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5 Plot Holes You Never Noticed In ‘Star Wars’

May the forced plots be with you.

Unless you actually grew up in a galaxy far, far away, you know what the deal is with "Star Wars." George Lucas originally created three movies in the '70s and '80s, and then went back to make the first three episodes of the saga in the '90s and '00s. This writing structure may have caused some questionable directions to the storyline, but that didn't matter too much: The movies were extremely successful, and "Star Wars" is cherished today as one of the greatest additions to American cultural canon. ("Episode VII" is due out on Dec. 18, 2015, the first part of a third "Star Wars" trilogy.)

Famously, the movies would add twists that didn't quite add up in scenes that came in earlier movies, most notably Luke and Leia being almost lovers-turned-twin siblings. But although mistakes like that are a bit weird, we wanted to find plot holes that really mess with the integrity of the movies.

In honor of Carrie Fisher's birthday (Oct. 21), here is a loving takedown of "Star Wars." These may not change how you think about the classic saga overall, but the glaring holes will definitely throw you off the next time you binge watch Lucas' series all the way through.

You’re all clear, kid! Now let’s blow this plot and go home!

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1. Luke, Leia and Obi-Wan are all supposed to be hiding in the first movie, but the plot of the prequels makes it so the Empire could find them in a moment's notice.


In "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith," Padmé Amidala gives birth to the twins, Luke and Leia, who are the children of Anakin / Darth Vader. It's decided that since Padmé dies in childbirth, the twins should be hidden away so that Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader cannot find them. Instead of having the children lie low and change their identities, Leia becomes a princess, a title that is inexplicable without a tie to her mother, and Luke retains the Skywalker last name and grows up on Vader's home planet of Tatooine. You wouldn't even need the Force to find these two and although they were supposed to have died with Padmé, you'd think rumor would get around that there's a princess with questionable lineage and that a Skywalker is on Tatooine.

Also, Obi-Wan Kenobi is supposed to be hiding out on Tatooine. Fortunately, the outfit he wears seems to blend with the local fashion; it's nothing fancy and makes sense for him in "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope." But then, George Lucas decided that Obi-Wan's basic clothing was actually the uniform for all Jedi in the prequels and therefore Kenobi's outfit makes no sense retroactively. Everyone would recognize him as a Jedi wherever he went and the Empire would have an easy time hunting him down.

2. The Millennium Falcom is supposed to travel "point five past lightspeed," but that's far too slow to travel between galaxies.

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When Luke Skywalker first sees the Millennium Falcom in "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope," he remarks that it looks like a "piece of junk." Then, probably a bit hurt, Han Solo brags, "She'll make point five past lightspeed. She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid. I've made a lot of special modifications myself." In "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back," Lando Calrissian claims the ship is the "fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy." Over the course of the movies, "Star Wars" takes place in at least six galaxies and even the main galaxy has been guessed to be about 120,000 light years in diameter. Unfortunately, if this is considered a fast ship in the "Star Wars" universe, then the space travel would take far longer than the movie shows.

It is possible that Han Solo simply didn't know how fast his ship could go and that "hyperdrive" makes the travel possible, but since Solo is so proud about tinkering with his own ship, it seems unlikely that he wouldn't know exactly how fast it could go. Regardless, "hyperdrive" has been explained into the universe, as one "Star Wars" fan notes in a forum:

In modern explanation the "past lightspeed" bit has been retconned away. Instead there are the hyperdrive classes with a reverse scale. The higher the number the slower the ship. So a Class 1 hyperdrive is one of the fastest, but the Millennium Falcon has a 0.5 class hyperdrive. Twice as fast as a Class 1. Just how fast a Class 1 is is never really explained.

3. Darth Vader, Obi-Wan and maybe even Uncle Owen should all easily recognize C-3PO and R2-D2.


Before he was Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker built C-3PO. Eventually, he gifts the robot to Padmé Amidala in the canon cartoon-series "The Clone Wars" and then after their marriage, Skywalker hangs out with Amidala's R2-D2 quite a bit in the cartoon. Although other robots exist in the "Star Wars" universe that look similar to these two and C-3PO's memory is wiped in "Star Wars - Episode III: Revenge of the Sith," given the extremely intimate relationship he had with these two, it seems ridiculous that Darth Vader would not recognize them.

