A second viewing helped greatly to clarify some points that were nagging at me, trying to figure them out. As for the "scope of the galaxy" issue I was contemplating previously, let's just say that I assume a super-dynamic hyperspace laser designed to pulverize an entire orbital array of planets is probably operating on some sort of level that can leave an impressive visible imprint across the galaxy. That said....the actual effect still looks to me like it was happening less than an AU away and possibly even in orbital (as in: moon's orbit) distance. But whatever. This is the series which also described parsecs as if it were a unit of time and left us with the gaping problem of figuring out how much time passed in the course of The Empire Strikes Back, so The Force Awakens' transgressions are both minor and par for the course.
Either way I came out liking it even more. At least the sequel is only two years away and we've got an entire other Star Wars film to tide us over in 2016. Wooooooo!!!!!
|Instantly visible across hundreds, maybe thousands of light years? |
It's okay, someone decided to include dialogue from the resistance
where a guy says, "even we don't understand how it works." Whew!!!!
Now I just need to wonder how Luke's blue lightsaber survived the fall from Cloud City. Hmmmm....