FrontPoint Picks: May the Fourth Be With You

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May the Fourth be with you.

Okay, so technically we have to wait another day until we celebrate the unofficial Star Wars holiday, but I didn’t see any harm in starting early.

Earlier this week, I plopped down on my couch and watched the original trilogy for the umpteenth time (I’ve lost count), but this time with a twist. I focused on the Death Star and paid special attention to its glaring ‘home security’ flaws, even taking notes.

Those notes were a lot longer than I expected. Not only was the Death Star full of security holes, some of them were huge oversights – it’s remarkable that any one approved its construction at all! Here are the major security flaws I noticed.

Home Security Holes of the Death Star

  • The Sheer Size of the Death Star – The Death Star was enormous to a fault. The Admiral of the station even admits in the movie that he as a lack of men, so it can be assumed that there are some locations that are unmanned and unwatched. Anybody could waltz right in!
  • Entry without Verification – Whenever a ship needs to gain entry to the Death Star, the only verification ever asked for is a security code. Only AFTER the ship in inside, do they actually scan for identities. Isn’t that backwards? Would you ever let a stranger into your home without verification?
  • Not Hiding Signs of Rebuilding/Reconstruction – In real life, homes undergoing construction are at high-risk of being burglarized, unless it’s well-hidden. The Death Star did a terrible job of hiding its repair job (no thanks to its ridiculous size) and as a result, the Rebel Alliance sensed an opportunity to attempt an ‘intrusion.’
  • Announcing Your Whereabouts – The Rebel Alliance learned through informants that the Emperor was on the Death Star. While we’re usually recommending that you don’t announce when you’re away from home, in this case because the Emperor was a target, he shouldn’t have announced he was at home. It’s best not to announce your location, wherever you are.
  • Bringing Attention to Yourself – The Emperor was so confident in his plan and the might of his forces that he purposely revealed important information that the Rebels could use. And as a result, his empire was crushed. It’s never a good idea to flaunt your wealth and think you’re invincible.
  • Poor Placement of Energy Shield – The Death Star was protected by an energy shield generated on a nearby moon. That’s just poor planning if you ask me. Why not build the generator within the Death Star itself? You should never display a home alarm system where a burglar could see or access it, and the same should go for an energy shield generator. 
  • Constant Deactivation of the Energy Shield – Every time someone needed to enter the Death Star, the energy shield had to be deactivated. While this was highly inefficient and unsafe, no one in the movie took advantage of this security hole. 
  • Confronting the ‘Burglar’ – The Emperor purposely allowed Luke Skywalker to enter the Death Star. Why would you do that when you know he’s out to get you? Yes, I know he was trying to turn Luke to the dark side, but we all know how that ended. Never confront a burglar, let alone invite him into your home! 
  • Not Protecting the Most Important Location – The most obvious, well-documented security flaw of the Death Star is the opening that led to its core – easily the most important part of the station.  The Rebels would have had a much more difficult time destroying the Death Star had the entrance simply been covered. Think about it this way: would you leave an entryway to lead straight to your bedroom unprotected?

Note: The Rebels are obviously the good guys, unlike real-life burglars. However, they’re the ones trying to infiltrate the ‘home’ of the evil Empire.

Having a Star Wars movie marathon? Dueling with lightsabers? Let us know how you’re celebrating May the Fourth in the comments below!

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