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Moe_Syzlak said:Well, maybe I should have said characters behave stupidly. We have 30 years or so from the end of the Empire and the Republic does nothing about a reforming Empire (for all intents and purposes) building a planet sized weapon!? So a "Resistance" to the new Enpire forms within the Republic? In short, it seemed to me that a lot of exposition was left on the cutting room floor. I'm wondering if the books fill in some of that so that it doesn't seem as though everyoneis brain dead.
Edit: and if the books provide a plausible reason for R2 to be comatose and then suddenly wake up when needed, that alone would be enough
Yes. The Aftermath trilogy and Bloodline explains that. If anyone is wondering the answer, here it is:
They were hiding in the unknown regions. It is undetectable and risky and dangerous place. This is expanded in the Aftermath novels, specifically Empires End. The Resostance was built by Leia from the remains of the Rebellion in the New Republic (some of the senators support the first order because of credits) led by Leia but they can't be official because of votes against fighting, again, corrupt senators.
R2 just speculating must have been deactivated by Luke (I think we will see in TLJ) and when he sense the force awakening (for some reason, or Luke sends him a message) can automatically activate.