‘Star Wars’ Fans Denounce Questionable Empire Design Flaw

via Lucasfilm

Writing science fiction is like walking a tightrope; you want the stories to be amazing and supernatural, but still in the realm of credibility. star wars has always had this issue (explosions in space?!), but some fans tend to separate out the more obvious questionable decisions in-universe.

Example: more on r/Star Wars subreddit user fired-raptor asked about the structural integrity of an underwater base and fans had a field day.

The fortress in question is the Inquisitorius Fortress featured heavily in the Disney Plus show. Obi Wan Kenobi. As to why it has windows, some people seem to think it’s because they look cool, like CritMasterFlex.

“Lord Vader, having windows would seriously compromise the structural integrity of t-“


“… Yes my Lord.”

It could just be that the Empire is quite lax on regulations, according to Atrobbus.

“I mean…there are no railings on the Death Star either.

Maybe the Empire really hates workplace safety rules and I guess the Stormtroopers aren’t unionized enough to change them.

User ZenMonkey47 also pointed out the lack of security guardrails.

“Seems in keeping with the whole Empire philosophy of ‘no railings over chasms’.” User jondoe550 actually has a pretty good explanation for the lack of railings.

“I love the joke, but it’s a fun fact. The Death Star doesn’t have a guardrail because it was designed by the Geonosians back on ROTS, and they have wings, so they don’t have to worry about falling.

Unfortunately, a lot of explanations for things in any star wars The property turns out to be “does this fit the plot”, as user Nova_Hazing illustrates. (The following comment has been edited for brevity.)

“I mean the entirety of kenobi is ‘PLOT’ reasons. How does Riva live? Plot reasons. Why didn’t Vader just kill Kenobi when he had the chance Plot reasons Yes, this one made a bit of sense, he wanted to beat him properly, but Vader’s anger would just push him too far and break his neck.

How did the unique ship move away from the empire? Reasons for the plot. Why didn’t Vader just grab the second ship like he very easily could with his power in the force? Reasons for the plot. Why did Riva and the Grand Inquisitor argue when he could clearly see she was busy, maybe he even found Kenobi and not just say, “Oh hey, well done, you found Kenobi “as would the Grand Inquisitor? Reasons for the plot. Why did the Grand Inquisitor change character from his portrayals of Rebels? Reasons for the plot.

Using this line of thought, the plot demanded that the glass break, and it did. Could it really be that simple? Even if it was, the gross lack of security is shocking to everyone.

User RecommendationOk253 said “…when it comes to glass, I don’t know about it. They don’t even have shutters or anything in case of an emergency. User applejackrr said: “My only thought was that they’re super confident no one would break in.” User centran pointed out that things don’t even seem to be sealed in an emergency.

“And the doors that you think would be watertight to seal the compartments in the event of a breach, are clearly leaking water when they close.”

Another user, inmartinwetrust, pointed out that this isn’t even the first time the facility has been flooded.

“Especially crazy when you realize, a few years earlier, Cal de Jedi: Fallen Order also infiltrated the same base in the same way and also flooded the base when a window broke. I guess the empire never learns, or better yet, writers never learn.

User Dontfrown said what we’re all thinking: maybe it’s just bad storytelling.

“Honestly, while I’m only four episodes in, I personally found this show to be one of the worst culprits of plot holes and generally inexplicable and sometimes downright blatant.

Also, the fact that it only took one shot from a standard Stormtrooper blaster raised a ton of eyebrows, said user Fredagsfisk.

“Yeah, I feel like if the structural integrity of your base depends on something, say something should at least be strong enough to survive one shot ranged weapons of soldiers patrolling said base.

It’s shattered by a lightsaber or a direct application of the Force? Good.

It’s broken by a heavily modified weapon smuggled in by someone? Good.

It is broken by the standard blaster of Generic Stormtrooper 532549? Nope.

When you say it like that, there’s always another explanation, according to user WeirdMeatinSpace.

“The dark side isn’t the brightest.”

Check out the whole thread at Reddit.

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