The first trilogy was built for the human spirit, the second trilogy was built for this very specific niche market that did not even exist when Star Wars came out in 1977. I'll agree that the first trilogy was built for everyone-- it had to be, because of course there were no fans at that point. The first trilogy had to earn the fans, and had to offer all the explanation because there were no other resources to explain. And I'll agree that the second trilogy seems meant for the fans, but I think it's a different fanbase than you finger in your essay. It's the fanbase of everyone-- not just OT oldtimers or adolescent action-figure collectors-- who likes Star Wars enough already to apreciate and recognize the connections between the movies. Whether that means something like lightsabers and the inevitable duels, or something like apreciating the character arcs to the fullest extent. So, yes, the 90's OT re-release was an important move, I think. However, inasmuch as every artist creates for himself, this is essentially the same position George is in; Being so well-aquainted with the OT and assuming watchers of the PT are as well, it shouldn't be surprising that some of the most important clues to understanding the PT are essentially in-jokes. Just my 2 cents on this essay.