We knew the outcome of 'Rogue One' going in, and knew the Death Star plans would get into rebel hands, but the stakes still felt high and I was riveted right until that poor guy passed them through the door before getting impaled by Vader. I think it's all in the execution of the story.
The Force Awakens felt like a slick, fandangled remake of A New Hope with yet another Death Star-type threat...and I guess J.J. didn't succeed in making me feel any sense of urgency or dread, cuz I just watched passively as the Resistance blew it up.
Been there, seen that. And it was done much better in A New Hope and Return of the Jedi.
I still feel the excitement of the final trench run, and the attack on Death Star II's superstructure, with the Falcon barely escaping incineration. It still has me cheering like these two...