These movies failed on so many levels. The overarching narrative as a whole, was a complete, empty, unorganized mess. A hollow shell with no feeling, respect or emotion. The characters had little to no exposition and failed to relate or be of any worth to the audience. For example:
When you develop a main character you give that character weaknesses, so they can grow over time. That way you as a viewer can relate to them. Especially, your main hero! Rey was little miss perfect: didn’t have to train in the force, could win any fight, could use Jedi mind tricks, lift giant boulders, all with no effort or training. And all for some political agenda (Ohhh, no, they can’t show women going through hardships or have the male characters outshine them!). Todays society can’t handle that, it will offend and make the female species look too weak and timid!
And she gets very little to no training from Luke which doesn’t allow for them to form any kind of strong bond. Then is Ep. 9 Leia trains her for 5 minutes. Too little, too late! But, worst of all: you make her a Palpatine! With the uncreative decision to resurrect the Emperor, completely destroying the point of Anakin’s sacrifice! Not to mention, she even claims the Skywalker name of which was unearned from the very beginning! Pffffffffffft!
Let’s take Fin for another example: What worth as a character did he have? He used to be a storm trooper. Okaaay….So, how about show his backstory? What hardships did he endure? How did he better himself? Show the events that made him leave the Empire. How did he grow as a character from that decision? What people or outcomes affected that decision? What did he accomplish? An opportunity to show past conflicts and events between him and Captain Phasma was completely missed! It made their confrontation feel hollow and without any weight! A truly wasted villain.
I don’t know Rian Johnson, maybe you shouldn’t have added the casino side mission and introduced a useless character (Rose) so you could I don’t know, give Fin a past and maybe develop Fin more as a character? Just a thought…
And in Episode 7 Fin was able to wield and fight with a lightsaber, but we got no further explanation as to why. And it seems like he might have been set up as a possible love interest for Rey but later dropped for Rose in Ep. 8 and then later dropping Rose for…no one…in Episode 9. The script couldn’t make up its mind LOL! Pathetic.
Even George Lucas wanted Luke to go down a path of isolation and contempt from the force. So, I’m not saying that was a bad story idea. What I am saying is: it was executed completely wrong: Show him in a bad way, but later have him rise out of his hate, back into the character we knew…:
-Throwing away the lightsaber Rey hands to him like it was trash (having no respect for his Jedi training or the past that defined him) Then, Episode 9 later having to retcon that way of thinking, catching it like the sacred object it is, after Rey haphazardly throws it…Just ridiculous!
-Showing him drinking from an alien tit! This was total disrespect for the hero fans grew up with. It just made him feel like a slob, was gross, shameful and was completely out of place!
-Attempting to Kill Ben Solo/Kylo Ren in the past. The OT Luke would never do this and is a complete fan-fiction made up in Rian Johnsons’ mind. Sure, I’m just going to kill my best friends/Sisters son. I saved and redeemed my father, but who cares, I won’t try to change fate or anything, I’ll just go with my force hunch, it’s the only way…
-Not bearing witness to Han Solo’s death. Why would you have complete strangers witness this major event? It would have had more of an impact if Luke was there. But…no…Just bad writing again. And then you have a deleted scene of Luke sensing Han’s death (Which is not in the F&***ing movie!) Oh, and Leia didn’t hug Chewy after hearing the news, but rather hugged Rey for support. What’s Chewy, complete shit?! What was Rey to her? They have no history. Chewy was there for you more than Rey ever was! Again, Rian Johnsons’ Fan-fiction with no respect for the past characters.
-Luke dying in Ep. 8. This left no room for him to come out of his depression and slowly return to the Luke we all know. From a story standpoint, it was a missed opportunity to have him return and accomplish something in the last move: he could have trained Rey, fought Kylo Ren, helped Rey in the final battle or gave his life like a true hero to save his friends. Just a waste.
This video sums it up best from the man himself:
“I hate how Luke was portrayed as a weak coward who ran from his family and considered executing his nephew, all so Disney could shove their crappy new characters down our throats. Nice try Disney, this movie sucks.”
What was the point of it all…?
So, these are some major examples imo, which show just how bad, limited, and childish the writing was. Without a doubt, showing no plan, respect, or development for these characters. When you have two directors that completely disregard the others creative direction, your story becomes a complete, nonsensical, confused, mess of a trilogy. A trilogy that sets up story threads, only to change its mind, then to change its mind again! And just goes to show you how incredibly lazy and haphazard the writing and decision making truly was! When everything is said and done, not amounting to anything remotely memorable or worthwhile; just a complete waste of our time.