Questions tagged [star-wars]

For questions about the 'Star Wars' universe created by George Lucas.

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Could I fake death to stop being Force-choked?

I work for a large government organization. My boss is a total jerk who abuses those working under him. I've tried contacting HR before but they won't do anything about him. Anyways, I screwed up ...
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In what order should the Star Wars movies be watched?

Please don't lynch me, but I've never sat through an entire Star Wars film. I'm aware that the 3 (new) films are technically prequels, but I feel strange watching 3 new films then 3 old films? Do I ...
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Why does everyone think that the Millennium Falcon is a piece of junk?

It’s a running joke in Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), and carried over into Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), that the Millennium Falcon looks like a piece of junk: Luke, “What a piece of junk!” ...
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Are all stormtroopers as poor soldiers as the ones in the movies?

In the Star Wars films we consistently witness just how poor soldiers stormtroopers are. They show very sub-par marksmanship, crappy house searching tactics, and are easily fooled and defeated by ...
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Are E.T. and Star Wars in the same universe?

An answer about the Star Wars timeline, uses the appearance of E.T.-like creatures in the Star Wars universe as a frame of reference for dating the sagas relative to our present day. I remember ...
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Was Yoda fully sane on Dagobah?

Our (and Luke's) original impression of Yoda is by no means flattering. He looks like a crazy hungry green thing that unfortunately has the ability to speak. Yoda digs through Luke's stuff, eats Luke'...
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Why does the Death Star have a trash compactor?

During one of the most iconic scenes of A New Hope, the protagonists end up in a trash compactor. Why does the Death Star have one? Why not just blow uncompacted trash into space? And why a ...
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Was the Millennium Falcon too slow?

I've always been puzzled by the speeds of space craft in Star Wars. The Millennium Falcon was said to travel at "point 5 beyond the speed of light" - which I guess is 1.5c: HAN: She'll make point ...
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If Luke Skywalker didn’t want to be found, why did he leave a map?

We know that Luke Skywalker vanished after But, for some reason, there’s a map to his location. That seems odd for someone who doesn’t want to be found, at least not by the wrong people.
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Why are ships in Star Wars so ridiculously easy to steal?

Throughout both continuities, we see many times that stealing ships is exceptionally easy, as they appear to only rarely be locked, and to not require keys, passcodes, etc. to fly them. A few ...
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Which 'finger' was BB-8 sticking up?

At one point in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Finn and BB-8 are talking. Finn gives BB-8 a thumbs-up. In return, BB-8 extends a little lit welding torch. I've heard two different understandings of BB-...
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Which ship can go faster, the Millennium Falcon or the USS Enterprise?

As far as I can tell, both universes have equally objective ideas of speed. Do we know how fast the two ships can go? Which is faster?
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Why did Darth Vader die in Return of the Jedi?

At the end of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Luke had beaten Darth Vader in a duel, but didn't seem to injure the latter critically — all Luke did was sever Vader's right hand, which was a prosthetic ...
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Was Darth Vader REALLY a Sith?

Two there should be; no more, no less. One to embody power, the other to crave it. ― Darth Bane Did Darth Vader REALLY crave power? After thinking about the films a bit I realized that Darth Vader ...
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On Dagobah, do what, did Yoda?

Leader of the Jedi Council, Yoda was. For centuries, a Jedi. To Dagobah he went. For twenty years, lived there did he. Bored, he might be. Do what, did he?
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If only the Sith deal in absolutes, why does Obi-Wan say it that way?

Obi-Wan tells Anakin that "Only the Sith deal in absolutes", and uses that as his identification that Anakin had actually turned to the Dark Side. But it would seem the statement itself "Only the ...
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What did Padmé die of?

According to Star Wars: Episode III MEDICAL DROID: Medically, she is completely healthy. For reasons we can't explain, we are losing her. OBI-WAN: She's dying? MEDICAL DROID: We don't ...
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How many times was Obi-Wan less than honest with Luke?

Despite his attempts to persuade Luke otherwise1, Obi-Wan is often less than entirely honest with Luke. Sometimes he stretches the truth, sometimes he omits important details in such a way that Luke ...
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Was the Cantina music deliberately off-tune or just an artifact of cheap production?

I was discussing Star Wars: A New Hope with several of my musician friends and it seems they all agree that the Cantina music was a bit out of tune. I'm not a professional musician but I have a pretty ...
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How did no other engineer see the design flaw of the Death Star?

In Star Wars: Rogue One we learn that that Jyn Erso's father purposefully put in the design flaw to destroy the Death Star, my question is: How did no other engineer see the massive design flaw?
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Was any character alive during all of the Star Wars episodes from I to VII?

Is there any character in the Star Wars universe who is known to have been born before Episode I and is known to still be alive in Episode VII? Some of the main characters that I have already ruled ...
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Why would killing Darth Vader or the Emperor turn Luke to the Dark Side?

By the end of Return of the Jedi Luke has already killed thousands of Imperial troops by blowing up the first Death Star, sliced and diced his way through Jabba's pleasure barge not to mention shish-...
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Why did the Jedi want to bring balance to the Force?

During the Prequel trilogy, the Jedi wanted to bring balance to the Force, in accordance with a prophecy. There seemed to be a general agreement that this was a 'good thing', but a disagreement with ...
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When & how did Yoda come to know about the Rule of Two?

At the very end of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Mace Windu and Yoda had this conversation: Mace Windu: There is no doubt. The mysterious warrior was a Sith. Yoda: Always two there are....
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Why would the Force become so mysterious and unrecognized after only 20 years?

I always wondered why Admiral Motti and Governor Tarkin in the movie "A New Hope" (IV) insinuate that the Force is an old, dead religion? Tarkin: The Jedi are extinct, their fire has gone out of ...
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Is the Dark Side of the Force more powerful?

