A long time ago in a galaxy that makes no sense
One of the most beloved franchises of all time, Star Wars is a futuristic, intergalactic adventure ironically set “a long time ago.”
Since 1977, the world has loved the deep-space story of an unlikely hero, an evil empire, and a misguided chosen one whose destiny will keep the galaxy in balance.
Over the years, we’ve seen the original story developed not only in chronological order, but with prequels and late sequels that have brought us new characters and expanded plots that have only deepened our love for the franchise.
And while any fiction needs to be taken with a grain of salt, because it is, after all, fiction, there should still be enough continuity to allow us to take the plot seriously.
Sadly, Star Wars doesn’t always do that.
TIE fighters for the Empire might look cool, but with an enormous front window and two giant side panels, it’s one of the worst designs for pilots to be able to see out of.
Why do Han and Luke run away?
Between the original films and The Force Awakens, a lot happens. But just because Han’s son joins the First Order, and just because Luke’s attempt to train Jedi fails, both men—galactic heroes in their own right—run away?
While we can expect to learn more about Luke’s reasoning in the next film, Han’s son seems like a shallow reason to ditch his wife. How could either man live with the knowledge that they abandoned the Resistance?
How does Leia remember her mother?
In the original films, Luke asks Leia about her mother, to which Leia responds she remembers a bit, and that she was “Very beautiful. Kind, but… sad.”
Though she could unconsciously be using the Force to “remember” the past, there’s no way Leia remembers a woman who died giving childbirth.
Furthermore, if she’s aware that she was adopted, this makes her lineage a red flag for an Empire that may have actively been seeking Vader’s children. Luke maintaining his ‘Skywalker’ surname and returning to Vader’s home planet isn’t too sneaky, either.