Of all of the news that came out of Star Wars Celebration Orlando there was something Prequel-related that flew over many people’s heads. Possibly because they didn’t want to acknowledge the truth, but it was right there on display for everyone to see. A major pro-prequel argument was proven to be very valid by what happened that this year’s convention and it’s hard to dispute it.
At Star Wars Celebration, the Prequel’s Anakin Skywalker himself made an appearance. This was a big deal in itself because Hayden Christensen didn’t even appear at the 2005 Celebration, which was at that time held to celebrate Revenge of the Sith. He only appeared at the 2002 Celebration for Attack of the Clones. Obviously he was there for the big 40th Anniversary panel, although there are rumors and theories floating around that he was there because Lucasfilm asked him after he filmed a small cameo in The Last Jedi as a Force Ghost.
What happened at Celebration with Hayden never happened before. His autograph tickets sold out faster than any other star in the history of Star Wars Celebration. They did end up making more tickets available during the convention due to the demand, but that shows that one thing about the Prequels that many people want to dismiss is very true.
There is a whole generation of Star Wars fans who grew up with the Prequels as their Star Wars. The demand of Hayden’s autographs at Celebration showed that, and it seems that even Lucasfilm is starting to take notice of it judging by Battlefront II including that era in the game. Even Hayden himself was reportedly surprised at the reaction he received there, apparently he thought Star Wars fans forgot about him. The kids who were around ten years old when the Prequels were being released in theaters are now in their 20s and they want Star Wars content reflecting the Star Wars they grew up with.
That’s why the people crying for Lucasfilm to ignore or remake the Prequels are idiots. They’re basically being jerks to an entire generation of fans, ignoring if it wasn’t for them and the Star Wars movies they grew up with the franchise would’ve quietly died off twenty years ago. Star Wars Celebration Orlando proved that there is a huge segment of Star Wars fans who grew up with the Prequels as their Star Wars and the vocal minority of “George Lucas raped my childhood” jerks just need to learn to accept that.