For all its fans love it, Star Wars doesn’t always make the most sense. It’s the tales of starfaring derring-do and the grimy, real and colourful universe that keep them coming back, not the finely-tuned plotlines.
For the most part they’re happy to be carried away by the flow of sassy droids, laser swords, and exploding spaceships. Star Wars isn’t ‘hard’ science fiction where spacecraft and blaster pistols need realistic physics, and its fantasy-in-space voice means fans can always say ‘it was the Force’ whenever something doesn’t make sense.
Perhaps if someone look a little too close, though, things make little enough sense that they are forced out of the cosy world of salty smugglers and gutsy princesses, and remember Star Wars is a work of often flawed fiction.
Of course, geeks being the creative weirdos they are, there are plenty of theories that help paper over the logical gaps in the Star Wars series. Some of them make a frightening level of sense given how much explain perplexing plot holes and inconsistencies. And some of them force us to rethink everything audiences thought they knew about Star Wars.