And I think a lot of younger people who grew up on the Special Editions, the prequels and the Clone Wars basically worship George Lucas, so I’ve seen a lot more people defend ha choices nowadays. Plus, the Special Editions are their Star Wars. I think this is what George was hoping for.
And that makes fan projects like Despecialized, the 4K series, and the skymaster editions so important. In a ironic, yet beautiful way, George Lucas altering the original trilogy has ensured that the originals will be preserved for years. With Lucas’s meddling, OT.com wouldn’t exist! Several films and televisions shows wouldn’t have been restored as well as they have been here. It’s really quite amazing.
I know that’s a bit of a tangent, but I think my point is clear. George got what George wanted, but we got our own amazing copies of the unaltered original trilogy and an entire community to go along with it. The special editions and the suppression of the OOT were and are a net good.