Which Star Wars trilogy was better: Prequels or Sequels?

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  1. twicks

    twicks Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Obviously the original trilogy can't be touched for imagination or cultural impact...but for those of you who have seen "Rise of Skywalker," which do you prefer?
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  2. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida
    Sorry, I voted “sequels” before noticing that this was only for Skywalker watchers.
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  3. Turnaround

    Turnaround Somehow heartbreak feels good in a place like this

    New York
    The prequels were basically one man's (George Lucas) vision. It had clumsy dialogue and characters, and in retrospect it relied too much on CGI. But it did do cutting-edge effects that we never saw before, did world building, and tried to tell a unified story over three chapters. I like the daring, even if the execution leaves much to be critized.

    On the other hand, the sequels feel too corporate and safe. At their worst, they are a nostalgia machine rather than offering something new and interesting. Not really any special effects we haven't seen before. The Last Jedi did try to subvert our expectations, but that only made the sequel trilogy feel disjointed.

    It's almost a tie for me, between the prequels and sequels, but I'd have to vote for the prequels in this poll.

    My friend was sending me articles about how Rise of Skywalker was getting bad reviews. I pointed out that he's complained loudly about every Star Wars movie since the first prequel, yet still goes to see all of them.
  4. twicks

    twicks Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I just assumed people would wanna wait until they finished this trilogy out, but by all means, vote away!
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  5. aficionaudio

    aficionaudio Forum Resident

    Holland, MI
    The sequels, hands-down. Both trilogies before and after the original trilogy equally have their issues, but the prequels suck so much worse. If you're a Star Wars fan, please watch this video. Marcus always analyzes films honestly with respect for the medium, and I cannot recommend his channel enough.
  6. mmars982

    mmars982 Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    Sequels. No question. (Sorry, George.)
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  7. NightGoatToCairo

    NightGoatToCairo That's my Wookey Hole, Chewbacca!

    Hampshire, UK
    I vote sequels without yet seeing Skywalker.
    Force Awakens
    was a 7/10 whilst Jedi gets a generous 5/10.
    The latest could be the worst of the 9 and still the prequels would still be the nadir.
  8. audiomixer

    audiomixer As Bald As The Beatles

    None of the above.
  9. NightGoatToCairo

    NightGoatToCairo That's my Wookey Hole, Chewbacca!

    Hampshire, UK
    You like/dislike them equally?
  10. audiomixer

    audiomixer As Bald As The Beatles

    Dislike them equally. They can’t compare at all to the originals. I can’t even stand to watch bits and pieces of them.
  11. Nightswimmer

    Nightswimmer Forum Resident

    Actually, at a certain point, the movies managed to build an anger inside me that very few movies ever has been able to create. It is the same kind of anger that Star Trek Generations created or Batman & Robin.
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  12. Paul_s

    Paul_s Forum Resident

    Same. I'm itching to buy the unmolested original trilogy Laserdiscs.
  13. audiomixer

    audiomixer As Bald As The Beatles

    I have the big, black laserdisc box set!
  14. delmonaco

    delmonaco Forum Resident

    Sofia, Bulgaria
  15. Nightswimmer

    Nightswimmer Forum Resident

    Nothing will ever come close to the tone-deafness, inhumanity and sheer pointlessness of the three prequels.
  16. robertawillisjr

    robertawillisjr Music Lover

    Hampton, VA
    The prequels were stilted, the acting from the lead characters was just bad. They were big money makers but everyone involved should feel shame .
  17. Bradd

    Bradd Now’s The Time

    Chester, NJ
    Surprising that the sequels are favored by most. They pale in comparison to the prequels, which weren’t great either.
  18. Matthew

    Matthew Forum Resident

    Jammin' at Sun
    The sequel trilogy by a HUGE margin.

    I tried to re-watch Attack Of The Clones when Disney+ launched; I got as far as "Annniiieeeeee!!!!!" and had to switch off.

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  19. Antmanbee

    Antmanbee Mental Toss Flycoon

    Leicester, UK
    I saw The Force Awakens and Rogue. That's quite enough for me. So bad!
    The original Star Wars was a revelation in 1977, and Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi worthy sequels to conclude the story. That's where it should have ended.
    I went to see Phantom Mess at the cinema, and it's one of a very few films I've come close to walking out of. It was abysmal. The next two I saw on TV, and they get shown quite a lot here on ITV.

    As a teenager in the 70s, the original three films remain enjoyable and have a nostalgia and period charm that none of the others have at all.
  20. SurrealCereal

    SurrealCereal Forum Resident

    Sequels. All the movies in both trilogies were flawed at best, but overall I thought the sequels had higher highs and better characters. I thought the first two sequels were both good movies in general, but only thought the third prequel was good. I don’t hate episodes I, II, or IX, but I wouldn’t describe them as good movies. I thought the most recent film was the most frustrating of all of them, but that wasn’t quite enough to tip the scale in the prequels’ favor for me.
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  21. Rogue One for the win.
  22. SBurke

    SBurke Nostalgia Junkie

    Philadelphia, PA
    The one that doesn't have Jar Jar Binks of the planet Naboo.
  23. Daniel Plainview

    Daniel Plainview God's Lonely Man

    The Prequels are unwatchable to me. Just horrible, horrible filmmaking.

    "Last Jedi" is damn close but at least feature Mark Hamill.

    I liked "Force Awakens" and "Rise."

    Sequels win.
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  24. razerx

    razerx Nonplayer Character

    SF Bay Area
    The action sequences were pretty good in the prequels and the story had continuity. Episode III is my third fav SW movie. It was just marred by some really bad acting from the leads and cheesy writing. The sequels lacked a coherent script and I felt no love for the characters due to poor writing.
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  25. Michel_LeGrisbi

    Michel_LeGrisbi Far-Gone Accumulator ™

    Haven't voted. Still debating what's worse. Writer/Director surrounded by people not challenging his vision or at least editing the story. Or a franchise written, meticulously tested to please the fan for maximum $$$

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