“Stay on Target”: Remembering the Death Star Assault

When Star Wars: A New Hope was released in 1977, it became a major force in my creative evolution.

As a child, it was my first exposure to a sci-fi movie that not only spoke to me on a level that I could understand but also opened my mind to dreams and imagination that I had never experienced! Sounds like a pretty heavy statement to claim for a kid, right?

Along with the epic space battles, blaster fights, The Force and many colorful characters that entered every scene, I was captivated by the final battle. The trench run scene during the Death Star assault.

To me, this was the culminating moment of the film. The final heroic moment every young kid dreams of. That moment that a simple kid becomes a hero.

I was fascinated with the scenes where the Rebels were preparing ships for battle. Today, it is reminiscent of war movies we see on the big screen and historical videos. This set up a feeling of tension and excitement. The film then takes us into the battle against the Death Star where we are bombarded with non-stop ship to ship action! As we know, as all hope is about to be lost, Luke Skywalker is able to hit his target (using the Force), and in turn destroying the Death Star. The galaxy is saved!

Childhood Nerd-satisfaction – ACHIEVED!

Watch the Death Star assault below. Share YOUR own memories of this scene in the comments.

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From the moment Steve Fitch first watched Star Wars: A New Hope in the theater when he was a child, he wanted to be Luke Skywalker when he “grew up” (and STILL does!). He now shares this passion with his wife, two daughters, friends and fans. Steve is the Founder of Star Wars Reporter and when not immersed in all things Star Wars, you can find him training in Muay Thai, Italian Rapier, all things VIKING, or spending time with family and friends. FOLLOW Steve on TWITTER: @WookieeSteve