The first Star Wars movie was perfection. And by that, I mean the one they later retconned into “Episode 4: A New Hope.” Ugh. If they had left it there, just “Star Wars,” no bloody 4, 5, or 6… what an achievement it would have been.
“The Empire Strikes Back” was very good, but I still say making Darth Vader Luke’s father was where everything began falling apart. All the sins of every other Star Wars movie emanate from that one mistake.
A much better reveal in “Empire” would have been that Obi-Wan killed Luke’s father. The journey back from THAT would have been Luke’s real “hero’s journey.” Luke’s inner struggle between the dark side and the light, balancing between love and hate for Obi-Wan, and the reasons why Obi-Wan killed Anakin and why he lied to Luke about it, THAT would have been worth the third movie.