I cannot be the first person to think this or state this.
If I am, then congratulations to me for just handing it out there to you…the people.
As I was thinking about Star Wars again, in large part thanks to my musings about how Han might have lost the Millenium Falcon in the run-up to Star Wars: [Don’t Say Episode VII] The Force Awakens, and as I am wont to do on occasion, in the reaches of my mind I came back to a thought I’m sure I must have had before.
We’re all familiar with the ending of the original Star Wars. We’ve watched it so many times we’ve lost sight of the fact that Luke makes an impossible shot. People have made jokes about how dumb it was that there was an exhaust shaft at all, when they forget the line of dialogue from General Dodonna saying that it’s “ray shielded.”
For added context on that last bit, ray shields stop lightsabers. That’s why Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan get separated in the duel with Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace. It’s what captures the armed Jedi in Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
Additionally, many have misinterpreted a key bit of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Galen Erso was telling Jyn to get a bomb into the reactor in a sapper mission. He doesn’t even mention the exhaust port. He goes on to simply say an explosion should cause a malfunction and power failure, but it’s all good.
That’s all beside the point.
With all the thinking about Star Wars and the Death Star and an exhaust port, I started to think about what an exhaust port is. It made me chuckle.
They beat the planet-destroying mega-machine by shooting it in the a**hole.