There has been very little debate as to which half of the Star Wars episodes are better. An overwhelming majority will always pick the original trilogy (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi) over the prequel trilogy (Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith). Here are three reasons the originals were superior.
The dialogue in the original trilogy stayed consistent and it didn’t try too hard. Luke sounded like a whiny teenager at times because he was in fact, a whiny teenager who wanted to see the rest of the galaxy. That was his dream. Anakin started off as a little jerk who thought he knew everything, the kind of kid everyone would find annoying at children’s parties. Annie grew up to be a Jedi, which was when he decided to be a whiny teenager. Why? Because the girl he had a crush on wanted him to wait a while longer.
There was a sense of urgency in the original trilogy that the prequels overexposed. When someone in the original trilogy activated a lightsaber, and the audience hears that sound and sees that beam of light, people knew something galaxy-changing was about to go down. Lightsaber scenes in the originals were few and far between, emphasizing the importance of the role of the sword in the story. The prequels had too many lightsabers and too many scenes with them in it, diminishing significance of the ultimate weapon in Star Wars lore. Good job George.
The cast of characters in the originals were a fun bunch. Sure the prequel trilogy had a ton of Jedis and a band of bad-ass Sith Lords, but they didn’t have Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, and all those other characters that gave an extra, enjoyable dimension to all that galactic strife.