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Nonsensicalness and other inconsistencies in the Star Wars movies

I watched all six Star Wars movies, for the umpteenth time, within the past week, and I’ve noticed all kinds of things about the Star Wars storyline that bug me.  Some of these things I’ve noticed before, others I had never really thought about.

Episode I

The first thing wrong with Episode I is Jar Jar Binks.  I doubt I actually need to explain this or go into detail.

Secondly, at the beginning of the movie, when pinned against a wall by two droidekas, Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon use the force to run faster than a speeder and disappeared before you could blink an eye.  So, at the end of the movie, while Qui-Gon is fighting Darth Maul and Obi-Wan is trying to get back to the dual after having fallen several stories, Obi-Wan fails not just once, but twice to use the Knight Speed ability to run through the force fields that for some reason go up and down at regular intervals.  Had Kenobi used this ability he would have been there in plenty of time to help Qui-Gon.  That’s not to say that Qui-Gon would have been saved, but come on. He has the ability.  He knows he has the ability.  And he’s used it before.  Why wouldn’t he use it now?

The next thing that bothered me, and this one recurs throughout the saga, is when Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, Padme, and the rest of the gang flee Naboo in the Queen’s ship.  There is a blockade of battleships occupying an area of space beside Naboo.  So do our heroes fly the other way?  Do they then enter hyperspace somewhere else while avoiding this blockade altogether?  No.  The fly straight at it, thus necessitating their side quest to Tatooine where they fatefully meet Anakin.  There were far better, and plausible, ways to have our heroes coincidentally and fortuitously happen upon a child fathered by the Force (really, Lucas?  You had to steal Jesus’ thunder and the immaculate conception that was solely his?).  These folks flying straight into the blockade makes them look foolish and senseless.

Also, the (re)introduction of C-3PO and R2-D2 into this trilogy created inconsistencies with the original trilogy.  The first of which is the meeting of Obi-Wan and R2 in Episode IV.  They have no idea who each other are even though they worked together multiple times during the Clone Wars in addition to the Trade Federation blockade of Naboo.  Episode III closed this loophole with 3PO by having his memory wiped at the end of the movie.  No such act was performed on Artoo.  And, as mentioned in my Episode II rant the other day, Artoo has thrusters with which he can use to fly in the prequel trilogy, but he, for some reason, doesn’t have them in the OT.

In Episode VI, Obi-Wan tells Luke that Anakin was a gifted pilot when he first knew him.  Anakin was a pod-racer, thanks to the Episode I story, not a pilot.  The fact that he’s not a pilot is further reinforced at the end of the movie when it takes him forever to figure out how to turn off the autopilot on his Naboo Starfighter.  Then he somehow flies the ship into the droid battleship and accidentally, and auspiciously, fires two missiles into the ship’s reactor core, destroying it.  It could be explained as the work of the force, but the movie makes it look like clumsy luck.

Obi-Wan also tells Luke in Episode VI that he took it upon himself to train Anakin as a Jedi.  Which is not what happens.  The Jedi grant his request to train Anakin.  In essence, he had their blessing to train Anakin.  It wasn’t quite the rogue action he made it out to be.

Episode II

I spoke the other day about how awful Episode II is.

Episode III

General Grievous is pretty much a cyborg.  He’s mostly machine, but he has a beating heart, and working lungs.  So how is it that when he busts one view ports on the command deck of his ship to escape the clutches of Obi-Wan and Anakin and floats into space for about 20 seconds does he survive?  Sure, someone could hold their breath for 20 seconds, but wouldn’t his organic parts freeze instantly?  The average temperature in space is south of -300 degrees.  Nonsensical.

After Anakin reports to Mace Windu that Palpatine is a Sith Lord, Windu and three other Jedi attempt to arrest Palpatine.  Palpatine whips out his lightsaber and kills three of the Jedi with one strike each.  They don’t even block one blow.  Did Windu take Padawans over there with him?  Granted, Palpatine was a bad-ass Sith Lord, but they really couldn’t block one attack?  They didn’t even move while he slices them up like deli meat.  Inconceivable.

