In The Rise Of Skywalker, Abrams gives us an ode and a sequel more akin to the Return Of The Jedi, which is his first smart move and there are a few secret revelations within TROS worthy of the first trilogy. It's not all good news though, parts of TROS are patchy, like you can see the seams showing because of the re-wiring that had to be done, due to the damage inflicted by The Last Jedi. I would even go as far as saying; that Abrams is also able to subvert some of our expectations - in a good way...to a degree, but because he had to semi-recreate the canonical damage, he could only go so far without contradicting the preceding film's narrative. There is plenty of true action, most of it standardly good, but some of which doesn't work. In particular, the awkward physics of the Jedi's more grand movements and everything astral projection - an overused device in the film, that I'm not wholly sure even belongs within the Jedi skill set.
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Is Out Now On General Release.