Actually, I just can't help myself!!!! lol.... all in good fun Infinatelives
So at the beginning the First Order tracks down the Rebels, yadda yadda yadda, then they TRACK THEM THROUGH LIGHT SPEED / HYPERSPACE
and everyone is like, wow that is impossible! but they never deavle into the details of just how that was pulled off. stupid.
*They actually mention this in Rogue One when they are looking up plans for the Death Star and they find a file regarding the Empires work on Tracking through Hyperspace. So It checks... Even though it is a throw away line.
The Rey with Luke stuff was pretty blah. Just was. Nothing really came out of it.
* I agree, it sucks to see Luke the way he is but that is how JJ wrote it in an odd way. Why JJ decided to have Luke hiding out on some secret little island at the end of The Force Awakens kind of paints Rian in a corner. I probably would have done something better with Luke, but Rian went a different direction. So I will give you this point.
EDIT: EXHIBIT C1: How could I forget about this one haha. When the rebel ships bridge gets blown up and Leia is floating in space, instead of freezing to death, running out of O2, or whatever would actually happen, she used the force to float back to an entrance of the ship and get back in. I was in disbelief at how bad that scene was.
*Easily the worst part of the movie for me... Cringe Worthy!
The whole Finn and, I think Rose?, going to some Casino town to get help was not great. I feel like they only added this stuff to check off the box of weird animals and puppet aliens. Then they meet some random guy who is going to be their code breaker who betrays them and it all just seemed so forced.
*Not great. I get it, they are trying to show evil in a different light... but the scene was too long, and I hated those dumb creatures they rode on. Reminded me of those awful prequels. I will give you that one too...
BONUS WTF MOMENT:
They try and go to Maz for help. Like why? what is her role.
*She is older than Yoda, knows a ton of shit.
Snoke! Like What the actual F&^K. He is the Supreme Leader. He tapped into the force to get Rey and Kylo to see and talk to each other. No back story on who he is/was and how he came to power. Super powerful in the force then gets cleaved in halve without ever fighting. We see a glimpse of his power with some lightning he jams at Kylo and that is it. Like what was the point of his existence other than to be "bad guy number 1" He was super strong with the force so he had to be around during 4,5,6 days but just nothing about his back story and hes gone. LAME
*dude... come on. The emperor had even less back story and he ran the entire Empire. We got nothing from him. Why did you expect that Snoke was going to have this crazy backstory? They will probably do a book or something, so If you really care you could probably check it out. Or maybe they do what they did with the Emperor and just give him a prequel trilogy explaining how Snoke took power. But this is NOT his movie.
Speaking of being really strong in the force. Kylo stopped a blaster bullet in mid air in episode 7. Then in the fight with the elite guards after Snoke was killed he doesnt even use a single force push or choke or anything. You would think this kid could crush skulls with his mind. meh
*Pretty cool when he stopped the blaster shot mid air... But I thought that fight scene was awesome. Plus didn't we see enough bad guys get pushed around in those shitty prequels? Better question, how many times did Vader or Luke force push anyone in the Original Trilogy?
Oh, the whole "Rey, your parents come from nothing, just a bunch of junk finders." Way to kill another plot point.
*I loved loved loved that she is her own person! I love that she is special. Not her lineage! I love that she isn't a Kenobi, or Skywalker, or Solo, or Santa Claus. She has power, she always did, she is a survivor. It was never a plot point. She was ditched in The Force Awakens and youtube had to fill in some content and made a big deal about who her parents are. Fuck her parents! Let her be her own person. This Universe is Huge, how small would it have been if she was related to someone we already knew?
Well, so Force Ghost Yoda comes and visits Luke to give some advice. If they are going to use Force Ghosts and Vader came back to the Light Side as a force ghost, why wouldnt he just tell Kylo to quit being a D bag. But that is not related to this movie. What is questionable is that Yoda blows up the Jedi teachings, but alas, at the end we see Rey had taken all the old texts. Like Yoda and Luke couldnt sense that or what? Whatever.
*Yoda knew she took them... It was just an old tree. What is the issue? And we really don't know much about Force Ghosts and who mastered it enough to appear when they want, etc. Obiwan and Yoda are the only ones that seem to be able to do it at will. We saw Anakin at the end of Jedi, but I have no idea if he can just summon himself at will. It was kind of explained in the Prequels that Quigon learned the skill, and passed it to Yoda who passed it to Obiwan. Not sure how Anakin became a ghost at the end of Jedi, that is a mistake on Jedi's part not LTJ.
Why not have droid manned ships just light speed thru all the star destoryers, or heck, the death star, anything really and blow them up. slippery slope.
*This was explained in the expanded universe. I didn't get into reading about all that, but there is some excuse as to why they don't do that every time. I think it had to do with that particular ships special shields... I don't know. I'll give it to you though.
The part of the movie that I thought was the best was Luke projecting himself in front of Kylo and that whole fight/exchange. Super cool to finally see some of Lukes ultimate power. Oh wait, then he died right after. lame.
*Hey man, it killed him. He knew he was sacrificing himself to become a Legend and to help restart the resistance. I thought it was cool.
Sprinkle in some bad jokes for laughs and what not. bravo. made a star wars worse than the prequels.
*Some jokes admittedly were bad. But at least I didn't have to listen to 2 and a half hours of battle droids going "Rodger Rodger" and "Ouch" when they got hit by a light sabre.
I probably will never watch this episode again, and for sure not going to see the next one at a midnight showing. Very disappointing
EDIT: added these things to first post so all my rage is listed here:
Addendum 1: Ending episode 7 on a cliff hanger with Rey anding Luke his lightsabre, then Luke tossing it over his shoulder for a cheap laugh in E8
*He wasn't into it I guess.... I wanted him to say after she hands him the lightsabre... "Hey there was a hand with this... you didn't see it did you?"
Addendum 2: Showing Chewie eating those cute little critters for no reason, kinda messed up to portray a beloved character that way.
*He didn't eat them... he felt guilty. But come on. He is a damn Wookie... the same beast that would rip your arms out of your socket if you looked at him wrong, or if you beat him in a game. He is supposed to be a badass... not a wuss.
Addendum 3: Just a terrible plot device as "running out of gas" as being the big event that is causing all the turmoil.
*Hey that is what they went with... the resistance almost dying out. Desperate... etc. I don't think it worked on the screen as much as it probably worked in the script. But I didn't hate it.
Addendum 4:If they are just tracking the main ship, uh duh, warp to hyperspace in the other ships and stay alive and save your fleet. derrr
*That is a great point, if they had the fuel than yep. I like that idea. I will give you that one.
Addendum 5: Do the knights of ren even exist in this story anymore?
*Another JJ mystery box item. You have to remember JJ loves putting all sorts of plot holes purposely without the intention of actually answering all of the questions. Remember Lost? Just more questions... every damn season.. more questions.... then he throws a damn polar bear in for fun... stupid.
Addendum 6: The entire start of Ep 7 is about the map fragment to find Luke, who doesnt want to be found cause he has a sweet spear fishing spot with fresh, non-pasteurized alien tit milk all to himself!
*He just doesn't want to be the hero... He read the texts and learned about the Jedi Order and how shitty they actually were. So he's a Jedi who grew disenchanted with the Jedi Order. Renounced his faith. Decided to die on that little spit of land because it reminded him of home with the two suns. He found peace. He wanted the Jedi order to end. And he was the last Jedi.
Anyway that was my two cents... I can see we have crazy different views. I assume you were a fan of the Prequels which I think ended up almost killing Star Wars. But to each his own.