by Chris Casselman

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Kylo Ren/Ben Solo said, “Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to.” It’s a pretty extreme take (Kylo Ren is a pretty extreme guy), but I’m sure there are some classic Star Wars fans who would be happy if Lucas had never made Episodes I - III in the first place and would “kill” them if they could. As a Star Wars fan myself, I do consider the prequel trilogy to be “not great”… There’s a lot to unpack about why that is, and I won’t get into all those reasons here; the internet is full of essays and videos condemning (and some exonerating) that series.

What I do want to examine is how being a prequel can affect a film or TV show, and the Star Wars prequel trilogy is a good jumping off point....