There is so much oversimplification concerning the prequels. They are sub par films which contain fractures of the splendor the original trilogy had. I find them watchable on some level, Phantom the least because it's so damn long, the bicker and banter in the film has no bearing on anything that happens later. Attack of the Clones I believe is frequently attacked for cheesy, terrible love story, but with a little more development, I think there's an average story there and the music all the while is still great. Sith is the culmination of the earlier shit into something which must be made malleable to bridge the trilogies. Barring some awful dialog, it's my favorite of the prequels as things start to make more sense than the load of nonsense that conprised the prior two films.
As for indy: