10 Most Egregious Plot Holes Created By The Expanded Universe
Star Wars is the most successful movie franchise of all time, earning $10.3 billion at the box office between 1977 and 2019. Technically, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has earned more at the box office, but when it comes to merchandise and other income, Star Wars wins hands down, with an estimated value of $70 billion.
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That doesn’t mean that the Star Wars movies are perfect. The prequels, spin-offs, TV shows, along with the final three films have all contributed even more plot holes to the ones that already exist plot in the Star Wars universe. Just take a look at these huge blunders…
10 Darth Vader Doesn’t Know That Leia Is His Daughter
The mysterious Force that connects all living things is a central theme in all the Star Wars movies, and it seems that the Skywalker family is particularly blessed when it comes to Force skills.
Darth Vader (Anakin) can sense his son, Luke, who in turn is also able to reach his sister Leia using the same Force. So how come Darth Vader doesn’t realize that Princess Leia is his long-lost daughter when he is torturing her on the Death Star? If the Force was really that strong, he should have been able to pick up on the Skywalker genes.
9 Where Does Leia’s Dress Come From When She Joins The Ewoks?
One of the weirdest plot holes in the whole Star Wars series comes in the final film of the original trilogy, Return of the Jedi. Luke, Han, and Chewie have defeated Empire forces on the moon of Endor, with a little help from the Ewoks, (arguably one of the cutest creatures in the Star Wars universe.)
When the boys are reunited with Leia, someone has fixed her hair into a very complicated braid and it seems that the Ewoks just happened to have a dress in her size.
8 We Never Know How Poe Dameron Gets Back To The Rebel Fleet
Poe Dameron is introduced as a new character in the first film of the new trilogy, The Force Awakens. He and Finn escape from the First Order, but crash land on Jakku.
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It seems that only Finn has survived, but when he, Rey, and droid BB8 find their way back to the Resistance, with a bit of help from the Millennium Falcon and some old friends, Poe Dameron is there, looking fit and healthy. It is never explained how he survived the crash, or how he was able to get back to base from a remote planet like Jakku.
7 Rey Can Understand The Wookie Language
Rey has lived on remote and isolated Jakku for as long as she can remember, spending most of her time rummaging among downed starships for scrap to sell for food. Fans later discover, of course, that she is a secret Jedi with her impressive connection to the Force.
However, what didn’t make much sense is how she can understand the Wookie language when she first meets Chewie. Previous Jedi Masters have not shown any particular skills with language, and it’s unlikely that she spent any time with Wookies on Jakku.
6 Who Was Really Obi-Wan’s Master?
This is one plot hole that emerged as a result of a lack of continuity between the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy, which started in 1999 with The Phantom Menace. In that film, Liam Neeson plays Qui-Gon Jinn, the Jedi master of a young Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor).
Qui-Gon tells Obi-Wan in this movie that a Jedi can have only one master, yet in A New Hope, Obi-Wan directs Luke to go and find his old master Yoda in the Dagobah system. So who was really Obi-Wan’s master?
5 Luke Doesn’t Bother Using The Force To Escape The Rancor
By the time of Return of the Jedi, Luke has mastered the Force and can use his new powers to manipulate his environment. Yet when Jabba the Hutt drops him into the rancor pit, Luke spends a few minutes dodging the beast’s attacks before he throws a rock at the gate controls, which drop to the ground, trapping and killing the rancor.
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Surely he could have used his Force skills to defeat such an opponent? His later escape from Jabba is full of Jedi tricks, yet he struggles to defeat a simple beast like the rancor.
4 Why Was There Fuel In The Millennium Falcon On Jakku?
For long-time Star Wars fans, one of the best moments in the first film of the new trilogy, The Force Awakens, is when Rey suggests to Finn that they try and escape in a ship that has been dumped on Jakku for a while.
Here, they are amazed to see that she is talking about the legendary Millennium Falcon. But if the Falcon has been abandoned on a planet like Jakku for a while, then why hasn’t it already been stripped for parts and, most importantly, how did it have enough fuel in the tank for them to make their escape across the galaxy?
3 Leia Remembers Her Mother Who Died In Childbirth
Another continuity error that caused mass confusion was Leia’s memories of her mother. In Return of the Jedi, a grown-up Leia (Carrie Fisher) talks about how she remembers her birth mother. Yet in the final movie of the prequel trilogy, Revenge of the Sith, fans see Padme (Natalie Portman) dying in childbirth as both Luke and Leia are born.
A rather weak explanation has been offered, which suggests that Leia’s abilities in the Force meant that even at a few seconds old she was able to form memories, but that seems rather unlikely even in the world of science fiction.
2 Han Using Chewie’s Bowcaster For The First Time
Not only did fans get to meet the next generation of Resistance fighters in The Force Awakens, but old favorites like Chewbacca, Princess Leia, and Han Solo also made a triumphant return. In the fight scene at Maz’s castle, Solo has to use Chewbacca’s bowcaster to take down an approaching Stormtrooper, and is surprised at the weapon’s power, saying “I like this thing!”
It seems highly unlikely that in all the years these two have been roaming the galaxy, that this would be the first time that Solo had borrowed Chewie’s bowcaster.
1 Obi-Wan Fails To Recognize R2-D2
The Star Wars prequels saw a young Obi-Wan Kenobi meet C3-PO on Tatooine. R2-D2 was the droid that accompanied him on all his assignments, including their off-the-books investigation into the mysterious clone army and their mission to take down General Grievous on Utapau.
Fast forward to A New Hope and an older Obi-Wan Kenobi, now played by Alec Guinness, says he doesn’t recognize C3-PO or even his old pal R2-D2. Perhaps he was trying to play it cool, or maybe his memory was not what it once was, but it seems an odd thing to hear him say when watching the movies in chronological order.
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