Yeah, it even manages to subvert the fact that it’s a middle chapter, and that’s wonderful. I am so glad that there are few obvious paths forward in this galaxy, because that means that whatever comes next will be different than any previous Star Wars movie.
It could go anywhere, with any time jump. There’s room for our heroes to have years of adventures before facing the final chapter.
A final chapter that will feature the rebels somehow defeating the FO, and Rey beating Kylo again. There’s no tension there. All the connections to the past are gone. Rey’s a blank slate without a history, as is the FO. Leia’s given up on her son, and since Carrie Fisher is sadly gone, there’s not going to be a confrontation. Han’s death thus only becomes a stepping stone for Kylo’s ascension to the throne. The final chapter is supposed to be a pay-off, but a pay-off to what?