Kevin Smith Doesn’t Hate the Star Wars Prequels and Neither Should You


In a previously unaired clip from Kevin Smith’s visit to The Star Wars Show, the writer/director, host of Geeking Out, and all around super nerd talked about seeing the Star Wars Prequels in a new way thanks to Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni…

Stop hating the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. This seems to be a theme and message from many Star Wars fans around the globe, as the new Star Wars Trilogy is beginning to take its place in the pantheon of Star Wars films.

For me personally, I’ve always loved the Prequel Trilogy. In no other Star Wars film has there ever been better lightsaber choreography, actual space battles, thousands of Jedi, a real Sith threat, and amazing aliens, starships, and vehicles.

In that regard, Kevin Smith recently joined the cast of the Star Wars Show to talk about the second Rogue One trailer. After the show was over, the cameras continued to roll, and host Peter Townley talked to Kevin Smith about his love of the Prequel Trilogy, and how Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni explained to him what the Prequels were really all about.

As Smith says in the interview, Dave Filoni used his pure love of all things Star Wars — specifically the Prequels —  to explain that the Prequel Trilogy was all about the failure of the Jedi.

While most Star Wars fans (myself included, when they first debuted) railed against George Lucas for a weak and pathetic looking Jedi Order, Filoni says that Lucas planned it that way, because the Jedi had grown complacent in their ways, and therefore were blind to the movements of the Sith and their rise in the Dark Side of the Force.

In other words, as tough of a pill as it was to swallow, Order 66 had to happen, in order to make way for a new set of heroes: Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie. And now that we have moved on to a new Star Wars trilogy, it’s time for those old heroes to step aside, to allow the new heroes of the galaxy — Rey, Finn, and Poe — to take their place.

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It’s time to stop hating the Prequel Trilogy. They are fantastic films that every Star Wars fan should see, in order to understand the entire story of the Star Wars saga. And yes, as annoying as he can be…Jar Jar Binks has his place, so it’s time to move on.

Because, just like Grand Master Yoda once said: “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” Don’t suffer because you can’t let go of your hate of the Prequels.