Lightspeed Skipping and the Rule of Cool

Jake Christie
9 min readJan 8, 2020

Or: Another nerd yelling “You can’t do that in Star Wars!”

In J.J. Abrams’ latest nostalgia injection The Skywalker Rises: A Star Wars Story, he introduces a new method of transportation to the Star Wars Cinematic Universe: “lightspeed skipping.”

Han Solo once explained that hyperspace travel is no joke, that “without precise calculations we could fly right through a…