While TLJ did not feel like a Star Wars film all is not lost. In order to achieve is a balance between new and old. Something that TFA was closer to doing. The real question is can Abrams find it.
Fans grumbled that The Force Awakens was too much like A New Hope. Fair enough. While TFA was far from a perfect film it was closer to what fans have come to expect and love about a Star Wars film.
The reason TLJ fell short was because it did not expound on the questions that TFA presented. Such as who are the Knights of Ren? How could Rey hear Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi? There are more questions that the film begged to learn more about that went unanswered in TLJ.
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J.J. Abrams has a golden opportunity to come in and save the day. If he gives fans a deeper look at the Knights of Ren or reveals who Rey’s parents are. Or gives us a non Yoda or Obi-Wan Force ghost (like Anakin or Luke Skywalker) and by all means if he does not cram non-important things into the film he will be on the right track.
This is the closing of a rather big story — the Skywalker portion of Star Wars. The focus needs to be on them as individuals and a family. If Abrams does something along these lines he will right some wrongs and become a hero.
Because J.J. has said he wants to connect the Original, Prequel and Sequel trilogies The way to do that is to add to the body by bypassing any damage done by TLJ. Let’s all hope the Force is with J.J. Abrams.
What can Abrams do to help those fans left disheartened by The Last Jedi?