Rogue One was a masterpiece, Rothko. I wish I watched Mandalorian marathon style rather than waiting for the last three episodes to trickle in. I think overall the show would be better viewed that way.
I agree with you. I was really amazed when I saw the movie. It felt much more like the original Star Wars, it helped explain a major plot hole from the original movie (why did the Death Star have such a massive design flaw), and best of all: EVERYONE DIED.
Seriously, every single one of the main protagonists died. How many times do you see a movie like that? The courage of the writing staff and director to kill off the main characters rather than try to give a wishy-washy survival, where you'd wonder "why didn't these guys show up in the next movie then?" And it strengthens the sacrifices that were made to get the plans to the Rebels; you really understand what they gave up to do it (as opposed to just saying "many Bothans died" like they do in Return of the Jedi), so you become more invested in the destruction of the Death Star.
I walked out of the theater thinking I'd seen the best Star Wars film since "Empire."