When Obi-Wan confronts General Grievous on Utapau they are in a ship dock built into the side of a mountain.  Pretty close to the top of the mountain, actually.  Obi-Wan could have ended this fight before it even began.  Grievous is not a Jedi.  He cannot use the Force.  Thus, if Obi-Wan would’ve used the Force to pick up Grievous and drop him down the side of the mountain there was nothing Grievous could have done to stop him.  Obi-Wan doesn’t do this though.  He challenges him straight up with a lightsaber.  He does at one point use the Force on Grievous, but picks him up and slams him into the ceiling, which doesn’t hurt Grievous since he’s made of, you know, metal.  Obi-Wan does eventually kill him by shooting him in the heart, but dropping him off the edge of the mountain would have been much more efficient.  And funny.  Kind of like that moment in Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Those two guys start whipping their swords around trying to intimidate Indiana and Dr. Jones just whips out his revolver and shoots them both.  Anticlimactic, but very hilarious.

After Palpatine has defeated Windu and the other Jedi, and subsequently converts Anakin into Darth Vader, Palpatine issues Order 66.  Order 66 was an order apparently embedded into the clones’ minds and compelled the clones to kill all Jedi.  The first Jedi slaughtered is Ki-Adi-Mundi, who actually senses the attack coming and defends himself.  He dies, though, because one lightsaber can’t deflect 10 blaster bolts at once.  The other Jedi, however, do not sense the attacks coming and are killed with ease.  Jedi “see things before they happen” according the Qui-Gon Jinn.  So why did none of these Jedi sense that they were about to be attacked?  Only Ki-Adi-Mundi and Yoda sensed it.  Not even Obi-Wan did.  He didn’t even find out about the clones betrayal until eavesdropping on the clones later.  I realize the movie was already 2 1/2 hours long and the Jedi not being killed so quickly would have prolonged the movie, but I believe that as long as a movie is good it doesn’t matter how long it is (hello Lord of the Rings).

The last thing that didn’t make sense to me in this movie was the decision by Yoda for he and Obi-Wan to split up after they learn of Anakin’s betrayal.  Yoda goes to face Palpatine and he sends Obi-Wan after Vader.  Why the hell wouldn’t they tag team each one of them individually?  Yoda admits later that he underestimated Palpatine’s power, but it still doesn’t make sense to split up knowing that you are the only Jedi left in the galaxy.

Episode IV

Nothing to see here, until the Special Edition anyhow.  Three words:  Greedo shooting first.  ‘Nuff said.

Well, I guess there’s one more thing.  After Han, Luke, and the rest escape the Death Star, Leia adamantly tells Han that they’re being tracked.  She’s certain of it.  Sooooooo, why would she go straight to the Rebel base knowing that they’re being tracked?  Why not have Han drop them off somewhere else and then have a different ship take them to the Rebel base?  Not a very bright tactical manuever.

Episode V

The Battle of Hoth.  The Rebels are trying to escape their secret base before the Empire kills or captures them all.  So what do they do?  They fly straight at (again) the blockade.  They sent the transports through it.  Han, Leia, and Chewy go through it when they try to escape.  And it doesn’t end well for them.  The only person that didn’t try to go through it was Luke.  Again, why, when you have infinite three-dimensional space, would you fly straight toward an enemy from which you are trying to flee?  Preposterous.

Next is Luke’s x-wing landing in the swamp on Degobah, half-submerged in water.  Why leave it there?  Why not use the repulsor lifts to levitate the ship and then land it somewhere else?  Stupid.

Then, there’s the cave.  Luke goes into a cave tainted with the dark side.  Yoda tells him not to take his weapons, but Luke takes them anyway.  While in the cave, Luke is confronted by (an apparent apparition of) Vader.  In the ensuing lightsaber duel, Luke cuts of Vader’s head.  Seconds later, the front of Vader’s mask explodes and reveals the face of Luke underneath.  Yoda later refers to this as Luke’s “failure at the cave.”  How did he fail?  Luke didn’t attack.  He wasn’t aggressive.  He looked frightened by the appearance of Vader, but he did nothing that screamed “failure” to me.

