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* As absurd as it seems, there's actually a practical reason for something as absurdly powerful as the Death Star: planetary shields take a ''lot'' to take down. That was also a likely part of how they planned to justify the Death Star to the Senate long enough for Palpatine to find an excuse to dissolve it (something that happened far earlier than expected): if the Empire needed to assault a shielded planet, the Imperial Fleet would just need to have the Death Star blast it once to take it down in seconds rather than mobilizing dozens of Star Destroyers and fire at it for days or weeks or hope a torpedo sphere (a siege platform intended ''specifically'' to take out planetary shields with concentrated proton torpedo fire) could get to its generator.

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* As absurd as it seems, there's actually a practical reason for something as absurdly immensely powerful as the Death Star: planetary shields take a ''lot'' to take down.down, even with Star Destroyers (in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Echo Base's ''theatre'' shield is so powerful a fleet including five Star Destroyers and the much larger and more powerful ''Executor'' isn't expected to take it down quickly enough to prevent an evacuation, with planetary shields being much more powerful). That was also a likely part of how they planned to justify the Death Star to the Senate long enough for Palpatine to find an excuse to dissolve it (something that happened far earlier than expected): if the Empire needed to assault a shielded planet, the Imperial Fleet would just need to have the Death Star blast it once to take it down in seconds rather than mobilizing dozens of Star Destroyers and fire at it for days or weeks or hope a torpedo sphere (a siege platform intended ''specifically'' to take out planetary shields with concentrated proton torpedo fire) could get to its generator.




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* Much is made of the Death Star's ability to subdue the Empire just by existing. Tarkin did not made it up, is a variation of the "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fleet_in_being fleet in being]]" concept, in which a fleet keeps major enemy assets tied to counter it simply by existing and never leaving harbor. Even the Death Star's eventual failure is based on this concept, as if the fleet leaves harbor it becomes vulnerable and could be destroyed alongside its deterrent potential.



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* As absurd as it seems, there's actually a practical reason for something as absurdly powerful as the Death Star: planetary shields take a ''lot'' to take down. That was also a likely part of how they planned to justify the Death Star to the Senate long enough for Palpatine to find an excuse to dissolve it (something that happened far earlier than expected): if the Empire needed to assault a shielded planet, the Imperial Fleet would just need to have the Death Star blast it once to take it down in seconds rather than mobilizing dozens of Star Destroyers and fire at it for days or weeks or hope a torpedo sphere (a siege platform intended ''specifically'' to take out planetary shields with concentrated proton torpedo fire) could get to its generator.
** The planetary shields also may have played a part in Tarkin targeting Alderaan specifically: the planet was known to have a planetary shield... That can only delay the planet's destruction for ''a tenth of second''. If a rich Core World's planetary shield can resist a single shot for a tenth of a second and doesn't even soften the impact enough to prevent its world's destruction, what choice does anyone but to surrender the moment the Death Star shows up?



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* Why are droids not allowed in the Mos Eisley Cantina? Well, since most would consider it impractical to create [[EatingMachine a droid with a functioning digestive system]], and many droids don't seem to have a mouth, it can be assumed that droids are unable to eat or drink. If someone is unable to drink, they don't really have a reason to be in a bar.


* Han Solo said he could do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. A parsec is a unit of distance, not of time, so this seems like a classic case of writers not doing their homework. However... relativistic effects include space compression... basically, as you approach the speed of light, the total mileage of the trip actually decreases.

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* Han Solo said he could do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. A parsec is a unit of distance, not of time, so this seems like a classic case of writers not doing their homework. However... relativistic effects include space compression... basically, , as you approach the speed of light, the total mileage of the trip actually decreases.



** This is actually addressed in the ExpandedUniverse. The Kessel Run is a route to a facility in the Kessel Maw which is full of black holes and other such travel hazards. The closer to the facility you drop out of hyperspace, the more dangerous it is because all the black holes and every other kind of space hazard imaginable screws with your navigation and you ability to plot a course. Han basically waited until he was about 12 parsecs away from the facility (taking his life into his hands, but it's Han) to drop out of hyperspace, setting a new record.

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** This is actually addressed in the ExpandedUniverse. The Kessel Run is a route to a facility in the Kessel Maw which is full of black holes and other such travel hazards. The closer to the facility you drop out of hyperspace, the more dangerous it is because all the black holes and every other kind of space hazard imaginable screws with your navigation and you ability to plot a course. Han basically waited until he was about 12 parsecs away from the facility (taking his life into his hands, but it's Han) to drop out of hyperspace, setting a new record.



