My main gripes with the prequels are:
- all the boring diplomatic political stuff. zZzZzZzZzZzZz
- obiwan & anakin's relationship didn't seem fleshed out enough. a lot of the time they were off doing their own thing.
- Anakin's turn to the darkside is too sudden imo
- Hayden Christiansen (sp?) is terrible and does not possess the gravitas needed to portray an iconic villain.
That being said, AotC is guilty pleasure and RotS is solid.
The political stuff is enjoyable for me because it shows the genius of Sidious.
-Sidious used a darkside former Jedi Knight (Dooku) to start the clone production with the order 66 program installed into their brain.
-Made the senate and Jedi believe it was started by the Republic, for the Republic.
-He then starts a fake war using the Trade Federation's tax on Naboo using a "separatist" army he also created.
-In the senate he manipulates Amidala to force Chancelor Velorum out knowing he'd get voted in.
-He gets voted in as Chancellor.
-He befriend's the Jedi and allows them become the commanders of his clone army which goes against the Jedi ideals.
-He then reveals himself to Anakin knowing he has darkness in him, knowing that although he'd turn him in, but eventually turn to the darkside because he wanted to know how to save Padme.
-Then when he gets discovered and attacked by Windu, he alienates the Jedi and turns the galaxy against them and are seen are traitors. Then ordesr the clone army to execute what they've had programed from the beginning, even though they all respected the Jedi.
-He dissolves the senate in his time of crisis and thus giving himself full control of the galaxy all while eliminating the Jedi at the same time.
This is some amazing stuff. Why people don't like it I don't understand? What did you guys want to see? Sidious with a huge army just go from planet to planet just taking the galaxy by force?
To see what Palpatine did in the OT is amazing.
Hayden's is a negative though, To think DiCaprio was up for the role ..His turn to the darkside is sudden and that's due to the fact that there were so many moving pieces, there wasn't enough time.