Man, based on what John Boyega said just there, Episode VIII is gonna suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck!
Naw, based on what I saw in Episode VII, Episode VIII is gonna be mediiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiocre at best.
The only surprise that I could see (wishful thinking) is Luke Skywalker taking center stage again. I guess they could shock by killing off a handful of beloved characters in one go. Sacrifice the newbs?
No more splosions? But Death Star 3 could blow up like 5 planets at once! Though I see your point about ESB...guess Im gonna have to wait for Death Star 4 in Episode IX! 10 planets?! 20?!!
Finn's dad? Ice Cream Maker Guy.
Leader of the Resistance? Jar Jar.
Ewoks? Relocated following the Endor Holocaust? Cause championed by ambassador Towani??
Chewbacca leaves the team...his son, Lumpy fills the void?
Or maybe Han Solo returns with robot legs?!
Snoke is Darth Plagie...er...Vader...Palpa....Mace Windu?!
The story of how the lightsaber was retrieved is soooo epic that it needs a spin off movie? I mean, they didn't have time to say something like "it was retrieved by tibanna gas miners and sold thru various black market dealers" so it must be good. Boba Fett is probably involved in there somewhere.
The revenge of Jabba the Hutt's gay uncle?