Star Wars is an amazing epic space film series that takes place “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.” The amazing franchise was started in 1977 when the first Star Wars film, which was later re-titled Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope, was released. Almost instantly the film became a pop culture phenomenon and many more films that continued the storyline were released, the most recent one being Stars Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.
As is the case with most successful things and movies, Star Wars resulted in the launch of Star Wars books, comic series, video games and much more. Today, there is probably not a single person in the world that has not heard of or seen at least one Star Wars film.
However, as is the case with most sequels, the Star Wars series did not escape plot holes. And that is understandable – after all, so many films and TV shows that follow the original plotline have been made. It is natural that the creators were bound to lose the thread of the story at one point or another. Still, plot holes upset and annoy loyal fans and should be avoided at all costs.
15. A New Hope – Leia Lies About Her Mission
When Darth Vader confronts Leia in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, she pretends as if she has never before encountered him and says – “I am a member of the Imperial Senate on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan.” Of course, Darth Vader doesn’t believe her for a second, and for good reason.
In the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story we are told that Leia was in actual fact present when Death Star plans were robbed during the battle on the Imperial outpost of Scariff. Darth Vader actually saw Leia’s ship escaping so there was really no point for Leia to lie to Darth Vader.
14. A New Hope – Luke And Obi-Wan Were Never Discovered
One Star Wars plot hole that always irritates fans involves Luke, Obi-Wan and Darth Vader. Fans have always wondered, and continue to wonder, why Darth Vader was so useless at locating Luke and Obi-Wan?
After all, Luke, who was hidden on the sandy planet of Tatooine, kept his name and was living with his relatives (who were obviously Vader’s relatives too). Similarly, the legendary Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi lived nearby and even wore his Jedi robes. He had, however, changed his name to Ben Kenobi so maybe that is what threw Darth Vader off the track.
13. The Empire Strikes Back – R2-D2 Withholds Important Information From Luke
Obi-Wan Kenobi may have kept Darth Vader’s true identity secret from Luke so as to protect him. But why did the droid R2-D2 keep silent too?
After all, R2-D2 is aware of all that has happened – he has aided Anakin Skywalker, later known as Darth Vader, in a few important battles and he has witnessed him turning to the Dark Side.
Thus, he is well aware that Darth Vader is Luke’s father. And he is well aware that Luke and Leia are brother and sister which makes it extra weird when he witnesses Leia and Luke kissing in Stars Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back but does nothing about it.
12. The Empire Strikes Back – Luke Is Suddenly Capable Of Amazing Tricks
If you’ve seen Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back then you have probably wondered as to how Luke managed to learn new tricks so fast and to execute them with such extreme ease and competence?
Of course, the scene we are talking about is this: Luke is fighting with Darth Vader and ends up falling into the carbon freezing chamber. But Luke doesn’t stay in the chamber long enough to freeze – he jumps up so high that not only does he escape the chamber he also ends up hanging from the ceiling.
11. Revenge Of The Sith – Obi-Wan Forgot He Witnessed Leia’s Birth
Obi-Wan must have a pretty terrible memory, considering he forgot that he knew Leia existed. In Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, Obi-Wan insists that Luke is the only chance they have to beat the Empire and the Dark Side. Yoda however then says that “there is another,” of course referring to Leia, who is Luke’s twin.
But oddly enough in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith Obi-Wan is actually present when Padme is giving birth to Luke and Leia. Padme even tells Obi-Wan that she has named the babies Luke and Leia and he is present when Senator Organa takes baby Leia to raise as his own child.
10. A New Hope – Useless Framing Of Sand People
In Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope Luke and Obi-Wan stumble upon a number of murdered Jawas. The Jawas were obviously killed by Imperial Stormtroopers who were hunting C-3P0 and R2-D2.
However, for some reason, the Stormtroopers have staged the crime scene to make it look as if Tusken Raiders, also known as Sand People, have killed the Jawas instead.
While the staging of the crime scene may make perfect sense in normal circumstances, it made absolutely no sense in that particular context purely because the Stormtroopers were about to set off on blowing up entire planets and the inhabitants within them. Surely they wouldn’t care about being blamed for killing a few Jawas?
9. A New Hope – No One Recognizes The Droids, Not Even Darth Vader Who Built C-3P0
Droids are an important part of the Star Wars universe even if they are treated like second-class citizens. So it makes absolutely no sense that no one recognizes C-3P0 and R2-D2. Let’s take Obi-Wan for example. He spent a considerable amount of time with R2-D2 by his side. In fact, they even fought in a couple of battles together. Yet after he saves Luke and the droids in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, he clearly doesn’t recognize the droid at all.
Darth Vader doesn’t recognize the droids either, which is weird considering that he actually built C-3P0 himself.
In addition, droids don’t seem to recognize each other either – in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story C-3P0 and R2-D2 can be seen talking to each other before they embark on Leia’s ship. In Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, which follows on from Rogue One, they no longer seem to know each other.
