I think you may be correct as far as most escapist blockbusters go. But Star Wars is different. Fans have held the Star Wars name to a much higher standard, and unfortunately for Lucas et al, it was extremely difficult from the outset to meet all the lofty expectations. Star Wars is a huge cultural phenomenon that influenced the lives of millions, especially those who were young adults or children at the time the original movies were released. To those fans, there were ordinary "movies", and then there were the "Star Wars movies". Star Wars is its own institution, a class all its own. When the prequels were released, SW fans did not just want another blockbuster that, as you say, they can say "that was awesome" and recommend/show to their friends before moving on to the next thing. They wanted something that they would hold in as high esteem as the originals, and feel a great sense of satisfaction in watching time and time again for the next twenty-five years. You see, Star Wars fans do not want to just move on to other things. Unfortunately, however, the unsatisfied masses are stuck with films that fell horribly short of their expectations. That is why people like Stoklasa and Simon Pegg speak out as vocally as they do. Of course the originals had their own issues, but these have been mostly overlooked, I suppose because the institution is such hallowed ground amongst the pre-existing fan base. But when the new movies came out, that same fan base demanded improvements to the story. They wanted a terrific story that added to the originals and gave them more meaning. They wanted heart-pounding yet realistic action. They wanted emotional ups and downs. They wanted the negatives of the originals to be swept away by an improved set of films. The attitude was and still is: "If you can not improve upon a story that was told a generation ago, then don't mess with it". It was certainly an uphill battle for Lucas and Co., on a slippery slope to boot. I understand the difficulties he faced, and I appreciate his efforts. However, I do feel that he should have consulted more directly with other script writers, directors and consultants who understood the expectations of the fan base (I'm not talking about expectations for the story/ plot; I mean expectations for what a Star Wars movie should feel like).