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* EarWorm:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nron62kBsWc "Jabba Flow"]], the music in Maz Kanata's castle is very catchy; it helps that it was composed by Creator/LinManuelMiranda. Unfortunately, it's sold separately from the official soundtrack.
** Rey's bouncy, airy theme is quite catchy.


* AmericansHateTingle: While not unanimously disliked, the film caused a strong BrokenBase in Spain as opposed to the general acclaim it received everywhere else, in no small part due to the Prequel Trilogy (whose downplaying was a point meant by the producers, marketing and everything related to ''The Force Awakens'') being famously well regarded there. The film's perceived shortcomings, particularly its derivative nature and Kylo Ren' and Rey's characterizations, rampaged through Spanish forums for months after its release, and it became an InternetBackdraft that only decreased after ''Film/RogueOne'' turned out a much more unanimous success in the country.

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* AmericansHateTingle: While not unanimously disliked, the film caused a strong BrokenBase in Spain as opposed to the general acclaim it received everywhere else, in no small part due to the Prequel Trilogy (whose downplaying was a point meant by the producers, marketing and everything related to ''The Force Awakens'') being famously well regarded there. The film's perceived shortcomings, particularly its derivative nature and Kylo Ren' and Rey's characterizations, rampaged through Spanish forums for months after its release, and it became an InternetBackdraft issue that only decreased after ''Film/RogueOne'' turned out a much more unanimous success in the country.


** The Stormtrooper Rey uses the Jedi Mind Trick on. What makes him even more memorable is that he's played by Creator/DanielCraig in an uncredited cameo. What makes it better? His Stormtrooper name was [[Franchise/JamesBond JB007]]

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** The Stormtrooper Rey uses the Jedi Mind Trick on. What makes him even more memorable is that he's played by Creator/DanielCraig in an uncredited cameo. What makes it better? His Stormtrooper name was [[Franchise/JamesBond JB007]]JB007]].


** The Stormtrooper Rey uses the Jedi Mind Trick on. What makes him even more memorable is that he's played by Creator/DanielCraig in an uncredited cameo.

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** The Stormtrooper Rey uses the Jedi Mind Trick on. What makes him even more memorable is that he's played by Creator/DanielCraig in an uncredited cameo. What makes it better? His Stormtrooper name was [[Franchise/JamesBond JB007]]


* ContestedSequel: It's ''Star Wars'', what did you expect? While generally very well-received, there is a divide in terms of where it ranks among the films. Some see it as a major improvement over the prequels, or the best installment after the original trilogy or even ''The Empire Strikes Back'', while some see it as [[ItsTheSameNowItSucks an uninspired rehash of]] ''[[ItsTheSameNowItSucks A New Hope]]'' and point out that the prequels at least did something different or even straight up think the prequels were better. While some fans agree that it's better than the prequels (though there are just as many who would argue that, or whether it's weaker than ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''), the fanbase is more divided as to how it stacks up compared to the [[FirstInstallmentWins original trilogy]]; some people consider the originals to be [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny dated]] and appreciate that ''TFA'' gives a more modernized take on ''Star Wars'' without having as many pitfalls as the prequels, while others attest that the original trilogy [[ToughActToFollow is too legendary and genre-defining to be topped]], often bringing up that ''TFA'' had to rehash a lot of elements from ''A New Hope'' to please the crowd.

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* ContestedSequel: It's ''Star Wars'', what did you expect? While generally very well-received, there is a divide in terms of where it ranks among the films. Some see it as a major improvement over the prequels, or the best installment after the original trilogy or even ''The Empire Strikes Back'', while some see it as [[ItsTheSameNowItSucks an uninspired rehash of]] ''[[ItsTheSameNowItSucks A New Hope]]'' and point out that the prequels at least did something different or even straight up think the prequels were better. While some other fans agree feel that it's better than the prequels (though there are just as many who would argue that, or whether it's weaker than ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''), prequels, the fanbase is more divided as to how it stacks up compared to the [[FirstInstallmentWins original trilogy]]; some people consider the originals to be [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny dated]] and appreciate that ''TFA'' gives a more modernized take on ''Star Wars'' without having as many pitfalls as the prequels, while others attest that the original trilogy [[ToughActToFollow is too legendary and genre-defining to be topped]], often bringing up that ''TFA'' had to rehash a lot of elements from ''A New Hope'' to please the crowd.


