ATS wrote: Yeah the connects are there but if you didn't see the first one you would never know it. That's the whole point though. If you can't get the connects; because nothing explains what happens previous, you won't know what is going on. In other words, if you haven't seen the first one, make sure you watch that first.
If you just see the Return of the King, would you understand perfectly what's going on? And if you see just Rogue One, would you understand completely the allusions to a Death Star that you will never see or to a Rebel Alliance that you don't quite understand what is (besides the fact that they are rebelling against some power) or who is Darth Vader, for that matter?
On series of films, like it happens in series where there is a continuous story being telled, if you don't see all the episodes, there will be things that you fail to fully understand. That said, I found Blade Runner 2049 a good film, alhough it didn't impress me as much as the first one did back then.