One of the most interesting things in the Star Wars fandom nowadays is: why are the prequels, eh movies as a whole, loved more than the sequels, which are better movies?
I think one of the biggest reasons (besides nostalgia) is the world. The world of the prequels is HUGE. There are businesses and politics and bounty hunters and all sorts of conflicts and unique worlds; The Clone Wars added tons to an already rich world.
The sequels don't have that. We have nothing to get us invested in that universe; all we see is the narrow lens of the war.
The Last Jedi, unfortunately, takes the blame here. It was okay in TFA. TFA was an introduction, and it did introduce really cool ideas! The Knights of Ren, questions of how the First Order was built and where Snoke comes in, what the galaxy in general is like nowadays. What about bounty hunters and mercenaries? TFA gives us a glimpse into that, with Takodana. The Crimson Corsair and Bazine Netal (the First Order informant) stand out.
But TLJ doesn't expand on that. Well, it tries, but as I've said a million times, the focus is all wrong. With Kylo as the focus, and everything centered around making him as relatable as possible, Canto Bight, the most prequely thing in the sequels, gets rushed through in fifteen minutes. The one place where we get to see what the galaxy is like nowadays, and it's just over in a second. No Knights, no explanations about anything other than The Moment Ben Became Kylo, very little outside of the war. What we did get is alright; that's partially why I like Finn, Rose, and DJ's (sub)plot so much. But so much more could have been done. We're used to expansive universes that open doors for the EU. However, that doesn't mean the EU should be saddled with everything the movies didn't cover and should have.
I love the sequel trilogy and I'm excited about the era, but ... missed opportunities, man :/
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