I was watching the battle between Obi-Wan and Anakin in Revenge of the Sith, and it struck me that most of the time Obi-Wan was getting pushed back by Anakin, and he only really got the upper hand ...
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Why does Leia's accent change during A New Hope?

In the first 30 minutes of Star Wars IV, Leia has a pseudo-British accent. As the movie progresses she loses her accent and gets a more American-tough girl accent. Is there a reason behind this?
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Why Can't R2-D2 Talk?

Anyone who has written software with any complexity knows the importance of logging clearly readable error messages to make debugging easier. Cryptic or short error messages like "Error #5" won't ...
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Why isn't the system identifiable using only BB-8's map?

The star map that BB-8 carries shows the system where Luke is at. IIRC, C-3PO says the system is "not on any of our charts". But the map shows at least a couple of dozen systems, and later we see it ...
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Do the Imperials know they are evil?

In the Star Wars prequel trilogy (and in the Clone Wars TV show) we see that Darth Sidious fooled the galaxy gradually. The Republic was reorganized into the Galactic Empire with the people's ...
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Which wars are “Star Wars”?

Which wars does the title "Star Wars" refer to? Are they: the struggle between the Rebels and the Empire? the Clone Wars (mentioned as early as the first half hour of A New Hope)? the age-old ...
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Are Jedi required to abstain from all sexual relations, or only from the ones involving emotional attachments?

We know that Jedi aren't supposed to have a family, because the emotional attachments cause bad dialog, wooden acting and acute case of turning into a Sith. But are pre-Empire Jedi, as @Richard put ...
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How could a raw, untrained Force user be so adept at using the Force?

Everything that I seemed to know about the Star Wars universe indicated that in order to be successful at being a force user, the user required decades of training and experience. Which is why I ...
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Did Palpatine intentionally lose to Mace Windu?

In Episode III, Mace Windu, a user of Vaapad fighting style, fought and disarmed Palpatine. He was defeated until Anakin turned to the dark side and saved him. Did Palpatine foresee this? Did ...
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Is Luke Skywalker actually a Jedi?

With the "the last Jedi" theories going around, isn't Jedi more or less a certification or title granted by the Jedi order (analogous to being knighted)? If so then isn't Luke technically not a Jedi ...
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How is canonicity of derivative works determined for Star Wars?

For all types of derivative works, namely: Movies Novels Comic books Other written works (including RPG materials) Cartoons Video games Derivative movies (such as the infamous Ewok movies and even ...
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Who is Anakin Skywalker's father?

In Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, Anakin's mother, Shmi, said that he does not have a father, although it seemed to me that she doubted that. Is there a canonical answer as to who Anakin's father is? ...
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Why was Han Solo on Tatooine?

When Solo meets Greedo in the Mos Eisley cantina, he tells him: I was just going to see your boss. Tell Jabba... Before shooting him and walking out. He doesn't go and see Jabba, so what was he ...
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When and how does Vader learn that Luke is his son?

During the Battle of Yavin, it's fairly clear that Vader does not know that Luke is his son. Or at least, he doesn't sense a familial connection (and he doesn't sense one with Leia either, despite ...
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Why Do Jedi Use One Lightsaber in Combat?

While I've seen Ahsoko Tano, in The Clone Wars, fight with two lightsabers (one in each hand), this seems to be extremely rare for Jedi. We've seen Sith do this frequently, like Asajj Ventress, with ...
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Is/was General Leia Organa expected to be in the next episodes (VIII and IX) of Star Wars?

With the death of Carrie Fisher, does it have any impact on the next Star Wars films, episodes VIII and IX? Was she slated to be on 8-9? Has principal photography started with her on camera?
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Why do we hear Leia's Theme during Kenobi's death?

This was an interesting point brought up by a music professor; by the second third of Star Wars, John Williams has introduced and reinforced a number of musical themes: the "Force theme", Luke's theme,...
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Why does Kylo Ren wear a mask?

Is there an explanation on why Kylo Ren wears that mask in The Force Awakens? It even has a voice synthesizer and everything. It makes him look like a Darth Vader fanboy and really tries to be/look/...
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Why didn't Qui-Gon Jinn use his Jedi mind tricks to exchange his Republic credits?

In Star Wars Episode I, Qui-Gon Jinn tries to use his Jedi mind tricks to convince Watto that Republic credits will do fine as payment for the hyperdrive they need. Conveniently, mind tricks don't ...
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Why didn't Yoda and Obi-Wan kill Darth Vader and the Emperor? Why wait for Skywalker?

Given their fighting skills in the prequels, it seems odd that Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi should decide to wait for the Skywalker kids to grow up. Shortly after the Episode III, it seems like they could ...
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How valuable are C-3PO and R2-D2?

I ask this question because there are two contradictory events related to C-3PO and R2-D2: In A New Hope, we see several droids traded by Jawas. BERU ...
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Did Darth Vader wear the same suit for 20+ years?

Darth Vader donned his iconic suit from his defeat on Mustafar to his death on the Death Star II, a little over 20 years. Was he wearing the exact same suit that whole time? Did he have any backup ...
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Why did Lucas begin the episode numbering at IV?

Complementary to this question, why did George Lucas start the numbering at 4? I know (now) he had a vague idea of what would be in 1, 2, and 3. But why not start with calling the first movie 1, and ...
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Why was Darth Vader so careless?

I have been wondering for some time why Darth Vader, one of the leading officers of the Empire, repeatedly put himself into such danger? To name a few cases, in A New Hope, he boarded Tantive IV, a ...
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Why does Millennium Falcon bank when turning in vacuum?

Airplanes during atmospheric flight bank (incline towards the side of the turn), because to turn to one side, you must change the lift force to have a horizontal component (illustration from the same ...