25 Plot Holes That Will Ruin All Eight ‘Star Wars’ Films For Pedants

Major spoilers for (nearly) 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 everyone digests Star Wars: The Last Jedi we’ve collected common gripes from far and wide, guaranteed to ruin the other 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.

Qui Gon Jinn – one plot hole in Star Wars: The Phantom MenaceLucasfilm

2. The Rule of Two is flawed

In the prequel films, Yoda explains the rule of two: that there are only ever two Sith, a master and an apprentice. This works in the prequel films, but in the original trilogy the Emperor & Vader conspire to recruit Luke to their cause. That would make three Sith, surely breaking the Siths’ own rules.

3. Anakin was conceived by parthenogenesis: his mother says he has no father

Come the fuck on.

4. The droids have a hierarchy system

Do droids need corporals and lieutenants? Why don’t they operate from a central server that instructs the lot of them at once? Do they actually have some kind of autonomy? Why? This, like almost all of the entire film, is dumb.

Episode II: Attack of the Clones

5. Padmé instinctively knows where Anakin is somehow

It is never revealed that Padmé has any connection to the Force, nor any geolocational abilities. In this film, her ship is shot down while chasing Count Dooku’s; Anakin’s carries on, following Dooku to a hangar, and Padmé couldn’t possibly know this. But when she exits the wreckage of her ship, she somehow knows Anakin is at the hangar. Magic!

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Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

6. Existing canon suggested Leia knew her mother

In Return of the Jedi, Leia recalls her mother as “beautiful”, “kind” and “sad”, suggesting she was alive during Leia’s childhood. In Revenge of the Sith, Leia’s mother dies in childbirth. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Padmé AmidalaLucasfilm

Episode IV: A New Hope

7. Vader has no idea about his children

Several times in the original trilogy, the Skywalker children are shown to be able to sense one another and Vader is shown to be able to communicate with Luke telepathically. This, presumably, is via some familial or Force connection – or both. Yet at the start of A New Hope, Vader seemingly has no idea that Leia is his daughter, even when he’s torturing her.

8. Luke keeps his dad’s name