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If You Hated The "Star Wars" Prequels You Probably Weren't Paying Attention

Two words: Ewan McGregor.

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If you were born between 1987 and 1993, you were the prime age to see The Phantom Menace in theaters.

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You were old enough to remember it and young enough to think it was an example of good filmmaking.

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In honor of my prequel-loving Millennial brethren, here is a list of reasons why these FANTASTIC films deserve some damn credit.

1. Darth "Man Candy" Maul.

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Do you know what happens to a Dathomirian when it gets cut in half? The same thing that happens to everything else. Unfortunate death aside, Darth Maul was kickass. You have to be one skilled Force master to avoid decapitating yourself with such extreme weaponry.

2. Padmé's whole vibe.

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These outfits and hairstyles were B-A-N-A-N-A-S but we're not mad about it. Who hasn't gone through a gothic, space dominatrix phase?

3. Ewan. Fucking. McGregor.

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Ewan's portrayal of young Obi-Wan is so universally well-liked, that even the vilest prequel haters want to see him back. Also, his smile could melt the ears off a gundark.

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6. Jimmy "Smoldering Stare" Smits.

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Jimmy Smits was so excellent as Senator Bail Organa, they brought him back for Rogue One. That's pretty incredible considering the new movies are trying to hypnotize us into forgetting the prequels ever existed. WE WILL NEVER FORGET, DISNEY!

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10. Seeing Alderaan pre-destruction.

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Listen, all of the Naboo scenes should have taken place on Alderaan, but at least we caught a glimpse of the planet (RIP) at the very end of the trilogy. So beautiful. So pristine. So close to death.

11. Watto (yes, Watto).

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Watto haters back off. This Toydarian may look like Gonzo on meth, but he was a riot and a half. Don't pretend you didn't call dice "chance cubes" for the remainder of 1999.

12. Liam Neeson's portrayal of Qui-Gon "Luscious Locks" Jinn.

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Liam Neeson is the Irish daddy of our dreams and the only bad part of his performance was when he didn't return as a force ghost.

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15. The return of Ian McDiarmid.

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It's honestly a little disappointing that a renowned theater actor will forever be remembered as an evil sci-fi villain who shoots lightning out of his fingertips, but we're BEYOND grateful that he came back.

17. The dramatic, lava-fueled Mustafar duel.

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This is the greatest film scene in the history of cinema and don't you dare try to disagree because I HAVE THE HIGH GROUND.

18. And Jar Jar Binks.

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Admit it, we all LOVE to hate things. Imagine a world in which we didn't have Jar Jar to constantly trash. He provides us all with a healthy outlet and we should take a moment to thank him and Ahmed Best.

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