* MemeticBadass: [[http://i.imgur.com/kHn7Bwc.gif The unidentified First Order Stormtrooper]] who challenges Finn to a melee duel with a riot control shock baton. He is specialized in riot control, yet he almost kills a guy wielding a ''lightsaber''. After the film's premiere, people started calling him the "Boba Fett of ''The Force Awakens''". He's since been christened "TR-8R", Tray Tor, or [="TR8-T0R"=] (strictly speaking, the variation which makes the most phonetic sense is [=TR8-0R=]), after his one spoken line of dialogue. He was later [[WordOfGod revealed in an article]] to be Finn's former squad-mate FN-2199, or Nines. Hounding the traitorous Finn or references to Nines' "sick spins" and loyalty are common usages of the meme.

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* MemeticBadass: [[http://i.imgur.com/kHn7Bwc.gif The unidentified First Order Stormtrooper]] who challenges Finn to a melee duel with a riot control shock baton. He is specialized in riot control, yet he almost kills a guy wielding a ''lightsaber''.''lightsaber'' (though, admittedly, said guy had absolutely zero lightsaber training whatsoever). After the film's premiere, people started calling him the "Boba Fett of ''The Force Awakens''". He's since been christened "TR-8R", Tray Tor, or [="TR8-T0R"=] (strictly speaking, the variation which makes the most phonetic sense is [=TR8-0R=]), after his one spoken line of dialogue. He was later [[WordOfGod revealed in an article]] to be Finn's former squad-mate FN-2199, or Nines. Hounding the traitorous Finn or references to Nines' "sick spins" and loyalty are common usages of the meme.


* VocalMinority: Negative comments of this movie are so common, even on Wiki/ThisVeryWiki, it's easy to forget that it stands at a 92% critical rating and a 87% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. For a frame of reference, ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' has a 43% critical rating and a 19% audience rating on the same site, meaning that there are actually a larger percent of both critics and fans who like that movie than there are who dislike this one.

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* VocalMinority: Negative comments of this movie are so common, even on Wiki/ThisVeryWiki, it's easy to forget that it stands at a 92% critical rating and a 87% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. For a frame of reference, ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' has a 43% critical rating and a 19% audience rating on the same site, meaning that there are actually a larger percent of both critics and fans who like that movie than there are who dislike this one.


** The production team snags the stars of ''Film/TheRaidRedemption'' and ''Film/TheRaid2Berandal'' -- three martial artists who can make Creator/RayPark as Darth Maul look like a cripple -- only to employ them in brief roles as mobsters harassing Han Solo before they're taken out by the vicious creatures Han stored in his cargo ship. From interviews with the trio, it appears that they pitched a physical fight scene to Creator/JJAbrams, but Abrams deemed it too violent for the movie.

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** The production team snags the stars of ''Film/TheRaidRedemption'' and ''Film/TheRaid2Berandal'' -- ''Film/TheRaid2Berandal'', three noted martial artists who can make Creator/RayPark as Darth Maul look like a cripple -- only to employ them arts performers, but they don't engage in brief roles as mobsters harassing Han Solo an actual fight scene before they're getting taken out by the vicious creatures Han stored in his cargo ship.monsters. From interviews with the trio, it appears that they pitched a physical fight scene to Creator/JJAbrams, but Abrams deemed it too violent for the movie.



** As mentioned in a few entries, the trooper Finn fights is seen as a great unexpected character, but sadly Han quickly kills him.

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** As mentioned in a few entries, the The trooper Finn fights is seen as a great unexpected character, but sadly Han quickly kills him.



