Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Factual error: When the Millennium Falcon hides inside the 'cave' in the giant asteroid, as they go outside the ship, they remain stuck to the floor. Perhaps the Falcon has artificial gravity generators, but I doubt that giant space worms do. The effect of gravity can't come from the asteroid because as they enter the 'cave' we never see the Falcon level off to land. In reality, this would be like being able to walk vertically straight down the inside wall of a well without falling to the bottom.

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Suggested correction: The gravity does come from the asteroid spinning. We never see the Falcon land, so there's no way to say it didn't level off. We only see it fly into the cave.

Jason Hoffman

Gravity is due to 'the asteroid spinning'? Gravity is due to mass, nothing to do with whether an object is spinning. I think the comment here matches other observations that note that there wouldn't be enough gravity to enable the Falcon crew to walk around normally, and questionably they're on the side of the space worm's stomach... Unless the asteroid is incredibly dense in which case everything else in the field would be pulled towards it.

Factual error: There are three major mistakes regarding gravity in the escape sequence in the asteroid field. Han and Chewie take the Millennium Falcon to refuge on an asteroid that, while visually huge, is still far too tiny to have sufficient gravity to allow humans to walk in anything like a normal fashion; yet, they walk normally both inside and outside of the ship. They also do not use pressurized suits outside of the ship, even though the asteroid's gravity should be far too weak to accumulate any significant atmospheric pressure; they use oxygen masks, but their blood should have boiled in near-zero atmospheric pressure. Finally, and most ridiculously, they fly straight down the giant cave worm's throat and land on the side of its throat (this is obvious in the shot where the Millennium Falcon lifts off and heads toward the toothy exit), and they get out and walk around on the side of its throat, which would mean the asteroid's gravity was impossibly perpendicular to its mass.

Charles Austin Miller

Revealing mistake: When Captain Needa is killed by Darth Vader because they lost track of the Millennium Falcon, in the background, two guards come to take him away. You can clearly see the dead captain get up almost by himself. (01:10:50)

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Trivia: The Special Edition covers of Return of the Jedi and Empire Strikes Back are wrong. The picture of the Emperor on ESB cover is from 'ROTJ', and the lightsaber duel between Luke and Vader on the cover of ROTJ is taken from 'ESB' (notice Luke is in his fighter pilot suit, and Vader is fighting him one-handed)

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Question: During the Battle of Hoth, why is the AT-AT walker suddenly easy to blow up after it has crashed? I thought their "armor was too strong for blasters."


Chosen answer: The weak point of an AT-AT is its neck, which is the point the snowspeeder fires upon when the AT-AT explodes.

Darius Angel
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