These "Star Wars" you speak of sound highly illogical.
Sorry, couldn't resist.
Anyways, when I comes to this franchise, I have been a fan of yet not really a nerd for. When I was young I wasn't interested of it, really. Other then the typical "oh cool space'y stuff". Yet even that, like space battles I wasn't that interested of. It was actually Colonel Panic that got me more into the movies, explaining story & details and reenacting the space battles with Micro Machines. (note, we were 9-10 years old)
Becoming older and nerdier, with the video & computer games. My fondness for the universe did grow. Also my respect for the old movies, as they stand strongly as grand achievements of indie movie making, no one can take that from Lucas.
I have never seen any of the newer editions, which seems like it is for the best. However this also means I haven't seen the movies since the VHS era.
The new episode movies, watching them at cinema was as Beeslo kinda said, a lot of OHs & AHs moments. Yet after seeing them mostly forgettable and never cared for watching them again. Never even got the political plot and Emperor's scheming, until Colonel Panic explained it for me.
As for the characters, I don't really have any favorite from the movies. I have only one favorite from this universe. Who, no one asked?
One thing I missed a little from your discussion, what are all yours favorite episode from original trilogy? Mine is Empire Strikes Back
About editing, I'm all for you cutting down on editing. I mostly put y'all in background and listen. Only times I want picture is when you discuses art of panel or cover etc.
While on this topic, I noticed lately there have been some weird sound loops at last cut usually. Take for example most recent after bloopers. Is it a upload or edit error?