my problem with the Star Wars series in its entirety is this:
when episode 4 first came out, it was a movie for adults. it was "Space Opera," granted, but still an adult movie. Empire Strikes Back even more so. Return of the Jedi was still adult, but had far more elements designed to appeal to younger audiences. Ewoks, anyone?
then admidst much hype surrounding Episode one, the original trilogy was re-released - with "added footage," ALL of which was aimed at children.
then episode one came out - and Jar Jar Binks, although stupid and evil, was in practically every scene in the movie - and most of the scenes which did NOT involve that idiocy had some other element designed to appeal to children.
now episode 2 is coming out - and despite the storm of "i hate jar jar" mail that he got, George Lucas proudly announced that jar jar would be in this movie, as well. practically every trailer i have seen for it aims it squarely at early teenagers, and leaves virtually no impression of adult-oriented content at all.
the series has gotten away from the ideas that started it, and become a money machine - one designed to lure in children, without regard for the adults who grew up having enjoyed the ORIGINAL purpose of the series.
i proudly own a pre-rerelease version of the entire trilogy, and when i have the chance will transfer it over to dvd - since george lucas will never again attempt to restore the original without the "improvements" he made the second time around.
i treasure, and deeply enjoy, the originals, but the new movies don't even rate a rental for me. i watched episode one, and lost faith in the new movies. the old series will always be with me, but george lucas does not deserve my money anymore.