I think there is a case for arguing that GL has lost a sense of what makes SW connect for audiences, otherwise you might not have had the backlash after the PT. Remember, this is perhaps one of the few people on the planet that thinks Han should shoot first, or that Vader's "noooo" was a welcome or needed addition to ROTJ SE. Either that or his lack of talent as a screenwriter and director was exposed. Working in the industry myself, I've very rarely met anyone that thinks GL did a good job on the PT. Even the man himself admits that he is not a good screenwriter. And the key thing to get right on any movie is the script. All the PT scripts read like rough drafts. Had Arndt or any number of writers taken those and rewritten to keep the essence of GL's ideas, the execution would have been much higher. You only need to look at the early drafts of the OT. All those GL drafts read like the PT. Yes he wrote SW, but GL had people like Kurtz and Marcia to keep challenging him and he also had to get the script approved by the studio (not always a bad thing). Not to mention that Willard and Hyuck polished a lot of the dialogue. SW has always worked best with talented collaborators bringing out the best of GL's vision. I'm hoping that will again prove to be the case here.