Learning from this thread how much the stuff that wasn't told until later makes the whole thing better (eventually and with quality control).I realized that I kinda skipped over Rebels in my rewatch and D+ offered a list of Mandalorian episodes. So watched those last night.
Again, I am surprised how much better Star Wars works in serial format. The original series is probably so strong because they are just so much more focused. I think the prequels suffer from trying to introduce far too much stuff in too short of a time.
Probably why I really liked Rogue One. Very focused story that doesn’t try to introduce a whole bunch of largely superfluous stuff.
I still feel the initial jolt of the prequels messing with the originals.
But, yeah... Darth Maul's backstory, now that I know it, might make Phantom Menace better for me.