Actors Alec Guinness, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker on the movie poster of Star Wars, written, directed and produced by George Lucas. (Photo by Twentieth Century Fox Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
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George Lucas Didn't Want Star Wars' Science Getting In The Way Of His Cinematic Reality
"Star Wars" has never bothered to explain its fantasy world's technology — a ship works because it works — a Star Destroyer is more important as a setting and for dramatic impact rather than its practicality. In an interview with The Boston Globe, creator George Lucas even declared "Star Wars" science to be unimportant.
Lucas explained that he wanted to be a storyteller, not an author of manuals and blueprints, saying, "I'm not much of a math and science guy. [...] When I was making 'Star Wars,' I wasn’t restrained by any kind of science. I simply said, 'I'm going to create a world that's fun and interesting, makes sense, and seems to have a reality to it.'"
For Lucas, "Star Wars" only needed to abide by its own internal logic, and things had to work the same way consistently, even if it didn't make sense from a practical, real-world perspective. Mini holograms, for example, may not be better than mere audio for communicating, but they exist because they look cooler, serve up drama, and help the plot.