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Even the best-loved, most profitable, world-famous blockbuster franchises in movie history aren’t immune to a plot hole or two. Star Wars, for example, has more unexplained mysteries than you might think. Some of them might have been addressed in the batch of books, comics, and cartoons that comprise the “Expanded Universe.” But considering most viewers will only have seen the six main films, and that Disney is dismissing all the non-canon material anyway, these mysteries are all still waiting for explanations.
WHERE IS THE REST OF YODA’S SPECIES?
From Sand People to Ewoks, most of the strange and wonderful creatures in Star Wars have at least a few of their own kind to keep them company—but not, it seems, Yoda. George Lucas himself has been notoriously secretive about Yoda’s species and past, so he must know something we don’t. The prequels did include another Yoda-like figure in the form of Yaddle, but she didn’t actually ever do or say…anything.
WHAT HAPPENS WITH LEIA AND THE INTERROGATION DROID?
Cast your mind back to Episode IV and you’ll remember Darth Vader leaves Princess Leia in a room with a sinister-looking interrogation droid and then… the incident is never mentioned again. Presumably the Empire wanted answers, and presumably Leia didn’t supply them, but the next time she appears she doesn’t look like she’s been brought close to death and back. We suspect a cut scene or two is to blame.
WHY DOES LUKE FORGET HIS AUNT AND UNCLE?
Another mystery we can perhaps chalk up to someone in the editing room is the relatively calm way Luke responds to the death of his aunt and uncle—the people who’ve raised him—and the rather callous way he never speaks of them again after leaving his home on Tatooine. Sure, Uncle Owen was kind of a jerk, and all Aunt Beru was good for was serving blue milk with dinner, but still—that’s cold, Skywalker.
HOW DID THE DEATH STAR PLANS LEAK OUT?
Leaving one huge space station with a critical vulnerability looks foolish. Do it a second time and questions are going to be asked by upper management. In fact the Empire apparently leaked the Death Star II plans to entrap the Rebels, but there’s no definitive answer for what happened with the first Death Star—at least until Rogue One comes out. A better question on that note: is filling in this gap with another prequel really a good idea?
WHO BUILT THE MILLENNIUM FALCON?
Few ships in the Star Wars universe are as iconic as the Millennium Falcon, but we’ve never heard much about where it came from and who built it. Like Yoda, it stands as an unexplained island on its own, though such is its allure that the various Expanded Universe stories have attempted to fill in the blanks left by the original films.
HOW ARE THE REBELS FUNDED?
Star Wars is essentially a Western set in space, so perhaps we shouldn’t dig into the economics of its universe too much. But who’s funding the Rebel Alliance in its fight against the Empire? Loans, raids on Empire strongholds, and secret backers have all been suggested, but the topic isn’t definitively addressed in the Lucasfilm movies. X-Wings don’t grow on trees, you know.
WHERE DID VADER GO AFTER EPISODE IV?
The end of A New Hope sees Darth Vader spinning off into space in a damaged Tie Fighter, which rather conveniently ensures he avoids getting blown to bits inside the Death Star. What happens next? Presumably there weren’t any any Empire outposts in the vicinity, and the Tie Fighter is a short-range ship—so where did he go, and how did he survive?
WHY DOESN’T OBI-WAN RECOGNIZE C-3PO OR R2-D2?
The prequel movies unintentionally raise all kinds of questions about the original trilogy, not least this one: why doesn’t Obi-Wan recognize C-3PO or R2-D2 in Episode IV? Various fan explanations have been put forward, but the real reason is this: George Lucas never imagined he would get chance to make three prequels while shooting Star Wars.
HOW LONG DOES LUKE’S TRAINING TAKE?
This is an issue that always crops up in discussions of Star Wars anomalies. Luke’s Jedi training on Dagobah with Yoda seems to take several weeks, whereas events happening elsewhere (at Cloud City) only take a few days… so which was it? Unfortunately, there’s no simple answer for this one—it’s a mystery that’s likely to remain unsolved.