There’s one inconsistency in this movie.  When Luke leaves to save his friends, Ben tells Yoda, “That boy was our last hope.”  To which Yoda replies, “No, there is another.”  You eventually find out in Episode VI that Leia is the other hope to which Yoda refers.  Soooo, Ben forgot that Padme gave birth to twins?  He seems to remember that when telling Luke about it in Return of the Jedi, so why doesn’t he know this in Empire Strikes Back?  A conundrum…….

The last thing about this movie that troubles me is during Luke and Vader’s duel.  At one point in the contest, Luke hits Vader on the shoulder with his lightsaber.  Sparks fly, but not much else happens.  Last I heard, lightsabers cut through anything.  So what gives?  Did Vader have cortosis ore (the only metal that a ligthsaber can’t cut through) in his armor or is this one more inconsistency?

Episode VI

To start off, Lando is supposedly a fairly well-known guy in the galaxy.  Infamous, if you will.  So he did he get a job as a guard in Jabba’s  palace without anyone recognizing him?

During the battle in the Dune Sea on Jabba’s sail barges, Luke is tearing fools up with his lightsaber, but not literally.  Again, lightsabers supposedly cut through anything.  They do in the books and in the prequel trilogy, (and even in some parts of the OT) but in this scene enemies just go flying when Luke hits them instead of being sliced and diced.  Kind of like he’s hitting them with a baseball bat instead of a “laser sword.”  I realize this would have made for an R-rated movie in 1983, but you have to stay true to your story, don’t you?

They show a droid being tortured in Jabba’s palace.  The droid howls in pain when searing hot metal is pressed against his feet.  Since when can droids feel pain?  They don’t have nerves….

The way Boba Fett dies is pretty lame.  This is neither nonsensical (depending on who you ask) or an inconsistency, but it still kind of irks me that Boba Fett dies (or does he?) because Han accidentally hits his jet pack which sends him flying into the side of the sail barge.  Somebody as bad-ass as Boba Fett shouldn’t go out with a whimper.

One thing about this movie that has always bothered me is how the rebels “sneak” onto Endor.  They “need’ the shield lowered so they can go down to Endor to disable the shield generator for the rebel attack on the Death Star.  See the picture below.

The yellow is the shield.

The shield is not covering any part of the planet.  Why do they need it lowered to land on the planet below?  The shield is being projected from a dish array on the surface of Endor.

The dish array providing the shield for the Death Star.

They could have easily had a ship fly down there seconds prior to the attack and fire a couple of proton torpedoes at that thing and had it done with.  That would have eliminated the epic ground battle between the Empire and Ewoks, but at least that sequence of events would have made sense.

More senselessness can be found in the way the Emperor tries to lure Luke to the dark side.  He does it by trying to kill all of Luke’s friends and all the rebels.  Sure, that could make Luke pretty pissed.  Pissed enough, even, to come to the dark side.  Guess what though, Your Highnessness.  Luke’s dark side anger would have been directed at you.  Two things would have happened.  He would’ve killed you or vice versa.  A meritless plan, this is. As bad as the writing was in the prequel trilogy, Palpatine’s plan to seduce Anakin with the dark side was fairly ingenious.  His plan with Luke was self-destructive at worst, and pointless at best.

The last thing is this:  replacing the original actor who played Anakin in Episode VI with Hayden Christiansen in the DVD release.  What was the point?  Anakin didn’t look like that any more.  He was twenty-something years older.

That is really all I can come up with and this post is waaaaaaay longer than I thought it would be when I started.  You might read this and wonder if I even like these movies.  I do, but the prequel trilogy is extremely disappointing (mostly) and Lucas’ constant tinkering with the original trilogy with every re-release is annoying.  Star Wars is still a universe I can, and do, get lost in.  I love the books and the video games.  I played the role-playing game for a bit.  I even write a little bit in that galaxy far, far away.

Here’s hoping that there will eventually be more movies for me to critique.

