Star Tours Conspiracy Theory   1 comment

Alright, let’s start with me saying: No, this article will not become some huge Star Wars nerd canon-questioning article. Anyone can follow on it (though I may throw in some Star Wars jargon).

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue has a very interesting storyline. Last time I was there, I really listened to everything going on. By flight 3 of that evening, I had cooked up that there is a larger story at play. Is it just bad luck that 3PO was the captain AND we were perused by the Empire? Or perhaps that was the plan?….

Let’s start with some backstory/setting up:

It has been a long time since the end of the Clone Wars, and the evil Sith Lord Darth Vader continues to tighten his grip on the Empire as the galaxy moves closer to the brink of a great civil war. A new intergalactic spaceline, Star Tours, seeks to preserve unrestricted intergalactic travel in this age of tyranny. Freedom fighter Captain Raymus Antilles has assigned two droids, See-Threepio and Artoo-Detoo, to help launch the spaceline, fueling Imperial suspicion that Star Tours is part of the Rebel Alliance. Star Tours is about to open its first intergalactic space terminal in the Earth System as rumors of a fearsome weapon of mass destruction dash all hope for peace and freedom in the galaxy…

In Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, announcements are heard overhead in the queue, warning that there may be Rebel spies in the area. Remember at this time, the Rebel Alliance was new, and the Empire was ruled by The Sith.

R2-D2 and C-3PO are donated to Star Tours by Captain Antilles of Alderaan, a peaceful planet. Though officially neutral, Alderaan was the home of numerous Rebel officials and warriors,
including one of the Alliance’s founders (and close friend of Antilles, and 3PO and R2’s owner). Perhaps R2-D2 and C-3PO are part of the Rebel Alliance? Well, R2, at least. 3PO never seems to know what’s happening. After all, he had his memory wiped of everything that happened before serving under the Organa family. Perhaps R2 knows more, and because he cannot ‘talk’ he is more likely to stay quiet (plus, R2 is loyal).

Prior to boarding the Starspeeder, the Binary Motivator begins to act up, causing C-3PO to come and fix it. Once the proper captain AC-38 (Ace) has departed the ship (which is set to depart in a few minutes), he is called over by someone off-screen. At this point, the door shuts behind 3PO, locking him in. Unknown to him, it’s time to depart. Ace had not returned.

Once the flight takes off, 3PO proclaims that he cannot fly the ship, he shouldn’t fly the ship, and for R2 to stop the ship. This doesn’t work, and the speeder continues flying. Suddenly, the Empire stops the ship, and finds that a Rebel spy had been placed in it! Though ordered to hand them over, 3PO attempts to fly away, and R2 even pulls out the ship’s laser cannons as defense.

Eventually, it is discovered that the spy was planted in the ship by a Rebel and is to be transported to a safe location to deliver important information that could bring an end to the Empire. R2 jumps the ship to lightspeed (3PO has basically lost control of the ship). The spy is delivered, and the Rebels are happy.

So Here’s My Thought:

3PO was put in the ship on purpose. Ace was lured away from the ship, and was prevented from returning to it. R2 knew the whole time. All of the Rebels knew that this was the flight to protect.

Why do I think this?

  • 3PO was put in the ship on purpose:
  1. Ace would have been the responsible captain and allowed the Empire to capture the spy.
  2. By putting 3PO in the ship, Star Tours could not be found guilty of aiding the Rebels because 3PO was not the proper captain. Had Ace attempted to evade the Empire, Star Tours would have gotten in trouble for allowing their pilot droid to disobey the Empire.
  3. 3PO had no idea how to fly the ship. With R2 the reliable droid in charge, there would be no worries. Having R2 serve as the navigator droid furthers beliefs that this was planned. Any other astromech droid may not have responded the same way R2 had.
  • Ace was lured away from the ship, and was prevented from returning to it:
  1. Pretty self-explanatory. He was a responsible pilot droid, and would have made it back in time. He wouldn’t have just left his ship in the hands of 3PO, either.
  • R2 knew the whole time:
  1. In the queue, R2 is repairing the ship. Who’s to say he didn’t ‘accidentally’ cause some malfunction of the Binary Motivator?
  2. R2 refuses to land the ship when he knows good and well that 3PO is inside, and pretty much takes control of it.
  3. R2 brings out the guns when confronted by the Empire.This act of retaliation shows that R2 is fighting to keep this Rebel alive and safe.
  4. R2 jumps to hyperspace without permission, multiple times.
  5. Who knows where this Starspeeder was headed, anyway? Who says it would be going to wherever the spy needed to be? This one was R2’s, so it shouldn’t matter. Cordinates were to be sent to R2 regardless.
  • All of the Rebels knew that this was the flight to protect:
    1. Why would a Gungan just say “Hey, yousa need to go here for the spy!” before we even identify ourselves? Didn’t those Vulture Droids just ask us to identify ourselves 10 seconds ago? Obviously this was planned, and all the Rebels in the area of wherever the spy was set to land were informed of the flight number (which was probably set a long time ago, as the Navigation Droid’s ID is on each Starspeeder).

How would the Rebel who sends a transmission know where we were, and who we were? They obviously didn’t just send out a message to all Star Tours flights. They had to know it was this one.

I’ll even go as far as to say that the poor Mouse Droid that plummets to his death during the pre-show was in on it. Perhaps he was part of the Rebel Alliance, and carried the message of the plan to one of the other crew members. His falling would call for re-programming on his navigation circuits, or even crush him. That would lead to memory wipping, leaving no trace of a Rebel message.

So is it just luck that the Empire was there the same day as a Rebel spy who just so happened to jump into a ship with the wrong captain? No way. This was all an elaborate plan by the Rebels. Or, as Ackbar would say, “It’s A Trap!”

Another Note:

Though not a conspiracy, I’d like to submit one more of my inferences. There are multiple Starspeeder 1000s. Each has a different paint scheme, a different flight branding (Dantooine Transit, Bespin Direct, Air Alderaan, etc.). Whether or not these are Star Tours’ ships is still up for debate, but I believe that these may be related to the Endor Express of later years. Star Tours obviously visits many locations throughout the galaxy, so why just focus on Endor? Even the fact that it was referred to as “The Endor Express” and not “Star Tours” would further this assumption.

‘Course, I could be wrong, and those ships belong to other companies. Then again, why would they belong to other companies and be parked in a Star Tours terminal? There are Star Tours ads everywhere, and none for these other brands. Hrm.

But yep, that’s what I’ve got to say this week. May the Force be with you!


One response to “Star Tours Conspiracy Theory

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  1. Strangely, I’ve wondered nearly the same thing about Star Tours. Great minds think alike? 😀

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