take out the Sand People on screen. Of course, it wouldn’t be much of a family film anymore. But that’s kind of how the prequels became the mess we know them to be (by appealing too hard to kids).

    • Nick Piccirilli
      June 23, 2014 - 11:19 am

      To be fair, the original Star Wars intended to be a kids’ movie, and Episode III is probably the darkest out of all them.

  2. What really ruins Attack Of The Clones is Aniken and Padme’s horribly written courtship. Almost all can be forgiven though because we got to see Yoda get physical near the end.

  3. The real problem with the prequels as a whole is that Lucas wasn’t facing any of the financial or technical limitations that he faced on the originals so he got to make EVERY little thought that popped into his head a reality. Whether they were good or not.

  4. Andrew Husband
    June 23, 2014 - 11:01 am

    Duel of the Fates. Repeat, John Williams’s Duel-of-the-fucking-Fates. One of a small handful of items Lucas couldn’t screw up because, though he had final say as director, he wasn’t entirely in charge of for creating.

  5. Totally agreed. As I said in the article I think it’s his best work in the series next to the Imperial March.

  6. Nick Piccirilli
    June 23, 2014 - 11:48 am

    There’s a couple others I would add. The pod race is pretty cool, even if it doesn’t have much of a reason to exist. Also, I think the end of Revenge of The Sith was done well. The scene between Anakin and Padme when he chokes her is one of the most emotional moments of the saga, as well as Obi-Wan defeating Anakin. It would have been perfect if the light saber duel didn’t get so over the top (surfing down a river of lava is pretty ridiculous).

  7. I love that he chokes her because Obi Wan shows himself in such a way as to imply “I’m banging your wife bro!”. Obi Wan is indirectly responsible for so many horrible things in the whole saga that I’m inclined to think he’s the real villain.

  8. I’d have to add most of the scenes with Obi Wan, especially in Episodes II and III.

    Ewen McGregor as Obi Wan remains a consistent high point in the prequel films, and I’dunno if he was given different direction, or if he just said “fuck it” to his direction, but he often seemed to be the most lively person on screen in most scenes he was in too.
    Not an easy to do, especially when he was literally the only living thing on set during the green screen moments.

  9. Good list, there definitely are parts of the prequels I enjoyed. Of course, I was 10 when Phantom Menace came out so I didn’t hate them then as much as I do now! If only Darth Maul would have been the trilogy villain…and while Obi-wan’s reaction to defeating Anakin was one of my favorite moments (“you were my brother Anakin! I loved you!”), I would’ve liked to see that happen maybe in part 2 or even midway through 3 to get a little more Vader action. Maybe even seeing Obi-wan square off with Vader in his suit!

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