I’m enjoying the discussion in here. I love the original trilogy and for me, I view both the prequels and modern trilogy so far as fan fiction, I can take them or leave them as they’re at best emulating something I love or they are betraying it to some degree.
The odd thing for me is the big gap was filled by games and books which I think to some degree did a better job of filling out the universe in a way that made sense and expanded on it.
As much as I love Rogue One, I’m pretty sure I stormed that base as Kyle Katarn to liberate the Death Star plans in a way that was only the opening act to later taking out Dark Troopers before the Force awakened in me. Though it was weird when I fought side by side with Max that time...
And I sit and scoff at the really amateur way some pilots like Poe dont charge their front sheilds before a frontal assault on some First Order Dreadnaught, especially as if he could for a moment, just resist hitting the trigger, he could dump the charge from the laser banks into the shield as needed and then let loose wth the torpedoes that don’t take any energy from the power distribution systems.
And thus is the problem. When you’ve realised ‘wait a minute, this Revan guy sounds awfully familiar...’ it’s always going to be uphill compared to the original stories, the ones you’ve lived through and the ones you’ve imagined.
Like I say, fan fiction, its someone else having a go at telling a new story in a universe I know and love, but its up to me if I like it. I consider Tie Fighter as cannon, Masters of Teras Kasi can do one (though it was nice it was referenced in Solo!).
I can only imagine how terrible a design by comittee fan finaced venture of TLJ would be, but I’d still give it a watch