Star Wars

Corrected entry: Immediately after escaping the 'Death Star', Han and Luke climb into the Millennium Falcon's gun-turrets to mount a defense against the four attacking TIE-fighters. Han climbs up the ladder to the upper turret, while Luke climbs down to the lower one. However, whenever one of them scores a 'hit' by destroying one of the TIE-fighters, the editing makes them appear to be at the opposite ends of the tunnel: One of the TIE-fighters that Han destroys sweeps across the bottom of the ship before he shoots it, and the big dish antenna on the top of the Millennium Falcon can be seen as the TIE-fighter that Luke destroys flies by.

Correction: The connecting ladders to the turrets do form a "tunnel" between the two, and with the gravity generators altering the pull of gravity between the turrets, so the gunner can move around easier to shoot enemies, it would be like looking back over your shoulder.

Corrected entry: If the Death Star was the size of a small moon, it would have its own gravitational pull. This renders the Core Generator in the center useless for the Empire.

Correction: Hardly. The Death Star may be the size of a small moon, but you have to bear in mind that it's mostly hollow. Mass-wise, it's not going to remotely compare to a moon made of solid rock; the gravitational pull is going to be negligable, hence the need for the Core Generator.

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Corrected entry: A lightsaber blade has no shadow, but in the scene where Obi-Wan and Vader duel, if you watch closely, you can sometimes see the shadows of their lightsabers on the wall.

Correction: See a similar corrected mistake for Return of the Jedi. Sometimes lightsabers do cast shadows.

Corrected entry: During the Battle of Yavin at the end, Jek Porkins is X-wing Red 6. Red 6 gets destroyed. Later, during the battle, over the communicators someone asks "Red 6, can you see Red 5?" Red 5 is of course Luke, but Red 6 is gone.

Correction: Perhaps the one who asked it didn't know Red 6 had been destroyed.

Corrected entry: When Luke and Obi-wan walk into the bar in Mos Eisley, there is an alien without a brain. As the scenes jump around showing different creatures you see a small creature squealing to the bartender for a drink. For a few seconds, you can look into his left eye and see out of his right eye.

Correction: This could be chalked up as odd alien physiology.

Corrected entry: During the scene where Han says, "Jabba, you're a wonderful human being," watch his lips when he says that. They don't match the words because the original line was something like "Jabba, I promise I'll pay you back".

Correction: It might be a slight sound sync issue, but if you watch the original scene, the line that Han says is the same that he says in the Special Edition.

Bruce Minnick

Corrected entry: After Gold Leader is killed, Gold Five says, "Gold Five to Red Leader", and Red Leader's response is, "I copy, Gold Leader."

Correction: After gold leader is killed, Gold Five becomes gold leader, as he's next in the chain of command.

RJR99SS

Corrected entry: According to the diagram that was shown during the instructions for the attack on the Death Star, and according to the image displayed by the X-wings' targeting computers, it is clear that the exhaust port they're aiming for is straight ahead of them. Yet when we see Luke's two proton torpedos go in, they skim along the surface of the plane from below where the opening is, then turn 90 degrees and go in (sort of like a marble falling into a hole).

Matty Blast

Correction: In the briefing before the attack, the mockup video actually shows the torpedos entering a port on the surface and dropping down to the reactor. It is an exhaust port and it would make sense that they exhaust port would exhaust straight out (i.e., flat to the surface). Also, the targeting computers would just indicate at what time (based upon telemetry) the pilots should shoot to have the torpedos sucked into the hole. They wouldn't actually "show" the opening. That is why Obi-wan told Luke to use the force - evidently the targeting computers weren't working that well since the first guy just impacted on the surface.

Zwn Annwn

Corrected entry: When Han, Luke, and Chewie are in the detention area and the commander motions for the guards to wait by the group, the guards have Rebel guns. According to the Star Wars dictionary, Imperials have all black guns with squared ends, and Rebels have half black, with a silver cylinder narrowing down to a point.

Correction: Considering that early in the rebellion, the Rebels stole most of their equipment from the Empire, I think it's safe to say both are valid Imperial guns. Plus only the movies are canon.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: In the Cantina, Obi-Wan chops off the thug's arm. The lightsaber is a laser, so the arm shown on the floor shouldn't be oozing blood; it would've been cauterized. The size of blood vessels has been put forward as an argument against cauterization, but we've seen other limbs get cut off (such as Anakin's arm in episode II) without any blood flow. Darth Maul got cut in half with no spillage.

Correction: This Cantina scene is not an error. According to Lucus, not all wounds cauterize immediately, it depends on the wound and who it's inflicted upon. Humans cauterize quickly due to their chemical makeup and the effect the laser has on them, but with alien species it's difficult to know how they would react. In fact, as we see Darth Maul fall after being struck down by Obi-Wan, there is a spray of blood.

Corrected entry: When the Jawas are showing their droids to Owen, R2D2 moves and got shut off by a Jawa aiming something at him. The next time it shows him, he is moving around again.

Correction: R2D2 still has a restraining bolt at this point, it can be assumed that whatever that device was activated this and temporarily 'restrained' R2D2, rather than switching him off entirely.

Corrected entry: When C3PO and R2D2 escape from the Blockade Runner, the engines of the escape pods are facing the ship, but they can see the ship from a window too.

Dr Wilson

Correction: Might be a very sharp viewscreen as opposed to a window.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: In the scene on Tatooine where the Jawas' sandcrawler crests a hill and starts rolling down it, clouds are visible in the sky. Supposedly, Tatooine is so dry that moisture needs to be extracted from the air by vaporators so the people can drink it. If this is so, then how are clouds forming?

