Wow, yeah, I totally agree. I've been watching some George Lucas interviews and he alludes to the same thing. He talks about how, "it's not about space ships and battles... etc, it's a soap opera". I think you're on point about the fact that Disney is in a way, cheapening Star Wars and reversing this dynamic and making the movies more like super hero movies in space (who the hell is Rey, Finn, Rose... etc?). I think part of the purpose of the ST is to dismantle the old dynamic to make the franchise capable of infinite iterations and money making. You can see this as they abruptly ruin (have you seen the picture of old, decrepit, failed Luke dying in the dark and the dirt?) and kill off the older characters. Soon we will just be left with randoms who have been pointlessly "handed the baton". The old characters had to be made into failures in order for the new characters to be framed as some forward thinking generation that can do better with the galaxy or whatever. Agreed, they've definitely cheapened the force as well, Rey being their pivotal character to carry this change forth. Now the force isn't something to be understood and respected in a philosophical sense, but sort of a gift wrapped super power. I think the part where you bring up familiar aliens just goes to show how badly they feel the need to make the franchise new and theirs and better for a new generation as if Star Wars needs so much correcting and face-lifting. My exact thoughts as well. Ultimately the only person that will be able to make George's movies is George. My mental response to the new movies is never that "they're still making Star Wars", it's more that they're trying to and that's really what it looks like and how the movies come off. They're missing the mark, but fans don't care. As long as there's more stuff that says Star Wars on it, it's good enough.