Just a few days after its release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is already a true hit with both fans and critics alike, with a 95% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes and several box office records to its name. Disney and LucasFilm's beloved sci-fi adventure opened with a massive $238 million in its first weekend, decimating Jurassic World's record of $208.8 million from mid-June. It's possible that Avatar's all-time record of $760.5 million domestic could fall, but we'll have to wait a few months to see if it has the longevity to break this seemingly unbreakable record.
But, for the millions that were blown away by The Force Awakens, there are still some that had several issues with this sci-fi adventure. Of course, it would be an impossible task for director J.J. Abrams and his team to please EVERYONE, but there are still a few points of contention that both fans and haters alike have with this adventure. Be warned, if you have not yet seen The Force Awakens, there will be /star-wars-force-awakens-spoilers-secrets/Star Wars SPOILERS revealed below, so read on at your own risk.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens not only features the return of some of our favorite iconic characters, but a slew of new faces as well. The cast of Star Wars newcomers is lead by John Boyega's Finn, Daisy Ridley's Rey and Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron, along with Adam Driver's villainous Kylo Ren. Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa) also return to reprise their roles from the original trilogy, although some were seen more than others...And some may never be seen again. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens supporting cast includes Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke and Max von Sydow as Lor San Tekka.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was praised by many fans for bringing back the same aesthetic as George Lucas' original trilogy that has created legions of fans around the world. However, while some praised Star Wars: The Force Awakens for sticking close to the original trilogy's roots, that was also a point of contention for another group of fans, who thought it was too similar to George Lucas' original trilogy. While many of our favorite scenes are certainly reminiscent of the first Star Wars movies from the 70s and 80s, other scenes reflect a unique vision and the directorial style of J.J. Abrams. The same nostalgic beats that some praised drew the ire from others, proving the age-old quote by poet John Lydgate rings true even today: "You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time."
No matter what you thought of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, one thing is undeniably clear: Disney has no plans of slowing down. A report from last month claimed the studio is planning a new Star Wars movie every year, indefinitely, until the seemingly infinite demand for these movies run dry. These new movies are just on part of Disney and LucasFilm's massive plans for the franchise, which include a slew of new novels and comic books, which are all part of the official canon, along with theme park attractions and much more. Judging by last weekend's grosses, that won't happen anytime soon, and now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is here, the countdown begins for the first spinoff, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, in theaters December 16, 2016 and Star Wars: Episode VIII, arriving May 26, 2017.
Even with production under way on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and filming starting this spring on Star Wars: Episode VIII, there is so much we don't know about the future of this franchise after Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So, with that in mind, we're presenting the 11 biggest problems found in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with the hope that the filmmakers tasked with continuing this epic franchise, Rian Johnson (Star Wars: Episode VIII) and Colin Trevorrow (Star Wars: Episode IX) can either rectify these oversights, or find ways around them. We begin with what could have been one of the most important moments in the entire movie, that came and went in an instant.
1 The New Republic's Destruction is Glossed Over In Seconds
In the months leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we learned a lot about The First Order, but hardly anything was said about the new government that was spawned after the Empire was defeated, known as the New Republic. As it turns out, Star Wars: The Force Awakens didn't shed too much more light on this government, since it was destroyed in one fell swoop by the massive Starkiller Base, in a tiny scene that was glossed over quite quickly by director J.J. Abrams. One would think that the destruction of the entire governing body of the galaxy would warrant a lot more than just a trivial scene, but that's all we got. An entire government fell within seconds, and hardly anyone paused to reflect on this matter.
2 Luke Skywalker's Short Screen Time
In terms of cliffhangers, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back did it best. Han Solo was frozen in Carbonite. The heroes were separated. And we knew there was another possible Jedi who was strong with the Force. Wondering who that might be left us guessing for three years until Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi arrived in theaters. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is great in that it has us asking even more questions about the universe than ever before. And it gives us one heck of a cliffhanger. What is Luke's deal? And who is Rey? The problem comes from the build up and release. We only get to see Luke for one minute of screen time. And he never speaks a word.This feels like more of a cheat than a cliffhanger, and it has left some fans incredibly disappointed. While some are championing the film's final shot, the fact that Luke is only seen for a few fleeting minutes has left more than a few fans feeling ripped off. That leads us to the next item on our list.
