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Death Star Overbridge digital display

Discussion in 'Original Trilogy' started by Lock_S_Foils, Jul 2, 2017.

  1. Lt. Hija

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    But they did use one matte painting (a close-up of the equator region) during the fighter arrival.

    Regarding the design change we can only speculate. My guess would be a combination to make it look like a real moon (i.e. Mimas)

    [​IMG]

    and to create an allusion to the command module of the USS Discovery from 2001 with an evil AI residing within (it had to be penetrated from the outside but destroyed from within)...
     
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    Well, we should ask @Colin Cantwell, if I'm not mistaken he is registered on the Cantina forum.

    Colin! Please, Colin! C'mon !!!
     
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    Wow - that IS great news!
     
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    weren't you aware? he posted, several months ago, a thread about "i am the man who created the death star", but since then, he has not been very active here down in the Cantina :(
     
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    Unfortunately not. This Cantina is a big place after all ;)
     
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    we are here to share the news;) :)
     
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    Another thing about the animation - I only realised recently that the Rebel assault doesn't even take place in the "main" trench that runs around the Death Star's equator.
    If you watch the briefing it shows the location of the exhaust port, on the north pole of the Death Star, then the trench that the Rebels enter runs from above the equator, heading north along a longitudinal line.
    I always presumed the hangar bay and the assault run took place in different sections of the same trench - but it makes sense they don't; they look pretty different. Even though I've seen it a billion times, it hadn't even registered that the plans show the location of the trench and it is not even running in the same direction as the trench on the equator...
    [​IMG]
     
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    I'd say you're on to something with the Mimas allusion.

    Doubly so, since in Greek mythology Mimas was a giant who was killed by the blacksmith-god Hephaestus during the giants' battle with the Olympians. It's not a stretch to link that to Mime the dwarf, killed by the apprentice blacksmith (and secret grandson of Odin) Siegfried in Wagner's Ring Cycle operas, which Lucas studied in depth writing the first film).
     
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    Sorry, have to disagree. That electronic pattern that I first posted comes up EVERY time they are on the Death Star and begin the process of charging the main superlaser. So it's not just "Yavin's Debris Cloud". It also comes up in R1 for example. I return to my original theory about it being shield or secondary weapon ranges.
     
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    Wiki says it is a 'battle plan', describing an image of Tarkin standing in front of it as "Grand Moff Tarkin reviews the battleplan on the overbridge of the Death Star.
     
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    Hmmm....ok......have to disagree with Wiki....not the first time
     
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    If I had to bet, this is a firing solution, taking into account different positions for the death star.
     
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    The continuity in Rogue One is perfect......in the novelization by Alexander Freed he devotes a section of the book describing how Galen Urso was able to get the exhaust port into the design plans. It is indeed near the "north pole" of the DS in the R1 novel description. Urso is quite clever how he gets the exhaust port approved....he explains that if the reactor were to be redesigned to eliminate the need for the exhaust port, it would delay the project too much. He also explains the need for the exhaust port because the Tarkin Initiative was pressuring the DS engineers to enable the reactor to recharge quickly - driving internal core temperatures up - hence the need for an exhaust port.
     
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    That's incorrect. No schematic EVER showed up on the main screen prior to the destruction of Alderaan in ANH.

    Yavin IV debris fragments trajectory calculation.jpg

    To the left and right we clearly see arrows that obviously indicate trajectories. Considering that the target (Yavin IV) shows up first, it makes perfect sense to show the estimated or calculated trajectories of larger debris pieces from the moon's explosion (to make sure that the Death Star isn't hit by one of these fragments).

    The way I see it the rectangular object on the upper left probably represents the Death Star and its limited safe zone ensuring that it doesn't get hit. I can't see why this schematic should have to do anything with shields or weapon ranges.

    At the occassion here is the original model used to map / scan the Yavin IV surface structures:

    Yavin IV model for scanning.jpg

    Unless I had seen the model (and the obvious topographic structures on the northern hemisphere) I had thought it might have been originally a schematic of the Star Wars galaxy, originally designed to be used in an earlier (deleted) scene where Tarkin studies the effect of Alderaan's destruction within the "big picture" and according to the ANH novelization (still won't exclude the possibility that one half of the sphere did present the galaxy while the other one was meant to represent Yavin IV).
     
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    Good eye lt,
     
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    Thanks, I appreciate your research into this, I really do.

    One thing still stands out - this same digital display is seen in Rogue One. So it being solely the configuration of the Yavin-4 attack is problematic.
     
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    @Lt. Hija You are correct! The digital display during Rogue One shows a different configuration. See below, this is a screenshot from the first Death Star shot at Jedha in Rogue One......thanks for clarifying this! I stand corrected....by the way before the Scarif shot they don't show the overbridge at all....

    vlcsnap-2018-01-21-15h04m10s254.png
     
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    Wow I would of never known or worked this out. Makes a lot if sense now. Thanks
     
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