That 40-Year- Old Star Wars Plothole Is Still Unresolved
The Star Wars Universe is so immensely vast that not everything can be crammed into the flagship movie franchise. A huge portion of the story has had to be told through comics, novels and books. And now, with Rogue One, Disney has launched another means of exploring the galaxy far, far away—spin off movies.
Rogue One tells the narrative of a motley crew of resistance fighters led by Jyn Erso—daughter to Galen Erso, the lead engineer in the construction of the Death Star—who defy the orders of the Rebel Alliance and embark on a perilous mission of retrieving the plans of the Empire’s super weapon. Contained in the blueprints is information on an exhaust port, a structural weakness that the Alliance can exploit, and bring down the planet-destroying weapon.
For nearly four decades, fans have often asked themselves how the Empire would be aware of such a critical chink in their armor and not take action. George Lucas has in the past attributed this negligence to the hubris of the Empire, but the criticisms have still persisted.
The latest Star Wars film attempts to rectify this. In the movie, Galen flees from the Empire’s clutches after he learns that he’s been duped into building a weapon for them. When he’s tracked down years later, he agrees to go back to working on the Death Star after Jyn runs off to Saw Gerrerra, and Lyra his wife is killed. But Galen returns with the ulterior motive of taking down the Empire…from the inside. He sabotages the Death Star by creating a weak spot in it.
As satisfying an explanation as this may seem, it raises some questions. Hitting the two-meter wide bullseye would be a nearly impossible task for anyone who isn’t Force-sensitive like Luke. Why would Galen make it that difficult to exploit the vulnerability knowing that the only people who could make that shot were either dead or had turned evil? Why not just make things easier by say rigging it to self-destruct? It just goes to show that sometimes, the flaws are in our reasoning and not the story.
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