Thursday, August 2, 2018

Last Jedi Questions

Having recently re-watched The Last Jedi, this time with the RiffTrax going, a few questions popped into my head. The main source of tension is the white bronco like slow chase between the First Order star destroyers and the last three Resistance ships. We know that the reason the First Order found them is that there's a tracking program on board the main cruiser and that they can't jump to hyperspace because of low fuel levels and the tracker.

So the first question is, if the First Order just wants to destroy the cruiser, which they do seem to want to do as soon as it runs out of fuel, why are they waiting? The star destroyers aren't running low on fuel. Why can't they pull a Picard Maneuver and do a mini-jump head of the cruiser, or, better yet, jump all around it since there are five of them, turn and kill it? What's the point of waiting?

Assuming they don't want to destroy the ship, which is contrary to what we're shown, then why do they jump in in force? Wouldn't trailing them be better served by using a small ship that can track the Resistance movements and not be spotted? Then the main base, if that's what they're after, could be uncovered and nothing is lost.

Lastly, who planted the tracker? In order to track something, there needs to be some connection. That's what Rose and Finn were on their "foiled by illegal parking" mission to disrupt. So, who is the traitor? Is this something that will be glossed over in the next film or will it be part of the main plot?

What do you think, dear reader? Are these valid questions or am I thinking too much again?

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  1. OK, as far as jumping to hyperspace to get in front of them, that's a lot of calculations (per what Han tells Luke back in Episode IV), and also (I assume anyway) too short a distance to bother with jumping to hyperspace to try overtaking them. They might end up going too far (a la Space Balls and Ludicrous Speed). Also, since they are needing to track them, this implies they aren't 100% sure where everything will end up.

    But that's just my guesses. I only watched the movie once, so I dunno.

    1. That is entirely plausible, since it does take some calculations to get where you want to go. I would still have liked to see the First Order do something other than just follow in the exact same formation. Even if it was spreading out to try and encircle the Resistance, regardless of whether it would work or not.

  2. And don't forget to check out the back and forth over on Facebook for this post. Andy Leyland brings up some good points.