My point about referencing "people my age" growing up with second-generation media empire was just that I can remember it first hand. I remember that Star Wars was heavily merchandised not just to really young kids but a pre-teen/teenage audience with extended-universe media like the novels (which I never read) and video games like Dark Forces. I don't know if Lucas contributed ideas to that stuff, but he actively controlled who was allowed to do what with the properties. He had an active creative and financial interest in Star Wars' broader role in pop culture, so you can't make the argument that as a member of an older generation, he was oblivious to that kind of thing.
The reason I'm bothering to argue about any of this is that the notion that the notion "George Lucas was indifferent to the idea that adults with action figure collections...He's of an older generation and I think that's probably strange to him seems like the polar-opposite of reality, even putting aside his role in all the spin-off merchandise, because unless I'm really misremembering the movies, this
And SO WHAT if it refers to the earlier movies? Lucas was part of CREATING that world. Why wouldn't he reference it? Also, I think in his head, a hundred years from now people are going to watch the "Star Wars" movies and start with "Chapter 1: The Phantom Menace" and it needs to all fit together.
just doesn't make sense to me. I'm not criticizing him for having Yoda and Palpatine in the movies, or showing Anakin get his arm cut off or what happened to the Jedi Council and The Republic. Whatever anyone thought of Lucas' execution, that needed to happen if he was going to tell these stories. But there are all these plot threads that are just weird and ill-conceived and really come off as cynically commercial for the same reason that people thought that The Force Awakens was cynically commercial.
Having the droids in the movie is the opposite of "CREATING that world" that "needs to all fit together." It's ridiculous from a narrative perspective, and was done entirely to satiate people's nostalgia.
Making all of the Storm Troopers Boba Fett's brothers is the ultimate example of something meant to appeal to action figure-collecting geeks. It takes a throwaway character who probably got so popular because he made a cool-looking action figure and then gives him a really weird and out-of-nowhere connection to the most important political event of the previous generation.
This sounds like something that I'd agree with in principle,
I also felt a huge disconnect from modern "geek culture", which mostly celebrates movies completely disengaged from the original creators, but yet claims ownership, as fans, over the properties and they will throw fits when they feel it isn't right.
The "Star Wars" prequels were different though...to me, his point of view matters.
I'll have to watch the movies again at some point to see what, if anything, I can find in them to justify that. But regardless of whether or not they're worth while as a whole, it's really hard for me to believe that the objections I've already stated in this post won't hold.
So as far as what I actually disagree with you about, it's that if all the awkward and unnecessary callbacks and fan-service that Lucas shoved into those movies are really part of his personal vision and are his ideas of how to make a lived-in world that all fits together, then he must have suffered from some sort of self-deceiving inability to separate his commercial and creative impulses. Really, I think that that is the most likely explanation.
Uh...I think I'm done talking about Star Wars for the moment. If you think I'm wrong then we can just agree to disagree.