You’re right about the needless relationship with Qi’ra, and the easily disposable Dryden Vos.
But the battle scene where Solo meets up with Tobias and his gang, disobeys orders from Imperial officers, and then gets thrown into a jail that might turn into a form of military execution was so outstanding I didn’t even need to see Han not following orders in flight school.
The shock of this cliff hanger turning into the Han-Chewie origin story was the absolute high point of the film for me, including the hilarious Wookie conversation with subtitles. Just that scene was worth the price of admission.
Finally L3–37 was absolutely awesome. The perspective of robots being treated as second class citizens at best, slaves at worst, was an unexpected, but powerful political statement within a science fiction movie.