The more I think about The Rise of Skywalker, the more it bothers me. I liked the message of The Last Jedi, that Sith and Jedi, it's all one, and we should learn to let go of the past. It respected the original trilogy more than bringing back Palpatine and undoing the importance of what Luke and his father did. I liked that Kylo Ren unshackled himself from his master. Episode IX really should have just had Kylo Ren in charge, instead of once again going back to the pawn of the evil master idea. I really thought he had finally become his own man after TLJ and that we might see a more confident, clear-headed ruler in Episode IX. Destroying the helmet that made him feel more like Vader was a part of that. I'm so confused that Luke searched for Palpatine while exiling himself, or searched for Palpatine between training the new Jedi and exiling himself. This dumb retcon just so Kylo Ren could have a master again.
I really didn't want Rey to be related to anyone and was so relieved when The Last Jedi said that she was no one, came from nothing. My biggest fear for Episode IX was that JJ Abrams would undo that, and he fucking did. I hoped they'd explain her power some other way. Why another offspring? It's so predictable, so dumb, like every hero in the galaxy has to be related. Rey's whole arc was about finding out where she belongs and who she is. I did like the idea presented in Rise of Skywalker that she can be whoever she wants to be, but we could have gotten there just fine by continuing from where TLJ ended.
I'm pretty sure if a moon crashed into Kef Bir, which is itself a moon, that moon would be freaking gone. Death Star II has a diameter of 160 km. That's enough to destroy Earth's atmosphere. It's sixteen times the size of the meteor that ended the dinosaurs. Even if just half or a third the space station landed on Kef Bir, it would be absolutely catastrophic. And how the hell can so much of it be seen from within the moon's atmosphere? It's too massive. We saw the whole exterior of the space station get obliterated in Return of the Jedi. I think I'm pretty open minded with Star Wars, but they stretched my suspension of disbelief beyond belief.
Disney pussed out in the presence of all the backlash, and in the end it broke the trilogy even more than if they had just followed the path Rian Johnson set.