Star Wars, much like the Force itself, surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds fans together. With such a rich tapestry of films, books, toys, you name it; and there's a Star Wars theme for it. Pretty much anyone, anywhere can jump on the bandwagon and profess their adoration in their own way. There are fans that have been there since the beginning, and fans who came in during the newer movies when it was the actors they knew that were taking up roles in the rebellion. Either way, there is plenty of love for the different stories that take place in the galaxies. Unfortunately, that comes with a lot of fans that are passionate, to say the very least. They are quick to praise but even quicker to judge. There's the universally beloved holy original trilogy, there are the much-maligned prequels, and now the uber-divisive new trilogy. There's also two Ewok movies, a Clone Wars cartoon movie, and Star Wars Story films that, thanks to fan backlash are done for the time being.
One of the cool things about Star Wars is the growing universe of stories and characters that are produced. But some have been produced over the years just to plug glaring plot holes. Some holes have been explained already, some are left open to interpretation, some are just sadly a victim of shoddy writing. Some people don't mind the plot holes so much, but many people just can't get over them. Regardless, here are 20 Things That Make Literally No Sense About Star Wars.
20 DARTH SIDIOUS HIDES IN PLAIN SIGHT
He's a ridiculously powerful Sith Lord. He’s the big bad that the Jedi have been trying to root out for years. He can single-handedly defeat several Jedi, but he's nearly beaten by Mace Windu. He also is apparently strong enough to cloak and mask his presence from several Jedi for years before finally revealing himself.
It's a little silly to think that the evil Darth Sidious and his alter ego, Sheev Palpatine are able to hide from all of the Jedi for so many years. Especially when dealing when the Jedi council, which houses several of the most powerful Jedi ever. No one even felt a murmur in the Force when the guy was around?
19 USING THE FORCE
The Force is as previously stated a big old energy field keeping the whole universe together. In the prequels, it was explained that (gulp) midichlorians live within living organism’s cells, and only those who can interact them can truly use the Force. That's the Jedi and the Sith. Or is it?
Rogue One introduced the concept of someone believing in that old hokey religion - Chirrut Inwe. He's a blind guy who believes wholly in the holiness of the Force. Seemingly, it helps him out as well. But while it's ok to believe, if anyone that's born in the SW Galaxy can tap into their midi-chlorians, wouldn't everyone be trying to see the limits of their power?
18 FORCE GHOSTS CAN USE LIGHTNING
For the most part, dead is dead, right? Not for the Jedi. Qui-Gon Jinn learned how to commune with the living. He taught this to Yoda and Obi-Wan. Evidently, Anakin was able to quickly learn how to not only come back but come back in his younger pre-Vader self. Which actually makes sense, from a certain point of view.
But what doesn't make sense is that Force ghosts are haunting Luke in The Last Jedi. Yoda returns and sets fire to a tree on Acht-To. Star Wars is going to need Force Ghostbusters if this continues to be a thing.
17 VADER DOESN'T KNOW ABOUT LEIA
Anakin knows Padme is pregnant. He doesn't detect she's got twins. That's understandable, he's being brainwashed by Palpatine and left for dead by Obi-Wan during this time. He's being rebuilt into Darth Vader while Padme is giving birth. So Anakin wouldn't have felt Daddy's Little Girl being born. Nor would he think that she's being raised by a Senator from Alderaan.
But this all-powerful Dark Lord Of The Sith. This once great Jedi doesn't feel a stirring in the Force when he's got his daughter held captive right in front of him! She even claims she remembers her birth mother, who died about 30 seconds after she was born. All that probing of the princess, and Vader couldn't see the fleeting memory of Padme giving birth. This is supposed to be the guy to balance the Force and it takes him nearly two and a half movies to figure out he's got a daughter? Some Sith Lord Vader turned out to be.
16 ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP
There are androids all over the Star Wars galaxy. Yet, for some reason, they're treated like second-class citizens by more nefarious characters throughout Star Wars. Jabba the gelatinous gangster even has what looks like a torture room for branding his androids, which a poor little box droid felt in Return Of The Jedi.
But why would you program droids to feel pain? R2 gets electrocuted and whirrs out in pain. Battle droids fear getting slaughtered. But Vader, that cold-calculating half-machine didn't think to program pain reflexes into 3PO. How else is it explained that when he gets blasted into spare parts, Chewie has him turned on while putting him back together? But the protocol droid isn't screaming in agony like some of his other bucket of bolts are.
15 LUKE'S GRAND RESCUE PLAN
While it is one of the best pulse-pounding action scenes in the entire Star Wars saga, Luke’s plan to rescue Han Solo is ridiculous. Turned into a popsicle at the end of The Empire Strikes Back, every bit of Luke’s plan hinges on the edge of a knife. If it doesn’t work, it means very serious repercussions for the team.
