Ladies and gents, the Empires equipment is the equivalent of stuff "made in china".
Or, Star Wars is a story between good guys and bad guys where good guys are SUPPOSED to win.
Which gives credence and justification for 1 missile blowing up a space station the size of a moon??
Yes it does. It give all kinds of justification.
In the STORY the Rebels win AGAINST ALL ODDS because they were SUPPOSED to win, not because they out-maneuvered, over-powered, or out-matched the Imperials.
They won... because they were supposed to.
I am not hating on the story. It's a great story, and the reason we all love Star Wars.
But without acknowledging the superiority of the Imperial Navy, Star Wars simply becomes
"The Battle between the technologically superior Rebels VS the Imperials who ordered their equipment from the "Oriental Trading Company."
And... quite frankly, that sounds pretty boring.
... in the movies, imperial equipment is cheap and blows up the second you look at it wrong. This isn't fact here.. Its an opinion.
Lemme explain. And we can even use real-life examples!
ATST? Got blown up by rocks and a log.
ATAT? A single grenade.
Tie Fighters? 1 shot kill.
Storm Troopers? 1 shot kill.
Death Star? 1 xwing missile.. With no targeting computer.
The AT-ST was designed to be a recon hit and run vehicle. If you call "cheap" because the Empire didn't account for "Swinging-Logs-Of-Death," or "Log-alanch" then I suppose you would also call a Porsche "cheap" because it can't go off-roading.
The AT-AT was designed to crush and demoralize enemy forces. Once again, if you call it "cheap" because the Empire didn't account for cutting holes in the bottom of it and shoving grenades in there, (or even Spiderman "towing cables") I suppose you would also call modern tanks "cheap" because they couldn't function in the same situation.
Stormtroopers and Tie Fighters? Okay... Yeah. Their stuff was designed to be mass produced, and to be cheap. But I will point out that Stormtrooper armor was just as effective as Rebel armor. And only a handful of Rebel ships ever survived one shot.
And finally, the Death Star. It was destroyed with two torpedos... that changed directions, mid-flight, to swim down the fallopian tubes of the Death Star. Literally, the shot that was "one in a million." The shot that is known for it's phenomenal unlikeliness because it should not have succeeded (not because of the "cheap" Imperials).
Saying that the Death Star was cheap because of this shot is like saying, "Armored trucks are cheap because if you break the fuel pump, they won't run."
No! It's more like saying, "Armored Trucks are cheap because if you climbed underneath one, while it was driving, then snaked your hand up through the bottom of the engine, and unbolted the fuel pump, they won't run."
I don't get why everyone around here is so infatuated with the engineering capabilities of the empire.
People, we are talking about an empire that obviously doesn't build things tough and to last. Yet you all are so certain a SD is near impossible to stop.
Saying "Imperial equipment is cheap" is like saying, "Michael Jackson had no talent," or "In-N-Out Burgers are terrible."
There may be chance instances where this statement may apply.
But the Imperials didn't take over the galaxy with cheap ships,
Michael Jackson didn't sell 750 million albums worldwide by being talentless, and
In-N-Out Burgers didn't become delicious by being terrible...okay this last one is all opinion, with no "facts" behind it, but you get my point.
The Death Star destroyed planets. With a single shot (that didn't curve around and down the rabbit hole, I might add!). Those planets must have been "Made In China" too...
*Note* This entire reply has been fun to write. Everything in it was said in good fun. To prove a point, sure, but without malice.