First of all we need to acknowledge that no film will ever be better than the original Star Wars or Empire Strikes Back.
With that out of the way, has there ever been a better time for the series? The majority of fans and general audiences would agree that on the whole the Disney films have been better than the prequels, and many would say that Disney has put out some films better than Return of the Jedi. Even some people who don’t necessarily care for the sequels find the spin-offs to be worthy, and vice versa. In fact, that’s part of the beauty of the new films, with each appealing to different fans in different ways.
Elsewhere, Rebels was debatably the best show the series has ever had, and there’s a new animated show out this year, and (finally) a live action show out next year. When it comes to books and comics, as usual things are hit and miss, though honestly the consistency of quality has been much higher, from my perspective. The future of the films beyond Episode IX are unclear, but if Rian Johnson and Benioff + Weiss are to be believed, we might finally be getting theatrical Star Wars content that isn’t closely connected to the main saga.
In the broader sense, Star Wars is arguably more popular than ever. The series has now accumulated multiple generations of hardcore fans, in addition to the general and casual audiences who once again find Star Wars cool and interesting. The days of the series being “nerds only” is firmly over, and possibly never coming back (which is probably why many are lashing out). Speaking anecdotally, it’s crazy to me how often I’ll find random people talking about the series (in an excited and positive way). It’s not something I was used to growing up.
Whatever you think of some of the movies, this is inarguably an exciting time. Is it the most exciting time?