First, Lando has to infiltrate as a guard for reconnaissance. Then, Jabba has to accept R2 and 3PO as gifts (so that R2 can launch Luke’s lightsaber). With those moving parts moving, Leia (in disguise) heads in with Chewie as her captive to infiltrate and possibly get Han out of there in secret. This is all for Luke to walk in the door and try to mind-trick the Hutt into letting all of his friends go. Luke even risks getting eaten by a Rancor. None of the parts of this plan make any sense, except to a Hollywood scriptwriter. That includes Jabba’s choice of “prison” clothes for Princess Leia.
14 THE DEATH STAR
Where does the Empire get all of those wonderful toys? Perhaps from the combined funds of Tony Stark, Bruce Wayne, the Monopoly Guy, and Disney. Ever since Clerks, where there was a scene explaining what the workers might have felt when the station blew up, people have tried to logically look into the Death Star.
One person surmised that building the whole space station would in theory cost 15.6 SEPTILLION dollars – 15,600,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. That is a ludicrous amount of space bucks. That’s before you factor in paying employees and keeping the thing floating in space. There’s only one small weakness to blow it to hell (which was explained away because the designer built the weakness in secret), but now the real question is – why even have a guy who, clearly doesn’t agree with the Empire, anywhere near your ultimate weapon?!
13 SPEAKING WOOKIE
Solo: A Star Wars Story might not be the best Star Wars movie, but it is the most fun Star Wars film since Return Of The Jedi. But because of the backlash from The Last Jedi, people just felt the need to either not see the film or bag on it because of it’s silly flaws. But take a few hours out of your day to check it out, you won’t regret it.
Unless you can’t get the silly flaws of the film out of your head. Then you won’t be able to handle Han, who we have seen hanging with Chewbacca now for over forty years, all of the sudden being able to speak Wookie. It might have worked for the scene but considering it’s something we’ve never seen anyone in Star Wars do ever, it’s also a really bad moment in Star Wars history.
12 MAUL SURVIVES
Darth Maul was going to be the coolest villain since Darth Vader. Darth Maul, who was cool enough to do battle with not one, but two Jedis and end one of them. Yet somehow the guy survives, even though Obi-Wan seemingly ended him by literally slicing him in half and sending him down an energy shaft.
He shows up at the end of Solo, as the real mastermind behind the Crimson Dawn. He does battle with Obi-Wan throughout most of The Clone Wars cartoon. The series takes place between Episodes II and III, but for some strange reason, there’s no mention of any of this during that film, or Solo.
11 BOBA FETT SURVIVES
From a mere few seconds in Empire to a paltry end in Return Of The Jedi, Boba Fett somehow became one of the coolest characters in the original Star Wars trilogy. George Lucas had once stated if he knew how popular the guy would have become, he might not have met such a comical end.
Boba Fett was eaten by the Sarlaac monster. He was going to be digested over the course of a thousand years, he fought his way out of certain death. The guy that simply got accidentally bonked into the pit is now cool enough to blast his way out?! That was all old canon though, with the new Disney timeline, there has been no determination at this point if the Fett man lived through his ordeal of not.
10 HAN SOLO
Speaking Wookie? Ok, it’s a little silly, but it happens for a mere second and then never again. But did the writers of Solo actually need to give a storyline reason for Han Solo being Han Solo? Especially when we've seen Han in four other Star Wars movies and not once did he even allude to having been given his name.
There's just no explanation for it at all. Han clearly had a family name, and for 41 years we all thought it was Solo. This was certainly one of the poorest choices of any Star Wars film. They could have literally just made it his family name, instead of trying to be cool.
9 ANYONE CAN USE LIGHTSABERS
A lightsaber; according to Obi-Wan is a Jedi’s weapon. Although not directly stated, it has always been known that only a Jedi or a Sith would be able to use lightsabers. Han using it to slash a Tauntaun open is one thing, but Finn and Rey just picking it up and able to hold their own against Kylo Ren is complete fanboy bad writing.
While not a fully-fledged Sith, Ren had been studying how to wield a lightsaber for years. Meanwhile not one, but two people who in theory have never wielded a lightsaber before are able to pick it up and defend themselves against a much more experienced - and ruthless combatant.
8 NO MEDAL FOR CHEWIE
It's the longest standing problem in the Star Wars universe. Out of all the tinkering George Lucas ever did with the Special Editions, one might think he would have found a way to give Chewbacca a medal during the final scene of A New Hope. Why doesn't Chewie get a medal?
The giant Wookie saved all of their lives on more than one occasion, and rushed headlong into Stormtrooper lasers. He probably growled at Han until he turned the Falcon back around to help the Rebels blow up the Death Star. The least he deserves is a medal for all of his hard work.
7 LUKE IS ALSO HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT
Tatooine native Anakin Skywalker went off the reservation and became Darth Vader. Before that though, his wife Padme was pregnant, and she gave birth to twins. A random senator from Alderaan agreed to raise the girl. Yoda and Obi-Wan, seemingly two really smart Jedi think it's a good idea to bring the boy to Tatooine.
