I do understand why some people want the emphasis within new Star Wars shows to be on material derived from the OT and PT films rather than the EU and shows like 'The Clone Wars' and 'Star Wars Rebels'. However, leaving aside the fact that 'The Clone Wars' is actually really good ('Rebels' is also good, but not the equal of TCW), it's actually within these non-film sources that the salvation of Star Wars may well lie. Whilst there are those that like them, the sequels were uniformly terrible for many fans, with the treatment of Luke Skywalker in particular being completely indefensible (although that was far from the only unforgivable sin perpetrated in those crimes against George Lucas). Favreau and Filoni absolutely know this; neither treats Star Wars with the jaw-dropping disrespect of Rian Johnson, and both are clearly true fans. Their work screams this to be the case from the top of its lungs, and if the rumours are true, they are already laying the groundwork to undo the sequel trilogy throughout 'The Mandalorian', 'The Book of Boba Fett', the upcoming 'Ahsoka' and any other shows they are in charge of, slowly building and leading to the ultimate erasure of the future we saw in those awful films. They can do this via use of the Veil of the Force, which was shown in 'Star Wars Rebels' and hence is officially canon. The Veil is a mystical dimension of The Force connecting time, space, and alternate realities, and will allow Favreau and Filoni to effectively negate the sequel trilogy before it happens, by characters seeing the future presented in the ST, hating it as much as the rest of us, and hence choosing a different path / future. I know this might sound fantastical to some, but the logo for the upcoming 'Ahsoka' TV show actually shows the Veil of the Force!:Agree. The frontier world aspects of SW have always appealed to me, especially Tatooine. Star Wars has always been a Space Western at heart.
When the visuals/story start going too Star Trekkie (Canto Bight and to some extent Coruscant), it turns me off.
I thought Filoni captured the western vibe beautifully in Ep6. Like you, I instantly got Lee Van Cleef vibes on seeing Cad Banes silhouette.
They also seem to be learning the 'Mary Sue' lesson as well.
Grogu is shown to fail and pick himself back up ("always get back up"), rather than being instantly brilliant, like Rey.
It pains me to say it, but even though I've loved aspects of DisneySW (R1, Mando, Rebels S7), if it all leads to the ST, then it's ultimately pointless.
Enjoying the journey to a bad destination.
So chin up everyone; the sequel trilogy's days are numbered, and we are currently witnessing the beginnings of its dismantling