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The Death Star
Death Star
The Death Star, about to blow up.
Information
Name The Death Star
Franchise Star Wars
Type Battle Station
Location Outer Space
Appearances Rise Against the Empire Play Set

The Death Star is the name of two battle stations in the Star Wars saga. At least one of them appears in Disney Infinity: 3.0 Edition, as seen in previews of the game. It is featured in the Rise Against the Empire Play Set.

Description

The Death Star was a name used to refer to two battle stations the Star Wars universe, both creations of the Galactic Empire. The first was built in-between Episodes III and IV; the second was still being built in Episode VI, and was never completed; both were destroyed. Both battle stations had roughly the same design: a spherical battle station, divided into an upper and lower hemisphere and a metallic grey color all around. They were both about the same all the way around, except for a circular depression in the upper half of the station, which was the battle stations primary weapon, a superlaser cannon capable of destroying an entire planet with one shot. On the surface of both battle stations was a network of smaller turret cannons, for dealing with smaller ships that would try to destroy the station.

Because the second Death Star was never finished, one side of the station had a large chunk missing from it that had not yet been built.

Star Wars

Episode II: Attack of the Clones

During the attack on Geonosis, Geonosian Archduke Poggle the Lesser is seen giving Count Dooku the plans for the Death Star, and referring to it as something the Separatists were planning to build, which would be catastrophic for the Republic to find.

Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

The Death Star I can be briefly seen at the end of the film, with Darth Vader, The Emperor, and Grand Moff Tarkin observing the construction.

Episode IV: A New Hope

The Death Star I is the setting for a good portion of Episode IV. When Princess Leia was kidnapped by the Galactic Empire, she was taken to the Death Star and interrogated. The Death Star was also used by the Empire to destroy the Princess' home planet of Alderan.

When Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO traveled in the Millennium Falcon to the location of Alderan to find Princess Leia, they found only the smashed remains of the planet. The Death Star then snared the Falcon with its tractor beam. Upon its capture, the Falcon was searched thoroughly by Stormtroopers. To escape the impending threat of Imperial imprisonment, Han and Luke took out two Stormtroopers and donned their armor as a disguise. They then traveled into another room in the Death Star and took out the guards in order to try to figure out a way to escape. Obi-Wan left to disable the Death Star's tractor beam. R2 then hacked into the Imperial network to access a map of the battle station, and discovered that Leia was on board. Luke convinced Han and Chewie to help him rescue her, bribing him with the riches that would come his way in return for the Princess' rescue. To get to Leia's prison cell, Han and Luke pretended to be Stormtroopers transporting a prisoner (Chewie) to another cell, and left the droids behind in the computer room. They took out the guards on the Princess' cell block and freed the princess, but then found themselves surrounded on all sides by Imperial guard. Leia took Han's blaster and blasted a hole in a nearby grate, into which they all climbed. The hole led them all to the Death Star's trash compactor, which activated with them inside it. Fortunately, R2 was able to shut the machine down before his friends were crushed. The group then blasted their way back to the Falcon, hoping Obi-Wan had deactivated the beam.

Obi-Wan had indeed shut down the beam, but he had found himself locked in combat with his old padawan Darth Vader. As Luke was on his way to the Falcon, he stopped to watch Vader and Obi-Wan duel. When Obi-Wan saw Luke, he smiled and then deactivated his lightsaber, allowing Darth to strike him dead. Luke watched in horror and then climbed aboard the ship.

Back at the Rebel base on Yavin IV, the Rebels examined the set of stolen battle plans. They discovered that the ship had a weak spot: an exhaust port that led directly to the center of the ship; one torpedo inside the port could obliterate the entire station. The Rebels then assembled a strike team to attack the station using their newfound information. However, the Death Star is closer than expected; unbeknownst to Han, the Empire had outfitted his ship with a tracking device that had led them right to the Rebel base. The Rebels sent a squadron of X-Wings to attack the looming station at its weak spot. Most of the fighters were picked off by Imperial TIE Fighters, including Darth Vader's personal TIE, but then finally it came down to Luke. Luke sped down the trench of the Death Star to fire his torpedo into the exhaust port at the end. Vader's TIE was right behind him, ready to fire. As he neared the trench, Luke heard the voice of Obi-Wan telling him to use the Force. Reluctant and unsure, Luke deactivated his targeting computer. Vader's guns were locked onto Luke, but just as he was about to fire, Han came up behind him and took out both of the TIE Fighters that flanked Vader. Vader was sent spinning out into space. Luke fired his missiles into the Death Star's exhaust port and guided them with the Force into it. The result was a direct hit, and the Rebels escaped as the Death Star I blew to pieces.

Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

The film opens with Darth Vader landing on the uncompleted Death Star II. He ordered an Imperial Officer to get the construction of the battle station back on track, because The Emperor is coming to the Death Star, and is displeased with the lack of progress on it.

Later, the Emperor arrived on the battle station in his Imperial Shuttle and praised the battle station's progress. He told Vader that Luke would eventually come to find Vader, and that everything was going as he had foreseen.

After the rescue of Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the Rebel alliance met and informed the soldiers and pilots the plan to attack the new Death Star. The Death Star was orbiting the Forest Moon of Endor, because it had a protective shield that was being generated from a base there. The plan was to send troops on the ground to eliminate the shield and then use a fleet of fighters to eliminate the Death Star itself via an opening that led to the Death Star's reactor core.

The Rebel fleet flew to the Death Star to take it out, expecting the shield to be gone. However, not only was the shield still up, but the Imperial fleet, which they had been led to believe was away, was there to greet them. They had walked right into a trap. An intense battle ensued. Finally, after another intense battle on the ground, Han and the others were able to deactivate the shield, giving the Rebel fleet access to the inside of the station. They flew inside, blasted the reactor core, and quickly escaped as the immense battle station was quickly reduced to pieces of shrapnel.

Disney Infinity 3.0

The Death Star will be featured in the game in the Star Wars: Rise Against the Empire Play Set. It appears two times in it: the first time is a boss fight with Darth Vader on the Death Star I, meant to recreate the battle between Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope; while the second time is a recreation of the final battle at the end of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, where Luke Skywalker fights Vader and Emperor Palpatine on board the Death Star II.[1]

Trivia

Gallery

For all photos and videos, see The Death Star/Gallery.

References

  1. http://www.shacknews.com/article/89860/studio-gobos-tom-williams-talks-disney-infinity-rise-against-the-empire-play-set

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