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50 thoughts on “Nonsensicalness and other inconsistencies in the Star Wars movies

  1. Nice points. If I ever get around to watching them all again, I’ll look for those. I love how, even in the greatest movies of all time such as these, that there are these horrible and huge holes and inconsistencies throughout. It always cracks me up.

    I was watching Jackie Chan’s Drunken Master the other day because, you know, kung fu movies rock hard, and during the final fight scene he’s being thrown all of the dirty ground, getting covered in dirt all over. Then, halfway through the fight, he stands up from the ground and is completely cleaned off. I understand it’s an old movie, but that’s a huge inconsistency, and one they should have caught while filming. I mean, how hard would it have been to cover Jackie up with dirt before rolling?

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    Posted by beefybooyawn | August 3, 2011, 10:55 pm
  2. Don’t forget how Luke gets into Jabba’s palace in Return of the Jedi. He uses the Force to choke the guards, which is a dark side thing. It doesn’t actually show him killing them, so for all we know he just choked them until the passed out. If he could do that, why not use it to get Jabba to let Han go? When Jabba refuses to release him, choke him for a few seconds and then say, “How about now? Do you want to let Han go, now?” If Jabba again refuses, repeat the above until Jabba agrees.

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    Posted by revisedgewater | August 4, 2011, 5:33 am
  3. Some of your points have explanations. For example, Obi-Wan may have decided not to count Leia when he said “that boy was our last hope” since, at that point, Leia had not been trained as a Jedi and wasn’t even aware of her Force sensitivity. With the strength of the Empire and the time it takes to train a Jedi he may have decided they didn’t have enough time to train Leia.

    Most of your points don’t have explanations, though, and the ones that do involve some hand waving (like my example).

    You missed what I consider one of the biggest inconsistencies in the prequel trilogy, though. In Episode I, Darth Maul gains the high ground against Obi-Wan (who is holding on for his life and has no weapon) but gets killed watching Obi-Wan slowly soar over his head (if you’ve watched that scene as many times as I have, it’s impossible to believe that Maul would just stand there). In Episode III, however, Obi-Wan gets the high ground against Anakin on Mustafar and defeats Anakin despite the fact that (a) Anakin had his lightsaber to block Obi-Wan’s strike and (b) Anakin had an entire bank to land on. Although the outcomes of the lightsaber battles were necessary for the story, again their implementation was completely blown. I would have had Maul killed either from an overwhelming blaster barrage from Obi-Wan’s allies, or I would have had him killed by Obi-Wan while he was striking Qui-Gon down.

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    Posted by Null | August 4, 2011, 2:24 pm
    • That’s a great one, Null. That reminds me of another one I forgot. When they run into Maul at the Theed palace there are easily 20 soldiers there. If all 20 and aimed and shot at Maul at the same time they could’ve ended that one right there.

      Maul watching Obi-Wan dumbfounded as he sailed over head is pretty weak. I can’t believe that one slipped my grasp.

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      Posted by twindaddy | August 4, 2011, 8:25 pm
    • Some of your points have explanations. For example, Obi-Wan may have decided not to count Leia when he said “that boy was our last hope” since, at that point, Leia had not been trained as a Jedi and wasn’t even aware of her Force sensitivity. With the strength of the Empire and the time it takes to train a Jedi he may have decided they didn’t have enough time to train Leia.
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      That’s possible, but Luke wasn’t trained either until the middle of ESB. They trained him pretty fast, too. In the time it took Han and Leia to get from Hoth to Bespin, in fact. Sure, Luke has some basic training with Ben, but not that much.

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      Posted by twindaddy | August 4, 2011, 8:30 pm
    • Maul was killed by Obi-Wan because Maul was extremely arrogant, if you read the books you would learn how his arrogance made him too sure of himself, and often he made stupid mistakes, getting killed by Obi-Wan was one of them, pretty retarded still.

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      Posted by Mike | November 17, 2013, 12:42 am
      • I’ve read many Star Wars books, including ones with Maul in them. One can argue that arrogance is a general weakness of the Sith (it’s a weakness Luke accuses the Emperor of in Episode VI). But no amount of arrogance explains why Maul would just watch Obi-Wan soar over his head. That wasn’t a stupid mistake on Maul’s part — it was a stupid mistake on the filmmakers’ part. The fact that Anakin attempts the exact same move on Obi-Wan (but at least with his own lightsaber in hand) yet fails makes the filmmakers’ mistake all the more stupid and totally implausible.

