I was in late elementary through early high school when the Star Wars prequels were released. The prime age to have nostalgia for them. Yet at the time I didn’t like them that much despite loving Star Wars. Watching them as an adult they are terribly written and poorly acted (except of Ewan McGregor) movies with comically bad CGI whose central drama is centered on one of the least convincing love stories every committed to film. I wasn’t alone in this opinion, from the film’s release til the last couple year I feel like the broad consensus among most people, including Star Wars fans and more general ned culture, was similar. The movies were considered huge disappointment, the Mr. Plinkett reviews were very popular, and when Disney purchased Lucasfilm many were happy that the property was out of Lucas’ hands.
However in the past couple years I feel like I see a lot more people who express genuine love for them. Especially on places like reddit many seem genuinely upset that Hayden Christiansen’s Anakin was not included in the sequels.
What happened? Did r/prequelmemes whip it back into popularity? Is it part of The Last Jedi backlash? Is the Clone Wars series really that great?