Last night I finally got to watch the new Star Wars movie, and I must say that it blew me away. Though like all Star Wars movies it had numerous flaws, this is still easily my favorite. It was a feast for my eyes and ears, and although there were pacing issues, the way it constantly surprised me with its unexpected twists kept me was more than welcome. There was however one serious plot hole that has sparked a major discussion on Reddit:
Why didn’t anyone think of weaponizing hyperdrives before?
In this movie, in a last-ditch effort to save the rebel fleet, we see a rebel commander turning her large cruiser towards the first order fleet.
Firing up the light-speed hyperdrive she then destroys most of the huge enemy armada with ease. The problem is, if that was ever a possibility, why aren’t we seeing this tactic used all the time? Sure, perhaps this involving suicide might not be extremely efficient. But why would remote controlled torpedoes or asteroids with hyperdrives not be a viable weapon? Why would the empire ever want to build a huge, expensive and vulnerable Death Star, if you could just shoot a small moon from an infinite distance away into any planet to destroy it? Light speed engines seem to be common place and comparably cheap. Such an attack would be unavoidable and highly destructive.
I have no answer for this, and neither appear the more hardcore Star Wars fans on Reddit to. The problem with this plot hole in particular is that it’s both massive and obvious. I’m surprised that this wasn’t addressed during the production process. This is the first time that any serious movie has broken my suspension of disbelief to such a degree with a plot oversight. But maybe it is indeed as stated by the OP:
…meanwhile we didn’t figure out we could put wheels on a suitcase until like the 80’s.