** The new PowerTrio doesn't get any scenes together either; Rey and Poe never even speak to each other. Fortunately, they all survive, and have the eighth and ninth films to rectify this.
** Those who liked the more complex political-minded stories of the prequels may find it disappointing how little background information, history, or context is given to the conflict between the Resistance, the First Order, and the New Republic. Most of this information is only elaborated on [[AllThereInTheManual in supplementary material]], being left vague and unexplained in the film itself.


* HilariousInHindsight:
** Creator/MaxVonSydow starred in ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' ,which is part of the franchise that inspired ''Star Wars''... and now he appears in the franchise that owes its inspiration to Flash Gordon. He also joined ''Series/GameOfThrones'' a few months before the film's release, meaning it now shares three actors with that show.
** Luke's first line upon seeing the ''Millennium Falcon'' in ''A New Hope'' is to call it a "piece of junk". Given that it was the cause of a set accident that injured Harrison Ford, Luke probably had the right idea after all. He also predicted his injury in ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLuEk63vyPs 1979]]''.
** The cross-guard lightsaber. ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' (which already had plenty of ''Star Wars'' references) had [[http://nomoreheroes.wikia.com/wiki/Cross_Sword one]] in it (albeit with four blades on the guard), as did the fan-fiction ''[[FanFic/StarWarsParanormalitiesTrilogy Star Wars: Paranormalities]]'' (the author admitted that the design was inspired by ''No More Heroes''). [[http://gahmahraan.deviantart.com/art/Cross-guard-Continuity-Crossover-501993038 It didn't take long after the first teaser for the author of the latter work to essentially say "I had OCs wielding cross-guard lightsabers before it was cool".]]
** A fan film had the [[NamesTheSame same title]], "[[https://www.yahoo.com/movies/watch-the-trailer-for-the-other-star-wars-the-102021669572.html Star Wars: The Force Awakens]]". [[WebVideo/RedLetterMedia Mr. Plinkett]] initially thinks [[http://redlettermedia.com/mr-plinkett-reacts-to-the-star-wars-the-force-awakens-trailer/ it's the Abrams film]], declaring, "Jesus, it looks AMAZING!"
** Rey, was given the production name of "Kira". [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdhOsOMcDWk In a Japanese interview]], Creator/DaisyRidley noted that she had recently read and enjoyed ''Manga/DeathNote'', whose VillainProtagonist operated under the same codename.
** Poe Dameron and Kylo Ren once [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSwO-k-RqNA sang a song about space travel]] with Justin Timberlake.
** There's a joke in ''{{Film/Spaceballs}}'' (a ''Star Wars'' parody) about a Spaceballs-brand flamethrower for kids. Now ''Star Wars'' includes Stormtroopers with actual flamethrowers.
** In a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djsfIj03jDk parody trailer]] for the film mashing it up with other Disney franchises, it dubs over the part where Kylo Ren looks at Darth Vader's melted helmet with [[Disney/TheLionKing Mufasa's "You are my son. The one true king" line]] (the joke being that Creator/JamesEarlJones [[ActorAllusion voiced both characters]]). Then the film came out and it was revealed that Kylo Ren is Darth Vader's ''grand''son.
** The fact that the Stormtrooper seen taking on Finn with a shock baton whilst he has a lightsaber [[TooDumbToLive seemed idiotic]] from the glimpse in the previews, but becomes absolutely hilarious when he ''actually puts up a good fight'' against Finn and would have likely killed him had Han not intervened.
** In a case that has waited nearly four decades to come to fruition, ''Film/HardwareWars'' one of the earliest ''Star Wars'' parodies, dating all the way back to 1978, includes the Princess Leia expy complaining that she can't understand what the Darth Vader expy is saying (at 6:41). Cue Poe Dameron facing Kylo Ren...
** ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' wasted no time making jokes about the movie before its release, including a mini-skit involving [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-T_pjMr7-n0 "never before seen auditions"]]. Come the actual credits to the movie and it turned out that Bill Hader (known for his work on SNL) was credited as a "voice consultant" to BB-8 of all the characters.
