7 Unanswered Questions From Star Wars
Now when it comes to Star Wars I consider myself to be a pretty big nerd. I’ve seen the movies hundreds of times, and I used to collect the toys and of course I had a toy light saber. But, while watching Star Wars I was always baffled and confused on certain things. George Lucas did a great job of explaining some mysteries, but honestly he failed to handle some key questions. Here’s my list of 7 Unanswered Questions From The Star Wars Universe.
What happened to Vader at the end of Episode 4?
We last see Vader tumbling into outer space when the Death Star gets destroyed. How does he get to safety? There is no way he was capable of steering that shift back on a normal trajectory to get rescue. But as we all know, some how he can beat the odds and get to safety.
Why was the Death Star so vulnerable?
Speaking of Vader and the Death Star, this question puzzles me every time I watch the movie. The Death Star was a moon-sized space station super weapon that set the Empire well above any competition. It had the greatest weapon of all mankind, a laser that could blow up any planet that didn’t want to cooperate. With something this powerful and precious, one would think it couldn’t be destroyed by shooting a laser into a small hole. Seriously, it was as easy as shooting a Red Rider BB Gun. Didn’t the Emperor employ the best scientist and engineers in the galaxy for this station? If you had all this money poured into this gem, why not protect it better? Seriously, throw a sheet of metal over the one vulnerable hole in the whole station. Also, one would think they’d have better protection. I guess not.
How was it possible for the second Death Star to be built so fast?
As we learned in Episode 3, the Death Star was under construction at the time of Luke's birth. In Episode 4 Luke destroys the Death Star while he’s in his mid 20s. Now that’s just a guess, age was never really specified with Luke. So let’s assume Luke was 21 at the time of blowing the Death Star up. It took the Empire around 20 years to build this moon sized weapon. However, in Episode 6 a brand spanking new Death Star is near completion. How is that possible? The time from Episode 4-6 had to be less than ten years. How is it possible that the new Death Star was built so fast? Also, how in the world could the Empire afford it? They took a huge loss with the first Death Star, how in the world could they afford the next one?
Why doesn’t Anakin/Vader ever acknowledge the fact he knows who R2-D2 or C-3P0 in the later films?
Boy Anakin built C-3PO. Boy Anakin eventually meets R2. Boy Anakin grows up. Teenager Anakin starts using R2 as his droid of choice. Teenager Anakin inherits C-3P0. Teenager Anakin grows up. Grown up Anakin produces off-springs. Grown up Anakin becomes Vader. Vader crosses path with his offspring. Offspring is using droids. At any point of that really crappy timeline did Vader remember the droids that saved his neck time and time again? No. Does he find it weird that his son is using very similar droids? No.
Why aren’t Jedis allowed to visit their family, or even have a family of their own?
Young Anakin’s midichlorian count was through the roof when Qui-Gon Jinn first met him. Qui-Gon Jinn took him away from his family so Anakin could grow into a Jedi. We get the impression that Jedis are not allowed to have family or even go back to visit. Anakin grows up and visits his mother at death. Why wasn’t he allowed to see her before then? Why aren’t Jedis allowed to have a family? Wouldn’t it make sense for the Jedis to have some sort of marriage so they can reproduce? One would think.
Why is Jedi death so different?
In the Star Wars series we first see a Jedi death in Episode 1 with Qui-Gon Jinn. They burn his body on what appears to be a “Jedi Ritual”. However, that Jedi ritual must change over time. In Episode 4, at Obi-Wan’s time of death, we see him just vanish in thin air. But wait, where did his body go? In Episode 6 at Yoda’s death, we see his body disappear. When Anakin passes on, his body remains and Luke gives him a proper Jedi burial. Why is there so much inconsistency with death?
Who fired the first shot?
By far one of the biggest debates in Star Wars history: Who shot first? During Episode 6, Han Solo meets the bounty hunter Greedo at the Mos Eisley Cantina. Han owes money to galactic crime lord Jabba the Hutt for dumping some cargo that he was supposed to smuggle for Jabba, and Greedo has come to take Han's money, rather than bring him to Jabba. Han and Greedo sit opposite each other at a table and hold an ominous conversation while Greedo aims his blaster at Han. During their conversation and unbeknownst to Greedo, Han stealthily readies his own blaster beneath the table. Han shoots Greedo and Greedo dies without firing a shot. The answer seems like it’s a pretty simple, Hon shot first. However, the scene was modified for the 1997 re-release to feature Han using his weapon in retaliation after Greedo fires at him. The debate lives on.