Hiding in all of Jeremy's comments about Phantom Menace are some good
points: the storytelling simply did not hang together.
On one broad level, the plot can be summarized as: a delegation from Naboo
goes to the Imperial capital, and returns. Here lies the problem, for 1)
given the reason they went (a desperate last throw to get Imperial
attention on the attack), it made no sense to turn right around and come
back, and 2) given the reason they came back (the complete failure of the
political mission), it made no sense to have gone. (The characters might
not have known that, but Lucas should have.)
Everything else that happened was subsumed under this flimsy, pointless
structure. For instance, the entire Anakin episode comes under the heading
of a pit stop.
I enjoyed the original SW, and Empire actually approached being a good
film. But Return was dreadful, and PM was up among the top 3 most
mind-bogglingly boring films I've ever sat all the way through. It had all
the excitement and adventure of a childhood family car trip across
Nevada. I intend to avoid the remainder of this saga entirely.