** "[[MemeticMutation Snape kills Dumbledore]]" is the most common joke spoiler given about this movie. It's also surprisingly apt, considering Han Solo is the film's mentor figure like Dumbledore was and Kylo Ren looks a lot like Alan Rickman's Snape. See MemeticMutation.
** One of the most memorable aspects from the cartoon segment of ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' was its infamously OffModel depiction of [[http://i.imgur.com/h9tJAnG.jpg Han Solo]]. Amusingly enough, it's a dead ringer for his son, Kylo Ren.
** ''[[FanFic/StarWarsParanormalitiesTrilogy Star Wars: Paranormalities]]'' had some similar ideas even beyond the presence of a lightsaber cross-guard.
*** During the climactic duel, Kylo Ren used his cross-guard to burn Finn's shoulder while caught in a blade lock. In Grein's first appearance, she applied her cross-guard in a similar way to cut the roots of an otherwise lightsaber-resistant pike.
*** While sneaking around Starkiller Base, Finn indicates he doesn't have a concrete plan for destroying it. He simply says "We'll use the Force!", causing a thoroughly exasperated Han Solo to hiss "That's not how the Force works!!" In ''Paranormalities: Episode II'' Chapter 12 (written in early 2014), Zolph provides a similarly-worded (and frustrated) response to [[ItMakesSenseInContext a cannibalistic serial killer who thinks]] [[InsaneTrollLogic he can become Force-sensitive by eating another Jedi based on some misconceptions about midi-chlorians]].
** Just before the release of the movie, the website Comic Book Resources ran an article listing five pieces of the old ExpandedUniverse that likely wouldn't make it into the new film. One of the picks was Jacen Solo, the traitorous son of Han and Leia. This becomes extremely funny since Kylo Ren is in many ways an Expy of Jacen. Someone in the comment section even pointed out the irony, posting "Yeah, about Jacen..."
** Plutt shouting "That's mine!" when Rey and Finn steal the Millennium Falcon. The film developed a {{Friendly Fandom|s}} with ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' due to various circumstances (Chief among which being that both films were resurrections of cult 20th century sci-fi properties), and the latter film has a RunningGag of its hero saying that line.
** As happened after ''Film/ANewHope'' and ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', [[HistoryRepeats one of the breakout stars]] of the movie's next role may be a [[VideoGame/TombRaider intensely popular]] AdventureArchaeologist.
** Poe snarking at Ren that [[EvilSoundsDeep it's difficult to understand him with the mask on]] only got funnier when [[Film/Deadpool2016 a mask proved to muffle someone else's voice.]]
*** In the same scene, Poe jokes about which of them should talk first, when he would later get in a fight over who ''points'' first in his cameo from ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManIntoTheSpiderVerse''.
** Creator/MarkHamill playing a gruff old veteran of a dying order of heroic knight-like warriors who fought to protect worlds against the forces of darkness and tries to train a new generation of such heroes. Wait, were we talking about [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Master Eraqus]] or Luke Skywalker?
** The penultimate episode of Creator/JonFavreau's celebrity dinner-talk show ''Dinner for Five'' featured Creator/KevinSmith listening to Creator/MarkHamill fondly reflecting on George Lucas' ideas for a hypothetical sequel trilogy. Who else was at the table with them[[note]]In addition to Creator/StanLee and Creator/JasonLee[[/note]]? None other than ''Creator/JJAbrams'', who is notably [[{{Foreshadowing}} listening more intently]] to Mark than anyone else at the table (and would bring the whole thing full circle by inviting Smith to visit the set during pre-production.) What's even funnier is that one of George Lucas' unused ideas Hamill mentions (one of Anakin's descendant turning evil) would end up being used in this movie, although in that case, Mark was talking about ''himself''.
** The breakup of Han and Leia would not normally be funny, but {{Magazine/Mad}} made it so in [[https://brandnewretro.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/madstarwars7.jpg their parody for RotJ]]. The last panel showed Yoda at the wedding, holding a sign, "May Divorce Be With You!"
** After all of Finn's puffing himself up claiming to be an expert fighter, a few years later John Boyega played Bigwig in ''Literature/WatershipDown'', another DefectorFromDecadence who really is that impressive.


