I will use for this purpose a TLJ/ROTJ comparison. A quite valid criticism of TLJ is the Canto-Bligh sequence is useless compared to the plot (true). But there is a very direct comparison possible with another utterly pointless sequence, the first act of ROTJ, which is being given a free pass (I will be quite uncharitable here and say it loud, I suspect heavily that there are one, or rather two, reasons why this sequence is held in high regards). If you use the same hypercriticism that is used against Disney lore, the sequence does not hold very well. For instance... 1) The entire sequence make extremely odd the mere presence of Han on Tatooine in ANH. If Jabba have his palace on Tatooine, WHY Han is an incredibly backwater spaceport on this planet 2) On the eve of a decisive operation, the lone Jedi of the Rebel Alliance and the top politician of the Rebel Alliance moonlights in a personal mission to save a friend (which is deserting, but it's called on in TLJ) 3)Like all SW vilains, Jabba is essentially mentally crippled, but he is supposedly a crime lord. Surely someone should have thought ''what if Jabba acts like an half rational being and sells Luke and Leia to Palpatine ?'' for metric cubes of credits, which are quite more valuable than a meal for a rancor and a sexual slave ? What if Vader, who know damn well where is Jabba's Palace and than Han Solo is taken there, anticipates that Luke will rescue his friend ? That point was so obvious that Palpatine actually infiltrated Mara Jade in Jabba's palace to kill Luke. 4)Even by SW standards, the plan is criminally inept, as it involves splitting a six person rescue team (Leia, Luke, Lando, Chewbacca, C3P0, D2-R2) in FIVE different groups. Lando is infiltrated months ahead. Then the droids. Then Chewbassa. Then Leia. Then Luke. (People mocks the Marvel universe propensity to use the ''let's get captured by the ennemy''-Luke plan involve four separate ''captured by the ennemy'' (the droids, Chewbacca, Leia, him) At least two of those capture are part of the plan, and I'm not sure for the two last of them. 5)The sequence breaks the already crummy hold that SW have over biology, with a hermaphrodite slug apparently sexually attracted to female Humans (I think at least one source indicated that at least, Twi'leks were attractive because of their lekkus, which they can move in an uh, ''interesting'' way for an Hutt and that yes, Jabba was a pervert even for Hutts. But still) . And the Sarlacc. 6) We are supposed to believe that in a galaxy with tons of political intrigue and ruthless politics, no one ever thought to use ''the Chancellor performed as a stripper in front of a crimelord'' (while apparently the events of Jabba's Palace are very well known) In a American based franchise were real life people have their reputation ruined by ''I had extramarital consensual sex with an intern''