Imagine if Casino Planet Canto Bight had been in The Force Awakens.
People would have rioted. CGI freaking Jar Jar Horse. Tell-don’t-show voicover from bad character explaining why these people are evil. Bad actor slave kids. A chase sequence rivaling Crystal Skull and the Droid Factory.
Remember J.J. going to great lengths to show off his practical X-Wing and Millennium Falcon sets? Saying, “No, we’ve got this, we’re not making the Prequels again.”
I simply don’t understand how that NEED to make a strong OT-worthy Star Wars film has been lost, in the second freaking movie of the Trilogy.
Why are we subverting expectations in structure and pacing? We’ve had exactly one competent Star Wars film in thirty years! Try for two! Save the differently paced movies for the Saga films.
J.J. IX, you’re my only Hope…