Star Wars Discontinuity

Op-ed piece at the New York Times by Neal Stephenson about the new Star Wars film, Revenge of the Sith. He poses a trivia question that relates to the start of the film where two jedis are battling their way through a starship. Who owns the ship?

I thought I knew: General Grievous. But I was wrong. It’s really the New Droid Army of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. No way to know that from watching the film (or any of the other films in the saga). Stephenson says:

…very little of the new film makes sense, taken as a freestanding narrative. What’s interesting about this is how little it matters. Millions of people are happily spending their money to watch a movie they don’t understand. What gives?

Read the whole piece here.

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