Thursday, May 5, 2016
The Force Awakens . . . Again
On second viewing I stand by what I said before about Rey.
Now I have some more complaints.
J.J. Abrams is doing to the Star Wars universe the same thing he did to the Star Trek universe. Now in Star Trek interstellar travel is near instantaneous and interstellar communication is instantaneous. In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the time it takes to get somewhere at hyper seems to depend on the needs of the story, not on any consistent technology. If the story needs time to have some discussion and show Rey is so wonderful she can fix the Millennium Falcon while it's in hyper, it takes a while to get someplace. But if J.J. Abrams simply wants to move the story along, it takes mere moments to get somewhere, including the far away unexplored outpost where Luke Skywalker is hiding.
The same thing happened in Star Trek into Darkness. It took the Enterprise moments to get to the Klingon home world from Earth. But when they went back and were being chased, it took longer. Why?
Also, in Star Wars, Leia somehow knew instantly that Han had been killed. How? She was a long ways away on another planet. And C3PO knew the shields were down on the planet-killing weapon at the same distance. If that was possible, why didn't General Akbar know that they were being jammed in Return of the Jedi? He didn't until they got there ("It's a trap!").
What Abrams has done to Star Trek (ignoring science and consistent technological abilities for the sake of the story he wants to tell) he's done to Star Wars.