10 Obscure Star Wars Facts

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4. There are no female fighter pilots in the original Star Wars films

The Star Wars films have been quite a boys only club through the years.

In the original trilogy you have Princess Leia as the sole strong female lead and……… that’s about it. Through three whole movies. Maybe Mon Motha can be added to that list as she’s one of the leaders of the Rebels and has a whole two sentences of spoken dialogue in Return of the Jedi.  And no, Jabba’s dancers don’t count.

At least Lucas was able to duplicate part of the original trilogy’s specialness when he filmed the prequels by copying the solo strong female  lead that worked so well in the 70’s and 80’s. Episodes I – III have Padme as the only real female character of significance. Considering the smattering of characters in the prequels it’s really hard to believe there wasn’t  a more significant Jedi, member of the Republic Senate or Separatist among them.

Which means it’s probably not that surprising to learn there are no female fighter pilots  in any of the original films.

But there was supposed to be in Return of the Jedi.

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The original script for Jedi did call for female fighter pilots to help fly in the mission against the Death Star, and indeed those scenes were filmed. Apparently the studio heads over at Fox didn’t think having women in the cockpit was such a good idea as they were intended to die and they didn’t want the film to appear to support violence toward women. So the scenes were cut from the final edit of the film.

The debate about having women in combat roles seems to be a hot topic issue, even in a galaxy far, far away.

That’s not to say the Star Wars films as a whole are totally devoid of women fighter pilots. In The Phantom Menace there was a female pilot who went by the call sign of Bravo 5 during the assault on the Trade Federation’s droid control ship over Naboo.

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Did you know? Technically, there is a woman piloting an A-wing in Return of the Jedi. But because of the stance taken against showing violence towards women the pilot’s dialogue was dubbed over with a man’s voice instead.

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  • James

    Here is another fun fact: the exhaust port WAS shielded. xD They had ray shields, which stopped laser cannon fire. That’s why they had to use proton torpedoes, which were much harder to use.

    • I didn’t know that! That’s a good one and a valid #11 fact! 😉 Thanks!