Re: the bolded bit, I don’t know why people think this. It’s a complete rejection of the evidence.
The fact that they’re using OG-style (accordingly to Wookiepedia slightly larger) Star Destroyers strongly suggests the Star Destroyers were produced and hidden BEFORE RotJ (i.e. 6). There’s a fairly narrow window of time in which people make that kind of Star Destroyer, and there’s a precisely 0% chance that it was an unintentional choice with no meaning.
It’s also nowhere near the height of Sith power canonically. https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Sith_Empire
In nuCanon it “ruled most of the galaxy” for a long time, which is clearly better than "having a load of ships but not getting anywhere with them (otherwise the Spanish Armada was a smashing success), and you could potentially count the OT-area period as a Sith empire too, given it was controlled by a Sith lord.
Maybe I’m missing your point re: reborn though, I could see that.
EDIT - Random canon point - unlike the Star Destroyers, the TIE/dg fighters they launch are of modern design and do have a confirmed origin point - they were manufactured by Sienar- Jaemus systems and taken to Exegol.
Also I see the one “Sith Star Destroyer” which “got loose”, the one which blew up Zorii’s dumb planet, is not confirmed destroyed (it’s not one of the SDs shown at the end - they’re all First Order SDs), so may potentially be back in later movies/TV series/books/etc.
Maybe it’s like when you can’t let go of the thing that’s electrocuting you? I mean obviously it isn’t but yeah dude has a problem and it was slightly hilarious.
Ok so first off, get real on “incredibly forced” because I didn’t even come up with it, my wife did, who is no way the same kind of nerd as you and I, and who wasn’t prompted either. She’s a sane person Star Wars fan and was immediately obvious to her, she listed it after criticising the movie extensively, but saying it had “some positive messages”.
Ren/Ben - It’s his fucking parents and their love - you can’t talk about forced and then try to see it any other way. The scene was a bit weird and didn’t make as much sense as it might because Fisher died before it could be finished and they clearly re-engineered it with Ford.
Rey - I agree that scene is shit and makes no sense, and is clearly an attempt to both make that lightsaber important (which is a Gen X obsession), also how dumb is Rey that she didn’t even look at the stuff he had in the ship on her god-knows-how-long journey to Akhto (or whatever it’s called). It’s classic Abrams idiocy so no argument there. It’s also the only scene in the movie which I can credit the “JJ was mad with Rian” conspiracy theory stuff, and I think that’s because JJ made the saber super-important (but why tho?) and the key thing at the end of TFA, and Rian, being an Xennial/Millenial didn’t see it that way so cast it aside, and now JJ wants to get back on track.
Did you even watch the movie? That isn’t a “secret rebellion fleet”. Like, they repeatedly point out what it is in dialogue. That’s actually one of the better-explained parts of the movie. I don’t recall Lando coming up with the idea to go get them on his own either (in fact he may have been initially dubious of it?).
“Dozens of old people”? Are you even trying? We’re talking about thousands of dead Jedi of all ages. That is ridiculous.
Canon within the film or SW canon? Because you’ve demonstrated some considerable ignorance re SW canon more broadly. Not even sure what you’re referring to specifically.
Also, I’m not arguing it’s a good movie overall, you seem to think I am. I’m suggesting it does some stuff right and has some good scenes in an overall total mess of a movie.
I see no evidence of said culture war. Everyone I know who was mixed or mildly negative on TLJ (don’t know anyone who hated it IRL) was mixed or negative on TRoS. I loved TLJ and I thought TRoS was a curate’s egg. So as far as I can see from real humans in the real world, you’re straight-up wrong. I’ve also seen loads of TLJ haters online who also sneer/snark at TRoS. I also see some internet people who like TRoS better than TLJ but not that many, and none of them actually love it. I have to come across a single “TLJ was shite but TRoS was amazing!!!” post. Such a post undoubtedly exists (because even if it didn’t, someone would write it to troll), but it’s clearly not a common sentiment. The only people who love TRoS seem to be pure fanboy types who loved both TFA and TLJ too.