Star Wars: 10 most disliked storylines, ranked

Despite differences of opinions, there are some subplots and "creative choices," that unite Star Wars fans in a collective facepalm. Let's talk about them.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Luke Skywalker lightsaber duels Darth Vader. Image Credit: StarWars.com
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Luke Skywalker lightsaber duels Darth Vader. Image Credit: StarWars.com /
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5. The Ewoks' victory over the Empire (Return of the Jedi)

Let's say you're part of the most fearsome and technologically advanced military force in the galaxy, the Galactic Empire. You've got all the latest gadgets, from sexy blaster rifles to AT-ST walkers that look like they could step on a house and not even notice.

Then, along comes a band of fluffy, teddy bear-like creatures armed with nothing but sticks, stones, and a few stolen speeder bikes and, somehow, these cuddly little guys manage to outsmart and overpower your elite troops. This is the scenario in Return of the Jedi, when the Ewoks take on the Empire and win, and it's left more than a few fans scratching their heads. It's like finding out that a group of squirrels outwitted and defeated a SWAT team - it's amusing, sure, but also a bit hard to swallow.

The disbelief isn't just about underestimating the furry Ewoks - it's about how such a victory challenges our suspension of disbelief.

The Star Wars saga asks us to buy into a lot, from space wizards wielding laser swords to faster-than-light travel. Yet, the sight of technologically primitive Ewoks setting traps that seem to outclass the Empire's might feel like a step too far for some. It's not just the visual mismatch of tiny Ewoks versus towering AT-STs; it's the underlying message that sheer ingenuity and the element of surprise can topple an empire.

While it's a charming and uplifting idea, it also feels like a David vs. Goliath story taken to an extreme, making it one of the franchise's more eyebrow-raising plot points for a portion of the audience.