Given the amount of interaction Obi-Wan Kenobi had with the two robots in the prequels, it would also make no sense for him to not recognize them in "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope." Granted, as one "Star Wars" fan explains, he may have been faking ignorance:

Obi-Wan never explicitly stated in the three "Star Wars" movies that he didn't remember R2-D2 and C3PO. He merely told Luke he never remembered "owning" a droid, which was indeed the case. Considering that he lied told from a "certain-point-of-view" about "Vader betrayed and murdered your father" (to prevent Luke from prematurely learning the truth he couldn't handle yet), it seems very plausible that he ALSO was pretending to not recognize the droids, for the same reason.

Seems like a retroactive explanation for George Lucas' mistake, but a decent point, regardless. Owen Lars probably should have also recognized the robots, but as he didn't have quite as intimate a connection, it's perhaps plausible that he simply forgot.

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4. Skywalker's training with Yoda is supposed to take a long time. In reality, it can only take a few hours.

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A main story arc in "Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" is that while the Millennium Falcon is being chased to Lando Calrissian's Cloud City, Luke Skywalker is learning how to be a Jedi from Yoda. Despite a brief detour in a meteor, the Millennium Falcon seems to get to Cloud City in relatively short time, and since the two scenes are linked that also means Skywalker learned how to be a Jedi in an afternoon.

Granted, in point two, it was mentioned that it should take a long time for the Millennium Falcon to travel, but plot holes shouldn't be used to explain away other plot holes. Don't encourage black holes into "Star Wars."

Anyway, Skywalker does abandon the training early to go save his friends, but when he returns in "Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi," Yoda tells him he has nothing left to learn and that all he needs to do now to become a Jedi is to defeat Darth Vader. Surely, young Skywalker could have used more training to defeat Vader than the amount of time it took the Millennium Falcon to visit Calrissian. To make it even more clear that it doesn't take long to get to Cloud City, Skywalker then uses his swamped ship to quickly get to his friends to help them. Something doesn't add up here.

Also, this is a side note, but Obi-Wan Kenobi claims he was trained by Yoda in "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope," but then in the prequels it's clear he is mainly trained by Qui-Gon Jinn. Yoda doesn't really work long hours.

5. In "Return of the Jedi," Leia remembers her mom, but in the prequels Padmé dies in childbirth. Could Leia really be the new hope?


This is a famous plot hole, but perhaps a dubious stretch. In "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi," Luke Skywalker asks about Leia Organa's mother and Leia says she doesn't really remember much as her mother died young. Then Organa says, "She was very beautiful. Kind, but ... sad." As mentioned before, their mother dies in childbirth, so Leia is apparently remembering somebody else. How can she be Skywalker's twin if she remembers a mother? In reference to Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi says "That boy is our last hope." Yoda replies, "No ... there is another." Is there actually no new hope then?

Granted, as one Reddit user explained, this memory might have been caused by her ability to use the Force:

While training with Yoda, Luke learns that "through the force many things you will see ... the future, the past, good friends long gone". Later in the movie Luke calls out to Leia from Bespin and she receives his "force message" and his exact location without realizing she is using the force herself. So we know Leia is force capable (Luke confirms this to her in "ROTJ" as well) so it is entirely possible that Leia can remember "images" of her real mother being "beautiful, but sad". Keep in mind that Leia doesn't have any concrete memories of her mother, just the images and feelings she described. In "ROTS," this how we see Padmé just before she dies.

Image: Wookiepedia / "Star Wars: Episode III"

BONUS: Now that "Star Wars" is Disney, maybe midi-chlorians have something to do with pixie dust and Micky Mouse magic.