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        Posted by Null | November 18, 2013, 1:46 pm
  4. “Here’s hoping that there will eventually be more movies for me to critique.”
    I hope so too!

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    Posted by The Hook | February 13, 2012, 2:09 pm
  5. Ok I love this site because its revealing the truth that all Star Wars fanatics pick up on bc we see the light saber for what it really is! I have a few bones to pick as well.

    In rebuttal to episode 1 I have to give obi won the benefit of the doubt. After a force jump it takes time to regenerate the abilities once used up. He used it to jump back the levels he fell from. My support is Star Wars force unleashed.

    Episode 2 starts the demise of the new trilogy. During the scene with Obi won and Anakin in the speeder chasing the bounty hunter. Obi won comments about anakins sword abilities compared to Yoda. Anakin comments saying he already is better than Yoda. (Which is true) “only in your mind” says obi won. Fast forward and obi won gets his butt kicked by count dooku and so does anakin. Yoda comes in fighting but is evenly matched to his apprentice. (This is the Master Jedi)????

    Episode 3 Anakin vs Count Dooku part 2
    Obi won gets his butt kicked again but Anakin shows his force strength and destroys Count Dooku! (Yoda???)

    Quick Summary Obi won beat Darth Maul. Losses to Count Dooku twice. Kills General Grievous. (pistol) 2-2 pretty even Jedi.
    Anakin kills Dooku and all the Jedi in the temple enough said. Also the emperor in ROTJ.

    Now Yoda!!!!! Draws to Dooku. Loses to Palpetine. Who have you beat? Storm troopers? I believed you were the most powerful Jedi since the old trilogy! You didn’t wanna face Anakin because you were gonna die!! Palpetine owned you too! Where your Mace windu had him pinned to the floor! You did not empress me at all! George Lucas failed his characters. It makes me believe the Dark side is stronger obviously because it’s by chance that the Jedi win and because the Sith purge their power with a stronger Sith lord every generation. Go Dark side! Anakin was the strongest and most powerful Jedi ever he killed everyone more powerful then himself and saved the Jedi order from being extinct because he saved his son. (be mindful that he was the last living Jedi Leia is not). Yoda I’m sorry your not and Obi won was wrong to say that to you decades ago on a ride in a speeder!

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    Posted by Lord Raulious | March 7, 2012, 11:38 pm
    • I don’t even know how to respond to this. This post was supposed to be about consistency flaws in the overall story of the saga and things that didn’t make sense. I suppose a debate over who the most powerful Jedi is could fall into the latter category, but that’s not where I was heading with this post.

      Thanks for commenting, though.

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      Posted by twindaddy | March 8, 2012, 11:13 am
  6. Good rant! Something you left out which always cracked me up was Grievous’s cough. Since when do lungless cyborgs have infections? Perhaps he loved to smoke, or he was programmed to simulate… He is as terrible a character as Jar Jar IMO. Anyway, thanks for a good read

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    Posted by Tiernan | April 10, 2012, 6:04 am
  7. I was watching Empire today and it struck me that at the end, when they agree to “meet at the rendevou (sp?) point on Tattoine,” Luke and Leia are on board one ship and Landa is with Chewy on another – yet when they DO meet up again in ROTJ, Leia is with Chewy. I suppose they might have met up previously, but the movies seem to me to be implying that the scene in Jabbas palace is the meet-up plan mentioned at the end of Empire.

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    Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012, 10:00 pm
    • Well, ROTJ happens about a year after ESB, so they had plenty of time to switch places before they all went to Tatooine. I actually think the rendezvous point is Ben Kenobi’s old hut.

      If you haven’t read it, read the book Shadows of the Empire. That book details the events that took place between both movies. It’s a really great read.

