It’s strange because before TLJ I had no interest in watching TFA. I had no interest in it after watching TLJ either! But having watched TLJ The Fallen Knight edit (which I thought was fantastic for the most part) it put me in the mood to watch some other fan edits.
There is way less wrong with TFA anyhow, and TFA has an energy that is sorely missing from TLJ. Han and Leia worked really well in this cut, way better than any other previous watch - that might just be the particular mood I was in watching it - or maybe it was some subtle magic you applied? The extra scene with Leia helped a lot, and I thought they were both great, so Han’s death did have the desired effect.
I’d love to try one of my own, maybe to condense TFA and TLJ together. I’d cut that Scottish guy and the Rathtars, Finn leaving and as much Maz as possible. In the TLJ I’d be even more brutal than the Fallen Knight edit. Yoda would go for a start but I’d try and put Holdo in briefly early on in the film.
These fan edits are great, especially considering that these new Disney Star Wars films aren’t much more than big budget fan films themselves.