Major spoilers for all >Star Wars films follow.
Gareth Edwards, the director of >Rogue One, recently shot down a purported plot hole in the film picked up by fans. People have spotted that C-3PO and R2-D2 watch the Rebel fleet departing for Scarif, but are later meant to be on Leia’s ship at the battle. “If you listen carefully to the dialogue,” he explained, “they say, ‘We need to contact [fleet commander] Admiral Raddus’, or something. And someone says, ‘He’s planning to fight’ or ‘he’s about to leave’, so he hasn’t left yet. The idea is that [the droids and Leia] would be stopped, saying, ‘You’ve got to help us’, so that includes Captain Antilles [the pilot who is killed by Darth Vader at the beginning of Episode IV] and all that stuff. So it’s technically OK.”
But what about all the other plot holes in the franchise? While we wait for Star Wars Episode 8, we’ve collected common gripes from far and wide, guaranteed to ruin all eight films so far for pedants:
Episode I: The Phantom Menace
1. Qui-Gon Jinn is Obi Wan’s master
In The Empire Strikes Back, Obi Wan’s ghost tells Luke that Yoda was “the Jedi Master who instructed me”. Unless he means Yoda taught him when he was a youngling – as Yoda is shown to do in Attack of the Clones – this cannot be true in the retrospective context of the prequel films.