So for some background, I got into star wars around 2011 when my uncle let me borrow the amazing thrawn trilogy by timothy zahn. I then proceeded to read all his books that he owned(at the time almost everything post-ROTJ up to the end of the new jedi order series). I then had bought everything that came out up to the ending of the fate of the jedi series. I have, since disney bought lucas films, watched and bought most star wars things they put out. I enjoyed the prequels as a child, but after I had delved into the EU of star wars I grew a dislike for the prequel trilogy. My favorite star wars movie happens to be empire strikes back(Which happened to be the one lucas had least creative control over). so to my point, I think that the prequel trilogies are very flawed and just not very good movies in general. I believe this has to do with the fact that George lucas had complete creative control over it plus he pretty much disregarded everything he had told the EU writers about the clone wars previously when making them(causing inconsistences in the legends EU). I believe what made the OT so great was that lucas did not have complete control. his stupid decisions and dialogue were vetoed by others involved in the film. He is a decent story teller and obviously without him we would not have star wars but the point still stands. The prequels had ****** dialogue, was shot mainly in front of a green screen, had freaking jar jar binks, and made the jedi look like fools. I personally think that the hints of the clone wars timothy zahn had sprinkled in the thrawn trilogy( that it was a war caused by clones gone bad) and all that fun stuff would have been better. but one of the main things that really bugged me about the prequels is that it caused a shift in the EU at the time from diverse storytelling (culminating in stories like the yuzhann vong stuff even if the first half of it wasn't that great) to bringing the sith into every god damn story line. Why did jacen have to become a sith lord? why did there have to be a lost planet full of sith? why did we have to have darth krayt's sith lords in the legacy comics? why did every conflict in the old republic era have to boil down to essentially sith vs jedi, sith vs sith, or jedi vs jedi? why couldn't we have amazing series like the x-wing series again I would say that if they had gone with whatever idea lucas had for post-ROTJ ( which probably would have ignored the EU anyway due to recent evidence that he only considered his movies canon anyway) then the sequel trilogy would be ****. I really like they did not bring the sith back. yes it kind of sucks they essentially brought back the empire via the first order but what can ya do? i love kylo ren and that he is neither a sith nor a jedi. he is just a dark side user that wants to rule the galaxy. I like that rey is a nobody that was in the right place at the right time to essentially be blessed by the force to become the equal of ben solo. I like that they gave luke moment of weakness when he sensed the dark in his nephew that ultimately lead to ben falling to the dark side completely. I will admit i did not like the parts with finn and rose but hey ya can't like everything. I enjoy poe he kind of reminds me of corran horn. I do not expect everyone to like the sequels and in fact people disliking them is expected. But people act like star wars without lucas isn't star wars without him but that isn't true. the majority of the EU was only approved by lucas( may not have even actually been him just other higher ups that he would have read the books/outlines to make sure they didn't conflict with what he had in mind) and i find the legends EU for the most part to be far superior to the actual movies themselves. so I am glad george lucas is no longer in control because i think he in fact would have ruined star wars if he ever had decided to do movies again.