While we're still warmed by the residual afterglow of The Force Awakens, a movie that has been universally praised as "good enough" and "a solid financial decision for the Walt Disney Corporation", we couldn't help but have a few lingering questions when it was all over. Not to say that the film wasn't incredibly fun, it was a REALLY GOOD MOVIE. These are the concerns that rattled in our brains, only to be shushed by our hearts because we were trying to watch the young scrappy heroes have a laser sword fight with that shitty emo teen who looks like he hangs out at Hot Topic.
These are the dumb things that DIDN'T ruin The Force Awakens:
So much has been changed/updated/retconned that it was impossible to understand the new status quo in this universe. Why is "The Resistance" different from "The Republic"? How exactly did The First Order emerge from the Empire? Going from what we know from Return of the Jedi, didn't the galaxy just kind of switch hands after the Emperor was killed, since he had only ruled through fear and intimidation? Wasn't the entire universe all hugs and yub-nubs after the big spooky lightning man fell down the hole? Yet that's apparently not the case. There's way too much left up to the novels and comics that should've been explained in the movie. For example, there was a collective gasp in the audience when it was heavily implied that The First Order straight-up GIBBED Coruscant, a familiar setting from the EU and prequels, but it turns out it was some other planet called "Chandrilla".
We must forge a new strategy to renew The Empire from the brink of annihilation
I suggest a new, bigger, Death Star
... ANOTHER Death Star? The thing that costs quintillions of dollars and always fails catastrophically?
Yes, but this one would be BIGGER.
You realize, in terms of military strategy, this is the space equivalent of a land invasion of Russia during Winter? It has literally never worked. If anything, the Empire is at its peak when there ISN'T a Death Star.
FUCK YOU WE'RE BUILDING THIS SHIT
Who the hell is this guy?
Here's what we know about Captain Phasma:
There is absolutely no reason why she should be able to shut down the shield generators, it'd be the equivalent of a drill sergeant having the launch codes for ICBMs. I'm not even going to go into how they manage to hold her hostage with a blaster and she complies, thus negating whatever point there was in being covered head-to-toe in extra special armor. No the main sticking point is the fact that you can cripple the entire defense system of a planet at any random computer terminal provided you have even moderate admin privileges.