The Star Destroyer veers out of control! Ah, where will it go? Will it land on Hoth and immobilize the Rebel Army?!!
Ha. Way more dramatic than what actually happened in the movie. And now I’m beginning to think that the reasons could be due to special effects. I mean, think about it. The first time we have a ship actually spiraling out of control is in Return of the Jedi, right? Hmmm…well, I guess the TIE Fighters hit each other while chasing the Falcon in the asteroid field and spiral all over the place. Oh, and so does Darth Vader’s in A New Hope at the end. Okay, I was wrong.
Hmmm okay then. If it’s not for the lack of ability to do the spiraling of ships with the special effects, why did they change this scene then? Perhaps they couldn’t do the spilaing with large ships (the others are all smaller), or that it would look dumb? Maybe because there would be that open ended question of if the Star Destroyer ends up righting itself, if not, where does it land? Does it just end up floating endlessly into space? Or…I’m thinking too much about this again. Maybe they just changed it for the sole reason of having General Veers be strangled by Vader and wanted him alive.
After saying “Good,” does anyone else mutter “Our first catch of the day”? (Good, [our first catch of the day] me too, glad I’m not the only one)
The Captain who mutters this fabulous line is Xamuel Lennox. Why he needs an X at the front of his name is beyond me. Looking up a little in the EU, it seems like this is not the last time his ship is hit with ion fire. Lol, seems like the EU didn’t get very imaginative with this character because the same thing basically happens to him twice.
Also, if you thought the man that uttered that line was Piett or Needa…well, you’re not alone. Apparently almost everyone thinks that.
You learn something new everyday, huh?
And my second favorite line form this scene: “Stand by, ion control”, and the way that Rebel woman (Toryn Farr) says it…just so cool. Not sure why but her voice sounds so controlled and robotic that it gives this really authoritative air to the command. My brothers and I used to wander around the house occasionally saying that.
So as we head into our weekend, I hope you stand by, and have a great catch of the day!
EXTERIOR: HOTH — ICE PLAIN — POWER GENERATORS
Near the base power generators, troops rush to set up their heavy battle equipment. Buzzing loudly, the generators send along, sparking fingers of energy into the bitter Hoth wind.
INTERIOR: REBEL BASE — COMMAND CENTER
The long line of Rebel controllers is tense, as are Princess Leia and General Rieekan, who are trying very hard not to show any fear.
RIEEKAN: Their primary target will be the power generators. Prepare to open the shield.
EXTERIOR: ICE PLAIN
The Rebel transport and two escort fighters begin their departure from the ice planet.
EXTERIOR: SPACE — IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER
A huge Imperial Star Destroyer rests against a sea of stars, far above the white surface of the planet Hoth.
INTERIOR: IMPERIAL STAR DESTROYER — BRIDGE
An Imperial controller approaches his commander.
CONTROLLER: Sir, Rebel ships are coming into our sector.
CAPTAIN: Good. Our first catch of the day.
INTERIOR: REBEL BASE — COMMAND CENTER
WOMAN CONTROLLER: Stand by, ion control….Fire!
EXTERIOR: REBEL BASE ICE CAVE — ION CANNON
The giant ball-shaped ion cannon rotates into position and blasts two red energy beams skyward.
EXTERIOR: SPACE — HOTH — REBEL TRANSPORT
The Rebel transport and its escort race away from the white planet, closely followed by the two red energy beams.
As the Rebel transport races toward the waiting Imperial Star Destroyer, it is overtaken by the two scarlet energy bolts. The Imperial Star Destroyer is hit in the conning tower by the powerful bolts, which set up fiery explosions on its metal hull.
The big Star Destroyer veers, then spins wildly out of control. As the Imperial ship careers into deep space, the Rebel transport races away to safety.