Star Wars, in descending order of quality/interest:
- Empire Strikes Back
- Star Wars
- Return of the Jedi: Tatooine only
- West End Games’ Star Wars RPG, 1st Edition only
- Star Wars Holiday Special: Boba Fett cartoon only
- The Saga Begins, by Weird Al Yankovic: What a pity they never made this movie
- Marvel Star Wars comics
- Alan Dean Foster’s Splinter of the Mind’s Eye
- Brian Daley’s Han Solo novels
- L. Neil Smith’s Lando Calrissian novels
- Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn novels
- Dark Horse Star Wars comics
Below here there is only trash:
- The Droids cartoon
- The Force Awakens
- All Star Wars licensed media not otherwise mentioned
- The Ewoks cartoon & movies
- All the shitty new movies: Rogue One, The Last Jedi, Solo
- Prequels which I deny even exist
I can’t tell you how important hundreds of viewings (some in theatre, rest on laserdisc) of Star Wars and Empire were to my young brain. And duels between little Luke and Vader action figures in cardboard and styrofoam sets I made. And weird and annoying rogues and freaks smuggling drugs and blowing things up for the Rebellion in SWRPG.
But I don’t think it can ever be captured and repackaged again. The kids today are too whiny to be competent heroes or sympathetic villains, so it doesn’t work. The original movies must look incredibly derivative because everyone’s been ripping Star Wars off for 40 years.
It’s OK to let old properties die out. Let it die with a whimper.
The same thing’s happened with Dr Who. The original series (for me, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison) was low-budget, and you had to pay attention for a half-hour a day for a week (500% longer than modern attention spans), but it was actual science fiction with ideas; everything since the awful American TV movie and the reboot’s been a dumb Hollywood action show with a magic wand and a lot of screaming and running around nice sets. They would have been better off making a new franchise, and sort of tried with Torchwood, but any pretense that NewWho has anything to do with an old man and granddaughter quietly investigating the past is nonsense.