Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force AwakensGoofs
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Right before Kylo Ren kills Lor San Tekka, he says "You're so right," and the sound of him igniting his lightsaber while raising it upward, then killing Tekka. You can see red light that is flickering at the bottom of the screen while Ren is talking, meaning that the lightsaber is on, but there is no sound of the lightstaber, and there is still a sound of ignition when it is already on.
When Rey first meets BB-8, she notices one of its antenna is bent. She removes it, straightens it, and reinstalls it. It appears to be a black and metallic The next cut show the now straight antenna, but it is covered in a white coating or jacket/cover. This change happens several times during the movie.
When Kylo Ren interrogates Rey, he removes his helmet and sets it down on a table of ashes. This table is not present in any of the wider shots of the interrogation room. [Director JJ Abrams has stated that the closeup of the ashes (the ashes of his victims, apparently) was actually from an earlier scene taking place in Kylo Ren's quarters on the star destroyer, which explains why the table is not visible in the Starkiller Base interrogation room. Still a mistake but there's the reason.]
When Finn looks up at the sky while on Takodana, he observes the real time use of the First Order's Starkiller weapon, which is being used against a number of Republic Planets. Han also looks up and sees the planets' outlines in the sky. Given that this weapon was being fired from a different star system (with the star of that system providing the power), there is no way for Finn or Han to be able to observe light from the weapon in real time, as the light source would be many light years away. Also, they are supposedly in a different star system to that of the republic planets that were the target of the weapon, therefore there should have been nothing for our protagonists to see at all.
In the opening sequence, the camera pans down on a planet and moon that are three-quarters lit in sunlight (with the sun being far off-camera to the left). A battlecruiser then crosses the images as a silhouette, eclipsing the planet and moon in total blackness. Impossible. The battlecruiser should have been lit three-quarters in sunlight, same as the planet and the moon. Stranger yet, as the stormtrooper shuttles are deployed and cross over the battlecruiser silhouette, the shuttles are illuminated.
When Rey steals the Millennium Falcon on Jakku, her attempts to evade the Tie Fighters result in small condensation trails similar to those produced by aircraft wingtip vortices. In reality, this visible condensation only happens in extremely humid environments. It certainly would not happen in the utterly arid climate of Jakku.
When Rey explains to Han Solo that she stole the Millennium Falcon from Unkar Plutt (who stole it from the Irving Boys, who stole it from Ducain), Han notes that Ducain stole it from him. Apparently, he forgets to mention that the ship originally belonged to his friend Lando Calrissian who gambled it to Han in a game and lost - only to get it back upon being tasked by the Rebel Forces to lead the Battle for Endor ("Return Of The Jedi" (1983)). As a result, it's unclear how Han got the Falcon back after those events.
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When the Millennium Falcon is being pursued by TIE Fighters on Jakku, a hit jams the bottom gun in the forward position, which forces Rey to pilot the Falcon in a front flip in order for Finn to aim the gun properly. While this was necessary in one sense, in another sense the Falcon has two gun batteries, and an earlier shot establishes that the top turret is still attached to the Falcon. Barring an unstated technical reason, there's no reason why Finn couldn't have gone to the top turret to finish off the last TIE Fighter. The ship was still flying in Jakku's atmosphere. Therefore artificial gravity hadn't been activated. As was shown with BB-8 being tossed around the ship. So while Rey was flying the ship evasively, it would have been very dangerous and nearly impossible for Finn to climb to the other turret.
If the Starkiller weapon is able to siphon the matter contained in an entire star then it would not need to fire to destroy an enemy planet. Removing even a portion of the mass of a star would disrupt the orbits of all the planets in a star system and that would be sufficient to accomplish their destruction. However, the point of the Starkiller Base was for it to be able to fire on a target many light years away (unlike the Death Star which had to virtually be in orbit of a planet it was about to destroy).
Han and Rey talk about how quickly the Millennium Falcon can make the Kessel Run. Rey thought that it managed it in 14 parsecs and Han corrects her to 12. In fact, a parsec is a unit of distance equal to approximately 31 trillion kilometers, and not a measure of time. The Kessel Run is actually a smugglers route with a distance of 18 parsecs, for the sake of avoiding imperial checkpoints. Han managed to shorten the route in distance down to 12 parsecs risking getting caught.
During the attack on the junkyard settlement, Finn, Rey, and BB-8 flee the planet in the Millennium Falcon, which they steal from a junkyard. Despite being in a junkyard and not having flown in years, the ship in unsecured, the ramp is open, it powers up immediately, and the gun/canon on the bottom is charged and ready for use. Being in a junkyard, it is highly unlikely the ship would even be intact, much less immediately ready for flight. And if it were ready for flight, it wouldn't be left open and unsecured for anyone to simply walk in and fly it away, especially on a planet of scavengers.
When Kylo Ren meets up with Rey and Finn in the forest, how the did Ren get ahead of them and is waiting of them? Plus how did he know exactly where they were going to be? Both Rey and Finn had to climb down from the higher level they were at. Also, Kylo Ren could have used the force to give him knowledge of where they could have crossed paths.