Neil deGrasse Tyson Debunks 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Science
Neil deGrasse Tyson has apparently never heard the phrase "suspension of disbelief." The acclaimed astrophysicist took to Twitter to shoot down the science behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, offering his professional opinion as he is known to do when watching space movies. Some of his complaints were of a personal nature — that he felt "isolated and inadequate" because he doesn't understand Wookiee-speak; that no one on set had done anything about the Storm Troopers' seemingly overloaded diapers; his inkling that Wookiees don't age at a reasonable rate — but the majority came in defense of physics.
"Happy to share my observations of @StarWars Episode VII #TheForceAwakens (with mild spoiler alerts) if anybody is interested," Tyson tweeted Saturday. Many people were, and out of deference to those who maybe couldn't score opening night tickets, the astrophysicist held off until Monday. Then he let loose.
A sly reference to his role in the demotion of Pluto to a dwarf planet, perhaps?
NASA agrees. However cute Tyson finds the rolling droid, BB-8 just couldn't exist in a galaxy far, far away.
Tyson has a lot of feelings on the matter of Star Wars. On the matter of aliens, he also tweeted a list of his Hollywood favorites on Monday. As for non-Hollywood extraterrestrials, Tyson maintains that they may well exist, but prefer not to associate with Earthlings who, he told Business Insider, aliens may not see as "intelligent life." And based on the tacit acceptance of this so obviously flawed Star Wars science as valid, maybe Tyson is onto something.
Watch Tyson geek out over the Starship Enterprise below: