I don't hate everything about the prequels. I hate:
#1 : Jar Jar Binks. A racists interpretation of a childrens character. I am not sure if he was supposed to be amusing, but he ruins or attempts to ruin every scene he is in.
#2 : Young Annakin. I don't know if the character is really that bad, because I can't see the character past the intensely awful "acting" by Jake Lloyd.
#3 : Silly combat droids. These things are mechanized, self aware machines whose purpose is to go places and kill people. But for some reason, I am supposed to square that mentally with silly stick-men saying "Uh-oh" and "Roger, roger".
Star Wars doesn't need to be an unending dark world filled with horror, but George Lucas made so much money on toys between the original trilogy and the launch of the prequels he thought his movies were for 6 year olds. Fix these incredibly immersion crushing missteps, and his prequels would have been great.
Agree with you on those points. But I'll add a fourth thing that makes me cringe. Any and Every Padme and Anakin Romance scene ever.
Anakin: "Are you an Angel?"
Anakin: If you are suffering as much as I am, please tell me.
Padme: I can't... We can't... It's not possible.
Padme: It must be difficult having sworn your life to the Jedi... not being able to visit the places you like... or do the things you like.
Anakin: Or be with the people I love.
Padme: Are you allowed to love? I thought that was forbidden for a Jedi.
Actually come to think of it the acting and script for these 2 characters was pretty horrible no matter what they were taking about, but the romance dialog in particular was what really killed it for me. Even worse than Jar Jar. At least JarJar and Young Anakin were limited to Episode I for the most part
EDIT: I forgot the worst 1.
Anakin: Don't be afraid.
Padme: I'm not afraid to die. I've been dying a little bit each day since you came back into my life.
Anakin: What are you talking about?
Padme: I love you.
Anakin: You love me? I thought we had decided not to fall in love. That we'd be forced to live a lie and that it would destroy our lives.
Padme: I think our lives are about to be destroyed anyway. I truly... deeply... love you and before we die I want you to know.
Edited by jedi moose, 10 September 2013 - 04:48 PM.