Finally saw RoS. I surprisingly liked it. It is maybe the best of the sequels? It felt like a funner though messier Force Awakens, probably because of the conclusive nature of the film. Rey actually feels like a tangible character with a personality. Finn and Poe's roles however felt disappointing, but I kind of expected as much.
Even though I enjoyed it, it still feels like the sequel trilogy is... optional. They went in without some kind of road map because MONEY and now we have a really fan fiction-y trilogy that instead of sticking to a vision, became this weird reactionary trilogy that changed it's mind every single film to the point where all three feel almost standalone and feel at times loosely tied together by a hand wave-y plot. I enjoyed seeing Sideous again, and Kylo Ren becoming good even if it felt way too sudden and contrived (and then like never speaking another word after he became good.... what was up with that).
Of course I think the Sideous thing as a plot overall could have been done much better by giving it more context in episode 7 and 8. TBH I would have been fine if they split episode 9 into two movies, since JJ basically kinda ignores large aspects of TLJ so it feels like more of a sequel to episode 7 than 8. There were rumors suggesting he wanted to do this, and I think since episode 9 feels so far left field of episode 8 it would have been justified considering the direction they went. There were so many things introduced in episode 9 that would have been better introduced in 8.
But despite all of that I felt JJ did well enough with what he got. I'm surprised he managed to stick the landing at all.