Why would the prison ship go to sublight engines, when hyperspace is much faster? Is it just something to put under plot armor or such?

  • I don't know if this is still canon, but I believe it used to be the case that remaining in hyperspace requires a ship to expend energy, while remaining in normal space didn't.
    – Cadence
    Commented Jun 7, 2022 at 1:54
  • It's not clear why it's in sublight. Given that it's a transport, presumably it has recently picked up or dropped off a prisoner and is returning to a set of designated coordinates before safely jumping back to hyperspace on its way to its next programmed stop. For the record, there's no indication why in the official episode guide or the junior novelisation.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 7, 2022 at 11:42
  • @Cadence, yes it expends fuel, but only because its moving at FTL speeds. Commented Jun 7, 2022 at 15:07
  • @Valorum, your idea is probably what the answer was, given they had a certain amount of time to do the mission. Commented Jun 7, 2022 at 15:08
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    @BlueSkinandGlowingRedEyes - Patience is a virtue. The new Star Wars: Battles that Changed the Galaxy allowed me to answer 23 old questions in one fell swoop
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 7, 2022 at 15:13

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The ship didn't leave hyperspace. When Mayfield contacted the Mandalorian, he said that the prisoner is being moved to the ship, so the ship is waiting in space when the prisoner arrives at the ship.

Mayfield also said that they have a limited window until the ship jumps into hyperspace; the ship could use his hyperdrive but must wait for some reason.

  • "for some reason" is literally the point of this question. What is that reason?
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 8, 2022 at 0:34
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    Additionally, who’s the prisoner in question. The Twi’lek (one brought to the space station) was already locked up, and there was never anyone being transferred in the entirety of the episode. Commented Jun 8, 2022 at 2:09
  • Yeah, the prisoner is the Twi’lek brought to the space station is the prisoner. Mayfield say that he is being moved to the ship so in the time they are speaking he just arrive into the prisoner ship. The reason the ship needs to stop is unknown but the frame for the question is incorrect. The ship is waiting in the space until the prisoner arrives and the characters have a little window of time until the ship jump into hyperspace, the question seem to infer that the ship don´t go into hyperspace for some reason but the thing we don´t know is why the ship don´t jump when the prisoner arrives.
    – wolfpirate
    Commented Jun 9, 2022 at 0:42

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