See you around, kid.

I found The Force Awakens more of a nostalgic retread instead of using the new trilogy as an opportunity to try something new. (Rogue One was pretty to look at but an utter waste of a cast.) The Last Jedi manages to evoke nostalgia without it feeling heavy-handed while introducing new ideas to the franchise.

That doesn’t mean that some things could’ve been executed better. Finn and Rose’s arc was a mess – I have no idea how Finn has grown in this movie and what is Rose’s role in this movie? I’m glad Rose and Kelly Marie Tran means that there’s a larger space for Asian American women but her character arc had a lot of Mary Sue elements – grieving backstory, fierce idealism, can-do ability, somehow shows a hero a reason to fight in the war? (Which I don’t buy. And the romance? Where did that come from?) Vice Admiral Holdo is used as a foil for Poe to grow into leadership but I felt like she was mostly there so she could sacrifice herself instead of Leia. While I liked Yoda coming back to grandstand Luke in force powers one more time and to tell him what to do, why have the Jedi Master Force Ghosts been letting Luke stew for a decade instead of helping him out?

I was hoping that Rey would kill Luke in this movie and explore the concept of grey Jedi (having both light and dark because the Force just wants balance, man) as well as seeing how the franchise could show redemption for both Rey and Kylo Ren but that is not to be. The Last Jedi felt more family-friendly with the abundance of porgs and reinforcing the idea that anyone could have the Force instead of another fixation on bloodline purity. I’m pretty sure I’m not the audience the new Star Wars franchise is aiming for, but that’s okay.