George Lucas - Why the Vitriol?
Watch "A New Hope."
Then watch "The Phantom Menace", pay particular attention to any scene with Jar Jar Binks in it, literally noting every. Single. Thing. He does.
Hell, let's go a step broader. ANH is something of a coming-of-age story about a young man teaming up with a mentor and a roguish anti-hero to save a princess and along the way stop and an evil empire! Stuff happens! Action, fights, space-battles, humorous quips with surly antiheroes!
TPM: Something about trade blockades, taxes and Senate procedures.