As the title says, the ST is controversial among fans, but overall we need more content in that era and to expand it in meaningful ways. With or without the main actors returning. So here is what I see may be useful and working nicely for the ST: 1) Give the ST lead-in movie spinoffs What TFA lacked and shocked fans with was its huge baggage of backstory that came much too late years after explored only and hinted at in the movie itself merely. Imagine a Rogue One style lead in movie. Bloodlines novel, Shadow of the Sith and other works already did a lot there, but not enough. Make us care! This intro needs to show characters and make them beloved and then put them on Hosnian Prime so that its impact is felt more than "rando new world gets nuked". Maybe cameo Maz Kanata, Jakku and else but nothing that would spoil the main characters for what is about to come down in TFA. Show characters from TLJ and TROS in their up to TFA days given others are already done mostly. Have a cast almost spill the beans and prevent TFA. Have someone find Rey but not be able to reach or inform her. Have someone learn of Starkiller Base but racing to tell the galaxy only to be stopped at the last step by a FO infiltrator within the Republic. Such stuff like in the Darth Maul/Cloack of Deception novels of old pre-TPM! And then have another lead-in movie or concurrent to the ST movies to expand them. And resurrect abandoned script ideas like the epic stuff from Trevorrow's Episode IX Duel of the Fates, even if with other characters or cameos only. Imagine somesuch going down paralell to the movies or set in parts pre/after the movies like TROS to be able to use and cameo the main ST cast. 2) Give the ST more series Resistance was nice and cute but... not enough and cut short. Tony Gilroy style Andor tv show with gravity that is what would elevate the entire ST quite some! Show the grunts, show the galaxy reacting or not to what happens to the Resistance and FO. Show them tired of war but coming back for Exegol. Show them puzzled at Palpatines message return, show them loose loved ones to the FO they never thought they would again. Show the ST how the people felt and rose up, how the spark ignited, spread and lit up the fire that burned down the First Order and Final Order. How the galaxy united, how someone else used Holdo maneuver after TROS to bring down FO craft, how the message spread thx to Lando and the Lightbeam network, how everyday people aside Dyads and Chosen Ones rose to the task and got inspired and the Legend of Luke Skywalker grew and spread anew to inspire them. And don't you dare do that one without casting Broomboy amongst the cast! 3) Surprise us, decieve us, torture us! Yeah fans are masochists in that they love a good story even if it hurts their characters. Ignore our screams in pain and agony and impatience, do not react to us, but make us suffer instead trying to please us and failing to please everyone. That is how the NJO and other stories worked. That is how TESB became a favourite, by making the fans and the fans loved characters suffer! How about a Young Reader series about a boy and his tragic fate, he got a name we do not recognise. But the last book will have him get a new one or change his name and suddendly we go "Aaah he was that guy all the time!" and gave us an origin story. Like for Temiri Blagg, aka Broomboy? Give us the NR's pre-war depression, and almost reveals of the FO that get debunked as terrorism or individual actions if caught to protect the larger hidden force. Give us whistleblowers and conspiracy theorists of the GFFA trying to figure out the truth, sometimes making the right, sometimes wrong connections but getting close enough. Give us the new age of realism in the GFFA and lead with it. Do not fearfully shy away from such hot topics. Tackle representation, LGBTQ+ and all directly as a main story element, not a throwaway description for a character couple. Show the fate of families that lost kids to FO kidnapping, show family reunions and psychological troubles due to ideologies and other trauma. Give a voice to all the real world variations of such. And then make the ST larger than itself, give that era life and a plethora of new characters and stories to build on going forward one day in the future. Go odd, weird and supernatural in fitting formats. Aside the Andor style deepcuts and down to earth everyday people style, show the magic of the galaxy, its worlds between worlds, including alternate realities, temporal shenangians. It all can fit SW if done right and some odd corner stories in the GFFA do not have to change the GFFA proper. Space Archeology, Ancient Aliens, Supernatural tech, bring it. You know you want to! Aphra needs a show, as does the Graf kids, as does the recanonised Galaxy of Fear kids and Uncle Hoole. It is time now!