The entire Disney Trilogy is screwed up thanks to TFA’s ANH-reboot and reset back to Empire vs. Rebels.
Lose the Starkiller base. New Republic is still in power. The First Order is a fringe secret organization in the outer rim, not The Empire again. They don’t have gigantic Dreadnaughts and Stealth Bomber ships.
The Last Jedi might have been a good movie on that smaller scale. (TFA would have been better as well.)
A single Star Destroyer and Rebel Transport locked in a lowspeed chase. That’s a potentially thrilling and dramatic set piece. U-Boat and Sink the Bismarck! vibes. (ALSO A CALLBACK TO THE OPENING OF A NEW HOPE).
As is, they required SO many universe-breaking gotchas to enable the main plot of the movie that the entire Leia/Po/Finn arcs were ruined. Rey/Kylo/Luke are the only things redeemable from this movie. Looking forward to The Last Edit.
I’m not totally familiar with the extended universe. But I think this new trilogy should have been centered around something like the Jedi Temple, or whatever was big like that in the extended universe. Have Luke running it. Then maybe there is a new Sith lord emerge and turn one of his pupils to the dark side and becomes his apprentice. And then maybe in 8 Luke battles the Sith lord and dies. And in 9 Luke’s “good” pupil takes on the Sith Lord and his apprentice.
I think something like that would have been a lot better then this New Order and the new Stormtroopers running around, etc.
This whole New Order and new Stormtroopers just feels like they are just trying to remake the OT instead of advancing the story beyond ROTJ.
But maybe we’ll get something like that in the new trilogy Disney is working on.