** Tossing some real science in here, different planets actually have different day-lengths due to distances from the sun. Tatooine having two suns could mean that it has extra long days, such as around 30-40 hours encompassing a single 'day'. So basically Luke could have spent hours doing everything so far, and turned up at the bar at their equivalent of 9pm, the usual sort of time you'd find a bar full of hard-drinking louts

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** Tossing some real science in here, different planets actually have different day-lengths due to distances from the sun. Tatooine having two suns could mean that it has extra long days, such as around 30-40 hours encompassing a single 'day'. So basically Luke could have spent hours doing everything so far, and turned up at the bar at their equivalent of 9pm, the usual sort of time you'd find a bar full of hard-drinking louts


** Tossing some real science in here, different planets actually have different day-lengths due to distances from the sun. Tatooine having two suns could mean that it has extra long days, around maybe 30-40 hours encompassing a single 'day'. So basically Luke could have spent hours doing everything so far, and turned up at the bar at their equivalent of 9pm, the usual sort of time you'd find a bar full of hard-drinking louts

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** Tossing some real science in here, different planets actually have different day-lengths due to distances from the sun. Tatooine having two suns could mean that it has extra long days, such as around maybe 30-40 hours encompassing a single 'day'. So basically Luke could have spent hours doing everything so far, and turned up at the bar at their equivalent of 9pm, the usual sort of time you'd find a bar full of hard-drinking louts


** The only problem being that apparently they can't. For example, Count Dooku cut off Anakin's arm and they gave him a prosthetic, rather than reattach his original arm which was laying on the floor of the hangar. Possibly being cut off by a super-hot laser sword damages tissue in such a way that it cannot be healed. But more likely this is just a case of TechnologyMarchesOn and Lucas wanted to preserve the idea of permanent injury being possible even though real-world technology implies that they should be able to do better than they do. Certainly it is an open question as to why there were no better medical treatments available for Vader's many injuries. While a portable iron lung that you could wear might have seemed spiffy back in the 1970's, nowadays we would be talking more about lung transplants if a donor were available (and I doubt that a Sith Lord would hesitate to have somebody carved up to get themselves some spare parts).

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** The only problem being that apparently they can't. For example, Count Dooku cut off Anakin's arm and they gave him a prosthetic, rather than reattach his original arm which was laying on the floor of the hangar. Possibly being cut off by a super-hot laser sword damages tissue in such a way that it cannot be healed. But more likely this is just a case of TechnologyMarchesOn and Lucas wanted to preserve the idea of permanent injury being possible even though real-world technology implies that they should be able to do better than they do. Certainly it is an open question as to why there were no better medical treatments available for Vader's many injuries. While a portable iron lung that you could wear might have seemed spiffy back in the 1970's, 1970s, nowadays we would be talking more about lung transplants if a donor were available (and I doubt that a Sith Lord would hesitate to have somebody carved up to get themselves some spare parts).


** Tossing some real science in here, different planets actually have different day-lengths due to distances from the sun. Tatooine having two suns could mean that it has extra long days, like maybe 30-40 hours encompassing a single 'day'. So basically Luke could have spent hours doing everything so far, and turned up at the bar at their equivalent of 9pm, the usual sort of time you'd find a bar full of hard-drinking louts

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** Tossing some real science in here, different planets actually have different day-lengths due to distances from the sun. Tatooine having two suns could mean that it has extra long days, like around maybe 30-40 hours encompassing a single 'day'. So basically Luke could have spent hours doing everything so far, and turned up at the bar at their equivalent of 9pm, the usual sort of time you'd find a bar full of hard-drinking louts


** Not only that, but he knows that if he can't get the plans back and the Death Star gets destroyed, [[AngerBornOfWorry the Emperor is going to be REALLY pissed at him.]] [[CaptainObvious Having the most powerful being in the entire galaxy angry at you is not good for your health.]] Legends continuity confirms this. (Especially when said being can use an attack that can fry your cybernetics. [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Should that ever actually happen, well...]])

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** Not only that, but he knows that if he can't get the plans back and the Death Star gets destroyed, [[AngerBornOfWorry the Emperor is going to be REALLY pissed at him.]] [[CaptainObvious Having the most powerful being in the entire galaxy angry at you is not good for your health.]] health. Legends continuity confirms this. (Especially when said being can use an attack that can fry your cybernetics. [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Should that ever actually happen, well...]])

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** My interpretation was honestly that Leia was just mocking Tarkin's own British accent, possibly to hide how scared she really is, but when Alderaan is threatened she drops it, realising that this is NOT the kind of man you want to upset

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** Tossing some real science in here, different planets actually have different day-lengths due to distances from the sun. Tatooine having two suns could mean that it has extra long days, like maybe 30-40 hours encompassing a single 'day'. So basically Luke could have spent hours doing everything so far, and turned up at the bar at their equivalent of 9pm, the usual sort of time you'd find a bar full of hard-drinking louts


** Back in ''Revenge of the Sith'', Anakin was driven by his emotions and passions. His hate and rage made him unstoppable but also prone to making rash judgements. Vader is cool and less emotional than his younger self. as Obi-Wan says in ''Revenge of the Sith'' is "more machine now than man". More methodical and cautious.

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** Back in ''Revenge of the Sith'', Anakin was driven by his emotions and passions. His hate and rage made him unstoppable but also prone to making rash judgements.judgments. Vader is cool and less emotional than his younger self. as Obi-Wan says in ''Revenge of the Sith'' is "more machine now than man". More methodical and cautious.



