Password: fanedit (all lowercase)
I have made two big changes to Lando’s arrival, each of which addresses the two biggest contributors to why I feel the scene feels “forced”. First, the scene gives next to no build-up between Snap’s death to Lando’s return. I’ve already touched on this – for this second version, I removed any lines of the First Order losing a destroyer and smoothed the audio to feel less choppy.
The second change is all I see are ships, not people. For all I care Lando could have shown up with only Wedge. We needed to see the people showing up, ideally, people from across the saga. This is pure fan service, but I think this is the one place where it should be used. We’ve spent nine movies learning about the various characters from across the galaxy, now it is time for all that to pay off and for all sorts of peoples and factions to return to stop the Empire. It presents much more emotion than just “oh look cgi noise”.