TL;DR at the bottom When it comes to the SW sequels and prequels, I'm a hater. A clip from me in my booth at a Star Wars convention, talking to people who call the pre-sequels good movies: There's plenty of variation in opinions about the Star Wars presquels. I want to breakdown the main difference I see between the Disney sequels and the prequels. The prequels are a lot of good ideas with largely piss poor execution. They feel like poorly executed Star Wars movies, but they still feel like Star Wars movies. The overall story in the prequels wasn't fundamentally bad, it was a mismatched, hastily constructed puzzle that needed more time on the cutting floor. The score is at least masterful in them. When watching them I think "fuck, Lucas needed some people to reign this slop fest in and we'd be golden, pony boy. At least a couple rewrites." That said, even the biggest prequel haters (that's me, thank you, come at me if you disagree) can admit that they added to the lore and gave birth to some good things. The Clone Wars really helped straighten that story line out, even make Anakin likable and made sense of his turn to the dark side. It planted the seeds well and made his more dubious actions and frustration with the counsel make sense. Star Wars Clone Wars was fantastic. They did such a good job it makes me think the prequels should have been a series all along, as I'm not sure the movies had time to tell that story properly. The sequels feel like cheap imitations and it's clear the people making them don't understand Star Wars. TFA plays it super safe because of the prequel backlash. Maybe it needed to do that to win people back, but in my opinion it went WAY too far. There was nothing new in it aside from Kylo's lightsaber. I was bored watching it less than 20 minutes in because I'd seen it before. There was a better version made three decades ago. I didn't even hate it necessarily, I was just bored. The pacing sucked; too fast, not enough development. Too much familiarity for my taste, which I could have gotten past if it at least seemed like the story had progressed, but it didn't. It was just a lamer version of Empire v Rebels, which we've seen before. It felt like a mediocre fan fic. I feel this movie is overrated. Plus, Harrison Ford called that one in hard which really took me out of it. The Last Jedi is a fucking dumpster fire with nuclear waste inside, some Chernobyl and Fukushima shit. It managed to subvert expectations in the worst way and fuck Luke and Yoda's characters into oblivion while offering little that was fresh, and what it did introduce was horrible, tacky, and not Star Wars. It's SO bad. It's been discussed to death and there's so much wrong I won't bother going into it. It effectively destroyed the new trilogy, which I thought TFA did a good enough job with as it was. TL;DR The prequels are poorly executed Star Wars movies but still expanded the universe and still feel like SW movies, just bad ones. The sequels are bad fan fic and don't feel like Star Wars. They've completely decimated the main story post OT. TFA is nearly as responsible as TLJ.