second of all: i 100% believe the prequels did the best in STABBING YOU IN THE HEART. There is so much emotion and angst especially in ROTS. ESPECIALLY. You fall in love with each of the characters since the phantom menace and see them grow up and become a family. Then, rots comes along to give you the reality of what has to happen for the original trilogy to make sense and you cry bc holyfuck you can’t change what must happen.
Remember the scene where all the Jedi are being murdered from order 66 and you hear that emotional deathly background music? If you’ve seen the clone wars episodes it hurts even worse because you feel like you’ve known those characters your whole life and oh! on top of that: the man who practically raised anakin has to fight him on mustafar in practically the next couple scenes. OBI WAN, THE TRUE JEDI, TELLS ANAKIN HE LOVED HIM AND WATCHES ANAKIN BECOME THE MONSTER HE FEARED. OBI WAN WENT THROUGH SO MUCH SHIT ALREADY HIS OLD MASTER QUI GON DIED IN HIS FUCKING ARMS AND TOLD HIM—NO MADE HIM PROMISE HIM TO PROTECT AND TEACH ANAKIN. AND NOW OBI WAN LOST ANAKIN TOO.
ANAKIN, A BOY, MANIPULATED BY PALPATINE AND THE DARKSIDE HAS GONE TRHOUGH FUCKING HELL. HE HAS DREAMS ABOUT HIS WIFE DYING!!!!!!!!! HE IS SCARED???!!?! HIS LOVER/BROTHER/MASTER/FATHER IS ON OPPOSITE SIDES AND THEY FIGHT TO THE DEATH?!?!!!! AND FEELS BETRAYED BY HIM AND THE JEDI?!?! (and btw the fight scene on mustafar was the fucking best lightsaber fight scene ever don’t lie) AFTER OBI WAN CUTS HIS LEGS/ ARMS OFF YOU SEE THE PAIN, CONFUSION, DOUBT AND SADNESS IN HIS EYES AND ANAKIN YELLS “I HATE YOU” TO THE MAN HE LOVES.
so don’t fucking tell me that the prequels were shit. they explain the back story of what vader was before he joined the darkside. and it’s painful to see such a good person like anakin skywalker get everything taken away from him.