Do I have to be the pedantic here? I can’t believe no-one else has pointed this out. This is the internet for Cripes sake! Fine, I’ll do it.
A parsec is a measurement of distance, not time.
Pokemon did it best.
you know, i think that was the joke in the first place.
THE DEVIL YOU SAY.
No no, you have to say it like Rainer Wolfcastle!
Forgive me if I am wrong, but don’t WE measure distance in space with a measurement of time (Light-years)?
A light year is the distance light travels in one year. So it’s a measure of distance.
Please excuse me while I go commit seppuku.
OK, if I must. A parsec is a constant distance defined as the distance from the sun to a distant object (almost always a star) that gives it a parallax (change in position in the sky as the earth moves) of one arc second (1/3600 of a degree). As you can imagine, it’s pretty fucking huge. 3.26 light years huge, in fact.
Technically Han uses parsec as if its a short period time, like minutes or hours. So what this woman is basically saying is “How can you do this? we have lived here for many minutes!”
actually, when Han talks about making the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs, he is referring to distance as the Kessel run goes through the Maw which is a collection of black holes, and the Falcon was fast enough to skirt the edges of the black holes thus making the trip shorter by distance, thus parsec was not misused in the orginal Star Wars as it was a measure of distance referring to the distance of a trip not the time, though it is easy to misunderstand.
Obi Wan’s reaction in that scene implies that Han was bullshitting them.
The script explicitly says Han is bullshitting them. Any stories about “no, the Kessel run was actually measured by distance” are ret-cons from when Han Solo was turned from “a smuggler and petty crook gone good” to “eternal intergalactic hero and senatorial prince”
A lot of people make this argument and yes in later continuity this was fixed but I am 90% sure that Lucas had no idea what a parsec actually was at the time and thought it was a cool sounding space word for an amount of time.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been giving this explanation for 14 YEARS!!!!! Ever since I was 8. I was beginning to worry I was the only person smart enough to realize this.
That was a retcon, made up by an licensed fanfic author — I’m sorry, an author of “expanded universe” material. That was not what it meant when it was filmed.
Stop perpetuating the lie.
She was obviously referring to the distance traveled around their star by their planet in the time they had lived there. So no error on the part of good ol’ Dave.
Have you even seen Star Wars?
There’s an infamous line in Star Wars that seems to imply that parsecs are a unit of time. This is subtly poking fun at that line.
The problem of which was then fanwanked away in the books.
Heh. Parking lot planet. Invader Zim in joke, or coincidental choice in theme?
Hooray! I’m not the oly one who started hearing Tallest Purple’s voice while reading this strip!
Or, and I know I’m probably incorrect, it’s a nod towards A Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, in which the Earth was to be destroyed for the construction of an inter-planetary highway.
I think that’s a bit of a stretch. “Paving over a planet to make a parking lot”=/=”demolishing a planet to make a freeway”.
But it’s nice to see another frood around these parts.
When Han said he made the kessel run in less than 12 parsecs, he was essentially saying he’s more hardcore than other smugglers because Kessel is snugged right up against the Maw, a grouping of black holes. In order to skirt authorities and make the trip faster, you get closer to the black holes, and thus change the distance traveled.
There’s also the much simpler explanation that he was lying in order to seem impressive. Look at Obi-Wan’s face right after he says that.
or the even simpler answer that the writers didn’t know what they were talking about and it was later fixed by fans.
No, beeftony’s right, Han’s just talking out his ass. The original script actually says he’s just using fancy words to impress the stupid hicks.
Obi wan knows it’s bullshit because he knows what those words mean.
If we’re really going to nerd out it should be worth mentioning that Endor is actually a gas giant, and it’s the moon that’s covered in trees. I hate being a nerd sometimes.
geeks,nerds,fanpeople, who careswheter a parsect is distance or time i just like it when everyone backstabs eachother.
Continuing on the theme…..There’s no T in Parsec
If you really, really want to nerd it out, the original script outright states that Han Solo is trying to bullshit the yokels in front of him.
All these pedantics and no one is going to mention that those are wasps and not bees?
I guess being entomology-pedantic isn’t as cool as being Star Wars-pedantic. Unfortunately.
You don’t get many nature-related trolls.
Specifically, they look to be what are commonly know as “yellow jackets.” It would’ve been vaguely more disturbing if they were Green Hornets… Creepers!
There ya go; B movies+comics+bugs+nerdly=whatever the heck ya wanna call it.
They look a bit like Beedrills.
because nobody made this reference yet, “Bees, my God.”
Covered in bees tier
I was looking for that one.
It’s only recently occurred to me that if you make an entire planet for parking, where the hell do you do once you get there?
Take a shuttle to the nearby planet of shopping?
Either Han was BSing, or he did manage to make a shorter route. It depends on whether you want him to be badass or not which one you believe.
It’s an army of Waspinators.
For the record, there is no such thing as “a pedantic.”
A person who is pedantic is called a “pedant.”
–Myk (the most pedantic of all the pedants)
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