‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Gets Picked Apart by Neil deGrasse Tyson

“The Stormtroopers still run as though they’re carrying a full load of poop in their diapers,” famed astrophysicist says

Neil deGrasse Tyson has joined that rare group of people who have found something to complain about in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Actually, the famed astrophysicist has plenty to grouse about with the latest installment of the “Star Wars” saga, which premiered last week, and pumped out tweet after tweet about apparent scientific inaccuracies in the science fiction film.

“In @StarWars #TheForceAwakens, BB-8, a smooth rolling metal spherical ball, would have skidded uncontrollably on sand,” Tyson griped of the movie’s new droid in one tweet.

Another observation offered, “In @StarWars #TheForceAwakens the TIE fighters made exactly the same sound in the vacuum of space as in planetary atmospheres.”

Tyson didn’t stop there, going on to offer, “In @StarWars #TheForceAwakens, if you were to suck all of a star’s energy into your planet, your planet would vaporize.”

Also on Tyson’s gripe list: The storm troopers’ gait.

“In @StarWars #TheForceAwakens, the Stormtroopers still run as though they’re carrying a full load of poop in their diapers,” the scientist wrote.

Tyson seemed to take particular exception to the use of the phrase “parsecs” in the film.

“Unashamed of inanity, #TheForceAwakens repeats the Millennium Falcon boast of completing the Kessel Run in ‘under 12 parsecs,'” Tyson tweeted, adding, “(A Parsec is an obscure unit of distance in Astrophysics, equal to 3.26 Light Years. Neither has anything to do with time.)”

Tyson did, however, offer this bit of praise for the “Star Wars” universe’s latest droid, BB-8: “In @StarWars #TheForceAwakens, BB-8 is waaaaay cuter than R2-D2.”

Way to find the silver lining in the cloud, Tyson. Unless you want to go off on a whole rant about how clouds don’t actually have silver linings …


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