So, they bring the boy to Tatooine, put him with a family but they don't think to change his name? This is seriously how people go into hiding in the Star Wars Universe. It seems like a very bad idea to bring Luke to his father's homeworld, put him with his step-brother and decide to not change his name. Fortunately, it didn't happen, but there was nothing stopping Vader from paying a visit home.
6 THE PROBLEM WITH PREQUELS
The vitriol over the prequel trilogy has died down in some parts of the Star Wars fandom. But that doesn't mean there aren't still plenty of head-scratching issues. For instance - Padme is supposedly a smart person, but she leaves the dullard Jar Jar in charge. Or how about Episodes I and II that take place ten years apart, but Padme still remains unwrinkled. Those are just the tip of the iceberg. When trying to connect the Prequels to the Original trilogy, there are plenty of plot holes that need to be plugged up. Some holes still need water bailed out of them.
Leia claims she remembers her mom, but she dies about 43 seconds after giving birth to her. The Jedi seem to know everything about everything. Except when the plot needs them to conveniently not know - like when they didn't know about the Clone Army. They didn't know about Anakin and Padme. They didn't know the entire saga’s big bad was running the whole senate. Obi-Wan claims to have never owned a droid before when he meets R2 in A New Hope. He knows who R2 is and owned an entirely different Astro-mech during episodes II and III. Speaking for R2, remember that time he uses his rockets and flew all over the Original trilogy? Right. He didn't. He gets all sorts of fun weaponry an defense mechanisms that are never seen in the OT.
5 HAN LOST THE FALCON
Han Solo is supposedly the best starship pilot in the galaxy. He loves the Millennium Falcon as much, if not more, than he loves his family and friends. The guy gets super nervous when he loans it to his frenemy and former owner of the ship, Lando! Did Han just misplace the Falcon and couldn't find it?! Losing your car in a parking lot. That's one thing, but losing your ship and not knowing where it went is completely stupid.
It's just bad writing. Rey fires up the engines and the Falcon. It's been parked in the dust for 30 years, but the ship just takes off. Han looks out the window of whatever freighter he's on and just happens to see his baby. Clearly, there needs to be a Star Wars Story all about How Han Lost The Falcon.
4 ANAKIN IS FORGIVEN FOR HIS CRIMES
It made sense for Luke to forgive dear old daddy, after all, the guy did save Luke’s life. It even made sense for George Lucas to tinker with the ending of ROTJ and make Anakin’s Force ghost look like he did when he was a good guy, but the weird thing is that he's standing there with Obi-Wan and Yoda’s ghosts as well.
Perhaps ghosts have a poor memory. While Luke wasn't told that his dad ended a whole bunch of little kids, Obi-Wan and Yoda watched him do this! Obi-Wan even watched his former bestie choke out his secret wife before taking him out! No surviving Jedi thought he could be redeemed or forgiven, but the writers clearly thought that one right could fix a million wrongs.
3 USE THE FORCE TO SWITCH OFF LIGHTSABERS
There needs to be an SNL skit or a Funny Or Die video for this entry. Lightsabers have on and off switches, don't they? Then how come the all-powerful Jedi and Sith masters aren't using the Force to flick the switches of their opponent's blade at inopportune times? While it might look silly at first, you could mine those fight scenes for drama.
Picture beads of sweat forming as a Jedi uses the Force to hold his blade from spiking him. All because a mighty Sith Lord has turned his foe’s own blade off and twisted it around to aim right at the Jedi. But instead, these all-powerful masters who can move things with their minds don’t ever think to just flick switches or move their opponent's hands or sabers out of the way.
2 LEIA FLOATS THROUGH SPACE
Since 1977, there were ten Star Wars movies before The Last Jedi. No Star Wars film has been more divisive than TLJ. No film has had the choices made by their writer-director like TLJ. The one critique that is universally loathed and that is when Princess Leia floats through space.
Nothing helped soothed fans, not the storyline explanations, not the sensical explanations fans have surmised to try and reconcile this scene. It just looks out of place in a Star Wars movie – and anything can happen in a Star Wars movie! But the anything happening still needs to make sense. There has never been a precedent for a Force user without a lot of training to be able to hold their breath and float themselves to safety in the vastness of space.
1 ONLY JEDI CAN USE THE HIGH GROUND
After fighting to a standstill, Obi-Wan tells his former pupil, Anakin not to try and take him down. Because Kenobi is standing on a small cliff. Anakin is floating on a droid underneath him – “I have the high ground,” Obi-Wan says.
The high ground, which Obi-Wan is right about clearly isn’t as insurmountable as an advantage as the Jedi Knight thinks. He himself overcame such an obstacle when he sliced Darth Maul in half. But even with Maul swinging his lightsaber at Obi-Wan, who hanging off a cliff couldn’t defeat the Jedi. Apparently, Sith aren’t able to use the high ground advantage.