The Star Wars movies are cultural icons and a staple of Hollywood and it’s far-reaching influence. Seldom do you meet a guy or girl who hasn’t heard the name Star Wars? Unless you have lived under a rock, you would be familiar with the names of Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker. The Original Star Wars movie called Star Wars: the New Hope is revered as a timeless classic and has a cult following to put Scientology to shame. While the Star Wars movies have always been the subject of heated debates and discussions in various fan forums offline and online, one such discussion might have revealed a possible plot hole in the first Star Wars movie. That’s right folks. Even A New Hope has a flaw. Presenting – The Original Star Wars movie recently discovered to have MAJOR Plot Hole that nobody had ever noticed until now!!!
The debate began when prominent writer Dennis DiClaudio took to twitter and aired his latest grievance on Star Wars. He had a complaint about the movies that came after the original Star Wars movie trilogy. It has something to do with Obi-Wan Kenobi hiding from the empire. Obi-Wan Kenobi, according to DiClaudio, is trying to stay under the radar so that the Empire won’t be able to find his location and kill him. His issue begins with how the future (past) movies portray Obi-Wan as trying to hide in traditional Jedi garb in Star Wars: A New Hope.
“Gotta get something off my chest: In the first #StarWars film, Obi-Wan Kenobi dressed to blend in on Tatooine so that nobody would suspect he was a Jedi,” DeClaudio wrote. “Basing all Jedi fashion on that one everyday-Tatooine costume is absolutely fucking ridiculous. On top of just being pointless, it means that Obi-Wan spent his 20 years hiding out on Tatooine dressed like a f****** Jedi. I HATE THIS SO MUCH!!!! Anyway, I hope you guys are all having a nice Tuesday.”
Here is the official tweet from Dennis DiClaudio’s account:
— Dennis DiClaudio (@dennisdiclaudio) June 5, 2018
As usual, the Star Wars fans again went into a polarized state. One half of the fan base vocally refused to acknowledge the plot hole while the other half silently supported Diclaudio. While there may be reasons that support either side’s claims as to whether the plot hole does or does not exist, DiClaudio made a legit shout out as a Star Wars fan and the fan base answered. What happens next is everyone’s guess.
Dennis goes on to add:
“My point is not that it’s illogical, it’s that it’s post hoc and lazy on Lucas’ part,” DiClaudio wrote. “Sure, you can come up with a justification, but it’s quite clear that Lucas just lifted the costume design from ANH without any consideration for logic. Probably because that was what people assumed Jedis dressed like because of Obi_wan.”
And this leaves us with essentially two explanations to this plot hole. Both do not cover all the edges but they are satisfactory enough. The first school of thought, which is also DiCaludio’s Stance, is that Obi-Wan’s look helped us realize how the Jedi Uniforms looked in the prequels. But that doesn’t make any sense since the Jedi Order had new uniforms rather than the established ones we see in A New Hope. Or maybe Obi-Wan was trying to hide from the Empire by dressing as a Jedi? Sounds laughable, doesn’t it?!?!
The other explanation is a bit more logical. The Jedi pride themselves in their simplicity and less adherence to material possessions. Obi-Wan is staying true to the Jedi Code in A New Hope. He is wearing traditional civilian Tatooine Garb and it is not even a plot hole. Since the Jedi do not like material possessions, Obi-Wan is trying to blend in using the garments available to him in the desolate planet.
Star Wars: A New Hope was released on 25th May, 1977. The Official film synopsis reads:
The Imperial Forces — under orders from cruel Darth Vader (David Prowse) — hold Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) hostage, in their efforts to quell the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford), captain of the Millennium Falcon, work together with the companionable droid duo R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) to rescue the beautiful princess, help the Rebel Alliance, and restore freedom and justice to the Galaxy.