Star There’s no denying the creative genius of George Lucas and his epic space opera Star Wars. The Star Wars Saga has spanned almost a dozen films, countless animated and live-action television series, not to mention an avalanche of other media like comic books and video games. The heroic journeys of the dynamic characters in his universe have enraptured fans for decades and will continue to do so for future generations.
That being said, even true Star Wars fans know that during the development of all of his film projects, Lucas didn’t always stay consistent with his brainchild. Plotholes and logical inconsistencies were so numerous that fans couldn’t help but shrug them off and say, “Star Wars logic” when an event or character choice seemed to inevitably occur without making any sense. Here are 10 logic memes to celebrate these inconsistencies, that only true Star Warriors can appreciate.
10 ANYONE CAN BE THE CHOSEN ONE
The only basis established in Episode I: The Phantom Menace for Anakin Skywalker being the prophesied “Chosen One” is based on 1) Qui-Gon Jinn’s “feeling” that he’s special, and 2) Obi-Wan Kenobi’s data that his midichlorian count is higher than Master Yoda’s. He races pods very well on Tatooine, but is that enough to be accepted by the Jedi Order?
When he’s taken to Coruscant and presented before the Jedi Council, he’s made to undergo a series of “tests” to sense his aptitude with the Force. This amounts to a digital game of “memory,” where he guesses what’s on Master Windu’s view screen correctly. Ergo, he must be the Chosen One.
9 AN ODDLY SPECIFIC REQUEST
When you break down the reasons why Anakin Skywalker turned to the Dark Side, it’s not just the fact that he collapsed under the weight of expectations placed upon him, or that being the Chosen One gave him delusions of grandeur. It can be traced back to the fact that the Jedi Code made it nearly impossible to live in harmony with the woman he loved, and the Dark Side did.
When Anakin finds Master Windu about to destroy Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious, they might have been able to strike a bargain like this meme entails; Windu can kill without impunity, and Anakin can be allowed to marry Padme Amidala, and have his child safely. Unfortunately, that would have robbed us of Darth Vader and the original trilogy.
8 ALL IS FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR, RIGHT?
Most of the plot of any of the Star Wars films heavily relies on certain characters not knowing certain key pieces of information. The Emperor has just Frankenstein-ed himself a Sith Lord at the concluding moments of Revenge of the Sith, and means to keep him on as Darth Vader, his dreaded scourge of the Rebel Alliance.
To accomplish this, the Emperor knows he needs to keep Vader upset, because only his feelings of hate and anger will make him powerful enough in the Dark Side to blindly do his bidding. He, therefore, explains that Vader killed Padme himself, conveniently leaving out that she wasn’t dead until giving birth later to two healthy babies Vader also doesn’t know about.
7 FROM A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW
Poor Luke Skywalker had no way of knowing that Darth Vader, the fearsome enforcer of the Emperor’s will, had at one time been Anakin Skywalker, a powerful Jedi Knight and apprentice to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Ol’ Ben decided to leave out that bit of information, instead planting in Luke’s head that Darth Vader killed Anakin Skywalker in combat.
Luke didn’t learn the truth about his father until The Empire Strikes Back, when Darth Vader himself told Luke the truth about their connection. But by that point, Luke was already prepared to hunt him down and kill him, which was awfully convenient for Ol’ Ben who got him involved in the Alliance fight against the Empire, to begin with.
6 GUILT, IT DOES A JEDI GOOD
There are a lot of plotholes and inconsistencies within the Star Wars Saga, mostly attributed to so much information being interpreted by so many different creative minds. George Lucas himself didn’t even know if the franchise was going to take off, and had to adjust the storyline with each film he helmed. He didn’t know he would get to oversee a trilogy of prequels when he made the original trilogy.
This results in scenes like in Episode IV: A New Hope, when Ben Kenobi tells Luke that his father wanted him to have his lightsaber when he was old enough. Well, Ol’ Ben also deprived Luke’s dad of three of his limbs and left him a Cajun dish on Mustafar, so we can only guess it was guilt that made him tell Luke that.
5 DID YOU JUST SAY MASTER?
Aside from Anakin Skywalker being upset that the Jedi Order prohibited him from openly marrying Padme Amidala, he was also continuously upset that it wouldn’t permit him the rank of Jedi Master. He had been fed a mantra for half his life that he was the “Chosen One,” yet he didn’t outrank the Jedi Council.
In a harrowing scene in Revenge of the Sith, Anakin marches on the Jedi Temple with orders from Chancellor Palpatine to wipe out the Jedi traitors there. One of the younglings addresses him innocently as “Master Skywalker.” If that was all it took to assuage his aggression, it would have been a really short movie.
4 JOB FAIR
Palpatine has been looking out for Number One for six films. As both a politician and as his alter ego, Darth Sidious, he’s only had his best interests in mind. As Darth Sidious, when one apprentice became a liability (or died), he moved on to obtaining another one. From Darth Maul, to Count Dooku, and finally to Darth Vader, he upgraded like a Sith hermit crab.
He finally decided by The Empire Strikes Back that Darth Vader was outmoded, and turned his attention to Vader’s son, Luke Skywalker, the farm boy from Tatooine who blew up his super weapon. Yep, that was the kid who he decided should take his father’s place as his new apprentice.
3 DEATH BY THE SADS
One of the greatest mysteries of the Star Wars Saga is why Padme Skywalker unexpectedly died after giving birth to healthy twins. Yes, Anakin Skywalker had Force Choked her on Mustafar, but she’d only passed out, and Obi-Wan Kenobi was able to transport her to a proper medical facility where she was well enough to give birth.
Anakin, on the other hand, was left a smoking husk of a man, half dead, with third-degree burns all over his body. The medical droids in Palpatine’s employ were able to fix him up just fine, but the medical droids tending to Padme shrugged their little metal shoulders and gave up.
2 ET TU, UNCLE LUKE?
One of the major problems Star Wars fans had with The Last Jedi was the character development for Luke Skywalker. Luke had been the last of the Jedi Order at the time of Return of the Jedi, an aptly named film considering after that (according to The Force Awakens) Luke had spent his time revitalizing the Jedi Order by beefing up its ranks.
He accepted his nephew Ben Solo, who he recognized had a strong connection to the Force through his mother’s side (Luke’s sister, Leia). He sensed a possible connection to the Dark Side as well, and a potential for another Darth Vader, which was apparently enough to make him try to kill him, despite having tried to redeem Vader 20 years earlier.
1 PICK UP LINES IN THE STAR WARS UNIVERSE
There’s been a “will they won’t they” sort of tension between Kylo Ren and Rey ever since The Force Awakens when Kylo sensed how special Rey was and she sensed how much of an entitled brat he was. In The Last Jedi, they took their “relationship” to the next level, with him murdering Supreme Leader Snoke and offering her a piece of the pie.
In typical Kylo fashion, he exaggerated his own self worth in her life, explaining to her that her parents were junk traders that sold her for drinking money. This was his lame attempt at making her realize only he could provide security for her, and agree to rule the galaxy with him.
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