Was the mighty Imperial government really too incompetent to prevent a handful of untrained nerf-herders from destroying one of their most prized assets?
How I remember seeing the first Star Wars film when it was released in 1977. The graphics were fantastic for the time, the good guys were squeaky clean, and you had no trouble spotting the bad guys like Darth Vader.
Of course, there were slight weaknesses in the story line. Take the climax, for example, where Luke Skywalker – a pilot with no formal training – manages to fly his space fighter like an expert, avoid enemy ships, and he still manages to shoot his missile into a two-meter wide exhaust port. Remember that, prior to this, Luke's only claim to fame was his ability to "bullseye womprats on Tatooine." According to one pilot, the killing shot would be "impossible, even for a computer." Despite this, Luke actually turned off his targeting computer when firing the shot that destroyed the Death Star.
I must admit that I was uneasy about some aspects of the story but, to my shame, I really didn't take the time to delve further. Well, I was just introduced to a website that really poses some Pointed Questions. As the author says:
Presented here are some of the results of my soul-searching regarding this painful event. Like many citizens, I have many questions that I would like answered: was the mighty Imperial government really too incompetent to prevent a handful of untrained nerf-herders from destroying one of their most prized assets? Or are they hiding something from us? Who was really behind the attack? Why did they want the Death Star destroyed? No matter what the answers, we have a problem.
This is really very clever . . . you should take a moment to check it out . . . I wish I had written it!
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