Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens is out, and it's so great to see a new Star Wars movie out for fans of all ages to enjoy! The current generation and the older generation are finally united—all thanks to their incomparable love of Star Wars!
But while the new film is incredible, we should journey back into the past and revisit the original films, lest we forget the trilogy that started it all! Luckily, all this talk of Star Wars has naturally made it popular to talk about again (as if it ever wasn't popular to talk about).
Fans all over the world are remembering their favorite movies, and the scenes that made that movie their favorite; like the ending scene of Return of the Jedi.
Such a glorious, yet heartbreaking scene. On one hand, the Rebels had won and the Empire was finally defeated. On the other hand, this was it, the final Star Wars movie. This was a time before talk of prequels, sequels and comic book adaptions- so to a lot of people, this was the end of a legacy.
Of course, I was born during a time where another trilogy (albeit not the best one) was coming out, so I wasn't as sad as some other fans. But it was still an impacting enough scene to make me fell all kinds of emotions!
Watching Luke, Leia and the others on Endor, dancing and celebrating their victory over the Empire with the adorable teddy bear-like inhabitants was quite a sight! But whatever happened to those fuzzy inhabitant, the Ewoks? Well, the ending of Jedi tells us that they survived, and got to party with the Rebel force in the galaxy's most important celebration! But science, ever the stick in the mud, says otherwise...
The Ewoks' Scientifically Accurate Fate Is Pretty Grim
So as you might know, at the end of Return of the Jedi, Luke and the others finally defeat the terribly evil Empire. The Rebels manage to shoot the core of the Death Star, causing it to go down due to its incredibly flawed structuring!
That's it right? The Death Star is destroyed, Darth Vader is gone and the galaxy is safe once more! But in the midst of all the celebrations and the happy endings, we've forgotten about one crucial thing: the remnants of the Death Star. Specifically, where they went.
After all, it was destroyed right? We all saw it go down in a huge, fiery explosion! So then, where did the pieces go? There's no way a gigantic hunk of metal like that could be completely evaporated in the atmosphere, right? Right!
Well according to Dave Minton, a scientist at Purdue University, the Death Star really wouldn't have turned into space dust. Instead, it would have done something that makes the introduction of Jar Jar seem less devastating!
[M]ore or less what happens after the destruction is that the entire mass of the Death Star simply falls onto the location of the shield generator… The aftermath of this impact would be to obliterate everything on the surface. No Ewok could withstand an impact of that magnitude....It is likely that the atmosphere would be so heated up ... that every body of water on the entire world would be flash heated to steam, and every forest would ignite into a global firestorm.
So yeah, as it turns out, the ending of Return of the Jedi would have been a lot less like this:
And more along the lines of this:
The plush little inhabitants of Endor would certainly have been cooked had Return of the Jedi's ending been just a little more realistic! But while we're on the topic of global Ewok massacre, there's something that I just can't stop thinking about.
If This Were The Case, What Would The Rebels Do?
The destruction of the Death Star came about because of Luke Skywalker's expert piloting skills. The Rebels needed someone to take the giant planet-like base out before it was completed, and Luke was the man for the job!
Luckily, Luke's actions didn't result in the fiery deaths of hundreds of thousands of Ewoks. But what if that really were the case? What if destroying the Death Star meant destroying Endor? Would the Rebels know? And more importantly, would they care?
Now obviously I'm not saying that the Rebel Alliance are a bunch of heartless jerks who would let a planet full of teddy bears burn. But we have to remember this is war, and if The Force Awakens has taught us anything, it's that there is no clear right or wrong in war.
[WARNING: HERE COME SOME STAR WARS SPOILERS!]
In TFA, we find out that the new wave of Stormtroopers are actually conditioned from birth by the First Order. It's a sad thought, thinking about all those poor children who were forced to become the bad guys.
But it becomes even sadder when you remember that the Resistance kills these guys almost every day! While this is a terrible thing, what else can they do? Brainwashed orphans or not, the First Order is still a threat to the galaxy, and the Resistance has taken it upon themselves to protect said galaxy from harm.
It's these kind of gray areas that make the story of Star Wars even more interesting! And those gray areas are also why I think that the Rebels wouldn't have altered their plans if the destruction of Endor truly was the outcome.
Yes, the Rebels are the heroes of the galaxy, and Luke, Leia, Han and the others do fight for the Light side. But that doesn't exactly make the Rebel Alliance perfect. Star Wars is just that, a war in the stars. And in war, sacrifices are often made. One such sacrifice might have been the planet Endor.
I believe that if destroying the most dangerous threat to the galaxy meant having to sacrifice the Ewoks' home planet, the Rebels would make the hard choice. Obviously they'd think it over, and they'd try to evacuate as many Ewoks as possible if they could. But if this was the only way to save the entire galaxy, they'd have to do the tough thing and blow up the Death Star.
I'm really glad that Dave posted this theory, because it- and The Force Awakens- truly shows us how war is affecting the galaxy far, far away. We see the Light side as the good guys and the Dark side as the bad guys. But situations like the orphaned Stormtroopers, and characters like Finn have shown us that good and bad simply isn't the right way to put it.
While I'm still absolutely on the side of the Resistance, I won't be surprised when I see them having to make tough choices in the effort to save the galaxy. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what's next for both sides when Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters in 2017!
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Source: Cinema Blend