1. Finn’s character arc must be better
Let’s make something abundantly clear right out of the gates — not everything about the sequel trilogy is terrible. In fact, there are a lot of great ideas that were just fleshed out horribly. For instance, one of the absolute best ideas is the character of Finn.
Finn, a brainwashed stormtrooper who has a bout with his conscience, is one of the most interesting characters introduced in Episode VII. Needing absolutely no explanation for his inclusion in the story other than the fact that he was basically born into the rejuvenated Empire, Finn could have been one of the coolest characters in Star Wars lore.
Instead, he was diminished to a boring side role who never actually told Rey what he had been meaning to tell her. Remember that?
It’s ever-so-subtly revealed that Finn is a Force-sensitive character. It’s great that we get to discover that in the final film of the trilogy when he’s doing absolutely nothing with it.
Imagine the story of a stormtrooper turned Jedi. That could have been Finn. Instead, all we remember Finn for is the many times he screamed, “Rey!”
The duo we got: Rey and Kylo. The duo we should have got: Rey and Finn. Two nothings from absolutely nowhere who discover their force sensitivity and power at an older age. This is one element of the storyline that may never be rewritten unless they choose to do so in the near future.
John Boyega did a tremendous job with this character. Finn is cool, he’s funny, and he’s got a fascinating past. Unfortunately, he went nowhere after Episode VII.