Released from 1999 to 2005, the Star Wars prequel trilogy is widely considered by critics to have been hugely underwhelming, following the critically-revered original three films.
For those of us too young to see the original three films in cinemas, however, the prequel trilogy holds a special place on our hearts, introducing us to George Lucas’ cinematic universe via a mixture of terrible graphics, massive plot holes and unnecessarily long final cuts.
The Phantom Menace, Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith have become cult classics for many Star Wars fans though, thanks largely in part to the characters we grew to love. And no, I’m not talking about Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker or Natalie Portman as Padme.
Here are the real MVPs of the Star Wars prequel trilogy. It combines some fan favourites with some classics who, while their screen time may have been brief, are the ones we all remember best.
Here we go:
#10 – The Droideka
The droideka. Considered one of the most deadly droids in the cinematic universe, the droideka can roll at 75 kph and also have deflector shields, and as we know, the Jedi are no match for droideka!
#9 – Mace Windu:
Upon first seeing the great Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu in Phantom Menace, it appears that he is going to have a significant role to play in the film. In the end, he is little more than a plot device, with his raised eyebrows having a greater role than his dialogue.
Kudos to Jackson for convincing Lucas to let him have a purple lightsaber.
#8 – Sebulba
A very angry pod racer. His crash will go down in history.
#7 – Emperor Palpatine
Can summon lightning with his fingers in a way that’s never properly explained. Also basically the most important character to the three films. And also; “do it!”
#6 – Yoda
Many people will tell you the CGI Yoda we saw in these movies was an abomination, but let’s see the old puppet Yoda from the original series pull off that spinning backflip against Count Dooku.
#5 – Sand
It’s coarse and rough, and irritating, and it gets everywhere. And Hayden Christensen dislikes it.
#4. Nute Gunray
The Viceroy of the Trade Federation, whose blockade leading to the invasion of Naboo is basically the whole plot driver of the first movie. “Where are those droidekas!!”
#3 – Jar Jar Binks
One of the most iconic characters in Star Wars history, Jar Jar Binks is wholesome and lovable, and also delivers some of the best lines in the entire franchise.
#2 – General Grievous
The dude can wield four lightsabers at once, and what’s even more rogue is his rank wasn’t even General – he was actually the Supreme Commander of the Separatist Droid Army. His fight with Obi-Wan Kenobi was simply all-time.
#1 – Watto
There is no denying that Watto is the true MVP of the entire Star Wars franchise. Voiced by Andy Secombe, he is a junk-dealing Tyodarian and owns Anakin and Shmi Skywalker in the first film.
Some of his lines are obviously incredible, but what’s truly awesome is that his character was a combination of rejected ideas for other characters.
It brings a tear to your eye doesn’t it:
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