The third of George Lucas’s Star Wars prequels features the climactic scene in which a young Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) confronts and permanently maims his onetime protégé Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), pushing that wayward Jedi ever closer toward becoming Darth Vader.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: It’s over Anakin! I have the high ground.
Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader: You underestimate my power!
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Don’t try it.
Anakin was having premonitions, or visions, through dreams, that foresaw Padme dying from childbirth. Palpatine kept feeding Anakin dark lies, introducing him to the dark side, and telling him how the dark side could save people’s lives — including Padme. Her ultimate death would push Anakin to ultimately become Vader, Darth Vader.
Darth Sidious: Lord Vader…can you hear me?
Darth Vader: Yes…master. Where is Padme? Is she safe? Is…she alright?
Darth Sidious: It seems, in your anger, you killed her.
Finally, the circle was nearing completion; the grand space-opera tragedy was getting its full realization. The prequels and this particular scene were at the time however received by audiences with much disappointment. The prequels were loathed by fans who grew up with the original trilogy, much do to with Lucas’s stylistic differences and aggressive blue/green-screen technique. The more polished atmosphere disappointed people expecting a story with the exact same feel to the original more gritty movies. But also ‘Jar-Jar’, some of the writing, some gnarly dialogue, and acting.
For the people who grew up with Star Wars as the end-all when it came to good sci-fi fantasy movies, the prequels would never be able to live up to the constructed nostalgic memory of the originals.
Even so, the prequels were box office smashes. They broke all kinds of box office records and were commercial successes in every sense of the word. Today, there are whole generations of fans who grew up loving the prequels.