Going to say it again today with my little sister (8) so expect another post if I have time.
Chad Peter wrote:
3.) Fin's intro. Wait, what? Back up the truck... A stormtrooper with feelings? The movie smartly glossed over it and kept running, but it was a LOT to swallow, given we've never seen, in canon, a stormtrooper with any sort of conscious what-so-ever.
I actually really liked this plot development, ever since the first trailer (perhaps before)
I'd been excited to see a stormtrooper 'go good'. I was worried for a bit the trailer was a fake-out, as people predicted he was just hiding in their armor (ala a New Hope)
and I'm glad we got the real deal.
It was a little disconcerting that they continued to mow down the rest of the stormtroopers as regular cannon fodder though, even Finn didn't seem to have any problems murdering his old colleagues. We got one line of hand-wavy dialogue that he was different for some reason and managed to resist his programming but the idea that the other soldiers are just brain-washed isn't great either (there's still good people in there somewhere)
Overall I still like the concept though as it fleshes out the other side of the universe and leaves lots of potential areas for sequels, spin-offs and dare-I-say prequels to explore. It's certainly better than them all being clones.