In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the First Order chases the Resistance fleet for quite a while (at least 18 hours judging from the dialogue). During that time, couldn't they have summoned another ship to exit Hyperspace in front of the Resistance Fleet? If they had, the fleet would have been trapped and destroyed, right?

The captain of the ____, the lead tracking ship, says something about the Rebel ships being "smaller and more maneuverable", which would make sense if they were using evasive maneuvers and dodging the First Order fire. But they don't - they just keep moving forward (Holdo says "Steady on.") at less-than-lightspeed, which would seemingly make it very easy for an enemy ship to "flank" them.

Is General Hux just so cocky that he doesn't think it's necessary? Or is there some sort of "minimum distance" for lightspeed travel, which would prevent the First Order ships from arriving "in front" of the Resistance?


Why didn't the First Order jump ahead of the Resistance?

If you get the chance to watch the film again, you'll see that the First Order does in fact jump in front of the Resistance fleet, though, only for the first jump.

After this happens, Poe asks Leia if he can jump into a cockpit and blow stuff up (a joke to a previous comment of Leia's), she says yes, and then, Leia yells a command to turn the ship around, and to focus all shields on the ship's rear.

For all future jumps though, the First Order does show up just behind the Resistance.

It could be argued that, since the Resistance's ship has the ability to focus their shields at various sections of the ship, it doesn't really matter where the First Order first appears after exiting hyperspace, since the Resistance can just turn around and refocus their shields accordingly, like they did the first time.

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    But the First Order have more than one ship, hence the question of why they didn't try to flank them. – OrangeDog Apr 18 '18 at 12:13
  • Doesn't seem right: the First Order could jump ships in a sphere, complete surrounding the rebel fleet and attacking from all sides at once. – James McLellan May 30 '18 at 1:06

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