Pretty much what happens when you have different director and writers for a direct sequel that literally takes place where the last film left off. Both are going to have different visions and ideas, and it’s not likely they’ll link together properly. It’s a shame that Abrams didn’t stick around to do the whole trilogy. Even if Episode 7 wasn’t exactly fresh, it was still a good film, and a genuine Star Wars story. Episode 8 just felt plain and boring, like it was more focused on real political issues than it was being Star Wars. I imagine if it would’ve been a lot different, albeit better, under Abrams.