Bold words, Threepio. Bold words.
I didn't see it until someone retreated it late Monday night, but Anthony Daniels, probably fresh from the "Episode VII" wrap party over the weekend, made a pretty big claim on Twitter this weekend.
There is a reason "The Empire Strikes Back" is constantly referred to as the gold standard of genre sequels. It's a film that took everything the first movie did and fine-tuned it, and it such breathless storytelling that it feels like every frame of the film is urgently important. Watching people imitate the film in all the wrong ways over the years, it's become clear that it is harder than it looks to make a sequel that really delivers for an audience.