Well here’s my main gripes with all 3 movies in a nutshell.
The Force Awakens
-the big problem is its a rehash of A New Hope and wasn’t very innovative or creative.
-Starkiller Base, yeah that got destroyed faster than the first Death Star and nobody blinks an eye.
-The First Order, where did they come from? how did they get so powerful?
-Why isn’t Finn dead from being slashed with a lightsaber? How come he could wield a lightsaber?
-Why is Rey so powerful?
The Last Jedi
-all the plot threads set up in TFA were abandoned. Rey’s parents were nobodies. Snoke was just some guy. Luke throws his lightsaber away.
-things that looked visually cool but didn’t make any sense; Leia surviving in space, Holdo maneuver etc
-TLJ version of Luke is widely criticized by most fans as being out of character
-all the Rose/Finn parts of the movie
-Why is Rey so powerful?
The Rise of Skywalker
-too many things go unexplained. How did Palpatine survive? How did he get his large army? Why did he create multiple Snokes? How did the Death Star II survive in that explosion? Anakin’s lightsaber is repaired now? There’s a bunch of Sith spectators now? Who? What? How?
-fake out ‘deaths’ like Chewie and C3POs memory wipe.
-Finn never got to tell Rey something. Chekov’s Gun anyone?
-Rey and Kylo kiss. Why?
-Why is Rey so powerful? and learning ridiculous force abilities that we have never seen before out of nowhere
Out of the three, The Force Awakens was the best cause it had the least flaws and The Last Jedi is easily the worst because not only did it ruin the Force Awakens by discarding all those plot threads, but it also set up the Rise of Skywalker for failure.
Rey is one of the most uninteresting main characters I’ve ever come across. Has very little personality, little explanation for why she’s so flawless and powerful, very unrelatable as a result, very one dimensional, steals everything from Luke (his lightsaber, home, x-wing, even his name at the end), really wished that they would have turned her into the dark side for real (too bad it was just a brief illusion) and let her die instead of Kylo. Disney, please look to Ahsoka Tano for a female main character with an actual relatable personality. Why wasn’t she the protagonist instead of this Rey person?
Kylo was the most interesting character of the trilogy. Finn could have been the most interesting character but they sidelined him in favor of new characters that were not necessary.
I feel like the thing that makes the sequel trilogy really fail is the lack of a cohesive storyline. Even though George Lucas is a terrible director, at least he wrote a somewhat coherent storyline for the prequels and made them all tie in with each other. the sequels feels like JJ and Rian were fighting with each other on the storyline and that really hurts it. They should have had either JJ or Rian (but not both) direct the entire trilogy.