For decades now, Star Wars' stormtroopers have earned a reputation for possessing terrible aim. Though Obi-Wan told Luke "only imperial stormtroopers are so precise" in A New Hope, the film went on to demonstrate that that may have been a complete lie during the climactic escape from the Death Star.
Now, thanks to the official Star Wars Kids channel, we know just how often the Emperor's soldiers tend to miss their target. The video includes a hit-and-miss counter and tackles the entire escape sequence from A New Hope, starting with the corridor shootout and ending with the Millennium Falcon racing off into space.
It's the sequence that most fans refer to when discussing the imperial stormtroopers' terrible aim. Counting the shots like this video does only proves that point.
The video counts a total of 296 misses at the end of the escape, which is abysmal for soldiers who were said to be deadly accurate. As Leia correctly predicts right after the escape, the stormtroopers were intentionally allowing the group to escape so they could track the ship and follow the Falcon to the rebel base, something that Darth Vader confirmed in a later scene. So, even though this video does say something about how the stormtroopers may need to spend more time in a firing range, it may not be the best example.
Directed and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: Episode IX stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Keri Russell, Matt Smith, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Carrie Fisher, with Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant. The film is scheduled to open on December 20.