Hey Hal, I’ve only watched bits of your edit so far, but it’s so much improved over the original that it’s almost comical. The pacing, the color correction…just incredibly well done. I haven’t been this excited about a fan edit since Despecialized. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I did have a thought though - what do people think about not having Hux as a spy? It massively contradicts with his borderline over-the-top Imperialism that we see in the other two movies. Surely, I can’t be the only one who thinks that it’s jarring to go from this guy to “I’M THE SPY!!!”
And the thing is, it really wouldn’t take that much work to remove. Clip a couple of lines about “The Spy!” when Poe and Finn come back from their reconnaissance trip in the beginning, and then cut straight from the two of them rescuing Chewie and running down the hallway to them recovering the Falcon. That way you also avoid the awkward “Hero is captured > Hero escapes > Hero is re-captured > Hero re-escapes” setup, which is very strange pacing-wise. Hux is literally completely irrelevant to the film.