Star Wars fans are some of the most passionate, and numerous, fans out there. Since the original Star Wars premiered in 1977, fans have had decades to adore and enshrine the original trilogy.
The younger fans who had the chance to see the original trilogy in theaters had great expectations for
the prequel trilogy. Some would say impossible expectations.
One of the common surface complaints about the prequels is that they were too dissimilar to the originals. It has been such a consistent a vehement criticism; you could argue that very criticism is one of the reasons The Force Awakens turned out the way it did.
Even the fans of Force Awakens concede that it’s a narrative retread of A New Hope. So which is it, fans? Where’s that happy balance between too different and too similar?