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Do you believe in magic? In 2012, Disney acquired "Star Wars." This certainly doesn't cause a plot hole as Disney movies are not all in one canon, but maybe there should still be an explanation of Disney magic within the "Star Wars" universe and whether Darth Vader is simply strong with the force of pixie dust. What Mickey Mouse can do with those brooms in "Fantasia" certainly looks like the Force.

All images Getty unless otherwise stated.
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Why Celebrities Should Opt for Fast Mediation When Divorcing

It's just three years ago when I personally invited Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore to settle their divorce over a weekend in one of our DivorceHotels in order to avoid a never ending process. In the end they didn't take me up on my offer and as it turned out, it took 2 whole years to get the divorce finalized after they had split up. From that moment on, celebrity divorces started to fascinate me.

The list of high profile, often painful and expensive divorce cases is long and it contains the likes of Paul McCartney, Madonna, Tom Cruise, Kim Kardashian and Heidi Klum. I'm convinced that it is possible for celebrities to quickly settle their divorce and if desired, it could be done in a weekend, if both celebrity spouses are willing to cooperate and are able to wish each other a positive new future. So why is it so important for celebrities to choose for a (fast) mediation process instead of a traditional court procedure? Here are my VI-P's!

Mediation is a more positive and sensible approach and it is 'hands-on'; which means, not the judge, but you, yourself will be able to control the process. That's why it often goes faster. The longer a divorce procedure takes, the higher the risk of tempers flaring up. In many of the high-profile divorce cases in the US, the start is positive because a lot of celebs have the intention to show the world they are able to split up in a positive way. However, a celebrity lifestyle comes with a lot of dynamics and things can quickly change. For example, we often see that one of the celebrity spouses finds a new partner, which will only make things complicated. The longer it takes, the more family and friends will be involved and the gap between the partners will grow day by day. Opting for mediation is opting for the fast-track, which costs less, does not involve as many people and couples will be more inclined to stay positive.

The faster and more positive a divorce procedure goes, the less interesting the case will be for the press. Also, mediation processes are often much more focused on positivity compared to the all too familiar long-lasting, traditional divorce procedures where emotions can take a wrong turn. This is a huge risk in terms of publicity. We all know the famous examples of nasty traditional divorces were celebrities became hot topics of the daily news. The divorce of Charlie Sheen is a good example of such a nasty divorce procedure. Going through a divorce is not the best period for being at the center of attention from the press, because when things go sour, this may impair the celebrity's popularity and image which took so much time and effort to build. This brings me to my next point.

A mediation process is a joint effort, with each spouse having the same mediator. This approach often makes the whole process a more friendly affair, also for the rich and famous, who will be able to end their marriages together in a more positive way, catering to their primary intention to show the world they want the split up to be as such. Based on mediation, the odds are this is more than likely. I believe every celebrity should stay away from prolonged and negative divorce procedures, to avoid damaging their popularity. This way, they will keep it positive and will be able to continue their lives and build their careers.

Privacy is one of the most important treasures for celebrities. In a traditional divorce procedure both spouses will have their full stories spread across the media, with even more of their private, sensitive information finding its way to the public. Something celebrities normally try to avoid! That is exactly the reason why more of them should opt for mediation, which is a much more coordinated process. In a mediation process you can suffice with providing only the necessary information to the court. This makes a big difference!

Prenuptial Agreement
The final VI-P is not a reason why celebrities should choose for a fast mediation process, but just a valuable tip to all celebrities, which can save them a lot of money. Having a prenuptial agreement makes a divorce procedure easier for celebrities as the professionals will be able to settle everything more efficiently. Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore didn't sign a prenuptial agreement when they married in September 2005, which in theory means the actress could have been entitled to a part of her former husband's earnings from the time they were together.