** One of the most infamous storylines in the EU was Chewbacca's untimely death during an ill-fated mission. Han blames his young son Anakin for the demise of his best friend, and the two are estranged for several months before reconciling. In the new canon, the roles are reversed: Han dies at the hands of his estranged son as Chewie watches helplessly.
** Also, in a non-canon EU story Han and Chewie get lost in space-time and somehow end up in ancient America, where Han is promptly shot full of arrows by Native Americans. Centuries later, Franchise/IndianaJones (possibly implied to be Han's reincarnation) finds the ''Falcon'' and Han's skeleton, while Chewie has survived and become the legendary Sasquatch.
** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', Master Eraqus, who is voiced by Mark Hamill, has one of his pupils betray him in favor of the villain. Here, Luke got betrayed by his student and nephew, Kylo Ren.
** The Battle of Endor DLC for the videogame ''[[Videogame/TheForceUnleashed The Force Unleashed II]]'' actually predicts Han Solo's death in a surprisingly similar way to how he dies in the movie, getting stabbed in the abdomen by a dark force user. Bonus points as the character who did it is called Starkiller. Guess what's the name of the location that Han Solo dies in the movie.
** A hilarious [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T0vs9gYydo skit]] on ''Series/JimmyKimmelLive'' featured Creator/HarrisonFord revealing that he's got a long-standing beef with Chewie about something regarding his wife. However, Kimmel convinced them to [[https://youtu.be/qDM4XVrAAgA make peace]] in time for the release of this film, after Harrison reflected on his long, loving friendship with his favorite walking carpet. Then this film was released and Han dies, and Chewie is completely devastated. ''Ouch.''



** In ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Kate Fleetwood portrayed Mary Cattermole, a Muggle-born witch who is oppressed by Ministry of Magic, who had become ANaziByAnyOtherName thanks to Death Eaters' hostile takeover at the time. Here, she portrayed an officer of the First Order, who ''is'' ANaziByAnyOtherName.


* CriticalDissonance: A low-key variant. While the film is a darling amongst both critics and casual fans, its reception among longtime, hardcore fans is a lot more mixed; while plenty of them love the film too, there is a sizable faction that considers it SoOkayItsAverage at best, and a [[ItsTheSameSoItSucks bland]], [[MoneyDearBoy cynical cash-grab]] at worst.


** Fans have read a number of different meanings into the film, from the relationship between Boomers and Millennials, to meta-commentary on the franchise itself and its fans.

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** Fans have read a number of different meanings into the film, from the relationship between Boomers Boomers, Gen-Xers, and Millennials, to meta-commentary on the franchise itself and its fans.


* MoralEventHorizon:
** The obliteration of the Hosnian system counts as this for Hux, Snoke, and the First Order at large, due to the sheer destruction scale, though perhaps you would also like to consider the [[ObligatoryWarCrimeScene village massacre]] at the start of the movie and Finn's statement that he and countless other children were taken from their families and raised to be [[ChildSoldier killers]] before dying ignominiously.

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* MoralEventHorizon:
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MoralEventHorizon: The obliteration of the Hosnian system counts as this for Hux, Snoke, and the First Order at large, due to the sheer destruction scale, though perhaps you would also like to consider the [[ObligatoryWarCrimeScene village massacre]] at the start of the movie and Finn's statement that he and countless other children were taken from their families and raised to be [[ChildSoldier killers]] before dying ignominiously.


** Starkiller Base was a pale imitation of the Death Star from a storytelling standpoint. The Death Star was the main narrative focal plot of ''A New Hope'', with it being the reason Leia was chased by Vader and what the MacGuffin of the movie was entirely about. In ''The Force Awakens'', the Death Star plans were substituted for the map to Luke. However, Starkiller Base is brought in in the third act without any foreshadowing, is completely unrelated to the map, and its appearance wound up hijacking the original plot to find Luke, leaving the main plot devoid of any sense of payoff. Because the final battle is now all about Starkiller Base, the initial plot thread of Luke's appearance is resolved by R2 acting as a DeusExMachina. It would have been superior if the final battle was about raiding a First Order base to steal the plans, with the tension instead about whether the First Order would get the location before the Resistance was able to.

