I don't know how much credit I can give Filoni, just because half the time TCW would do something great or something awful, and Filoni was the one that the blame fell on because he was the public face for TCW. Yet many of those ideas - both great and terrible - would later be clarified by Filoni as having originated with Lucas. So a lot of credit and blame seems to fall to him erroneously. What I can say though is I love listening to his podcast appearances and reading his interviews. Someone had mentioned to him once how you'll sometimes hear of people that work at a restaurant that become so jaded working there, but that after over a decade of working on TCW and Rebels, Filoni has been able to maintain a genuine enthusiasm for the property. And he's just way better in interviews than Lucas ever was. Lucas always just seemed so apathetic about how people perceived his work; he seemed so bored and unenthusiastic about discussing it; he would change his mind radically on decisions, but then act like that's what he "always" wanted. Even when it came to something like Episode VII, way back when he had an idea for it, then there was like a decade where he was adamant that it was never going to happen and that it was just a joke and that he had left instructions that no future films were to be made, then Episode VII gets announced during the Disney deal and he starts talking about how he said that he was done making movies but that he never said other people couldn't make movies, then more recently said that he had intended to do Episode VII before handing it off for VIII and IX. It's like when Filoni got asked if the Sifo-Dyas story from TCW was what Lucas always had envisioned, and Filoni tactfully addresses the question by putting forth his own opinion that the stories evolve over time (i.e. no, that probably wasn't what Lucas had envisioned back in 2002). But something tells me if you were to ask Lucas, he'd insist that yes he ALWAYS intended for Sifo-Dyas to be this ex-Jedi that helped Dooku order the clone army before being betrayed, when the original name "Sido-Dyas" suggests otherwise. I just think Lucas had a pretentious way of trying to revise his decision making process to make it look like he had planned something all along, and he seemed very indifferent about the fans and whether or not they like what he does. Filoni on the other hand seems like the kind of guy you could go out and get a beer with and discuss Star Wars with as a fellow fan. And if he does make decisions that some people don't like, he can usually address that in good humor (like the D-squad arc) but also seems to sympathize with the fans that feel that way. He's just a really cool guy to be the "face" of Star Wars. Even though he only speaks for the TCW and Rebels TV projects, he volunteers his time to do interviews and reach out to fans more than anyone else really involved on any Star Wars project.