JediChipKelly I don't buy that , SW isn't James Bond where it's the same character each time , the way it was built means you've got all these worlds and decades passing , it's set up so the author can do as much as his imagination can create , they've inherited this amazing sandbox they could've done all sorts of things . Did TFA really need to copy all the ship designs ? more imperials , another sand planet etc. ? I think they consciously chose to copy all that stuff so that the audience would feel familiar with it , and of course it saves on doing the work to come up with something new . well he's got a shrine to the bloke in his room ! But yeah , I don't deny he's got some differences too , he seems to be playing it backwards : we're seeing him struggle in his first story like Vader struggled in his last , he reveals his face now rather than at the end etc. .