What’s with the Death Star’s ring of destruction as it explodes?

Tuesday, 13 May, 2014

Like it or lump it, “Star Wars” is the talk of the galaxy, and the excitement is only going to grow in the run up to the release of the new film in the franchise, The Ancient Fear.

While there’s loads that could be discussed, I thought I might focus on the rings seen emanating when the two Death Stars, and the planet Alderaan, explode, in the first films. Obviously this is science fiction, but what is the go with these rings anyway, would they actually occur should a planet sized body be destroyed by super powerful laser?

But wait! These are no ordinary planetary sized explosions. Instead, all of these blow up and produce this expanding ring of stuff. I really don’t know why they do this. Maybe this is due to a high speed internal rotation of the core. I could understand some type of high speed spinning thingy inside the two Death Stars, but Alderaan? Maybe Alderaan has a secret core power source inside so that they can keep the surface looking all natural. I’m just guessing here. Oh, we all know that there would be no sound from these explosions in space, right?

It has been suggested these rings only came along after first being seen in 1991’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, but I’m not going to touch that.

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May the fifth be with you, new “Star Wars” film cast named

Monday, 5 May, 2014

The cast of the upcoming Star Wars movie has been officially announced. Those expecting the actors who originally played Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker, to return for the new film, er, like worst kept secret ever, will not be surprised.

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How that elegant weapon, for a more civilised age, came to be

Thursday, 10 April, 2014

A short feature, produced in 2004, that charts the development of the lightsabre, the weapon of choice of the Jedi and the Sith, in the “Star Wars” films.

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If everyone from “Star Wars” had been at high school in the 1980s…

Wednesday, 19 February, 2014

Illustration by Denis Medri

If “Star Wars” had been set in a high school, during the 1980s, it may have looked something like this collection of images by Italian comic artist, and illustrator, Denis Medri.

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Behind the scenes “Star Wars” photos as taken by Chewbacca

Monday, 13 January, 2014

Star Wars, behind the scenes, photo by Peter Mayhew

British actor Peter Mayhew, who hails from none other than Barnes in south-west London, and is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films, last week uploaded a stack of photos taken during filming of the sci-fi saga, to his Twitter account.

If you’re only finding out about this now, what can I say, the news is bound to make a “Star Wars” fan’s Monday morning.

Via io9.

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“Star Wars” is a Bohemian Rhapsody when you think about it

Wednesday, 11 December, 2013

The “Star Wars” inspired… remix of British band Queen’s 1975 song “Bohemian Rhapsody”, as performed by Arizona based Star Wars cosplayers.

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Just how spoiler free will the production of “Star Wars 7” really be?

Monday, 18 November, 2013

With open auditions being held for roles in the next Star Wars film, due for release in late 2015, we might be hearing a whole lot more about the production of a film, any film, than usual.

Especially if the majority of the hopefuls trying out for the cast go online, in whatever way, to tell the rest of us about it:

Freezing, I get my new friends to hold my place in the queue while I grab a hot chocolate. In the cafe across the road, a girl stares at her phone. She’s waiting for her boyfriend to join her at the audition. “He’s worried where this new trilogy will sit within the universe, because it might go against a lot of the stuff in the books.” For the next 20 minutes she regales me with how the TV shows and novellas suggest what a new movie might be about. I smile and nod.

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May the first be with you and other “Star Wars” bloopers

Friday, 1 November, 2013

On the off chance you haven’t already seen it… a bloopers reel from the sets of Star Wars.

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What am I watching here, a “Star Wars”, or “Indiana Jones”, film?

Thursday, 24 October, 2013

I’m only taking Tegan Jones’ word for it, so far, but there looks to be numerous tie-ins – even if they are of the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it type – between the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” films, all of which US filmmaker George Lucas has some involvement, to varying degrees, in.

For those of you who skipped my incessant rambling and got straight to the easter egg list, this reference can be found at the beginning of the movie. Indie, Short Round and the ever unpopular Willie have just escaped a nightclub in Shanghai. As their car speeds past the front of the establishment you can see that it’s called “Club Obi Wan”.

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Sunshine and endless cloudless skies… this must be Tatooine

Wednesday, 21 August, 2013

Those who like to think they’re somehow part of the “Star Wars” universe can find out what planet they are on in that far, far, away galaxy, based on current weather conditions whatever their current location is on Earth.

Despite it being winter where I am, officially at least, I was told I am on Tatooine the other day… hmm, yes, almost correct, almost.

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