* The scene where Motti was Force-chocked was a set-up: Tarkin and Vader knew that many of the chiefs of staff (especially Motti) were arrogant and likely to do something stupid even when they were supposed to obey Tarkin and Vader in everything once the Senate was disbanded, so Vader took the first opening he had to try and get a reaction and they quickly showed that Vader could kill them anytime without even touching them and Tarkin was the only one who could stop him.

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* The scene where Motti was Force-chocked Force-choked was a set-up: Tarkin and Vader knew that many of the chiefs of staff (especially Motti) were arrogant and likely to do something stupid even when they were supposed to obey Tarkin and Vader in everything once the Senate was disbanded, so Vader took the first opening he had to try and get a reaction and they quickly showed that Vader could kill them anytime without even touching them and Tarkin was the only one who could stop him.



*** And in relation to the above, how fittingly ironic is it that Admiral Motti (along with everyone else in that meeting room besides Vader) dies in the explosion of the Death Star, caused by a Rebel pilot following that "ancient religion" Motti ridiculed, with said pilot being the secret '''son''' of the guy you mouthed off to, for extra points?




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* Admiral Motti mocks Darth Vader's belief in the Force, specifically deriding his lack of success in uncovering the location of the Rebels' secret base with that "ancient religion". But as it turns out, Vader didn't need any "sorcerous ways" to uncover the Rebel stronghold: he used good old fashioned trickery and deception, tricking Luke and co. into leading the Imperials right to it.


* Why did the Death Star's designers leave such an obvious weak point in the form of the thermal exhaust port? It's an integral part of the design, and not something that can easily be overlooked. Then I realized-- they did it ''deliberately''. The marksmanship needed to make that shot was virtually impossible, even for a computer... but not for a Jedi. As far as the Empire knows, there are only two remaining Jedi. One is too small to operate a fighter craft, and the other is probably dead from what they know, given that he dropped off the face of the galaxy.However, both Vader and the Emperor are very skilled in the Force, and Vader is an excellent fighter pilot. Most likely, they had that port added the way it was in case the Death Star's commander got too big for his britches and decided to strike out on his own. With a weapon that could destroy a planet, that scenario is both more likely and more dangerous. However, with that weakness, Darth Vader could easily go after the Death Star and make the fatal shot. The Galactic Empire is even more clever than they seem!

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* Why did the Death Star's designers leave such an obvious weak point in the form of the thermal exhaust port? It's an integral part of the design, and not something that can easily be overlooked. Then I realized-- they did it ''deliberately''. The marksmanship needed to make that shot was virtually impossible, even for a computer... but not for a Jedi. As far as the Empire knows, there are only two a handful of remaining Jedi. One is too small to operate a fighter craft, and the other is Jedi, who probably dead from what don't have the piloting skill or experience necessary to make the run. So even if they know, given that he dropped off were to somehow obtain the face of intelligence about the galaxy.Death Star's weak point, there wouldn't be much they could do to exploit it. However, both Vader and the Emperor are very skilled in the Force, and Vader is an excellent fighter pilot. Most likely, they had that port added the way it was in case the Death Star's commander got too big for his britches and decided to strike out on his own. With a weapon that could destroy a planet, that scenario is both more likely and more dangerous. However, with that weakness, Darth Vader could easily go after the Death Star and make the fatal shot. The Galactic Empire is even more clever than they seem!


*** Which would actually make for retroactive Foreshadowing of ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', when Han [[spoiler: drops the ''Falcon'' out of hyperspace ''within a planet's atmosphere'']], shattering his previous record into itty bitty pieces.

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*** Which would actually make for retroactive Foreshadowing of ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', when Han [[spoiler: drops the ''Falcon'' out of hyperspace ''within a planet's atmosphere'']], atmosphere'', shattering his previous record into itty bitty pieces.



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* In ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', Anakin slaughters an entire village of Tusken Raiders for killing his mother, and the Expanded Universe says that Anakin would become a demonic figure to the Tusken Raiders. When Obi-wan saves Luke from the Tusken Raiders by scaring them off, it's likely that the Tusken Raiders believed that Obi-wan was the demonic figure inspired by Anakin.



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* Han Solo's stance as a FlatEarthAtheist in regards to the Force seems very strange and even unlikely, when you consider that ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' shows that his best friend and copilot Chewbacca not only knew Jedi Council Grand Master Yoda, but personally witnessed him decapitate two Clone Troopers and helped him escape Order 66. Chewie has first hand knowledge of the powers Jedi possess(ed), and in their many years together, he undoubtedly shared the story of that catastrophic incident on Kashyyyk with his friend and captain. Solo either dismissed Chewbacca's account of Yoda's feats as "simple tricks and nonsense" (and perhaps ultimately the Wookiee did as well), or it may simply be that Han and Chewie, like a lot of good, longtime friends, simply don't discuss topics like religion or politics, as they are potentially very sensitive subjects. Whenever Han would make a dismissive comment about the Force and the Jedi, Chewie probably just rolled his eyes and let it go.

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