6 Major Flaws with the Original Star Wars Trilogy

6 Major Flaws With the Original Star Wars Trilogy

I am a huge fan of the original Star Wars movies. I feel this sense of warmth whenever I hear the familiar beepboops from R2-D2 or see Han Solo’s mischievous grin. I have seen these movies more times than I care to admit.

However, there are a few things about the films that are just, well, wrong. Here’s a list of six issues that stood out the most to me.


 1) A “parsec” is a unit of distance, not time!

According to this author’s man-crush, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, a Parsec is a unit of distance. In fact, it is equal to 3.26 light years. It has nothing to do with time. Nice try, Han Solo.



 2) Lightsabers Just Can’t Exist

Sorry to everyone who has ever dreamed about slicing up their enemies with a lightsaber. Light does not have mass, so it cannot cut through materials. According to Futurism, while it’s true that light can be manipulated into a laser, the laser would have to bend in order to look the way it does in the films. This is also, unfortunately, not possible.

3) Explosions in Space

Movie-goers love a good explosion, but unfortunately, in reality, explosions in space are not that cool. It wouldn’t have any sound, and the light show would be over in a matter of seconds. Outer space is a great big vacuum, and it would quickly swallow the explosion.

4) Why Didn’t They Try to Hide Luke?

In order to keep Darth Vader from turning his children to the Dark Side, Luke and Leia are sent away. Leia is given a whole new identity, but Luke maintains his Skywalker name. He also lives with some of Darth’s relatives. This doesn’t seem like the best idea to me if one was truly concerned about keeping Luke safe.

5) Leia and The Force

Leia is Luke’s twin, but in the original trilogy, we are only kind of shown that she has the Force inside of her. She has a mental connection with Luke at the end of The Empire Strikes Back, but that’s about it.

6) Leia Remembers Her Mother…Somehow

In Return of the Jedi, Luke asks Leia if she remembers her birth mother. Leia replies that she does and that her mother died when she was “very young.” As we saw in Revenge of the Sith, however, Padme died during childbirth. So how does Leia remember her mother? Because the prequels came out after the sequels, it is very possible that Padme dying in childbirth wasn’t planned yet. Still seems like a bit of an oversight.


Despite these flaws, the Star Wars original trilogy still ranks highly amongst my favorite movies. What problems stood out the most to you when you watched these movies? Does it affect your opinion of the movies? Comment below!


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Melissa Pemberton

ESL Teacher, Grammar Nerd, Unofficial Avenger