Release: April 15, 2014
Countdown: Top 11 GOOD Things in the Star Wars prequels
Under threat of being shot, the Critic decides to discuss some positive elements to the Star Wars prequels.
- The Opera House scene from Revenge of the Sith: The scene where Palpatine tells Anakin the story of Darth Plagueis, as it develops the mythos within the Star Wars universe.
- The Different Worlds: Using CGI, Lucas was able to really explore the worlds of the galaxy beyond the (usually) one or two locations per planet that the original films had.
- The Emperor: The brilliant acting by Ian McDairmid delivers layers to the Big Bad of the franchise.
- Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan: Despite the poor performances of everyone, Ewan was still able to capture the youthful aspect of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
- The Intro to Revenge of the Sith: There is a lot going on and so much eye candy that it's just enjoyable.
- Hayden Christensen as Anakin: Under threat of getting shot again, the Critic explains that no one gives a good performance in these films, but still, Hayden is able to provide gravitas and is even intimidating when he has to be.
- Anakin and Padmé's reaction to being pregnant: It shows all the emotion this kind of news brings, one of the few realistic moments in the prequels.
- The Death Sticks scene in Attack of the Clones: Nothing else. Just a funny scene.
- Yoda Kicking Ass: Despite reservations, it's still good to see CGI Yoda in a fight.
- Less Jar Jar as the films went on: After the abysmal reception in The Phantom Menace, Jar Jar's role in the films was greatly reduced.
- The lightsaber battle in Phantom Menace: Lots of energy and brilliant sword play. The Critic even gives an 11.5 to John Williams' "Duel of the Fates" that plays over the sword fight.