I… don’t really think that would fix anything. I don’t care that Luke is dead… I even expected it of them. Death before Dishonor.
There is no way to fix Episode VIII without actually rewriting it.
My own criticisms and proposal for revising VIII are as follows:
Luke was utterly ruined in the film, which tried so hard to be dark and “unexpected” that they ruined all the best characters. Luke, especially, was turned into a bitter and unlikable sociopath. The ending scene would have been a good sendoff if it was a simple “I failed them,” not the contemptible wretch they turned Luke into.
Rose wasn’t as bad as people say, but there’s one big problem: she’s a moral paragon with no character. She should have despised Poe for screwing up everything, getting the fleet into the situation and more importantly getting her sister killed. F___ THAT GUY! She should have gotten them detained in the prison by doing something reckless to the dealers that she hated, being a more vengeful and unpredictable character. This would be completely in character with the way she grieves in the beginning and turns on Finn the moment she realises he’s trying to desert. On that note…
Poe lives in his own world. He gets away with everything, and he’s treated like this fan-favorite. He needed to face some repercussions for multiple costly screw-ups, he needed to die, and he should have been the one to charge into the battering ram (and it should have gone off anyway, damaged and not as effective as it should have been).
Finally, Leia should have been the one to fly the ship at the end. Poe should have actually faced some repercussions for his mutiny, and there should have been more foreboding that he was making the wrong call.
That’s how I would have fixed it, anyway. The core plot was almost good, but in execution it managed to destroy every character and generally treat the series with a complete lack of respect. Take a few notes from Gears on how to reboot a beloved franchise.
Phew, that’s a lot to say about a bad movie. Happy to report that I just saw The Incredibles 2 and it exceeded my expectations by far. Go see it with the money you put aside for Solo.