I personally love the 85 f/1.8, as it’s light, inexpensive, focuses fast and is optically very good.
In my personal opinion the 85 f/1.8 is a decent compromise, but I can't say that I love mine and I wouldn't call it "optically very good" but just "optically good to very good for its street price
I really love that optical range and the size of F/1.8. It was one of the first lenses I ever bought from Canon and I don't need that extra speed of the L, but...
“... it lacks the magical “feel” of the images that the 85 1.2L II produces. ...”
I haven't tried out the 85 f/1.2 L II personally because of its downsides, especially in price, size and weight.
But I would love to see a 85 f/1.8 II or 85 f/1.8 IS from Canon with a little bit of its "magic".
And of course I know, that it will cost much more, than the actual 85 f/1.8, but I would be willing to pay some price in the middle of those two Canon lenses, maybe at 900 USD/EUR.
I have also considered third party options like the Sigma, but here I am also willing to wait for a redesign and an "A" version from Sigma.
So I will have to wait and see if and what the future brings...