This weekend, Star Wars Rebels has officially premiered online via Disney’s Watch DisneyXD app and as a result there are a lot of reactions pouring in. The majority of it is pretty positive, as the series is an awesome start to Disney’s new era of Star Wars. But I’ve also seen so many “Prequel Haters” bashing the series for referencing the Prequel Trilogy, even if the references are pretty small. These people just can’t accept that the trilogy is canon and isn’t going anywhere, and I’ve been tossed back into another round of defending the PT and mocking the haters. It’s exhausting to do, but it’s worth it because it’s Star Wars. Here are five reasons why I’ll always defend the Prequels:
They Are Star Wars
This is perhaps the simplest answer. If you’re a Star Wars fan, you should be able to enjoy all of Star Wars. Not only half of the canon. Just because some people spent eighteen years inventing their own Prequels in their head, it doesn’t make the official movies any less good. You can have your Prequel daydreams, fantasies, and fan fiction. Don’t go on a crusade against the real Prequels just because Lucas didn’t read your mind and make the movie you had in your head.
They Are Immovable Objects of Canon
When Lucasfilm revealed their plans for the future of the Expanded Universe, they made it extremely clear what the existing canon of Star Wars is:
“This includes the six Star Wars episodes, and the many hours of content he developed and produced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. These stories are the immovable objects of Star Wars history, the characters and events to which all other tales must align.”
I don’t know what planet you’re from, but here on Earth “immovable” means that it won’t be changed. That means, as much as some people don’t want to hear it, the three Star Wars Prequels are part of Star Wars canon now and forever.
They’re Not as Bad as the Trolls Think
If you only listen to internet trolls who want to retcon or remake the Prequels, you’d think they were the worst movies of all time. But in this place where we live called “reality” the Prequel Trilogy were both commercial and critical successes. The internet worships Roger Ebert, but when you tell them he gave The Phantom Menace 3 1/2 stars and called it “an astonishing achievement in imaginative filmmaking”, they don’t believe you. But it’s true. People went to see these movies, they broke box office records. If they all sucked as the Prequel Haters want you to believe, their box office would look more like After Earth.
The Model and Set Work
One of the things that really makes me mad when seeing people bash the Prequels is the whole argument that part of the reason why they think the movies “suck” is due to how Lucas used nothing but “crap CG”. We’ve been hearing this argument for more than fifteen years now, and it’s by far one of the dumbest arguments anyone can make. If you say the Prequels were nothing but CG and green screens, you’re basically just announcing to people that you’re an idiot who doesn’t know anything. Each of the Prequels used more models and sets than the movies of the Original Trilogy did. We showed some examples of the models here and the sets here.
The Next Generation
For some reason there’s one big thing that Prequel Haters either don’t want to hear or don’t want to accept, and that is the fact that an entire generation of Star Wars fans have now grown up with the Prequel Trilogy being their Star Wars. Just as most of us grew up with the Original Trilogy and then migrated to the EU when there was no new “Star Wars” to consume, there are kids today who grew up with the adventures of Anakin and Obi-Wan as their Star Wars and then had a weekly Star Wars TV series with those characters to further their love of The Wars. Star Wars fans should welcome the new generation of fans, and be happy that the Prequels expanded the appreciation of the saga.