3 Han Solo and Luke Skywalker Will Never Have a New Scene Together
Han is dead and Luke Skywalker is hiding on an island in isolation. While it seemed we might see the two best friends reunite in this movie, it doesn't happen. And guess what? Unless Han, who has never shown that he can utilize the force, comes back as a Force Ghost, we're never getting a new scene between Han Solo and Luke Skywalker ever again. At least not played out by original actors Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill. This was one of the big ticket items in having the gang back together. The plot at hand has other things on its mind though. This is possibly the biggest disappointment in the whole movie. It's like that season of Arrested Development, where they just couldn't get the entire cast back in the same room together. In terms of the story being told, we get it. But that doesn't make the notion suck any less.
4 Too Much Setup For Episode 8
Star Wars: Episode VIII is going to have a lot of explaining to do. And we're sure some of that will spill over into Star Wars: Episode IX. While we know Rey is force sensitive, we don't know who she really is, or if she is related to the Solos or Skywalker clans. We don't know anything about Snoke's background. We're not sure how Lor San Tekka got the missing piece of the Jedi map, though he appears to be from Alderaan since her refers to General Leia as royalty. We don't know anything about Finn's heritage. And just how did Maz Kanata get that lightsaber? There are just so many Star Wars questions left unanswered, we're wondering why some of them couldn't have been given to us here. The movie feels incredibly lopsided because of that. While the movie stands on it's own as a swift adventure full of fun and excitement, it also doesn't give us even a fraction of the whole story.
5 Han Solo LOST the Millennium Falcon? Really?
When we first meet back up with Han Solo and Chewbacca, they are no longer in possession of their prized 'home' the Millennium Falcon. And it's been quite a few years since they've seen the old Corellian YT-1300 light freighter. Ok, we'll chalk this up to old age. They're slipping. But the ship could be anywhere in the vast galaxy. And they just happen to look out the window and find it? This happens just moments after Rey takes control of the ship for the first time, which has been sitting unused on the planet of Jakku for a very long time. It doesn't seem like Han and Chewbacca are that far removed from Jakku when they come back in contact with their ship. If they were using a tracking device to locate it, wouldn't that have led them to Unkar Plutt? The fact that Han and Chewy found the ship as soon as Rey and Finn set off from Jakku seems more than just a little contrived. Let's just say it's one of the movie's many conviences.
6 How Could The Unexperienced Rey and Finn Survive Against Kylo Ren?
The big climatic lightsaber fight at the end of the movie has many people wondering just how bad a Jedi-in-training Kylo was before he gave himself over to the Knights of Ren. He is set up as a powerful force user, but perhaps he's not as powerful as he lets on. He faces off against an ex-janitor who has never used a lightsaber before. And this toilet scrubber certainly holds his own, for awhile. As a Stormtrooper, it's expected that Finn has had some weapons training. But that is never explained in the movie. And he's never used the Force. Ren, on the other hand, is well versed in the ways of the Force, and was able to wipe out all of Luke's Jedis-in-training. Why didn't Kylo Ren just use his Force powers on Finn and end the fight before it began? As it is, Kylo barely wins the fight. He doesn't appear to be very skilled in lightsaber duels, but he did manage to construct his own weapon.
This brings us to Rey. Did she have prior Jedi training? It appears so. As she is nearly as effective using the Force after just a few hours as Luke Skywalker is after several years, with training that included working alongside Mater Yoda. Rey knows how to use the manipulative Jedi mindtrick. Where did she learn this? Again, these are all questions that will surely be answered in the upcoming sequels. Right now, some of this has just left us scratching our heads.
7 Rey Can Understand Wookie Speak
Rey is a woman of many talents. She seems to know how to be a Jedi with no signs of prior training. She is fluent in the Astro-Mech Droid language. She knows the ins and outs of the Millennium Falcon. But what surprised fans most of all is that she can understand everything coming out of Chewbacca's mouth. While few folks in the Star Wars universe can understand Shyriiwook, the native language of the Wookie, Rey can. And this comes from a girl who has never left Jakku since she was a young girl. The fact that she is fluent in Shyriiwook doesn't surprise Han or Chewy, which has many speculating that she grew up around the pair as a baby, and learned to speak it as any infant speaks English, Spanish or Cantonese. But that is never explained in the movie. She just seems to be a jack of all trades, which has led to some online pundits calling her a 'Mary Sue', which is defined as an idealized fictional character, a young or low-rank person who saves the day through extraordinary abilities. Perhaps her knowledge of all languages will be explained in future sequels?
