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The childishness of Anakin in Phantom Menace undoubtedly makes it the worst episode in the series. Anakin should have been cast as Luke's age. Then Phantom Menace could offer something to adolescents and adults. The original trilogy appealed to adolescents because it dealt with the tough decisions of becoming a man. The idealism with which Luke overcame these problems also appealed to adults because it inspired hope. Unfortunately, a ten-year-old Anakin just couldn't carry a theme worth its salt to anyone in the audience over ten. To the generation that grew up on the originals, Phantom Menace felt emotionally hollow.