I was invited to a very early pre-screening of The Phantom Menace, and was likely one of the first few thousand wildly disappointed and broken-hearted Star Wars fans. Afterward, there were millions of us. Tens of millions. Hundreds of millions. Here's a documentary, The People Vs George Lucas, about fan disappointment. Watch it and grieve. And also, laugh your ass off at our collective geekery.
Jar Jar Binks is a racist caricature, yes. But the early death of Darth Maul is the far larger cinematic sin. Maul could have rivaled Vader as the most iconic movie villain of all time. Darth Maul! Darth Maul! Darth Maul! Darth Maul!