I agree that Attack of the Clones rules. Probably my favorite prequel. There’s a lot to analyze that’s bubbling under the surface. I think the biggest mistake people make is to take the prequels at face value and not as George Lucas deconstructing his own mythology (No, Rian Johnson wasn’t the first to do this). He tells a story about the rise of fascism through having heroes with good intentions, but ineptitude and corruption as well. People seem to forget the whole of Lucas’s filmography because it’s vastly overshadowed by the most popular mainstream blockbuster of all time. They forget that the guy comes out of experimental film. His film school work is all anti-authoritarian, artsy stuff that do all kind of unconventional things with sound. Keep in mind the first guy this guy approached to direct Return of the Jedi was David Lynch, at that point with only Eraserhead and Elephant Man under his belt. Also he was really into Soviet film that were doing all kinds of exciting things with film technique. I just think it’s a mistake to assume everything is what it seems in the prequels. They’re films ripe for all kinds of deep reading.