We just finished, really liked the movie, can't honestly disagree with what any of you said, so many bizarre decisions leading to so many questions.
I'm happy to find they did "clone" Palpatine instead of magically making him survive. Though draining everyone's life force seems bizarre and over the top.
Lots pointed this feels like a sick fan fic. I don't think you're far off.
Disney told us "screw your canon & fan fic, we're doing what we want". And they did. They stole from canon and all the fan fics and made a bastardization called Disney's fan fic.
It's just more chaotic than the canon & fan fic.
OK, so Palpatine wasn't cloned?? https://www.indiewire.com/2020/01/star-wars-rise-of-skywalker-cut-explaining-palpatine-return-1202200307/