This post contains major spoilers for The Last Jedi and previous Star Wars films.
No matter where you stand in the hullabaloo surrounding Star Wars: The Last Jedi -- love it? hate it? -- there’s no denying the sheer power of the film, which is a box-office behemoth, with the second highest-grossing opening weekend of all time (behind The Force Awakens), and a hit with critics, tied with The Force Awakens as the second best-reviewed Star Wars film on Rotten Tomatoes (with The Empire Strikes Back at number one). Length-wise, it’s the longest-ever Star Wars film, besetting Attack of the Clones. It’s a film that demands attention, goes boldly in new directions, and redefines the very notion of what makes a Star Wars film.
While that bold new direction is a sticking point for some fans, The Last Jedi is still firmly set in the Star Wars galaxy we’ve always known. There are countless references to the original trilogy: Yoda, Princess Leia’s hologram, blue/green milk, "I’ve got a bad feeling about this" (said in BB-8 droid speak this time around). There’s even a neat connection to a throwaway line in Rogue One.