I think Palpatine’s plan was clear enough in that the audience never expects him to be trustworthy about what his true intentions are.
I’ve been thinking, in order to give some useful plot function to Rey’s vision, how about showing glimpses of Kylo Ren using the Wayfinder and going through the Nebula? I think this would motivate Rey checking out the Wayfinder on the book (if that’s still something that’s being kept), which then feeds into her showing Leia. Also it makes it so that when Rey gets the Wayfinder from Kylo’s Tie whisperer, she has at least already seen it there before and it doesn’t feel as much like it’s coming out of nowhere.
I don’t think that’s really necessary. The vision serves as a nice character beat for Rey in a film that is so much of just plot plot plot. She’s also very distraught by the vision so the idea that she’s gleaming useful information would feel incongruous. Plus in general it’s solving a problem I don’t think needs fixing - Rey knowing about the wayfinders in the first place, since as we see it’s in the book.
And when she looks for one in Kylo’s ship, it’s not coming from nowhere. First of all Lando says that two were made. It’s simple logic that if Kylo has been to Exegol he must have used the other one.
I applaud the incredible rendition for the Force healing illustration. However, I do think that at a conceptual level, it is a tad coincidental that Rey was reading up about that particular power the very day she would need to use it twice (and presumably for the first time since it is suggested she doesn’t leave the base).
I think having her verbally tell BB-8 that she read up on it in the books is enough of an explanation if one would actually want to include one. I personally don’t think it’s super necessary to have any explanation (after all, nobody questioned Baby Yoda using it) but that’s beside the point, I guess.
Alluding to the concept of Force healing before it happens feels a tad premature imo vs having Rey look up the Wayfinder on the book because she saw it in her vision, which serves a plot function that strenghten the connective tissue of the whole first act and pays off in the third act.
Showing, as they say, is better than telling. I honestly personally think the illustration change is good and the line to BB-8 is not worth the hassle. I agree that you don’t even really need to show the force healing illustration either but I think between the two (force healing vs. wayfinder) it’s the stronger choice.
Truthfully if we were to go through and try to fix every coincidence in a Star Wars film it would never end. There’s nothing to suggest Rey is only seeing this page for the first time, in fact she’s actually flipping back to it in the shot rather than flipping forward to it. If anything you could interpret the force healing illustration as a pet concept that has fascinated her since she started reading the books.
Basically, I think it’s a stronger choice to show something that develops Rey’s character (both with the book and the vision) than to overcomplicate things solely for the purpose of fixing a coincidence. I think the plot point of the wayfinders is made fairly clear a number of times to not need further screentime.