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One other point to consider is that this is the 1st of a new trilogy, and therefore perhaps we need to see the follow ups to properly judge it as part of a larger story?
Yeah, but this movie was 150 minutes long. It's a lot of material with almost no answers. A New Hope was the first in a trilogy, but it still offers a basic understanding of what's going on. And, yeah, the prequels explained too much, but I feel like JJ took things *way too far* the other way in this one.
In A New Hope, they don't explain specifics about the Empire, but we get the general premise. They're a galactic empire with a ton of resources and a ton of soldiers. Think the Nazis or the Romans or a hundred other empires.
The First Order seems like the same thing. They have the same soldiers and the same ships. But how did that happen? Did Snoke take over from the Empire, which maintained most of their power? If so, why is it renamed the First Order? Did they just get a rebranding? Or are they a completely different sect?
On the other side, is the Resistance the same as the Rebellion? Why the shift there? Did the New Republic spring from the Rebellion, or is it something different?
I get that First Order = Empire and Rebellion = Resistance, but I have no idea how those dots got connected. And, thus, whether anything that happened in the "middle trilogy" did any good. And I get that this is the first chapter in a new book, but shouldn't I have any semblance of understanding of what happened before moving on to the second chapter?