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Poll: What The Star Wars Prequels Got Right

There is a lot of contempt for the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, but let's be honest it's almost impossible to follow up such magnificent classics as the Originals. What do you think was the best part of the Star Wars Prequels? What did Lucas and the gang do the best job of?

Warning: Does contain spoilers. Discuss here.

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    Natalie Portman in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

    Costuming. Queen Amidala alone had enough intricate and exquisite outfits for the entire series.
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    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

    Pod Racing. NASCAR of the Galaxies. This introduced an interesting new concept, gave them a change to show off their cgi skills and made some entertaining video games.
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    Liam Neeson in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

    Qui-Gon Jinn. This Jedi was a bit of a rebel in the Jedi Council and he discovered the chosen one Anakin (for better or worse). And who doen't love a little Liam Neeson?
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    Ray Park in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

    Darth Maul. He had the cool lightsaber, the menacing appearance straight from a nightmare and some sick martial arts skills. Their worst mistake was killing him off in the same film as his debut.
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    Ewan McGregor in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

    Obi-Wan Kenobi. Ewan McGregor was destined to fulfill Alec Guinness's previous masterfully played role.
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    Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, and Ray Park in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

    Qui Gon & Obi-Wan vs. Darth Maul Fight. The epic finale to Episode I with its intense fight scenes, opera-like score, which ended in the downfall of two of our favorite characters but the uprising of another.
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    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

    Effects & CGI. New previously unavailable technologies were used to create incredible looking completely digital characters, ships, landscapes, effects, and details. Also those old-school wipe transitions.
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    Amy Allen in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

    The Jedi Order. Unlike the originals now we had a whole slew of Jedi and a look into the Council, their operations, military strategies, and training structures. Also their shared knowledge of things like prophecies and the 2 Sith Rule.
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    Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

    Origins of R2D2 and C3PO. A little look into where these very important droids came from and how they were so involved in story. Also the creation of C3PO by The Maker!
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    Ian McDiarmid in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

    The Sith. A word automatically associated with Star Wars yet "Sith" never even used in the original trilogy. We learned more about the wielders of the Dark Side of The Force and were introduced to several new characters.
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    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

    Worldbuilding. The expansion of the star wars universe with a look into never-before-seen amazing planets and cities like Coruscant, Naboo, Kamino, Geonosis, Utapau, Mustafar, Kashyyyk, etc...
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    Peter Mayhew in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

    Returning Actors from the original trilogy like Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Frank Oz, and Ian McDiarmid.
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    68756R Obi-Wan Kenobi (actor Ewan McGregor) isn't partial to the driving style of his apprentice Anakin Skywalker (actor Hayden Christensen).

    The Zam Wesell Chase. The changeling bounty hunter makes a couple of attempts on Padme's life. Obi-Wan and Anakin go after the culprit on a high speed chase in the city and finally end it in a club.
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    Samuel L. Jackson in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

    General Casting. We got to see some great actors that we love that fit in their roles very well like Natalie Portman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Christopher Lee to name a few.
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    Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

    Ships. With better technologies they made incredible looking aircraft, fighters, and transports with unique designs along with some intense dogfights out in space.
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    Rena Owen in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

    Journey to Kamino Obi-Wan travels to little known secretive planet of Kamino to discover the building of a clone army and has a run-in with Jango Fett.
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    Temuera Morrison in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

    Jango Fett. He had cool gadgets, the awesome ship: Slave I, and the entrance of his character also shed some light onto the origin of the mysterious Boba Fett.
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    Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

    Anakin and Padme's Relationship. The original meeting. Their reuniting years later. Their forbidden relationship and secret marriage.
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    Natalie Portman, Silas Carson, Hayden Christensen, and Matt Sloan in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

    Battle on Geonosis As gladiator style execution begins, a legion of Jedi and a droid army show up to make it a full on war.
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    "Begun, the Clone War has!" says Jedi Master Yoda, as tens of thousands of clone troopers mass for battle.

    The Clone Wars. This large scale war pitted the minions/creations of two incredible forces against each other which also resulted in the state of the universe that we found in Episode IV. It spawned that spin-off cartoon Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) and without it we probably would have never gotten the video game Star Wars: Battlefront (2004).
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    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

    New Lightsaber Designs. Darth Maul's double bladed instrument of death, Mace Windu's purple laser sword, Count Dooku's elegantly curved weapon of destruction, and General Grievous's quadcopter-like design.
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    Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

    The Music of John Williams. One of the greatest movie composers ever returns to give the Prequels' score his magic touch of music.
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    Ian McDiarmid in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

    The Politics. Not exactly what the kids were looking for but it gave an interesting and realistic explanation for the rise of the Empire and its not-so-glorious leader.
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    Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

    Creatures. The deep sea creatures in Naboo's planet core, and the Acklay, Nexu, and Reek that were exhibitioned in the Geonosian Execution Arena.
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    Christopher Lee in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

    Count Dooku Fights. After one duel and escaping once, they meet again. With Obi-Wan incapacitated, Anakin faces Darth Tyranus alone. Skywalker taps into the Dark Side to overpower the Sith ends up severing both his hands and head.
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    Ian McDiarmid in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

    Darth Sidious vs. Mace Windu Fight. Here was the pivotal point in Anakin's path. We got to see Samuel L. in some action and how Emperor Palpatine's face went from that to ew...
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    Peter Mayhew and Michael Kingma in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

    Quotes/Dialogue. Some of the most memorable Star Wars lines and Jedi words of wisdom actually came from the prequels.
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    Hayden Christensen in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

    Anakin's Path to the Dark Side. The mentor/student relationship between Anakin and Palpatine that slowly warps young Skywalker and takes him on a journey into the ways of evil.
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    Hayden Christensen in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

    Order 66. The executive order given to the clones and Anakin: extinguish all the Jedi. Even down to the younglings in the Jedi Temple.
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    69473Jedi Master Yoda spins into action to battle the renegade former Jedi, Count Dooku.

    Yoda Fight Scenes. In the prequels we met a younger more vigorous version of Yoda with more warrior-like characteristics. We saw him in action against the Jedi turned Sith, Count Dooku, and in the face-off against Darth Sidious in the Senate. Although reminds us a little of crazy frog he does.
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    Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

    Anakin vs. Obi Wan Fight. Student turns against master on the fiery hellish landscape of Mustafar. Someone had the high ground and the other met his downfall.
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    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

    The Creation of Darth Vader After the nearly fatal end of his face-off with Obi-Wan, the final transformation and morphing of little Ani took place and he became one of one of the greatest villains in all of movie history.
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    Bonnie Piesse in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

    The Final Tie in to the Original Trilogy. The death and funeral of Padme. Anakin's final transformation to Darth Vader. The birth, separation and adoption of the twins. Ends it all and makes the final connection to our favorite franchise.
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    Courtesy Fox Home Video

    Other.
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    Ahmed Best in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

    I have no interest in the Star Wars series whatsoever. New or Old.