March 07, 2006

Horse 508 - Star Wars

Episode IV
It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire.
During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.

Pursued by the Empire's sinister agents, Princess Leia races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy....

Think about it all. You have a giant Galactic Empire with presumably billions of citizens. Is it just me or does the whole concept seem just a little bit stupid. How do you sort out the issues of taxation? How do you collect it? As for the internet, that's tied up with the issue below.

How about making telephone calls? If electromagnetic radiation only moves at the speed of light, then your telephone call could take potentially hundreds of years to even get to the nearest star. The person you'd be speaking to would have probably died by then, not to mention that by the time you heard back you'd be dead as well. Also bear in mind that spaceships have warp drives, which means you could arrive several hundreds of years earlier yourself.

I wonder how your spaceship knows when it rematerialises in space, not to reappear in another spaceship. Wouldn't it have made more sense if you were going to blow up the Death Star to send a ship on auto pilot to just reappear in the middle with a bomb on board?

If you do happen to be moving a very close to the speed of light, assuming that KE=1/2MV² where V is very massive, the kinetic energy dissipated by a spaceship into something the size of a grain of sand would probably be enough to rip it to bits. How do you safeguard against micrometeorite that you can't see?

What is the blade of a Light-Sabre composed of? If Yoda is old and crippled, then why is he able to bounce around wielding his own Light-Sabre? Is he on Workers Comp?

Force equals a mass times an acceleration. How do you use "The Force" and how do you accelerate a mass in free space without outside interaction? Shouldn't they have all known that Anakin would be bad, because in the first film, everyone was a bunch of goody-two-shoes la-dee-daa gits and there were no bad people; therefore to bring "balance" there needed to be more bad people.

1 comment:

tim said...

yeah, i always wondered about that last one