Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (but the continuity struggles)

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, was my favourite film since Return of the Jedi. It was excellent in so many ways. The use of CGI was great (and not over the top), the sound effects were brilliant and the entire film left me craving the next episode.

Sadly, there were some continuity issues that I just couldn’t get my head around.


Watching Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens on 3D Imax was awesome
Watching Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens on 3D Imax was awesome

Stormtroopers – redesigned, but weaker than ever

It was my 10 year old son who pointed this out.

The Storm Troopers are now redesigned, with aerodynamic suits of armour. So why is it that they die as soon as they are shot? I mean, what’s the point of all that armour and a helmet if it offers absolutely no protection whatsoever?

Holographic communicators in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens are a thing of the past

Of course there are no cellphones in Star Wars. However, in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, we saw a number of scenes where various characters – loyal to Darth Sidious (also known as Chancellor Palpatine played by Ian McDiarmid and later to become the Emperor) gave instructions to his moles within the control of the Jedi order via a holographic interface to kill all Jedi’s. This message is spread to all of the supporters of the Dark Side who are secretly spying on the


Darth Vader turned good in the end of ‘Return of the Jedi’ – so why is Kylo Ren obsessed with him?

At the end of Return of the Jedi, as Darth Vader is saying his last goodbyes to his son, Luke, Darth is saved from the Dark Side. We later see him – in ghostly apparition – smiling next to other deceased Jedi’s. So surely this would make Darth Vader a traitor in the eyes of the Dark Side?

So why is Kylo Ren so obsessed with being more powerful than him?

Who, exactly, is ‘Finn’ and where did he come from?

So quickly into Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, we discover that Finn has had enough of being a bad guy and wants to run away back to mommy and daddy.

Within an hour he’s holding a light saber and appears to have some elements of the Force within him.

But where did he come from? What is his history? And why is he one of the very few black people in the galaxy?


Daisy Ridley (Rey) acts a less than genuine role

Daisy Ridley (Rey) struggled at times. You could almost see in her eyes that she just couldn’t believe she was actually a main character in one of the most hotly anticipated films of the 21st Century. I mean, who wouldn’t, right? Acting alongside the real Han Solo, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker and a sober Carrie Fisher.

She got better as she went on, but in some places she was quite wooden and almost awkward to watch.

Old Luke Skywalker, still as sulky as ever
Old Luke Skywalker, still as sulky as ever

One thing remains true: Luke is still a sulky little brat

So Luke – after failing to train his nephew properly resulting in him turned to the Dark Side – has run away to the secluded Skellig Michael in Ireland to sulk about it [true fact].

At least his sulky persona remains true to the other films. And at least he didn’t almost commit an act of incest with his sister this time…



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