ESB is the best movie in spite of Lucas and because he had the least to do with it. And he still complains despite the universal acclaim about how it's not his vision! He actually calls it the worst Star Wars film (prequels included). Leigh Brackett, in particular, was responsible for the Han/Leia love story, but her draft of the script was drastically cut down (but not enough for Lucas). Lucas still has problems with the amount of their relationship in the film and a lot of the deleted scenes are theirs.
And Lucas especially lost it when kids came into his life. He started wanting to make films for kids rather than for a wide audience like the first two films. It also didn't help that Carrie was completely stoned and Harrison didn't want to be there (the carbonite scene was because Harrison didn't want to return), on top of the Wookiees being replaced with Ewoks.
The problem with the expanded universe is a lot of it is written from a sci-fi/fanboy perspective that cares more about technology, random Jedi and pilots and cool-looking baddies rather than a mainstream drama surrounding a main group of characters that focuses on their personal conflicts and journeys.
You know, this is why I'm disappointed that we're getting an MMO instead of a real game. I think that KoTOR2 is perhaps one of the best and most interesting Star Wars stories in the entire canon.
It was shrouded in shades of gray and could be manipulated in many ways so that even the ancillary characters could shift from "good" to "bad" or vice-versa. They did Lando but with even more complexity.
It was more a rhetorical question... and I'm with you on being sick of "Jedi garbage" if there's never more than two or three combatants on both sides of a saber battle. Individual Clones Wars
eps are doubtless better than the PT movies, but they're still working with a fundamentally misguided framework.
Well, there's that. When I watch the series, I forget that the movies happened because that's the only way I can enjoy it.