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The Star Wars prequels are among the most unfairly ridiculed movies in recent memory, despite being victim to unrealistically high expectations from fans of the original series – fans who still haven’t quite forgiven George Lucas.

Sure, they’re not classics like the original films, but none of them are worse than average and there are lots of positive aspects of the movies that are often overlooked. They offer a great look at the final stages of both the Old Republic and the Jedi Order. That being said, there’s still a lot that went wrong with the prequels, including bad screenplays, acting and just plainly bizarre decisions.

With a few small change, however, here’s 10 ways they might’ve improved the most detested movies prequels ever made…


10. Cut/Alter The Unnecessary Origin Stories

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Way too many previous characters from the original series make distracting appearances in the prequels. Some characters, such as C-3PO and RD-D2, have origin stories that really don’t make any sense in context of the overall saga. The fact that Boba Fett is only one out of millions of clones (even if he isn’t genetically altered) does kind of reduce the level of awesomeness he had in the originals.

Some characters (Obi-Wan, Anakin, Yoda) obviously had to be in the prequels, but everyone else that wasn’t absolutely necessary should have been left out or at least not introduced until the end of Episode III to transition the new films to the old ones.

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This article was first posted on March 9, 2013