What was the major malfunction with that "squad" specifically ordered to get Poe Dameron and Finn, as their stricken tie fighter fell towards Jakku?
The nub of my question is "what happened to that squad that was supposed to follow the descending tie fighter with Poe and Finn? No one brought a tracking device? No ability to follow a single crippled tie fighter to its resting spot? No sensors to detect a heat source or a big smoke plume gushing into the atmosphere? I've spent far too much time performing detailed research on the web for answers and found not even a whisper of a hint. Apparently this question has never been asked or answered.
As I watched this scene I fretted for Finn's safety, as I did what Abrams and Kasdan wanted me to do (i.e., fear that the enemy squad would appear at any moment and gun him down). But no one shows up at all. It's like the crack squad hopped into their intercept vehicle, hit the "launch" button, and got this message on the dashboard. Until we get an answer to this question, we're all in danger of feeling let down by overly-forced dramatic tension.
It must have taken some good quality time for the spinning wreck to descend through the atmosphere, long enough for any tie fighter worth its salt to intercept and destroy it. Then, after they've entered the atmosphere, Finn, who must have taken even more time to descend in his parachute, lands and remains unconscious for who knows how long. Eventually he wakes, sees a smoke plume off in the distance, and slogs through the sand dunes towards it. During all of this time, where is the squad that was ordered to get them? Seems to me Finn and Poe would have been complete goners but for some epic incompetence. I had to ask myself why the First Order allowed both a rebel and a traitor to not only get away after letting their command ship get shot up, but take their sweet time launching an intercept squad.
Now, those other squads, sent on a completely separate mission to find BB-8 and Ray on Jakku, they did a great job. Kudos to them for finding their quarry (even if they sucked at capturing them).