|Art by Martin Ansin that previously appeared in Entertainment Weekly.|
A set of films specifically conceived, plotted and delivered from start to finish as a trilogy by their creator George Lucas, a revisitation and beginning for a diverse host of icon characters old and new, a fascinating origins examination (and re-examination) of the central villains from the Classic Trilogy fused within a subtle and intelligent look at the dangers of politics and corruption, exhilarating action scenes, bold and innovative CGI work ahead of its time (including a brave attempt at creating a uniquely comic figure), the return of John Williams (Nuff Said!), lavish and colourful costumes and production design for a new (yet old) era, and a resonant finale that effectively builds its satisfying bridge into a saga prior launched twenty-eight years earlier.
It's a package that has captured the imaginations and loyalties of two decades of Star Wars fans to have grown up and genuinely respond to the rewarding cinematic storytelling vision of the Prequel Trilogy. Admirably dedicated fans who adore these classy and enduring films on their own merits as much as the Classic Trilogy fans love their saga from 1977-1983. That The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith are now, finally getting more legacy awareness, acceptable recognition and actual respect from the wider worldwide fan community, certain critics and, most noticeably, from Disney itself (notably in areas of merchandising and more recently Solo), has been long overdue.
So be gone with you (again) Simon Pegg, and those other hating cronies!