I had another idea for a Post-Location-Reveal/Falcon Scene. Y’all remember this vision? If we can replicate a similar distortion effect, that might be a subtle way of tying back into the other trilogies.
So, picture that effect over, say, a shot of the Throne Room or something. We hear Sith Whispers, and Finn’s voice, kind of echoey, as he says “The Endor System? Are you sure? Rey?” [cut to a brief shot of Rey looking all spaced out] Finn says again, “Rey!” [the panel on the Falcon sparks, Rey looks up at it, snapping out of her daze. She clears the smoke, the scene resumes as normal].
[Cut to the Falcon flying through hyperspace.] Poe says “Landing gear’s busted? How busted?” [Potentially insert a new shot of Chewie reacting, or even 3PO reacting (“Oh my!”), to alleviate the rushed transition that Hal pointed out. Plus, it would help us to pad out the movie a little more and take a breath.]
We get another visual depiction of the new location, Finn learns about it, and we don’t have to copy much footage from later in the scene. Plus, a Prequel tie in!
If we can get that reshuffle to work in the sequence, I really do like the flow of Poe commenting on their landing gear, and then using that scene as a segue into the next. It’s not the biggest deal, but the current progression just feels a little choppy to me.