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Star Wars questions that should never be answered

Once you start down the path of asking the big Star Wars questions, forever will it dominate your destiny. 



When George Lucas' epic space fantasy was born in 1977, viewers left the theater with all sorts of plot questions bubbling in their heads — questions that now look quaint to our eyes. Did Darth Vader survive the Death Star explosion? Why did Obi-Wan vanish when Vader killed him? What were those Clone Wars Luke asked about? Who would Leia end up with, Han or Luke? Who was Luke's dad, really, and why did Vader kill him? 


To keep us all on the same page in the future, then, here's our definitive list of the big Star Wars questions that really don't need a more in-depth answer than the subtle ambiguities we've already seen on screen. 


1 | WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH YODA'S SPECIES?



Another Phantom Menace mistake: The movie added a second member of Yoda's species, the female Jedi master Yaddle, albeit as a background character. Prior to that, Lucas had insisted that not the slightest details on Yoda's background, nor the name of his species, would ever be revealed. The 900-year-old green guru carries with him an air of mystery and wonder, and it's best kept that way. So for all our excitement over The Child in The Mandalorian, the creature unofficially known as Baby Yoda, there remains some concern among fans that the show will reveal too much about the species and their extreme Force sensitivity. Former Disney CEO Bob Iger says The Child has a name, and even that may be a step in the wrong direction. The Mandalorian works so well because the protagonist knows nothing about his foundling; if the showrunners are tempted towards explanations in Season 2, the show could easily run aground.


2 | WHO IS TELLING THE STORY OF STAR WARS, ANYWAY?



Notably, Threepio's constant companion R2-D2 doesn't get his memory wiped. He's the only character in all nine movies of the Skywalker Saga who sees and remembers all. Which gives credence to something George Lucas told his crew on the set of Revenge of the Sith. The entire story of Star Wars, he said, "is being narrated by Artoo, to the keeper of the Journal of the Whills, a hundred years later." 

Now that has never been officially confirmed in Star Wars media, but it does make you see the whole series rather differently. You start to notice the number of times Artoo saves the day. You realize that at no time does he put a tripod foot wrong, while his pal Threepio messes up constantly. 

Does that mean everything we've been watching since 1977 is skewed, a piece of propaganda from a sassy little trashcan droid with a giant ego? Is this whole story being told via an unreliable narrator? Best not to think of such things. Just keep repeating the essential mantra: All is as the Force wills it.


3 | WHAT IS BABY YODA'S NAME?



The hot new meme is Baby Yoda. The full name is Yoda Yoda In case you were trapped in a cave-in prior to November 12 and have only just reemerged into the harsh light of day, Baby Yoda is a character from The Mandalorian, the new streaming Star Wars series. As the name implies, Baby Yoda looks like the green alien Yoda, but he is smaller, like a baby. He’s very cute, he’s a puppet, and he made Werner Herzog cry. There are many memes of him.


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