It's a trap!
When Han says to Luke, "It's your imagination, kid. Come on. Let's keep a little optimism here." I got a sense that he was specifically saying it to me. Was he breaking the fourth wall? Did he know how bad this film was in comparison to the first two? Did the Empire really lose to a bunch of Ewoks with rocks and sticks? How many more Death Stars are there?
This film was like staring through the looking-glass and seeing glimpses of the prequel nightmares to come.