ByBridget Serdock, writer at
A Jedi master, Pokemon training, keyblade wielding, super powered black belt who dabbles in witchcraft and wizardry
Bridget Serdock

Who here doesn't love Star Wars? That's right, no one. Okay, there are probably people who don't love it, but they're not here. If they were, something must be wrong with them for them to decide to come to an article about Star Wars. Just saying.

Moving on. If you love Star Wars (as we've already established you do), you're willing to overlook a lot of issues regarding the saga. But we all know that there are a good amount of issues with the saga. Whether it has to do with the questionable canon between the original trilogy and the prequels, questioning why the Empire didn't just blow up Yavin back in Episode IV, or the surprising use of the Force or lack thereof. Whatever it is, we all have at least one gripe with the saga.

One that has always bothered me has been with the cast. No, my issue isn't with the actors themselves (though the prequels do leave a little to desire in that department), but with the overwhelming amount of humans in the saga.

Let me clarify a little here. There are tons and tons of non human characters in both the original trilogy and the prequels, and there are even more in the expanded universe (though due to the comics no longer being canon coupled by my lackluster knowledge on the subject, this is the last we will speak of them). The issue in question has more to do with the fact that in all three trilogies (the OT, the prequels, and Episode VII, VIII, and IX) the big three have all been human. Moreover, the main opposing forces have been primarily comprised of humans.

Emperor Palpatine has been the big baddie for both the OT and the prequels with his second in command being human (Count Dooku and Darth Vader). The Jedi were lead by Luke in the OT, and in the prequels, the Jedi Council was made up by more humans than any other race. On top of that, the clones used in the prequels were made all from the same human DNA, whereas Emperor Palpatine was a galactic racist and only wanted humans as storm troopers in the OT.

The Clone Troopers were easy, or at least relatively easy, to come by in the prequels. The OT's Stormtroopers shouldn't have been considering how many of them there were, but there still seemed to be no shortage of humans in the Galaxy. The entire Death Star was inhabited by Stormtroopers and other personnel who were primarily human. That got destroyed. A second Death Star was built that was also manned by Stormtroopers and that too got destroyed. Not to mention the probably countless numbers of troopers throughout the galaxy maintaining the Empire's rule.

It's pretty safe to assume that Episode VII continued the trend of using humans as their military. No, I can't prove this based on the movie alone, but it can easily be inferred. And these troopers not only inhabited an entire planet, but they were maintaining, or at least attempting to maintain, the First Order's rule while also protecting Supreme Leader Snoke. On top of that, as we learned from FN-2187, or Finn, the stormtroopers were taken from their families as babies and then raised to be troopers, meaning that their humans families were still out there in the galaxy.

The Resistance was primarily made up of humans as well. While making plans in both the OT and Episode VII, the group of people formulating the plan were mostly human. As well as most of the fighter pilots being human, though a good number of them died.

That's a lot of humans.

This glaring issue used to bother me quite a bit. I couldn't fully understand why this is the case for quite some time now. And being the science nut that I am, I've looked to science to hopefully answer this question for me as best as I could. And while this is a movie and the theory I've come up with seems a little useless, it makes sense nonetheless.

Humans were the first race in the Galaxy

Okay, maybe this is a little conceited of me as a human, but this makes sense. Or at least I hope it does. Ever hear of Fermi's Paradox? No? Alright, let me explain.

Back in the early 1900's, there was this awesomely intelligent physicist, Enrico Fermi, who asked the age old question: are we alone? What he found based on evidence is yes, we are in fact alone. But based on basic probability and scale of the universe, no, there is no way we could possible be alone.

I'll break it down a little more for you. Our universe is massive. In the Milky Way galaxy alone, there are 200-400 billion observable stars and 70 sextillion more in the entire universe. Orbiting each of these stars are planets, some habitable some not. As of November 4th 2013, it has been reported that there are around 40 billion earth-sized planets in the habitable zones orbiting stars. In 2015, it was found that three of these planets have been proven candidates for habitation either by us Earthlings, or their own lifeforms. These two studies only accounted for a fraction of the universe, more than that, it only looked at planets habitable by carbon-based life forms assuming that no other life forms could come to be.

The probability of any one of these planets being able to contain life is pretty high. But have we found any life? No. There has been no evidence to suggest that there is any other life out there. We've been sending out signals into deep space for quite some time now with no response at all. And that is where the paradox comes into play.

What does this have to do with Star Wars you ask? Well, my possibly ill-conceived answer to Fermi's Paradox could explain why the majority of characters in Star Wars are human. We humans were just the first to come into being.

Is it so hard to believe that we could be the first species ever to evolve in the Galaxy? Is it so conceited to believe that? Is it so uneducated to even discuss it?

If we humans were the first ones to come about, we'd be the first ones to tap into the Force. Maybe, just maybe, as humans advanced through the society and technologies of the saga, we learned of and harnessed the Force from our own discoveries, not from another race's mentoring. Maybe it is the Force that is the answer to gravity. Maybe it's the answer to the universe. Or at least in the Star Wars saga.

Plus, if humans came first, that would make a lot of sense as to how the Galaxy works as a whole in regards to both the politics and the wars. We as a species have a history of unnecessary and brutal violence. We build massive weapons able to level entire countries. Why wouldn't we decide to build a massive weapon (*cough* Death Star) to take out our enemies, to remove the people who are against us? Isn't that what we did with the atom bomb?

It's possible other races throughout the galaxy could be just as dangerous and racist, but we have a long standing history of doing things like we see in the Star Wars movies. If humans came first in this galaxy, it would also explain why most non humans speak English, or at the very least, can understand it.

More than just speaking English, there is a distinct human presence on nearly every planet and moon throughout the galaxy. It's very unlikely to see an Ewok anywhere other than Endor. Chewie is the only Wookie I'm familiar with going to other planets. The Hutts are almost always on desert planets. Greedo is the only Rodian I'm very familiar with and he was killed off rather quickly. The reason for this is because humans came first and then went off exploring the galaxy, and the Force, like the pioneers and conquerors we are.

In actuality, the main reason that the majority of the cast is human is because it is made by humans, and thinking up all the infinite alien life forms that could come to be is hard. There's no other reasoning behind it than that. There's a very good chance I'm making mountains out of molehills, but it makes sense to me and I'm standing by it. But what about you?

Sources: Wikipedia: Fermi Paradox, List of Potentially Habitable Planets


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