8. Attack Of The Clones – Asteroid Fields Are Apparently Not As Deadly As We Think
Asteroid fields can be found all across the galaxy and they consist of asteroid clusters that come in all shapes and sizes. Asteroid fields are extremely unpredictable which make the chances of navigating one successfully very slim.
In fact, at one point C-3P0 calculated that the chances of navigating through an asteroid field and coming out alive are 3,720 to 1. Thus, we can safely assume that asteroid fields are deadly. Or are they?
Even though they’re supposed to be life-threatening and lethal almost everyone somehow manages to escape an asteroid field unscathed, such as Obi-Wan and Jango Fett who actually fight in one such field.
7. Revenge Of The Sith – Yoda Goes Into Exile For No Reason
In Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Darth Sidious is out to kill Jedis all over the galaxy. Thankfully, Yoda can stop him and thus a fight between Darth Sidious and Yoda ensues. Yoda is a great fighter and for a while, it seems like he might defeat Darth Sidious.
But then Darth Sidious knocks Yoda to the ground and instead of just getting up and resuming the fight Yoda decides to go into exile for no apparent reason.
So Yoda goes to Dagobah and hopes that someday in the future Darth Vader’s children will defeat Darth Sidious on his behalf. Obviously, this makes no sense because Yoda could have easily defeated Darth Sidious. Or at least tried harder to defeat him.
6. A New Hope – The Escape Pod Is Not Destroyed Because There Are No Signs Of Life On Board
In Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Leia uses the droids to send a secret message to Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine. Thus, R2-D2 and C-3P0 use an escape pod to make it to the planet’s surface. However, the Empire sees the escape pod and wonders whether they should destroy it or not.
Surprisingly, they decide to let the escape pod go purely because there doesn’t appear to be any signs of life aboard it. That’s a strange decision when you consider the fact that droids are extremely common in the Star Wars universe – shouldn’t the Empire be aware that the escape pod could have had droids within it? And that the droids could have been on a secret mission of their own?
5. A New Hope – Death Star Can Destroy Planets. Or Can It?
The Death Star is the Empire’s deadly ultimate weapon that can destroy entire planets. So when in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope the Death Star arrives to demolish the rebel base at Yavin IV which is located on the moon, we kind of expected it to succeed.
But unfortunately, a planet stands in the way of the moon and so the Death Star decides to travel around the planet to destroy the base. Except that that makes no sense because the Death Star could have easily destroyed the planet and then the moon. Because the Death Star decided to go around the planet it lost precious time and was attacked by Rebel Starfighters who destroyed the Death Star.
4. The Force Awakens – Rey’s Ability To Speak Wookie
The Wookie language is called Shyriiwook and is apparently very hard to learn. And why would anyone really bother learning it if Wookies actually understand humans, who speak Galactic Basic, even if they can’t speak it themselves due to the differences in vocal cords between Wookies and humans?
But just because Wookie language is difficult doesn’t mean it’s impossible – Han Solo is able to understand Wookies because Chewbacca has been keeping him company for a very long time and he has also traveled the galaxy extensively.
But in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rey is also somehow able to understand Wookie language even though she hasn’t traveled the galaxy and hasn’t been hanging out with Wookies previously. Yet no one is surprised by Rey’s unique ability.
3. The Phantom Menace – Nine-Year-Old Anakin Builds C-3P0
In Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace we learn that Anakin Skywalker is a genius in that he seems to be able to fix all types of machinery. Furthermore, we learn that he has successfully built a complex droid known as C-3PO even though he is nine years old at the time. That doesn’t seem very plausible – how could a nine-year-old, even a nine-year-old genius, create a complex droid that is fluent in more than six million forms of communication?
Furthermore, when Anakin has to leave his home to start his Jedi training, he leaves the unfinished droid with his mother. But when we see the droid again in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, the droid has been completed. But by whom? Anakin’s mother?
2. The Force Awakens – Han Solo Loses His Falcon
Han Solo loved his starship Millennium Falcon throughout the original Star Wars episodes. And yet somehow in the episodes that follow we learn that Han lost his beloved starship and hasn’t seen it for over a decade.
But once Rey and Finn come across it in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Han Solo and Chewbacca somehow track the Millennium Falcon down immediately. Apparently, Han Solo knew it was somewhere in Jakku, just not exactly where. But once Rey and Finn have it, it somehow makes it easier for Han to find. Because you know, sometimes it takes a decade to find something you’ve lost but can’t live without.
1. Return Of The Jedi – Leia Couldn’t Have Remembered Her Mother
When Luke asks Leia if she remembers her mother in Star Wars: Episode IV – Return of the Jedi, Leia says that her mother died when she was very young but that she remembers her being very beautiful and kind but also very sad.
However, Leia couldn’t have remembered that because in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith we see Leia’s mother Padme dying in childbirth. She only had time to name her babies before she passed away. Obviously, Leia couldn’t have had any memories of her own birth so she must be referring to her adoptive mother, Queen Organa.
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