So the Sith finally got their Revenge, and besides scoring a record-breaking worldwide four-day gross of $304.2 million, they also left us scratching our heads. Sadly, the nice folks at Lucasfilm were too busy rolling around naked in piles of money to help end our confusion, so we turn to you, loyal EW readers. Hold us like you did by the lake on Naboo.
1 How does Episode III — Revenge of the Sith‘s Ewan McGregor morph into Episode IV — A New Hope‘s Sir Alec Guinness in just 19 years? (Also, Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru look like WB teens in Sith — they’re old and cranky in Hope.) Is it Tatooine’s desert climate? The two suns? Bad skin care?
2 It takes 19 years to build the first Death Star but just four to make the second fully operational. Did they use a better contractor, or did they just already know where everything went?
3 Are there no books to help Padmé better utilize her free time? Why all the staring into space and brushing her hair?
4 Why doesn’t Obi-Wan recognize R2-D2 in A New Hope? And in the later trilogy, R2 appears to have lost the ability to catch things and leap friskily out of spaceships. Droid arthritis?
5 Why’d it take Chancellor Palpatine like 26 separate shout-outs to tell the stormtroopers to kill the Jedi? Couldn’t Mister All-Powerful just set up a conference call?
6 In a world of Qui-Gons, Obi-Wans, and Anakins, where’d Padmé come up with. . .Luke? General Hospital?