History Awesome / ANewHope

25th May '16 5:55:37 PM Doug86
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** And the story it's from is one of Sci-Fi's Big Three. Given that [[StarTrek the other]] [[Series/DoctorWho two members]] of that group's [[BeliefMakesYouStupid attitudes]] [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions on religion]] were often condescending at best (and one of them might still be at times), this moment can feel really darn satisfying if you're religious. Even in science fiction, religion and mysticism can still have a place in the world, and its practitioners can not only be justified in it (midi-chlorians debatably aside), but powerful by it as well.

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** And the story it's from is one of Sci-Fi's Big Three. Given that [[StarTrek [[Franchise/StarTrek the other]] [[Series/DoctorWho two members]] of that group's [[BeliefMakesYouStupid attitudes]] [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions on religion]] were often condescending at best (and one of them might still be at times), this moment can feel really darn satisfying if you're religious. Even in science fiction, religion and mysticism can still have a place in the world, and its practitioners can not only be justified in it (midi-chlorians debatably aside), but powerful by it as well.
15th May '16 8:29:45 PM SithPanda16
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[[caption-width-right:350:The Heroes of the Rebellion March Forward]]
15th May '16 3:42:27 AM kuchiki222
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** Even more awesome when you realize that Obi-Wan and Vader are having a rematch and Vader is hellbent in taking vengeance ([[spoiler: Obi-Wan crippled him totally in surface of a volcanic planet, leaving him to die (making it necessary for Vader to adopt his current Cyborg look), and also believed him to be responsible for his wife's death]]). Vader gets his vengeance, [[Irony just what didn't he hope for]] .
12th Apr '16 6:22:32 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* Leia is pretty much a BadassDamsel even before her rescue. You get the sense she exits her cover in order to deliberately get captured in order to distract Vader and his entourage with a high-profile prisoner instead of focusing on a stray escape pod - and it works for long enough for R2-D2 and C-3PO to escape. In a non-action awesome moment, she doesn't flinch in the face of Vader and Tarkin, despite the low likelihood of escaping the Death Star.

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* Leia is pretty much a BadassDamsel even before her rescue.gutsy right from the start. You get the sense she exits her cover in order to deliberately get captured in order to distract Vader and his entourage with a high-profile prisoner instead of focusing on a stray escape pod - and it works for long enough for R2-D2 and C-3PO to escape. In a non-action awesome moment, she doesn't flinch in the face of Vader and Tarkin, despite the low likelihood of escaping the Death Star.
20th Mar '16 2:33:38 PM Zerbinetta
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* Leia is pretty much a BadassDamsel even before her rescue. You get the sense she exits her cover in order to deliberately get captured in order to distract Vader and his entourage with a high-profile prisoner instead of focusing on a stray escape pod - and it works for long enough for R2-D2 and C-3PO to escape. In a non-action awesome moment, she doesn't flinch in the face of Vader and Tarkin, despite the low likelihood of escaping the Death Star.
3rd Jan '16 11:42:00 AM Javertshark13
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** "[[DeadpanSnarker We, uh, ran into some old friends.]]"



*** Even better if you have the Original Trilogy Delux Edition and you learn the ENTIRE quote:
--> "Should my blade find its mark, you shall cease to exist, but if you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine"



** We know he's skilled with a lightsaber with his battle against Obi-Wan, but we then go out and see him in his personal TIE fighter and effortlessly destroy the fighters in Gold and Red Squadron, including the leader of the squads and Biggs, without breaking a sweat. Only Luke had the skill with the Force to avoid his blasts.
** And it's revealed in novels like ''ShadowsOfTheEmpire'' that he goes and does this on missions for fun. Blasting and destroying ace Rebel pilots with zero effort. