Eight Unanswered Star Wars Questions

It was 40 years ago that Star Wars: A New Hope burst onto screens and changed sci-fi cinema forever. (I was there, opening week in 1977) Star Wars has since expanded beyond anyone’s expectations and given us some great (and some not-so-great) films. But in its wake, it’s left some things unanswered.

1) The Droids and Memory: There seems to be some confusion over who the droids remember, and who remembers the droids. First of all, C3PO’s memory bank was wiped at the end of Revenge of the Sith but not R2’s. So does R2 know who Darth Vader is in the original trilogy? If so, why not tell someone? That would be helpful information, R2. Also, why didn’t he recognize Yoda on Dagoba in the Empire Strikes Back? And did Darth Vader recognize his former droids when he encountered them on the cloud city? Also, did Obi-Wan know that Luke had the same droid as Vader did when he met them in A New Hope? Did R2 recognize Obi-Wan? And why did R2 claim that Obi-Wan was his former owner? It’s all very perplexing.

2) How did the second Death Star get built so quickly? We see in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith that the Death Star was already being built when Luke and Leia were babies. They’d grown into young adults by the events of A New Hope.  They were around 20ish there. The Death Star had only recently been completed at that point. (Verified in Rogue One.) Apparently, it took decades to build, which would make sense when you consider the sheer size of it. It’s Moon-sized! So how did the second one get built and become fully operational between A New Hope and Return of the Jedi. Were the guys who built the original getting paid by the day?

3) What’s the point of the Storm Trooper armor? Whoever designed that armor should have been shot while wearing it. It never seems to protect the troopers. They drop as soon as they are hit with any weapon. Even in hand-to-hand combat in Return of the Jedi, they fall like tenpins. What’s the point of armor like that? You’d think an evil galactic empire could do better than that.

4) Why didn’t R2D2 fly in the original trilogy? We find out in the prequel films that R2 has jet rockets and can fly. That would have been come in handy in several scenes of the original trilogy (such as when he landed top-first in the sand in Return of the Jedi or when he got spit-out by a swamp monster in the Empire Strikes Back.) So, when and how did he lose his jets? Did the Organa’s punish him for something and take away his rockets?

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5) Why didn’t Chewie get a medal? Poor Chewbacca. He was there along with Luke and Han, risking his life in the Death Star. He was also in the Millennium Falcon when they came to Luke’s rescue during the trench battle. So why does he get stiffed at the end of A New Hope? Do the rebels have something against shaggy guys?

6) Where is Yoda from? Maybe this had been answered in a novel or comic book but for those who’ve only seen the movies, they haven’t told us anything about Yoda’s background in any of the films. What race is he? What planet was he originally from? Is he the last of his people? And most importantly, does everyone talk backwards there?

7) Why not change Luke and Obi-Wan’s Last Names? When the Jedi’s fall at the end of Revenge of the Sith, Obi Wan Kenobi takes the Skywalker twins to safety and goes into hiding himself. Wisely, Leia’s last name is changed to Organa. But what about Luke? If they want to keep him hidden, it’s bad enough to drop him off with relatives that Vader knows about, but they even keep his well-known last name. Obi-Wan makes the same mistake twice, since he changes his own first name to Ben but keeps his Kenobi surname. Why not change their last names? Are the names Skywalker and Kenobi as common as Smith and Jones in the Star Wars universe?

8) Who trained Obi-Wan? We see in the prequel trilogy that Qui-Gon Jinn was his mentor. That’s pretty clear. However, in Star Wars 5: The Empire Strikes Back, he says that Yoda was the Jedi who trained him. Okay, maybe you could argue that Yoda initially trained him when he was just a Youngling, before he became Padawan to Qui-Gon. Still, Yoda would have only given him some basic skills. It was Qui-Gon who made him a Jedi. Therefore, Obi-Wan’s statement is a bit vague. But as he said, truth depends on your point-of-view.