You didn't like rogue one? Why not? I actually liked that movie far more than Force Awakens. It wasn't perfect, but I liked how it showed that the rebels themselves were far from perfect good guys, but rather troubled terrorists. I also liked the whole theme that the Empire's efforts to crush the rebellion through brute force only causes it to become stronger. Do you remember that one scene when they first start the attack on the tropical planet, and all the imperial officers at the top of the archive stare out the window in shock, unable to believe this is happening. I thought that was absolutely perfect, these people decided to join the Empire because they thought it was safe.
It was also kinda neat to me how the final action sequence was evocative of the war in the Pacific, with it opening with a shocking surprise attack, fighting on a tropical island environment, and ends with the use of a super weapon that kills everyone.