posted at 18:50
Author: Chris Taylor
Stop overthinking the Star Wars trailer
It's now five days since the 88-second teaser trailer for Star Wars: the Force Awakens exploded across a sleepy post-Thanksgiving Internet like irradiated chunks of Alderaan. That's not even counting the various YouTube dissections, parodies, fan reactions and Lego versions of the Star Wars teaser. If there's one movie series that doesn't hold up to much scientific scrutiny, it's Star Wars. That's because Star Wars is the leading light of a looser genre, variously described as space fantasy or space opera. So if you come across someone who intends to rain all over your Force Awakens space fantasy parade with their pesky science, try throwing these vintage 1977 questions back at them: How can X-wings and TIE fighters bank and turn in a vacuum? Why did Luke's proton torpedoes take a 90-degree turn before they entered the two-meter ventilation shaft on the Death Star? Try to explain that scientifically, as the prequel-era Jedi did in The Phantom Menace, and every Star Wars fan knows what you get: midichlorians. Be honest: Did you expend that kind of effort trying to explain how a black reflective orb with needles for arms could hover into Princess Leia's cell on the Death Star? Or why a probe droid floated above icy plains of Hoth? Chris Taylor is the author of How Star Wars Conquered the Universe, the first complete history of the Star Wars franchise and its fandom.

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