Correction: Tatooine is so dry that it never *rains*, but that doesn't mean there are never clouds. The vaporators are used to draw moisture out of the air, suggesting that there must be some moisture *in* the air, which leads one to conclude that there may occasionally be clouds in the sky.

Corrected entry: When it shows you the shot of the unconscious Luke and the Tusken raiders searching through his speeder, look closely on the belt on the side nearest the speeder. He has his lightsaber, which he isn't supposed to have yet.

gandolfs dad

Correction: That is not a lightsaber; it is a remote for the restraining bolt used on the droids.

Corrected entry: When the kind of humanoid fly tells to the stormtroopers where is Luke, Obi-Wan and the droids, he knocks his face with his hand, like someone wearing a mask, and it bends.

Dr Wilson

Correction: That is a mask. Check his profile on www.starwars.com/databank

Correction: The stars are so close together, it looks like one shadow.

Corrected entry: If you watch closely when Ben gets killed, his cloak (which is, of course, empty), starts to fall before Vader's lightsaber enters it. It's too quick for the eye to see, but it's noticeable on frame-by-frame.

Correction: Jedis learn to pass on into the force without being killed. It has nothing to do with Vader's lightsaber. Yoda passed on the same way when he felt his time was up. That is why Obi Wan stopped fighting and held his lightsaber up. He faded away into the force when he decided his time had come and Vader did not kill him.

Corrected entry: After they escape from the Death Star, Luke and Han go to the firing room to attack the TIEs. Look at the ladder: it is vertical. When Luke enters, he moves as if it was horizontal.

Dr Wilson

Correction: The gun turrets have independent gravity wells.

Corrected entry: In the last battle, while Luke is in the trenches and Vader is behind him, Vader says 'I have you now.' Luke's X-wing is seen in the center of Vader's target and Vader fires off a shot at it. The Millenium Falcon shoots as well and Vader looks up as he hears his ship being hit. What happened to Vader's lasers bolts? Luke's fighter should of been blown up by the time the Falcon arrived.

Correction: Perhaps this is what 'deflector' shields do: deflect enemy shots away from the ship for a while, until the shields wear off. This happens to many X-wings, not just Luke's ship.

Corrected entry: This happens a few times - when the TIE fighters are pursuing the X-Wings in the Death Star trench, there are insert shots of a computerized targeting system. We see a computer model of an X-Wing moving around on the screen, then rapidly flashing as it centers and is presumably locked on to. Then the pilot fires, and we cut to a shot out through the cockpit window. We see lasers fire widely to the side of the X-Wing, then continue to fire as they slowly track toward and eventually hit the ship - almost like using tracers to "walk" your fire onto a target. So what does the targeting system do exactly?

rbryant73

Correction: Of course, X-wings do not stay still to be shot at, so it might be assumed that when the computer locked onto the fighter, it could then take over the firing mechanism or steering device and then automatically finish the process of chasing down and killing the fighter without the pilot's assistance. All the pilot needed to do was get close enough.

Sol Parker

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Revealing mistake: When Darth Vader and Ben are fighting, Darth's chestplate is on backwards and the belt "buckle" is as well. It appears that the entire shot was reversed. (01:26:20 - 01:27:15)

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Obi-Wan: A young Jedi named Darth Vader, who was a pupil of mine until he turned to evil, helped the Empire hunt down and destroy the Jedi knights. He betrayed and murdered your father.

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Question: There's a HUGE rumor that's been going around since Return of the Jedi came out: There's actually three more scripts (besides the prequels). Is there, in fact, a Star Wars: Episode VII, Episode VIII, and Episode IX? If so, what are they about?

Answer: While planning Star Wars, Lucas had a vague notion of doing a long series of movies inspired by old serials, then dropped that idea in favor of just one. When Star Wars became a phenomenon and sequels became feasible, Lucas revisited the idea. He thought of three trilogies along with some stand-alone "in-between" stories for a total of 12 films. By the time of The Empire Strikes Back's release, this was pared down to the 9 mainline films, going by interviews with Lucas and the cast at the time. By Return of the Jedi, Lucas had decided to end the saga there, with the option that he could revisit the first three at some later point. It's unclear if Lucas ever had any specific story ideas for the proposed sequel trilogy, and they never had any scripts. Producer Gary Kurtz suggested in an interview they would've been about Luke's twin sister (not Leia), though many fans are skeptical about just how much he would know about them. Of course since this question was asked a sequel trilogy was written and released.

TonyPH

Answer: This was long a long-standing rumour, but George Lucas always denied it. He allowed various authors to cover the history of that time period in book form - if he'd had any serious intention of doing films set in that timeframe, he wouldn't have done that. Since that time of course Disney took over the franchise and has announced new films, but entirely separate from the previous "expanded universe" of the novels, and not involving any ideas George Lucas may have had in the past.

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Answer: I'm not sure how old this question is but it is a sequel trilogy. Episode VII : The Force Awakens is about a scavenger and former stormtrooper teaming up the Resistance to attempt to defeat the new First Order and Kylo Ren (Ben Solo). Episode VIII : The Last Jedi is about Rey finding Luke Skywalker who is in exile hoping that he would be left alone, and he tells the story of how he tried to murder his nephew who in retaliation, turned to the dark side. Episode IX : Rise of Skywalker is about the return of Emperor Palpatine and recovering Sith Wayfinders that will lead them to Exegol and kill him, with Billy Dee Williams returning as Lando Calrissian.

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