The eye-rolling Holdo Maneuver had fans asking many questions. If the Holdo Maneuver was a thing, then why wasn’t it done before particularly on the Death Stars? Why wouldn’t a ship of that size have an auto-pilot function that would make a human pilot unnecessary? If auto-pilot was not available, why not have a droid pilot the ship to its doom? Why would a rag-tag Resistance with limited resources waste one of its own most heavily armed ships?
“First of all, has this been done before, period? I’ve got to reserve the right for [Story Group member] Pablo [Hidalgo] to build it back into canon, if he’s like, ‘Yeah, this is a thing and they outlawed it.’ I think there’s various ways you can go with it. But it’s not like it was the plan to do this. It’s a spur of the moment thing. It’s this idea that she gets and she sits down and fucking does, and it obviously takes everybody completely by surprise. It takes Hux by surprise. The fact that Hux doesn’t see it coming means it’s probably not a standard military maneuver. I think it was something that Holdo (laughs) pulled out of her butt in the moment.”
This, of course, begs the question, why would an inherently law-breaking Rebellion/Resistance worry about breaking some Geneva Convention Treaty, particularly when the bad guys are going around blowing up planets? William Home from Medium asks more questions about the Holdo Maneuver.
1) Why isn’t it then used ALL of the time? It is arguably the most overpowered weapon in the galaxy, especially since all you need is a ship (that can even be built from scrap), and a hyperdrive. It’s even crazier when you realise fleet killing ships don’t even have to cost the lives of pilots, because you could use droids to simply push the button and take out anything. And yet, it seems no one ever thought of this in a galaxy that has had space travel for thousands of years.
2) Hyperspace jumps in the Star Wars universe are generally understood to use a “alternate dimension” for faster than light travel, and not just make a physical ship go ‘real fast’, an understanding which removes the possibility of a ship using hyperspace to be able to physically interact with matter while travelling. And I mean, I’ve shot a lot of invisible finger-gun bullets in my life too, but none of them have split the earth in half. #justsaying
3) Even if you grant that, in the extended canon, hyperspace travelling ships CAN be pulled out of hyperspace by sufficiently large gravitational anomalies, Snoke’s ship wouldn’t be anywhere near large enough to have a gravitational impact sufficient to make it comparable to a planetary body’s.
4) There is no acceleration to hyperspace — it is instantaneous. Even though we all know and love the stars turning to lines every time the Flacon jumps, it’s just a visual anomaly and not indicative of acceleration. This means that there isn’t a brief window in which a ship is still accelerating where it could interact with other physical objects. However, as observed in Force Awakens when the Millennium Falcon jumps out of Solo’s smuggling cargo ship, there is a disturbance, or “wake” left by a ship in a specific area when entering hyperspace, which could be argued to have to do with the relative proportions of that ship.
Regardless, it now appears that the notion of the Holdo Maneuver being outlawed is now going to be retconned if it had ever been made canon before. Andrew Dyce from ScreenRant provides us with some panels from he prequel comic book Star Wars: Age of Resistance Special. It takes us back to the time period of the Original Trilogy, to explain the genesis of the Horrible Holdo Maneuver:
We can’t believe it either.
So if the Rebel blockade runner could just fly right through a Star Destroyer completely unscathed, then why couldn’t the Resistance cruiser Raddus fly right through the First Order dreadnought Supremacy equally unscathed, or at least with minimal damage?
Amusingly, a Doctor Who Twitter account thinks this makes Holdo a smarter Princess Leia:
So now we’re turning Holdo into Smarter Princess Leia?
— The Doctor (@NthDoctorWho) August 1, 2019
One woman’s air-headedness is another woman’s smartness I suppose.
Left Foot Media further explains the basic stupidity of the Holdo Maneuver and other plot holes with Bleeding Fool contributor and commentator, Matthew Kadish:
Originally published here.