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The Biggest Problems With the Original ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy

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Among most Star Wars fans, there is little comparison between the prequel and original trilogies. While the former is derided for its wooden performances, overuse of CGI and childish humor, the latter is often considered largely beyond reproach. However, contrary to this perception, even the first three films in George Lucas’ epic space opera are not without flaws of their own.

Overall, the 1977 original and its sequels are, of course, classic films adored by generations, but here are seven elements of the original Star Wars trilogy that prove that it is far from perfect. For the record, we’re focusing only on self-contained issues within A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and not discrepancies between the two trilogies.

1. Introducing Ben (or is it Obi-Wan?) Kenobi

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Imagine you’re an aging Jedi Master hiding on a distant planet so that you can keep watch over your mortal enemy’s only son. Wouldn’t your first measure be to change your name to something that bears no resemblance to your former life? Apparently, Obi-Wan Kenobi has little concern for such secrecy, as he only manages to ditch his first name in favor of the more prosaic “Ben.”

Moreover, he has such a well-established profile that local farmboy Luke instantly knows who he is and where to find him. An argument could be made that young Skywalker might be able to keep his surname — since presumably Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine don’t know he exists — but as for Kenobi, there’s simply no excuse. Master Yoda would have known better.

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