To conclude my story I would recommend for celebrities to stay away from aggressive divorce lawyers focusing on making big bucks with their usual, prolonged court procedures. These should be avoided, not just to save money, but also to make divorces more bearable and positive. A swift mediation process would avoid a traditional celebrity divorce procedure in the public eye, dragged out through the gossip columns of the press. This may be a bit disappointing for the tabloids, but surely there remains enough for them to write about!
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Carmen Electra Reveals The Truth About Her Rumored Relationship With Simon Cowell (VIDEO)

Carmen Electra has had her share of high-profile relationships. Following her marriages to controversial NBA star Dennis Rodman and Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, she was rumored to be dating another polarizing celebrity: Simon Cowell.

After they worked together on "Britain's Got Talent" in 2012, Electra and Cowell were photographed together on dinner dates and looking cozy, as rumors swirled that the two were an item. But Electra tells "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" that the tabloids didn't get the full story.

"Simon Cowell hired me to be a guest judge on his show in London. I was thrilled and immediately flew out," the singer and actress  says. "Had the best time of my life."

On set, the former "Baywatch" star got to know Cowell and realized they had a great time together. "He was funny. He made me laugh," Electra says. "We exchanged numbers. We didn't talk, we were just very flirtatious."

Electra returned to Los Angeles after filming and didn't see Cowell -- until he moved to L.A. to begin shooting another one of his television shows, "The X Factor." That's when he reached out.

"He called me and he said, 'I'm having a party...' -- he likes to have big, extravagant parties – 'I'll send a car for you if you want to come,'" Electra recalls. "I said, 'Sure! I'd love to.'"

The two picked up where they had left off in London, enjoying each other's company. "He was so much fun," Electra says of Cowell. "We went out one night and we were kissing, and the paparazzi saw us. That's when all the rumors started."

According to gossip in the media, Electra and Cowell dated very briefly until a messy split (amid more rumors that she caught him with another woman, now the mother of his child). Electra, however, says that she and Cowell were never exclusive and doesn't even refer to their time together as "dating."

"We never dated. We didn't date," she says firmly. "He wasn't my man."

"Oprah: Where Are They Now?" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.

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Charice Reveals The Painful Aftermath Of Her Father’s Murder — And Why She Now Feels Free (VIDEO)

Singer Charice Pempengco may have an impressive professional resume that includes chart-topping music, performances with the likes of Andrea Bocelli, and a role on television hit "Glee," but long before she had any of this success, she was a young girl living with her dad, mom and brothers in the Philippines. Charice spent her early childhood in a poor community -- and her family's modest home was wrought with violence, she says.

In 2006, Charice returned to her hometown of San Pedro Laguna for the first time in more than a decade as a part of "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Upon seeing her childhood home, the then-teenager broke down in tears, recalling painful memories of her abusive father, including a time when Charice says she saw him choke her mother and threaten her with a shotgun.

After that traumatic incident, Charice's mother took the children and left. Charice was 3 at the time and never saw her father again.

Then, in 2011, Charice's father was murdered in the Philippines. Despite having no contact for years, Charice tells "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" that her father's death affected her greatly and heightened difficult personal issues she had been struggling with, like her sexuality and gender identity.

"When my father got murdered, that's when everything fell apart," she says. "I got even more depressed."

At that point, Charice was also estranged from her mother (they have since reconciled), and felt completely alone in her struggles, depression and grief. When she attended her father's funeral, Charice hadn't seen him in more than 15 years.

"Losing my dad, knowing that we didn't have any closure, when I went to the funeral, I just saw him right there and regretted everything," she says through tears.

Tabloids reported that Charice attempted suicide in the aftermath of her father's death, but she tells Oprah that this isn't true.

"The rumor is not true," she says. "I did not slit my wrists -- but I thought of it."

Ultimately, Charice channeled her grief in an empowering way that allowed her to accept and embrace her true self.

"I took all those feelings, I took all the pain... [It] made me stronger, to tell myself that it's time to stand up and go out there," she says.

"Maybe I'm wrong, but correct me if I am," Oprah says. "Your father's death actually liberated you."

Charice is quiet for a moment.

"That gave me chills," she says, before getting emotional. "That feeling is just coming back right now. It was terrible... The feeling of after he died, feeling alone. I was alone."

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

"Oprah: Where Are They Now?" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.

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