Just updated the OP. Almost everything without the check mark ✅ next to it involves things needed from other people.
It’s coming together, which is nice to see. And a pretty short time since the BR came out, too.
I hope I’m not forgetting anything or missing any good ideas others may have heard about or had. (“Good” including being a good fit for this project, that’s not to say any idea I didn’t go with isn’t necessarily good.)
One thing I know we tossed around is trying to imply that the Final Order is a stashed fleet from the days of the Empire. In the current cut of the movie, we don’t ever see inside one until the First Order people go to Exegol. One would probably just assume these clearly imperial star destroyers to be leftover from the Empire anyway, so this just doesn’t contradict that assumption. It’s not at all obvious that they’re a different scale, so that doesn’t matter to me. The weird part is the underbelly cannons that aren’t ever commented on. I would imagine assuming they had been modified, enough to “attack” “all free worlds.” Whether you want to imagine that to mean planet destruction or just something like an orbital bombardment is up to you.
We tried a line for Poe that just didn’t fit, but I wonder if anyone has any other ideas. Subtitled alien closeup during the early Resistance meeting scene? Oolab Puba saying “The rumored lost fleet…”?