Seems like a lackluster list. Just about everything is a rehash of some sort.
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No doubt it'd have been a random clone, but damn it is always amusing to watch the completists go into meltdown for the SDCC exclusives.
I see this movie getting a lot more criticism for sloppy writing than just about any other Hollywood blockbuster with similar sloppy writing.
You're making the same mistake as before - just because one movie gets a pass for plot holes doesn't mean EVERY movie should get a pass for plot holes. Films aren't and shouldn't be reviewed objectively. You don't do that with art.
The plot holes in Trek2 are particularly egregious, IMO. So bad they pulled me out of the film. That never happened for me with IM3. Thus it draws my ire.
Plus I expect Trek NOT to be gallingly stupid. There's no reason for it to exist if it becomes another dumb popcorn flick franchise. I don't want to have to shut off my brain when I go into a Trek movie. Sorry for holding the franchise to such a high standard.
I didn't want to hate it. I wanted to enjoy it. Who goes into a theater wanting to hate what they're about to see? Other than a professional reviewer?
Just because you don't agree with the criticism, don't try to paint those who hold a different opinion as somehow biased and thus their criticisms invalid. Transporters in Trek2 only worked and only failed when it conveniently served the plot. It was one of many signs of EXTREMELY sloppy writing.
And the fact that other movies have plot holes, some of them excused by various people, is not a meaningful rebuttal. Reviews are subjective and thus not bound by objective criteria like consistency. I love me a good, bad zombie movie... that doesn't make any criticism I'd make of a bad good zombie movie invalid.
If you want further proof of just how stupid this movie is, enjoy:
Chalk it up to a difference of opinions then. I think the final duel is completely within reason given multiple factors. If you want to call out gaps in realism or probability, I'd bring up things like the crack stormtroopers' inability to hit anyone or the likelihood that the alliance gives Luke a ship to fly against the Death Star after just meeting him. There are lots of convenient plot points in scifi that are just necessary to tell a good story.
I am amazed that the "How did Luke beat Vader? argument is still going on. I swear I talked about this 10 years ago on this site. Luke beat Vader for a few reasons...
1. He had to, and he believed in himself. Ok. This is cheesy, but has an underdog team ever beat a undefeated team? Yes. Things happen in real life that are unexplainable.
2. It's a movie, not a video game or RPG. Meaning, yes, Vader is technically more powerful, but Luke won. (See reason #1)
3. Luke was fighting for his life. People can do amazing things under stress. Again, look at real life, not games.
Ugh...I could go on and on...
Even with Vader being damaged or being less than he once was, he was still facing someone completely untrained in lightsaber fighting and got his butt kicked. More to the point, what additional lightsaber training did Luke receive between ESB and ROTJ. Vader handled him easily in ESB....to the point he was essentially toying with Luke most of the fight. Isn't it only a year between ESB and ROTJ? You can't really bring up the Padme angle since she didn't exist at the time Lucas made ROTJ. Heck, she should have survived ROTS according to Leia's remembrance of her. Unless of course we are to believe she somehow recalls that she was pretty and sad for the all of three seconds that she saw her.
Luke didn't have training partners obviously, but he could have been training with remotes as we saw in ANH. I seriously doubt Vader was doing the same or getting any more training from the Emperor. Luke should be getting better, Vader should be getting worse.
Luke is entering his prime from an age and development standpoint. Vader is getting old and hindered by his armor. When you can't feel your own legs and arms and have had the same prosthetics for 20 years, I have to think your ability to sword fight is greatly reduced. Yes, a limited time since Bespin, but health rarely follows a static decline. Luke's got motivation on his side as well - what did Vader really care about by ROTJ?
The Padme angle is totally valid, or more directly the family angle. Luke doesn't install good in Vader, he helps bring the good back to the surface. And since we know there was still good in him, it's natural to assume that even a fairly bad person would still have reservations about killing his own son - practically the only family he has left. Pretty hard to channel your best when faced with the prospect of killing your boy. Anyone with a son should see that pretty clearly.
As for Leia remembering her mom, there's a ton of logical explanations there too. She's tuned into the force, so maybe she picked up her mom's sadness at birth and carried that forward. Did she see visions of her mom's life, similar to what Anakin saw of his mom? Seems pretty likely that Anakin's daughter could channel similar abilities, even if only for a few years. Do we even know that she's talking about her real mom? Heck, maybe she's even referring to Breha Organa, her adoptive mother.
It's all subject to your own interpretation I guess, but I don't find any faults with how either of these issues were addressed in the movie.