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Old 06-02-05, 10:40 PM
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An interesting note about the Star Wars planetology

Did you notice that in Star Wars all planets seem to have a uniform environment?

You have an ice planet (Hoth), a desert planet (Tatooine), a rocky planet (Geonosis), a lava planet, a forest moon (Endor), a jungle planet (Kashyyyk, where the wookies live), and even a water planet (Kamino) where WINGED BEINGS evolved



The only exceptions seem to be Naboo and Alderaan, which are earth like.

Seems kinda a weird planetology. Particularly the creatures in Kamino.

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mars = rocky planet

jupiter = gas planet


i think single-environment planets outnumber multi-environment planets in real life too
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I think a better question would be: how the hell are these planets even hospitable? and you're forgetting other planets...

Coruscant - planet-size metropolis
Degobah - the entire planet is a swamp
Naboo - tropical/temperate
Utapau - the entire planet is like 65 million BC

The one that really bothers me though is...

Mustafar - completely volcanic. Right. Humanoids being able to breathe on a planet almost completely covered by volcanic lava.
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The "winged beings" on Kamino aren't that big a deal. Look at "Flying fish" here on Earth.

Check out this book dealing with the wild life of the Star Wars Universe.

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Is it ever explicitly mentioned that these planets are entirely of one type of environment?
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Originally Posted by RoyalTea
Is it ever explicitly mentioned that these planets are entirely of one type of environment?
not that I'm aware, except for perhaps Tatooine, Geonosis and Coruscant (although a planet sized metropolis, especially for the capital of a galaxy spanning republic doesn't seem too much of a stretch.)

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Old 06-03-05, 09:48 AM
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You know what else is interesting... these movies are FANTASY. Really, they are.
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Originally Posted by RoyalTea
Is it ever explicitly mentioned that these planets are entirely of one type of environment?
Yes, the "Ice Planet", the "Forest moon", the "Volcanic planet", Desert planet" etc.

The point about breathing in a volcanic planet is another good point.
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IIRC, Hoth is called the Ice Planet. I agree with Guesswho, probably not all that rare in the real universe.
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Originally Posted by Birrman54
not that I'm aware, except for perhaps Tatooine, Geonosis and Coruscant (although a planet sized metropolis, especially for the capital of a galaxy spanning republic doesn't seem too much of a stretch.)

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that's a rip off from Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. I forgot the name of the planet that was the capital of the galaxy, but it was one big city and the people didn't like going outside.
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Originally Posted by al_bundy
that's a rip off from Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. I forgot the name of the planet that was the capital of the galaxy, but it was one big city and the people didn't like going outside.
Trantor I believe, and I'm not sure I remember the agoraphobia part.

I also wouldn't really consider it a rip-off, since huge planet metropolises are a fairly common theme in galactic sci-fi. Also, it makes some sense that an entire planet might be needed to govern a republic of thousands of star systems.

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Originally Posted by Birrman54
Trantor I believe, and I'm not sure I remember the agoraphobia part.

I also wouldn't really consider it a rip-off, since huge planet metropolises are a fairly common theme in galactic sci-fi. Also, it makes some sense that an entire planet might be needed to govern a republic of thousands of star systems.

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Pretty common now, but I believe Asimov was the first (at least the first popular example).
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Originally Posted by GuessWho
i think single-environment planets outnumber multi-environment planets in real life too
Not among M class planets.
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I thought it was common knowledge that Lucas has done the whole single-environment planets since the OT. a desert planet, a frozen planet, a forest moon of endor.
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yeah, and I'm suprised and annoyed that not one planet looked like Candyland.
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Originally Posted by uberjoe
Pretty common now, but I believe Asimov was the first (at least the first popular example).
Perhaps, but so much of sci-fi was created by Asimov, I dont think it's truly fair to say something was taken from him, when much of his creations have become part of pop culture. (for example, the Positronic Brain, 'laws' governing Robot behavior, etc)

btw, from where did Coruscant originate? I know it wasn't mentioned in the OT (until the SE), but it's mentioned extensively in the EU.

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Originally Posted by Birrman54
Perhaps, but so much of sci-fi was created by Asimov, I dont think it's truly fair to say something was taken from him, when much of his creations have become part of pop culture. (for example, the Positronic Brain, 'laws' governing Robot behavior, etc)

btw, from where did Coruscant originate? I know it wasn't mentioned in the OT (until the SE), but it's mentioned extensively in the EU.

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It, Coruscant, originated in the EU as part of the Zahn series of books.
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I guess I am missing a point here or something. Who really cares what the entire environment of any of these planets are really like? If Hoth had a part of the planet where under ground volcanoes were creating sulfer dioxide oceans and another region of Hoth featured a dryer area where the surface of the planet could be seen all the snow, what the f difference would it make in the big picture of the movie????? Of all the things to nit pick about...
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Bespin the Cloud planet too. They're like worlds from a Super Mario game
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Originally Posted by Giles
yeah, and I'm suprised and annoyed that not one planet looked like Candyland.
The planet Aayla Secura is fighting on in Episode III looks like the closest you'll get to your wish.
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Originally Posted by duff beer
Bespin the Cloud planet
it's a gas planet
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Some of these are not outside the realm of possibility... a ice planet and one covered entirely by water are certainly possible. Endor is known as the forest moon, but that doesnt mean its 100% forest. Idaho is known for potatos... doesnt mean every square inch is patato farmland.

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Originally Posted by GuessWho
it's a gas planet
Right you think people thought that when watching the movie back then? It's clouds, a cloud planet.
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Originally Posted by duff beer
Right you think people thought that when watching the movie back then? It's clouds, a cloud planet.
But wasn't the purpose of the city in the clouds to mine the gas on the surface?
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yeah but they were amongst the clouds... doubt people got the impression of gas when watching it

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