I agree with you both.
I think that the thing that spoiled it for me was that Lucas used specific wording in the OT as background - we already knew certain elements of the preqels because the OT characters had referred to them .. .
Then in the prequels Lucas kinda ret-conned his own stuff.
Alot of mooks give me a bunch of nonsense about how "Anakin was already a great pilot" still applies or "you served my father during the clone wars" is happening in what we are now seeing.
This is NOT the case.
When I say that I want a drink - thats what I mean - why would these characters get their own history kind of right when recounting it?
Darth Maul was amazing & could have been more credible had he done a bit more naughty stuff.
The three way duel was amazing but the un-needed over the top jumps between platforms cheapened it, I remember the "at last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi, at last we will have our revenge" speech at the begining of Duel of the fates - made me shudder with excitement.
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