As one of the new Star Wars movie released after Disney bought the rights to the franchise, the prospect of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is definitely more bold and interesting than The Force Awakens. Right from the early press releases, Rogue One is presented as a heist movie with no Jedis or any of the Skywalker characters. This might sound unthinkable as a concept of a Star Wars movie. The short version of what I think is basically this: Rogue One has a better plot, The Force Awakens has better characters. But Rogue One‘s ensemble cast has pretty good characters among them, so overall I had a better time watching Rogue One.
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Recently Neil deGrasse Tyson did a Twitter-review on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and pointed out its ‘scientific inaccuracies’. He said that BB-8 would have skidded uncontrollably in the sand, and that Starkiller base would have vapourised from sucking in all that energy from a star.
Of course, many people did not take too kindly to these tweets (just look at the replies to the two tweets I linked above). Slate argues that Tyson misses the point of science fantasy. Though Tyson says the spirit of his tweets are ‘All done with the intent of empowering the viewer to see and appreciate a film more deeply’
Here, let me throw in my perspective. I’m a physicist who also writes fiction, and I can sort of see both sides of the argument here. The problem is, determining what constitute a scientific (in)accuracy in fiction is a complicated issue, largely due to the inherent nature of fiction, which, by definition, carries fictional elements.
[Spoiler warning: Some spoilers for The Force Awakens]
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