Try to keep the thread spoiler-free, but this *is* for folks who have seen The Force Awakens.
So my verdict on the new movie is that it is good, but just short of the greatness that the Star Wars brand carries with my generation that saw episodes 4-6 as first-run movies in the theatre. Who do we think would have made the dream team behind the cameras?
I will grant that JJ Abrams captured the look and feel of the Star Wars universe in a way that the prequel trilogy did not, and I doubt that anyone else would really top that - so I would like to see JJ as part of my dream team.
However, the story and pacing felt more like 'just another Abrams' movie for me, rather than epic Star Wars, so who would I want to see doctoring the script?
My first call for genre fiction on the screen is usually Joss Weedon, especially after the first Avengers movie, but also Firefly and Angel (I haven't seen much Buffy or Dollhouse). But while I think that Joss would have given us a different film, I'm not sure it would have been significantly better in his hands - I'm calling that tie with the current team.
Kevin Smith is a fan that can make good movies, and I expect he would have really dialed in the Star Wars flavor - but I am not sure he can handle a big AAA production. He does amazing quirky comedies, and I would have loved to see his Superman script made, but I suspect he would fall short again on Star Wars - perhaps a collaborator with Abrams, it might have tuned up a few of the moments that needed to hit their mark better, but I don't think is quite the total package. Better, but still not good enough!
I'm going with J Michael Strazinski. Abrams is a strong believe in Show, Don't Tell, and my main problem with TFA is that if he /can't/ show something, he won't tell us about it either. JMS has a rich history of telling rich stories with dialog as much as with action, frequently limited by TV budgets. He brings the missing part of the equation to complement the magic already on show. Would this pairing work? In practice, I doubt it, as egos of creatives tend to clash when they have different visions, but that is my proposed dream team. What is yours?