The latest trend among scientist, most notably Neil Degrasse Tyson, is to prove what happens in science fiction movies couldn’t possibly happen. Guess what scientist? We already know that shit. We’re watching, in the case of Star Wars, a movie about a space civil war with vehicles that can just jump to light speed and can seemingly travel from one end of the galaxy to another in a matter of seconds to minutes, so it’s not like we’re expecting hard science facts in these movies. After all they’re using laser swords that seemingly stop for no reason and crash into each other.
I think the absolute worst part of this trend is that your average nerd will see these YouTube posts and then come at you like they’re a genius for watching Tyson describe all of this. As if anyone believes that anything that happens in say Star Wars or Guardians of the Galaxy could actually happen in the real world.
It would be one thing if these movies were claiming hard science like say Interstellar or say the original Star Trek, you know something that claims to have done the research and that everything they do is possible. Sure point out flaws in that or explain to us why that could one day happen, but come on, leave the movies that are just using these things as fun story telling elements alone. It really doesn’t make you look smart, it makes you look douche.
What’s your thought dear reader? Do you like scientist coming along saying “well no the Death Star wouldn’t have blown up like that…” or whatever, or do you just want to eat popcorn and enjoy the movie and not care what could or not could happen.
P.S. I don’t give a shit that a parsec is a measure of distance and not time.