I was looking at the "bashing" thread and wanted to respond, but then I noticed it was locked, and I couldn't add my proverbial "two cents". Feel free to add yours, but please try to keep it positive.
Like many here, I saw Star Wars (and the rest of the OT) when it was released, and in it's original glory (a scratchy print in a tiny theater with mono sound), and I loved it. I was ten, what did I know? Turns out, I wasn't alone, and for the many years that followed, Star Wars was a big part of my life. But then I "grew up" after it ended with ROTJ, and I gave away all my books and toys, and got on with my life.
And then the special editions were released. Did I agree with every change made by Lucas? No. It did enhance some parts of the films, others not so much, but the best part was, I got to see them on the big screen once again. Nothing Uncle George did, or even the die hard naysayers could ruin me re-experiencing the joys and wonder of my childhood.
Flash forward to the prequels. Did I agree with every plot point Lucas decided to pursue to establish Anakin's back story? Once again, no. But I like Star Wars in general and I liked them, warts and all. Best of all, unlike the younger version of myself that decided I was too old for Star Wars, I discovered I'll never be too old for Star Wars.
If it weren't for the prequels, I may have never rediscovered that joy. I found a new hobby, building lightsabers. And maybe, best of all, I found this place.
Star Wars films are like family. There's things about them you love, and there's other things you just can't stand. In the end, life just wouldn't be the same without them.
Here endeth the rant...