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      Posted by twindaddy | May 24, 2012, 10:07 pm
  8. Wow when you nit pick every detail you really cheat yourself out of the joy of a great set of movies! Some of it is valid but most of it is just stupid stuff that can be explained away. Like grievous lung would freeze? If you wanna get that technical there is no sound or fire in space. It’s a movie people! Enjoy it for the fantasy that it is. Even in real history there are mysteries and unknowns and contradictions. And that’s real life.

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    Posted by Luke Von leia | December 24, 2012, 8:30 pm
  9. It might be my Star Wars fan side of me making excuses, but I think the reason they didn’t just fly in and destroy the shield generator in Episode VI is perhaps it too was protected by a shield strong enough to deflect even proton torpedoes.

    As for having Hayden Christiansen in the DVD, I will say that the way I view it is because his spirit reverts back to before he fell to the dark side. Yes, it makes more sense to have an older Anakin standing there rather than a 23 year old Anakin, but a pre-dark side version being his Force spirit at least makes it easier to take in my opinion.

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    Posted by Brandon | December 30, 2012, 8:08 pm
  10. The largest inconsistency runs from Episode 1, 2, and 3, to Episodes 4, 5 and 6. And that is the Jedi in general. In the original films (4,5,6) the Jedi are made out to be regular guys who can sword fight (decently, but not expertly) and know a few tricks. Luke “complete’s his training” in weeks. Obi-wan shows his old age when fighting (consider Yoda fighting the count).

    In the prequels (1,2,3) the Jedi develop their craft over decades of training (Anakin who started training as a boy never became a master). Yoda and Obi-wan were warriors.

    So why wouldn’t Obi-Wan choose to live and help Luke with the rebellion rather than sacrifice himself? Why wouldn’t Yoda accompany Luke to Bespin?

    It also bothers me that throughout the plot line of the whole series it is made clear that there can only be two Sith, a master and an apprentice. So what did Vader think was going to happen if Luke did join the dark side?

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    Posted by Sam P/ | February 12, 2013, 1:11 pm
  11. I think that Lucas didn’t care much about the detail or continuity within the Star Wars movies. Having said that, he’s made billions from this, despite being heavily criticised in the latter years of his career. Who is more fool, him or we that followed him?

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    Posted by TheImaginator | March 16, 2013, 5:24 am
  12. I didn’t read all the comments and a few of your points I could have argued with and presented a different viewpoint, but really, it’s not worth it to me to argue with other fans online – especially as I agree with most of these points!

    I always think about J.K. Rowling laughing off the continuity errors in Harry Potter and just kind of having this attitude of “Who cares?” whenever I get worked up about Star Wars errors…but her errors were more along the lines of in Year One there were eight Gryffindors but in Year Five there are six – and that doesn’t really effect the plot.

    By the way, I loved your Episode II description. It’s my least favorite too. Can’t stand it. Awful. I haven’t watched it in years.

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    Posted by starwarsanon | May 9, 2013, 4:19 pm
  13. Sorry-that probably wasn’t the comment you were looking for. Just know that I agree with 90% of what you wrote in terms of the errors.

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    Posted by starwarsanon | May 9, 2013, 4:19 pm
  14. Every word set in stone (which is to say that I agree with you^^).

    One of the things that irked me the most about the prequels was The Prophecy: “he shall bring balance to the force”. Sure, okay. Now explain how the jedi thought it meant that they’ll be getting the booster shot. I mean, there are five gazillion jedi and only one sith (but they didn’t know that, did they? At the time there weren’t any siths). Great thinking guys.

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    Posted by bardictale | July 3, 2013, 6:55 am
  15. Hi there. Love this blog!!! I just got the entire Star Wars set and was so excited to watch them consecutively (the prequel trilogy on day one and the original trilogy the next day). To my disappointment and surprise, I noticed many inconsistencies and started a google search, which led me to this site! Two things I’d like to add:
    1. I completely agree about the inconsistency with Obi-Wan claiming that he took it upon himself to train Anakin. Correct me if I’m wrong though, but wasn’t it Qui-Gon who made Obi-Wan promise to train Anakin right before he (Qui-Gon) died? It’s possible that Obi-Wan would have discontinued the training if not for this deathbed promise made to his mentor.
    2. Does it bother anyone that Padme spoke in a monotonous and robotic tone as the Queen of Naboo but when she became Senator, she had a “normal” speaking voice? I thought maybe as the monarch, she imposed this weird/fake tone because a queen cannot show emotion. However, when she stepped down as Queen, her successor (the next Queen of Naboo) spoke with a “normal” voice, absent the monotonous/robotic tone. That leads me to believe that it was not something all queens of Naboo are asked to do but simply another Star Wars inconsistency.

