At the end of the original film, Rebel ships fly along the Death Star trench in an attempt to blow up the space station. Look at the photo of the Death Star at the top of this post: can you point to the trench that Luke and the Rebels flew down to fire upon the exhaust port that would ultimately destroy the space station?
Nearly everybody points at the equatorial trench of the Death Star. I asked dozens of die-hard fans, including many co-workers at Industrial Light & Magic, and nearly every single person pointed to the equatorial trench. If you asked me, I would also have said the equatorial trench.
A look behind the scenes at Matthew Callahan’s sprawling photo essay, Galactic Warfighters. The project aims to humanize the faceless troopers of the Star Wars universe to tether the real world and science fiction through the lens of a U.S. Marine combat correspondent by photographing sixth scale toys from Sideshow Collectibles.
Ben Burtt shares the sounds that are combined to make the hyperdrive malfunction sound effect.
And if you are the kind of person who likes an hour long discussion about a 90 second trailer, a recent episode of The Incomparable may be just what the doctor ordered.
Oh, and the cost of the steel alone? At 2012 prices, about $852,000,000,000,000,000. Or roughly 13,000 times the world’s GDP.