We have all seen seen the memes all over the internet about how bad a storm trooper’s aim is. My personal favourite the one with the Star Trek red shirt guy .None the less, I am sure we have all wondered why their aim sucked so much and who was giving them them their training. Be most are just crossed eyes assholes. Well today I want to explore and let you know what my reasons for why storm troopers have bad aim.
The answer is simple; it’s the force. Yes, nothing deep or complex , it’s the force and the answer comes from the recently released rouge one scene where *** SPOILERS*** , Chirrut Imwe dies. Just an FYI everything from this point on is movie spoilers.
The scene I am referring to is when our heroes need to activate a switch to turn on the antena to broadcast the plans. Chirrut Imwe and his comrades are pinned down and have no way of getting over to switch. Now before I go any further, I need to point that storm troopers up to this point have been AMAZING marksmen. A few scenes show rebel soldiers getting getting picked off as soon as they exit from cover. In all the other movies, those exact same rebel fighter could have exited cover, had a smoke and make a call back to Yevin 5 placing their dinner order before a troopers aim would be anywhere near them. No here it’s pretty realistic.
So back to the scene in question. Chirrut Imwe suddenly had a moment where he starts repeating his mantra “I am one with the force and the force is with me” and then starts making his way to the Switch. As he is walking to the switch, all storm trooper blasts are going around and over him, the same manner they go around our hero’s (Luke, obi-wan, Leía) when they are being shot at. To prove that this isn’t some coincidence I turn to Chirrut Imwe parter , Baze Malbus.
After Baze witness’s the death of his friend due to a lucky blast, he starts chanting Imwe’s mantra. Well he doesn’t have the same luck as troopers are able to land a few good shots in before his eventual end. Baze isn’t a believer in the force, he doesn’t feel the connection to it like Imwe does so having no connection to the force (not being at least passive force sensitive), the force was not around him to protect him.
To further prove this, I turn to THAT scene. Yes, that scene that made Vader look so incredible horrifying. At the beginning of the scene, the rebels start firing at him and he deflects a few of the shots with his lightsaber, but a few of the other shots just go past him like the person aiming was not even trying to hit him. The same way the blasts missed Imwe. Now the only reason this can be explained would be if Darth Vader was force sensitive too, but I mean maybe that question will be answered in this sequels. That and why does Vader not have legs without his suit? (Btw I am 100% sarcastic just in case that was missed)
TL:DR; the force protects and deflects even passive force users from blasts so it’s the force that mess’s storm troopers aim.
Edit: fixed mantra & clarified Baze