What we have, though, is the Jedi having a lower rate of unhealthy development than everyone else, by all accounts. Anakin, Dooku, and even Ben had to be specifically targeted by someone outside the Order for them to fall ...
It's more 'do not be baited into obvious trap'. They know he's no match for Vader, correctly, and think he could do an Anakin. As it happens, they're correct-Luke does nothing to save his friends, and they have to end up helping him.
Beasts of burden ain't wind up toys, they're owned by people, and said people don't just hand them out to strangers. Steal one? Do you know how to make it go where you want it to go? Do you know what supplies you need to keep it alive?Steal those too? Can the beast of burden carry the supplies as well as you? Can you get out of town without someone noticing 'hey, that pack animal doesn't belong to her'?
The starships are owned by people who stay in them , and travelers offworld will have to pay passage. Oh, you can't pay passage because you're only paid in food? That't too bad.
It's not simple poverty when you are bought and sold, and paid in food. That's called slavery.
Yes, but there's an important difference between. 'we're going to conquer you, and put this person in charge' and 'this leader person called us in, we'll help him, but not conquer you'. That's very important if you want your change to last.
Ah, the supplementary material twenty years later. Truly the most authoritative source.
Jar Jar received such a torrent of abuse after TPM that Ahmed seriously considered throwing himself off a bridge. I don't expect JJ to know that specifically, but he must have known about how poisonous prequel hatred was, because it was a massive cultural phenomenon that couldn't exactly be missed.
That doesn't warrant a description of "mean-spirited" in my eyes.
The podracing flag is significant because JJ is on record that he took it out because it was a prequel reference.
For that matter, when EW recently asked Abrams what his favorite scene is from the Prequel Trilogy, he didn't wax douchey and say "the final credits" or anything like that. Instead, he gave a thoughtful, respectable answer. As well, in October of 2017, he and Chris Terrio apparently said that TRoS will bring everything together across the three trilogies.
Hell, just the other day, we got a TV spot for TRoS that features "Duel of the Fates":
As Prequel Trilogy callbacks go, it doesn't get more iconic than that.
Given how many completely random OT references show up in the background of scenes, there's no possible excuse for doing that other than PT hate.
Bringing in the PT's over-saturated colors and excessive lighting wouldn't have benefitted anyone; let's pass on plasticy, flat environments this time, please, and thank you. Nor would the filming of actors in oddly distant, robotic wide shots have helped; we're not watching a recording of a stage production, so let's get some immersion, please -- and thank you. Nor would being utterly humorless and void of almost any sense of congeniality; let's try to establish an attachment to and fondness for the characters that extends beyond just them occupying frames in a movie from a franchise we already care about, please. And thank you.
Add to all of this common sense the drastic differences in the majority of locales, it's not hard at all to see why ST locations look almost nothing like those of the PT. Add also to all of this the much closer timeframe of the ST setting to the OT setting, and it's not hard to see why the art direction tends to favor it, especially in the depiction of designs that originated with the OT.
The ST has no business looking like the PT (the PT had no business looking like the PT either), and it blessedly does not. And as far as the plot goes, pretty much anything that may get carried over will have either originated with the OT in the first place or been filtered by its setting (e.g. Clonetroopers to Stormtroopers).