Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back plot holes

Minor Plot hole: The AT-AT is one of the worst war machine ever created in a futuristic universe. In a world where everything and everyone can fly, the main Empire planetary transport vehicle decided to have legs – because that’s so efficient and practical. Also, they walk as fast as an elderly couple in a food court and they can only shoot in one direction. What happens if rebel troops attack them from anywhere but their faces? Continue reading to find out.

Minor Plot hole: Nothing, nothing happens because rebel troops on Hoth are as military cunning as your 4 year-old nephew when he fights his cat. We are talking about professional pilots here – who witness in about 1 second that those fat retarded metal cows can only shoot their lasers in front of them and can’t pretty much turn around; and yet they will insist on attacking those AT-ATs straight-on and come-back facing them over and over in a circular frenzy to beat them. Every time you watch this action sequence: you lose an IQ point. But since this movie is so good and we all saw it many times over the years: we all collectively fell hard on the left-side of the Bell curve.

Minor Plot hole: We are not done with those AT-ATs yet. So their only redeeming quality is their great energy shield. Pretty much no laser power from flying rebel cruisers can damage them. But then how does making an AT-AT fall to the ground makes it possible for AT-ATs to explode in such a spectacular fashion when hit by lasers? And again, if their shields are so strong, how can Luke cut through an AT-AT with his lightsaber when heavy-fire spaceships can’t even scratch it?

Minor plot hole: Han, Leia, and Chewie are all seen walking around inside the space slug in deep space. They wear some kind of breathing apparatus, but how do they account for the insane decompression and cold temperature? The scene shows us that the ‘’cave’’ is always open right until the moment where they get out – showing us that the space worm had its mouth relatively open for their whole trip there. Since they are on an asteroid field without an atmosphere and without sunlight, it is safe to assume the temperature outside is somewhat chilly – like ”dead in 2 seconds chilly”. There is no way the crew could stroll around like they did in their 80s costumes and survive. (E.Smith)

Major Plot hole: Luke gets his lightsaber and swiftly cuts one of the Wampa’s favorite limbs. The creature is pretty much screwed at this point. Another hit from his lightsaber and that thing was as a good as dead. But somehow, Luke who got over his initial fear of the beast to concentrate on his jedi abilities to get his weapon to defend himself GOES back to being a little bitch after he just defeated his opponent. So a giant frozen grizzly doesn’t scare him! But a giant handicapped frozen grizzly: now it’s time to shit your pants Luke! He leaves the cave as fast as he can – even though he is equipped with the knowledge and certitude that he will die in a few minutes if he stays outside at night on Hoth. Great work Luke!

Major Plot Hole: When Darth Vader gives Luke the news that he is his father, Luke is hanging just a few feet away from Vader. Then, Luke decides to jump off his landing, falling to the bottom of the cloud city where Han Solo picks him up. The oddity comes here: Darth Vader is very powerful with the force, as demonstrated earlier. Why can’t he use the force to prevent Luke from falling, or to bring Luke back to him from the hanging? Doing so should be relatively easy against the newly trained Jedi. (Mohammed Sharrif)

Major plot hole: Luke sure is a quick learner. He was only training with Yoda for as long as it took Han and Leia to get to Bespin, a few days at most. In that time he becomes a pretty proficient Jedi, capable of holding his own against Vader. That’s it? That’s all the training that was required?

Major Plot hole: Yoda fails to act wisely. As the last remaining trained Jedi, he sends Luke alone to face off against Darth Vader: who he knows to be stronger than his son. While training Luke, he is revealed to still be very powerful (lifting the entire Fighter with no effort). So it makes no sense that he wouldn’t join the Rebellion cause, if only to provide strategic input or being carried in a back-pack to assist Luke in his fights. Instead, he simply decides to leave Luke on his suicide mission and thinks no further of it. (Mohammed Sharrif)

Major plot hole: When Leia, Lando and the crew are trying to escape from Cloud City at the end of the film, they find that Vader has disabled their hyperdrive so they cannot escape as easily. But why not just disable the entire engine on the millennium falcon? If Vader only disabled the hyperdrive was he expecting them to flee? Since his whole plan was to capture them, would it not be more logical to either not do anything on the ship or completely shut it off?

Plot contrivance: The Empire’s star Destroyer doesn’t spot the Millenium falcon attaching itself to its back? Ok. That’s convenient if somehow perhaps maybe possible. Maybe. But Han Solo not spotting Boba Fett following them is just too weird. He was right behind them, like the distance between your car on the highway and the next guy behind you.

Plot contrivance: How does a creature like a Wampa sneak-up on anyone? It is the size of a grizzly piggy-back riding another grizzly and a breath as loud as a motorcycle. Yeah sure, its fur is white but Luke was standing in a giant open flat field; he would have seen the beast coming from far away.

Plot contrivance: An asteroid field like the one seen in the movie cannot exist. Due to the lack of friction in space, the asteroid field would dissipate almost immediately after whatever special circumstances created it. Asteroid fields have millions of miles of empty space in between asteroids. In other words, the chances of encountering an asteroid in an asteroid field are approximately 3720 to 1. (E. Smith)

Unaddressed Issue: Energy shields are the greatest mysteries of Star Wars. We don’t know how they work, we don’t know how strong they can be and we don’t know how long they can last. For example, the rebel base on Hoth as an energy shield. The Empire with its dozen of star destroyers does not attempt to plow through the energy shield with their weapons. But why? Is the energy shield of the rebel base stronger than the Empire’s entire arsenal that was sent to Hoth? Because that would be one hell of a shield. However, the Empire can send smaller ships on the planet itself to deploy ground units to attack the shield generator. So if they could do that, why not send all the star destroyers on Hoth’s surface and shoot the generator from there? It doesn’t really add-up.