I would have to agree that Lucas's goals for the prequel trilogy have gone unfulfilled. While I don't mind the general backstory, the movies themselves pale in comparison not only with the OT, but with pretty much every other movie out ther.
For so long, Star Wars has stood apart as one of the greatest film sagas of all time. The introduction of the prequels has dilluted that. Jar-Jar?
I don't fault Lucas, however, for his efforts at preserving the OT with digital transfers and whatnot. I could take or leave the spiced-up effects, but the substantive changes were egregiously wrong-headed. So while I don't mind the subtle enhancements of, say, the opaque cockpits in the Battle of Hoth, the whole Greedo shooting first thing is a travesty.
The Prequels have to be the greatest missed opportunity in all of cinema. To have a built in audience, and access to the coolest alternate reality ever captured on celluloid, and then to come up with some pissant ******bag kid who can't even make dynamic lines like "Wizard!" sound emotive, throw in some poo and fart gags, and then kill off the coolest part in the movie before the audience (who knows they're in store for two more movies) has a chance to give a rat's ass about him....
It drives me nuts.
I wish McCallum would get crucified, and then Lucas could say, "Aw, ****. I really did **** these up, didn't I?" Call a Mulligan, and start all over, doing it the same way he did the classics of the OT: devise the story, let others who are more capable revise and rewrite it, supervise the effects, but hire a director who would not allow style to overwhelm substance.
Don't show Yoda onscreen, trash the little snot-nosed Anakin/Mommy/Midichlorian/Immaculate Conception crap, and obliterate any reference to Gungans, and that's a start.
Now I'm all pissed. I hate the Phantom Menace