Really, not a single movie since the original 1977 space opera has managed to avoid backlash. Whatever fans think of The Last Jedi, most fans don't think of Rey as inherently awful because she's a girl with girl-cooties, and don't see the addition of nuanced men of color or an evolved legacy character as inherently bad things. He did what Johnson asked him to do because it served the story.
Do I really need to say it?
Granted, this fact is the very thing that the sexist fanboy contingent absolutely hates.
Just as thousands of others did at movie theaters across the country on Thursday, Brian Bennett and his daughter Brianna got in line early.
Let's start at the beginning, shall we?
From my "Is It Star Wars?" graphic, you can see that the book does not pull readers into the well-established galaxy of Star Wars. The evacuation is a success and General Leia (Carrie Fisher) orders Poe to join the others.
"You physically can't get rid of them".
Four short stories tell the tale of these new characters, each penned by a different author. Since we last saw her in The Force Awakens, she has been promoted to lieutenant for her "admirable service as an operations controller during the Starkiller crisis". The new creatures look so real and are more elaborate than I have ever seen from Star Wars.
"Who is this guy?"
It might become a new tradition to have big stars play Stormtroopers in these new Star Wars movies. The characters are all new, and what's worse is that none of them appear to be relevant to the events of The Last Jedi. It's also a beacon for the next generation. All his ideas involve blowing stuff up and ask questions later.
In the past few weeks leading up to the film's worldwide release, Hamill has subsequently opened up about his thoughts on returning to the role of the iconic hero. "But, it's not my story anymore". No longer is Rey the only main lady representing in the Star Wars world.
Still, he thought it was missing something. We know from other books that he is the illegitimate son of General Brendol Hux, which granted him a childhood of privilege. He told the outlet he believes it's time men be "reinstated as rulers of society". "Luke would never say that". That's why we loved him. That's the crux of my problem. Ultimately, it is only through the sacrifice of old characters that they survive (Luke, Holdo). Now that the Force is just sitcom magic, you can bet that Episode IX will feature time travel, the deadly scourge of all that is good in science fiction. "He doesn't secrete himself on an island". But if he made a mistake, he would try and right that wrong.