Off-Topic: Star Wars should've ended just 3 1/2 minutes in.


It's a quiet Sunday afternoon, so what the heck.

If you ask most people what the earliest utterly absurd plot point in the original Star Wars​ movie ("A New Hope", 1977) was, they'd probably say the part about 7 minutes in where Gunnery Captain Bolvan tells Lieutenant Hija (yeah, I looked up their names) to "hold his fire" and not to bother shooting down the escape pod containing R2-D2 and C-3PO, because there were "no life forms onboard" (an odd thing to say in a universe filled with sentient robots...not to mention that Leia could have simply stowed the records on a hard drive or whatever and tossed it into the escape pod by itself for future recovery, but whatever).

However, there's an even earlier point where the entire story should have ended: Less than 3 1/2 minutes in, Princess Leia's ship (the Tantive IV...yes, I looked it up again) is clearly shown being drawn *inside* the main bay of the Imperial Star Destroyer "Devastator".

All the Empire had to do was close the bay doors beneath the Tantive IV and the escape pod would've never been able to launch. Movie ends, roll credits.

Of course, they didn't bother closing the bay doors after sucking in the Millennium Falcon later in the movie either, which kind of raises the question of how anyone could breathe without a spacesuit on...