Ladies and Gentlemen, 30 years ago this weekend(today, in fact) a little known but soon to be entirely awesome movie called "Star Wars" was released. Star Wars went on to reinvigorate the Space Opera genre, and become a visually stunning masterpiece.
Years later, after the end of the original trilogy, a science fiction author by the name of Timothy Zahn wrote a "sequel" trilogy, concerning the post-Endor SW galaxy. This breathed new life into the Star Wars franchise, and we have been reaping the benefits, and the bad since. Certainly, the prequel trilogy did not measure up or have the staying power of the original. The expanded universe novels have mostly degenerated into a series of hack writers writing hack stories, too afraid to comp template a "big Galaxy".
On the whole, I think, the quality of the Franchise has gotten worse, not better over these past few years. While there are some diamonds in the rough(ROTS, KOTOR, Clone Wars Cartoons) I am reminded of what my Dad used to say, "no matter how hard you polish a turd, it's still a turd." Unfortunately, that's where the franchise is now, and where I think it's gonna continue going.
Now if you excuse me, I have a 6 hour Star Wars marathon to watch.