For clarity, when I say retcon, I'm not using it in the deeply apologist way Legends fans tended to: I deem something a retcon when the implication of a movie or series are violated by later material. It does not need to be explicit, for movies and TV shows are visual mediums where the ideal is to show, not tell. Implications are expensive as hell and carefully selected by the creators, there is no excuse not to give them all the weight of explicit information.
So which retcons?
The retcon that Jedi and their Force who took center stage in the GFFA equivalent of a World War, fighting alongside impeccably loyal troops with every reason to spread the word after, against droids able to record holos with a glance, who had a temple on the galactic capital and regularly fraternized with the politicians of the time, and somehow did not leave enough of a mark on history, even just through mass media, that 20 years later we have Luke not being aware of them even though he knows of the CW itself, Han (who was alive at the time) not just doubting something he hasn't seen, but indeed refuting just the possibility on strength of his many strange experiences, and Motti treating the Force as if it was tarot cards, even though his colleague Yularen a few seats down worked closely with Jedi for the entire war. The Force was a tool of war. It is inconceivable in any credible universe for a strategic officer not to take his tools into consideration, and know them intimately.
The OT painted a picture by implication, one that makes no goddamn sense in light of the PT and TCW. There is a reason Legends had to reach for the handwave about Imperial propaganda.
And beyond implication, various material from the production side of things reveals the state of GL's vision as an entirely different one than it eventually turned into, one that much better aligns with what we saw in it. The CW having taken place 30 years prior, not 20. The clone war being about rogue clones from the far side of the galaxy or something like that, a smaller conflict with better reason for obscurity.
Not to mention Force power creep. The OT Jedi were weaker and less flashy in their supernatual abilities than those of the PT. What we saw was consistent with Han's doubt, where the superheroics of our time aren't. No wire-fu and special effects, just great personal skill in wielding swords, with the occasional telekinesis. Stuff that could conceivably have gone unnoticed by the media and general populace.
These are all changes to how SW worked, and they IMO qualify as retcons for not aligning with the implications of the earlier material, and simply relying on those not having been made explicit as an excuse to ignore them. Even though the end result looks stupid enough to give rise to threads such as this one.
And looking at that stupidity and fashioning rationalizations for how it could all make sense after all? I feel justified in calling that apologism. You are right that you are just looking at the totality of the facts and making sense of them. That is what rationalization is. The apologism comes from presenting that as a defense when the OP rightly comments on how the implications retroactively don't match up with the facts they were supposedly based on.
I discuss to learn, not to win. Then again, learning enough tends to translate to victory in the end anyway.
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