I was shooting an interview with a well-known director today and before we got started, he tossed out his opinion that Star Wars is really just a big toy commercial now. I got to thinking about that and it certainly seems that way. Story has given way to gratuitous cameos from OT characters and flashy "stuff" that Hasbro can mold and package.
I mean, I suppose someone out there could argue against this, but isn't the mere presence and longevity of this very website proof of the suggestion? It's difficult to argue ROTS points without having seen it, but was adding something like Grevious into the storyline at this point entirely necessary? I can see the progression of Clonetroopers into Stormtroopers necessitating new designs and therefore new toys, but really, has good storytelling given way to excuses to get as much "stuff" onscreen as possible so that kids (and us) will buy it after it's made into a toy?