Pop culture loves a
good plot-hole. It is a chance to poke fun at the creators of the
media we so enjoy and delude ourselves into thinking that the
immensely complex and difficult task of writing for a multi-million
dollar project is something any mere mortal can do.
The reality is that writers
spend far more time obsessing over their creation than fans do. After
all, one of the golden rules of writing is to never insult your
reader’s intelligence, a bit of wisdom that, together with the
modern virulent hatred for all things expositional, has
resulted in writers being rather cagey with their plot details.
As such, what fans
will gleefully seize upon as being glaringly obvious mistakes often
turn out to have the simplest of explanations, leaving many a fan a
bit red in the face.
Star Wars is no
different, with the Prequels in particular continuing to be roundly
savaged for their apparent plot-holes, mistakes and inconsistencies.
However, George Lucas spent decades crafting his world, and as only a
few minutes of thought would prove did a better job than most would
This is not to say
that there are no mistakes – nobody is perfect – but the
‘plot-holes’ on this list are certainly not among them, even if,
at times, one must defend the indefensible...