With the wild success of Star Wars Force Awakens came controversy that it was just a redone and remastered version of the very original Star Wars.
I did see several similarities but the same could be said for Phantom Menace.
All three films took a similar path story wise. Luke, Anakin and now Rey both orphaned and abandoned are forced to live on a desolate planet with goals far beyond the constraints of the poverished lives they led.
All three are strongly connected to the force and are gifted when it comes to technology, flying and using the force. Of course they would have that in common, they are related well I am presuming Rey is somehow related to them.
My opinion, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Use the characters, locations and dangerous perils that capivated audiences for years.
The big bad Kylo Ren is a Darth Vader knock off but considering that he looks up to him why wouldn’t he try to mimic his idol. Every attribute that is considered a rip off or repetition of an age old story make sense. Why not try and repeat a failed plan like the Death Star. You may not fail.
This film series has spanned decades so why not give a nod here and there to the films that have passed. It is a space odyssey soap opera so of course there must be cheesy reveals and shocking familinal connections. That is Star Wars in its essence.