The fact that everyone is excited about Mr. Copy-paste returning for episode IX baffles me.
Abrams is a mixed bag for me. When TFA came out, I too was disappointed that it wasn’t more creative. I mean, despite the EU no longer being canon (a dumb, no-good-reason move on Disney’s part), there are still good story concepts embedded in it (e.g., Thrawn has been re-canonized). Why they couldn’t have tapped that treasure trove is beyond me.
Ah, but then came the dud that is TLJ. Ruin Johnson not only dissed the whole franchise – he even stupidly ignored questions and implications raised by TFA. The two movies are barely related to each other.
Say what you want about Abrams: at least he respects what has come before. And it’s for that reason – not cuz I think he’s a “genius” – that I’m glad he’s directing Ep9. I’m confident that if he makes an honest effort he can fix at least some of what Ruin ruined.
Of course the person with Batffleck as his avatar would hate TLJ. The EU was 90% trash. There was no good way you could do a ST and incorporate all the post-ROTJ books into it. Chewbacca wouldn’t be there, he died. Explain Han and Leia had two sons that died etc.
TLJ followed TFA very well. TFA gave us new characters and introduced them into the Star Wars universe. TLJ put them through the paces so now they are the main characters.