8 Why is the Starkiller Base So Easy to destroy?
In Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, and again in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, the Death Star is not an easy thing to destroy. But in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Starkiller Base falls pretty fast and hard. The first time around, the rebels needed detailed plans, which they had to steal. That aspect alone is getting its own movie in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Now consider, the two Death Stars were much smaller than the Starkiller base. And Luke needed to use not only the Force, but also his expert marksmanship skills to obliterate it. No easy task. Now they must take down something that is exponentially larger. And it is supposed to be better protected. But it seems it only takes a janitor with no apparent special skills and a few explosives to make it susceptible to an attack by a few X-Wing fighters. Is it a flaw in the overall design that it wasn't built better than it's predecessors? Or is it a flaw in the ecumenic screenwriting that is on display?
9 Are All of the Stormtroopers Human Now?
In the George Lucas' original Star Wars trilogy, the original Stormtroopers aren't good for too much. They have horrific aim with their blasters and can easily be impersonated, as evidenced by Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. We learned in the 2002 prequel Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones that the early versions of these white-clad soldiers were all clones of Jango Fett, the father of notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett. The Stormtroopers seen in the original trilogy were the ultimate evolution of the clone troopers. As the clones' accelerated aging process began causing their physical skills and abilities to deteriorate, they were replaced by non-clone volunteers and conscripts. Nonetheless, several clone troopers would remain in service to the Galactic Empire. But as we see in the movie, 30 years later, The First Order is going in a different direction, using regular humans as Stormtroopers, a strategy which seems to backfire after Finn escaped with Poe Dameron. We learn later on in Star Wars: The Force Awakens from Captain Phasma that Finn was raised from birth and conditioned to obey the First Order. Conveniently, Finn defies the First Order and becomes an ally to the Resistance at a time when they need him the most. It's unlikely that we'll learn more about the backstories of Finn's Stormtrooper compatriots, but it's clear that Finn is no clone. And the other Stormtroopers seen in the movie don't appear to be clones either. While the lore on how the Clone Troopers transformed over time suggest that there are still Clone troopers in this era, that aspect is barely teased in the movie.
10 Is the Entire First Order Destroyed Except Hux, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma and Snoke?
Much like how Star Wars: The Force Awakens glossed over the destruction of the New Republic, The First Order's demise is also presented with plenty of ambiguity. Before the Starkiller Base was completely destroyed, Supreme Leader Snoke ordered General Hux to retrieve the injured Kylo Ren and retreat from the base, adding ominously that Ren's training is still not complete. Snoke was never there in the first place, beaming his communique's through a hologram from an undisclosed location, so, does Snoke, Ren and Hux now represent the entirety of The First Order, after the base's destruction? And what about Captain Phasma? Her ending is left quite ambigious. There is never any indication that there are First Order bases in other parts of the galaxy, so it's possible that the First Order has been wiped out, except for these four. It's also possible that there are other First Order bases positioned in different parts of the galaxy, and there just wasn't enough time in the movie to reveal these details. With less than two years until Star Wars: Episode VIII arrives, hopefully we'll learn more about whether or not the First Order is practically extinct, or if there are troopers stationed in different parts of the galaxy.
11 The Lightsaber Battle's Anti-Climactic Ending
It wouldn't be a Star Wars movie without an epic lightsaber battle, and while fans had to wait until the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, their patience was rewarded with what essentially turned out to be a two-part battle, with Kylo Ren first battling Finn, and then taking on Rey. While this battle does give us one of the movie's most memorable moments, when Rey overpowered Ren with The Force and snatched the lightsaber from the snow. The battle's ending is a point of contention for many fans, since it ends when an an all-too easy chasm forms in the base, before it explodes, separating Rey and Ren. Well, isn't that convenient. And while we're on the subject, just what is Chewbacca doing all this time to insure he escapes the explosions and makes it make to the Falcon for that surprise last minute save? Some may be surprised that Rey, Ren and even Finn escaped with all of their limbs intact. And while Ren and Finn were both injured, there was no clear victor in this duel. While it's impressive that Rey was able to perform as well as she did, with no training whatsoever, this battle's abrupt ending left far too much to be desired.
That wraps up our breakdown of the apparent plot holes in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is currently playing in theaters worldwide. Star Wars: Episode VIII won't hit theaters until May 26, 2017, but fans will be treated to the first spinoff, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, arriving on December 16, 2016. Do you have any scenes that you would add to this list? Let us know what you think and stay tuned for more on all of the upcoming Star Wars movies, as soon as more information is unveiled.