Fan service isn’t always automatically a bad thing. The third act of Avengers Endgame is arguably the biggest piece of fan service in history, and I really enjoyed it. But fan service that has no substance or reason behind it beyond pandering fan service almost always falls flat. It sounds to me like Into Darkness has a lot of the problems that Rise of Skywalker had. Tons of nonsensical fan service and a plot/reveals that don’t make sense to the characters.
One of the reasons why I was disappointed JJ came back for the Rising of Skywalker. He’s a great guy at setting things up and leaving threads, but he’s not great at following them up. He’s not great at the ones he sets for himself, so finishing another person was a doomed idea from the start
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