I have a real bone to pick with sci-fi movies’ portrayal of scientific and physical properties — I should say, “the misrepresentation and totally unrealistic expectations of scientific and physical properties.” Now, I do understand that we’re supposed to suspend disbelief for the hour or so that we spend watching sci-fi flicks but, if the writers spent a bit more time researching and a bit less time counting money, more of these movies would have plots that made sense.
Don’t get me wrong. I love the genre. The original Star Wars movies, for example, are a great trilogy. Having said that, I do have a few issues with the plot lines. Specifically, the one where jumping to light-speed is the default for anyone trying to get away from anyone. So, here’s the way it would have really gone.
Let’s look at “A New Hope: Episode IV.” Han, Chewie, Luke, Obi-Wan, and the droids are escaping from the port at Mos Eisley. Han tells everyone to hold on ’cause he’s about to make the ‘jump’ to light-speed. Let’s assume that an old rickety spacecraft like the Millennium Falcon would even able to jump from cruising speed to light-speed. How would anyone aboard survive? The G forces alone would crush the ship and everyone in it, exploding their organs… instantly!
There are other problems with light-speed travel.
Number 1: the complete inability to navigate out of it. How do you know that you’re not going to slam into something? It would be impossible to avoid even the tiniest of space debris (which would instantly destroy the ship and all inhabitants on impact).
Number 2: (provided that you miraculously survive the trip). You’re gonna be in the flippin’ future! If you are able to travel at the speed of light, you’re not only traveling through space, but time.
Depending on how far they traveled in space (at light-speed) they may have gone 20, 30, or even 50 years into the future (or more). With one knee-jerk reaction, Han Solo effectively took himself, and all the important players in the Rebellion against the Galactic Empire, out of the picture. Everyone they knew and loved (including most of the Rebel Alliance) is now dead. The Empire rules the universe and balance was never brought to ‘The Force.’
Nice job, Han.
Antonio A. is an ex-machinist with a degree in digital media. He’s also a major geek. He writes: “Sci-fi and gaming are things that really ‘float my boat.’ Blogging about things that I like, dislike, or am intrigued by is a great way for me to pass on my thoughts about these subjects. I really hope that the reader enjoys what I do.”