I could only watch the prequels once, and I remember a lot of them being like that... along with either very flat or very histrionic performances.
To be fair to Lucas, he's not really a movie director, he's an art director. Then again, if he wants to bill himself as a movie director, I guess he has to take some heat.Carrie Fisher joked that George Lucas was a terrible director, not good with his staff, gave no direction, and thought of actors as "meat" and would basically yell "now do it!"
Yeah, I don't think it was as accessible to the main stream... especially with David Lynch directing that movie.Personally, I love Dune but that series is cerebral, dystopic, ginormous, and a bit too 'hard core' sci fi to turn in a successful modern series of movies.
I think for Star Wars, Lucas can be contributed with "look and feel" as his primary contribution to the world and setting, but his franchise has done consistently better when it's handed off to someone else in terms of story and acting and drama.
I remember really like ST:TNG at that time in my life (my early/mid-20's) when it first airing, but eventually I kind of felt like the episodes were too neatly packaged and the performances too sculpted/controlled. I like things more organic, I guess. Still, I go back and watch some of the episodes again that I really liked (typically stuff with Q; or episodes like Tapestry or The Gift; or the few episodes with K'Aylar and where Worf goes after Duras... wow.)