MKSheppard wrote:There should at least be some background about semi major elements such as why the fuck is so much crap on a shitty out of the way planet like tattooine Jakku.
If you want the super deep detail, sure, go EU for that. But the basics should be in the film.
Not to mention the question of who in the hell the First Order is and what their motivations are. There was virtually no mention of anything political in the film. What was really missing is a scene equivalent to the Imperial briefing sequence from ANH in which we gained a sense of appreciation for how the conflict regarding the Death Star mattered to the wider galaxy.
An additional underlying structural problem with TFA was that the initial conflict over the map had nothing to do with Starkiller Base. While it was loosely similar to the Death Star plans in ANH, that story had the advantage that the fight over the Death Star and the plans were related. Here, the addition of Starkiller Base does nothing to add to the more important story of the hunt for Luke. It was as if they knew they needed a final battle and just went with it.
They could have done this better by having the finale revolve around both rescuing Rey and finding the part of the map held by the First Order. Instead of having R2 save the day with a case of Deus ex machina, each piece could have been a third of the map that reveals it through an overlay rather than the puzzle piece that we got. We could also have gotten something truly different for the ending(at least for films) a pure fighter attack against a star destroyer that was both giving the Falcon an opening and buying time for them once they were aboard. Unlike the Death Star, its guns were intended to shoot at fighters. To make matters worse, they can't actually destroy it until after the heroes get off.
Ultimately The Force Awakens was good in nearly all of the ways the prequels were bad and bad in nearly all of the ways the prequels were good.
This is also yet another case of why the mystery box needs to die a horrible death. It didn't work for Star Trek Into Darkness, it largely ruined Tomorrowland, and now it hurt Star Wars.