trackerben wrote:Waco wrote:Which implies it's been done before...yet you could skip more than a few key battles in the original trilogy if so.
That's the retro implication. The opportunities would still be limited to rare conditions like those of the chase, but it would be among their outlier doctrines.
One thing I don't accept is that the First Order needed to buy off the hacker for info on what was going on at the Resistance cruiser. In the real world, we already have ground arrays that can track and resolve objects in cislunar space through Earth's atmosphere, some to the lunar surface.
A fictional spacefaring civilization would have developed passive optical and active ranging platforms for scanning/returning any visible region, if only to fix debris/mine fields and spacecraft tracks. Unless those fleeing Resistance transports were going FTL straight from their hangers, they should have been easily spotted and acquired with lasers that already pulse to those distances.
Star Wars technology just flat out doesn't make sense, and hasn't done since the first film.
- The Empire go to the effort of building a moon-sized battlestation to destroy a single planet, when you could just nudge a couple of asteroids towards the planet
- Space has an "up"
- "lasers" go at the speed of bullets
- combat generally looks like a cross between WW2 aerial combat and Napoleonic naval combat.
Realistic space combat would probably be conducted with light-speed weaponry (i.e. lasers), at incredibly high speeds, by AIs acting and reacting faster than the human mind can comprehend. But that doesn't make for good cinema, does it?