• Tolookah
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    2 months ago

    I’m… Unsure if a drive through would impact the kessel run, isn’t a parsec a distance? Like, “I run so good I completed the 100m dash in 99m”?

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      2 months ago

      Yes, and the convoluted fan explanations for how Han could have actually meant ‘parsec’ when talking about how fast his ship is are very silly.

      Sometimes you just have to accept that most writers aren’t scientists. They really aren’t.

    • OpenStars@discuss.online
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      2 months ago

      I believe the joke specifically here lies in switching the term “run” as in somehow it is now like a “food run” - though would it still be called a “drive-through”/“in” if you are in a spaceship and you fly through it?

      (According to this link, the answer seems to be yes:-) img

      Regarding the original: unlike a “100m run” the goal was never a specific distance travelled, but rather to deliver the illegal goods without getting caught by the authorities. Hence his smaller ship with a larger engine-to-mass ratio being able to skirt closer to the black holes than the patrol ships dared (tbh they were probably faster in terms of straight-line capacity - loving tinkering only gets you so far compared to highly expensive engines), thereby shaving distance off from the total, was impressive in that context. i.e. yes it was fast enough for the old man, and more importantly it was piloted by a daring captain who would do whatever it took, including risk his own life, to get the cargo where it needed to be, which is what Obi Wan seemed to be really asking.