Originally Posted by ColoradoDarin
The problem with the prequel trilogy was the focus on Anakin as the main character in the first place. It should have been mostly about Obi-Wan with Anakin as a much more minor story until Revenge of the Sith. The redemption of Vader/Anakin in the original trilogy was a background storyline, with Luke as the main character. Too much speechifying too. The only thing that touched on the political in the originals was a mention that the Emperor has disbanded the senate - in the new ones, it was a bunch of talking about things that were or weren't going to happen instead of just showing stuff happening.
It was a background storyline because it was building to a slow reveal. I feel sorry for kids, today. They never got the chance to experience what it was like to hear Vader (for the very first time) tell Luke (and the audience) who he is/was.
All along, people thought Star Wars was just about Luke training to defeat this mysterious Sith enemy. When Obi-Wan talked about he knew Luke's father, and how he was the best fighter pilot in the galaxy, that HAD to be the prequels story.
Was it rushed? Absolutely. I'm sure it was a challenge for Lucas to go back and fill in the gaps. He started with "Chapter IV" because he thought it was the strongest beginning. He had no idea it would turn out to be this worldwide phenomenon...