I count myself as one of those who has never seen Star Wars. OK, I’ve obviously seen plenty of clips, and experienced the memes, and maybe even accidentally seen large chunks of the original as “Christmas TV” – but I’ve never deliberately watched any of them.
Like any good vs evil soap-opera, they’re a rehash of the perennial myths, same old underlying plots with a new cast of characters, situations and props. Ditto Narnia, ditto Lord of the Rings, (or Godfather I, II and III in my case) etc. That’s a given and indeed a necessity for each generation, each culture, each evolution of current media and story-telling fashion. But I agree here with Tiffany Jenkins that rehashing the rehashes to milk the franchise is not the point – that is too much.