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Star Wars was never really a science fiction story. Oh sure, it was set in space, and there were starships. But there were also wizards, knights, swords, prophecies, and supernatural powers. The first movie is a about a humble farmboy who saves the princess, loses his wizard mentor, and destroys the giant evil thing by hitting it in its one weak spot.
The movies were just centuries old ideas from myths and legends, reinvented for the modern age with a space-fantasy aesthetic. The first trilogy was The Hero's Journey. The second trilogy, for all its flaws, had a similarly simple premise: The Fall from Grace. It was a failed attempt, obviously, but it had the same mythic core.
The only way a new set of Star Wars movies has any hope is if the creators realize this theme, and can find some other classic monomyth to structure their new movies around.