I've had this thought for a while. I don't know if this can actually work, but I thought it would be worth a shot to try having a thread where an actual civil discussion of the prequels is encouraged. A place where we can kind of try to check any heated emotion at the door and calmly discuss and/or debate the movies and the mythology of the movies. The trick would be not to descend into the usual pitfalls. IE: -No baiting with snarky comments -No copout defenses like "you were expecting the OT" or "you just don't get it!" etc. -No retreading any of the standard arguments or points that have been belabored already I think the overall goal here really shouldn't be about convincing the anyone of the "rightness" of you opinion, rather it'd just be about trying to have some good discussions and maybe even on some level a philosophical conversation on the nature of Star Wars itself and what it should, shouldn't, can or can't be. But all done with respect towards the opinions of others. I know that's a pretty ambitious goal for a thread on SHH!, to say "let's take a hot button topic in fandom and all behave nicely about it!" lol. But I feel like I can't be the only one here who has some mixed thoughts on the prequels and looking to discuss them openly without getting too emotional about it. And if you want to do that, the Anti-Prequel discussion thread and the General Discussion and Appreciation thread (which basically even out because of the constant bickering) are still there. Especially as the saga continues with the ST, there might be some people who wish to continue viewing the entire saga as one large interconnected thematic piece, and maybe even some aspects of the prequels will be seen in a different light after the ST. I see this thread as a potential home for that kind of discussion too, if there are any new insights over time. I don't really have any major conversation starters at the moment, my mind is in total TFA mode right now. But Solidus responded to a post I made in the Star Wars Prequels vs. Star Trek reboot thread in Misc. films, and after drafting out an epic-in-length response, I realized that rather than give the wheel another spin, I should give something new a shot. So here we are. At worst, I figure this is a harmless experiment. If it doesn't work, or nobody's interested- so be it.