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** Starkiller Base was a pale imitation of the Death Star from a storytelling standpoint. The Death Star was the main narrative focal plot of ''A New Hope'', with it being the reason Leia was chased by Vader and what the MacGuffin of the movie was entirely about. In ''The Force Awakens'', the Death Star plans were substituted for the map to Luke. However, Starkiller Base is brought in in the third act without any foreshadowing, is completely unrelated to the map, and its appearance wound up hijacking the original plot to find Luke, leaving the main plot devoid of any sense of payoff. Luke. Because the final battle is now ended up being all about Starkiller Base, the initial plot thread of Luke's appearance is resolved by R2 acting as a DeusExMachina. It would might have been superior more interesting if the final battle was about raiding a First Order base to steal the plans, with the tension instead about whether the First Order would get the location before the Resistance was able to.


** Similar with the Guavian Death Gang. A fiery youth with large dark ominous eyes in black leather with a huge gun and an awesome brogue leading a bunch of SuperSerum-infused cyborg warriors described in the ''Visual Dictionary'' as "Utterly Inhuman"... and they get wasted by stupid tentacle monsters and easily blasted by Han wielding Chewie's bowcaster. To their credit, they got to fight a bit and Bala-Tik was a snitch for the First Order... while the guys from ''Film/TheRaid'' just got eaten or ran off in terror.

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** Similar with the Guavian Death Gang. A fiery youth with large dark ominous eyes in black leather with a huge gun and an awesome brogue leading a bunch of SuperSerum-infused cyborg warriors described in the ''Visual Dictionary'' as "Utterly Inhuman"... and they get wasted by stupid tentacle monsters and easily blasted by Han wielding Chewie's bowcaster. To their credit, they got to fight a bit and Bala-Tik was a snitch for the First Order... while the guys from ''Film/TheRaid'' just got eaten or ran off in terror.



** Instead of being a trooper that had a HeelFaceTurn, Finn doesn't do anything evil before deserting the First Order, instead being made out to be a TokenGoodTeammate even before we see him without his helmet on. He defects after failing to kill those that had surrendered in his first mission, despite having apparently never showing issues when he was being trained. Additionally, some fans were disappointed by Finn's [[AngstWhatAngst overall lack of internal conflict regarding his having to fight and kill other Stormtroopers]]. His fellow Stormtroopers would of been the closest thing to a family he had, yet he shows no qualms killing his fellow Stormtroopers, many of which were likely the same as him prior to defecting.
** Plenty were hoping the Starkiller was going to be a super weapon that lasts the entire new trilogy. This was the original plan for the Death Star but Lucas was sure the first film would flop and, since he needed an exciting ending for Episode IV, he moved the destruction forward.

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** Instead of being a trooper that had a HeelFaceTurn, Finn doesn't do anything evil before deserting the First Order, instead being made out to be a TokenGoodTeammate even before we see him without his helmet on. He defects after failing to kill those that had surrendered in his first mission, despite having apparently never showing shown issues when he was being trained. Additionally, some fans were disappointed by Finn's [[AngstWhatAngst overall lack of internal conflict regarding his having to fight and kill other Stormtroopers]]. His fellow Stormtroopers would of have been the closest thing to a family he had, yet he shows no qualms about killing his fellow Stormtroopers, them, many of which whom were likely the same as him prior to defecting.
** Plenty were hoping the Starkiller was going to be a super weapon that lasts the entire new trilogy. This was the original plan for the Death Star but Lucas was sure the first film would flop and, since he needed an exciting ending for Episode IV, he moved the destruction forward.
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** Plenty were hoping Starkiller Base would be a super weapon that lasts the entire new trilogy. This was the original plan for the Death Star but Lucas was sure the first film would flop and, since he needed an exciting ending for Episode IV, he moved the destruction forward.

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