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OK so after seeing Rogue One, I have questions as I look ahead.
Looking at the ordeal of what the Empire went through and their efforts to stop the plans from being stolen, why was Death Star 2 and Starkiller Base designed with the same weakness? Sure, there are differences in design and purpose. However, all three are blown up by the thermal oscillator/energy source. How could the Empire/First Order not learn their lessons here?
I am not enough of an expert to answer this but is this is the canon as well? I know Episode VII followed Episode IV but they have now repeated the same mistake two more times.
Thanks for your observations on the Death Stars and Starkiller Base. The reason why those massive super weapons were so easily destroyed was for dramatic and story effect. One recurrent theme in the Original trilogy, The Force Awakens, and Rogue One is the David and Goliath struggle between a ragtag band of rebels and an evil, immensely-powerful Empire. I am no expert on the construction of the Death Star and Starkiller Base but I think that George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, and Gareth Edwards wanted to promote a David and Goliath narrative. Probably, the First Order was too obsessed with emulating the Galactic Empire that they learned all the wrong lessons. The Death Star and Starkiller Base are symbols of technological, military might and serve as plot foils for the protagonists of those movies. Hope this helps at least from a film and literature theory point of view. Andykatib 21:17, December 24, 2016 (UTC)
To expand on this: all of the movies thus far are part of the canon, so it is canonical that they were all destroyed by taking out the main reactor. However, the second Death Star may not have had exactly the same flaw as the first -- it was destroyed by direct shots to the main reactor, which was only accessible because the superstructure was incomplete and the shields were down. Starkiller base, on the other hand, was destroyed after Han Solo bypassed its shields in the Falcon and led a team into the base to open a path for Poe Dameron's squad to directly attack the reactor. So, it seems to me that in-universe, all three have similar weaknesses, but each successive superweapon makes it harder to blow up the main reactor. —Silly Dan (talk) 22:52, December 24, 2016 (UTC)