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    Posted by Ro | July 23, 2013, 8:39 pm
  16. Test.

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    Posted by Marc Swift | November 4, 2013, 3:35 pm
  17. Perhaps you will never see this, but I feel as though there are way to many inconsistencies in Star Wars even though I love it so much, they should just re-do the whole damn series, the old Star Wars had crappy cinematics, but a fun story, the new ones had so much cheesy shit, but awesome fighting scenes, best of both worlds seemed impossible for some reason.

    Anyway, I can explain a couple of things: Boba Fett never actually died, and there are so many damn good stories of the guy in novel form, he is one massive badass. He dropped a grenade inside the sarlacc and blew it up and managed to survive, someone found him out in the desert and saved him.

    Why did the Jedi not see the attack coming? Well cloning has odd implications with the force, if you recall episode two you will hear the Kaminoans mention how 90% of clones were successful, 10% failed due to strange reasons, that’s because that 10% are actually insane, and this is caused by the force, it does strange things to clones, it muddles their force signature so it can often be hard to tell a clones emotions, even if you’re a jedi, and it can often mask the danger they pose.

    Why didn’t Obi-Wan simply push Grievous off the cliff? That could be interpreted as silly, but it also could be explained that Obi-Wan couldn’t simply kill another being like that with a cheap shot, and that he would rather have tried to arrest him first, and try gain information, than simply kill him.

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    Posted by Mike | November 17, 2013, 12:49 am
  18. I haven’t watched them 100 times, but didn’t Padme give birth and die soon after, but in VI, Leah says she remembers a little bit about her mother?

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    Posted by Joe | January 9, 2014, 2:15 pm
  19. My understanding of “that boy was our last hope….no there is another” is that it referred to Anakin, not Leia. Leia did nothing to fulfill that, while Vader did (with a slight it of delay ruining the galaxy for a few decades) bring balance by killing the emperor.

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    Posted by cnelson13 | January 16, 2014, 1:53 am
    • Being that Vader was the person they were trying to get Luke to defeat, I somehow doubt that’s who they were referring to, but I suppose that’s possible.

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      Posted by Twindaddy | January 16, 2014, 6:58 am
      • I’m pretty sure that’s what they meant. For one thing, Leia DOESN’T end up being the person that does it, which makes Obi-Wan and Yoda wrong and thus the line kind of pointless. In the prequel trilogy, Anakin’s the chosen one. I think it’s possible they thought he still might fulfill his destiny.

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        Posted by cnelson13 | February 11, 2014, 7:36 pm
  20. >>Sure, someone could hold their breath for 20 seconds, but wouldn’t his organic parts freeze instantly? The average temperature in space is south of -300 degrees. Nonsensical.<< Put you hand in a pot of boiling water (212 °F / 100 °C) – you'll burn yourself! Put your hand in a pot of air with a temperature of 212 °F / 100 °C – or walk into a dry sauna at even higher temperatures – nice! Water has a higher SPECIFIC HEAT (look it up!) than air, which in turn has a higher specific heat than the hard vacuum of space. The mere temperature, alone, of a thing does not indicate how much physical harm (heat burn / cold burn) it can inflict upon naked human skin – rather, you must also take into consideration its specific heat. And a vacuum is a very BAD conductor of heat! It's an excellent insulator of heat, which is why it's used in thermos bottles. The vacuum of space can inflict other forms of harm upon a living creature, but quick freezing / burning (e.g., in the near vacuum of Earth's thermosphere, where extremely high temperatures prevail) are not one of them.

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