Originally posted by: Marvolo
Tiptup, regarding number 3 on your list, lightsabers and how they work was explained in the OT Visual Dictionary. They use 2 crystals to control plasma and force it into a controled rod state. All they are is controlled plasma. The Visual Dictionary also said that when building a lightsaber if the crystals are not properly placed inside the handle the plasma energy will become unstable upon activation, and blow up and disintegrate the jedi who was building it. You have to be force sensitive to build one, because the force guides them and tells them where to place the crystals. It does not matter who uses it.
Well, I'm sure certain skilled nerds have devised a technical description that works well enough for a sci-fi drama. Needing the force to construct a lightsaber would limit the technological aplications in the Star Wars universe. So, works for me. My only remaining question would be what kind of plasma is used to provide such devastating effects.
Oh, and I love how crystals solve so many problems in science fiction. Originally posted by: Gaffer Tape
I thought most of your points were funny, but I do have to address a few of them.
1: What are dessert nomads?
2: How can there be no cameras on the Death Star if you claim that shooting out the cameras is not enough to prevent the Empire from knowing they're rescuing the princess.
3: I love that point about Leia taking the Empire back to her hideout. There was actually a flash movie posted here a while ago that made fun of that, if the person who posted it is reading and knows where it is... Then, instead of orbiting the planet, the Death Star just blows it up and mows right on through. Fun stuff.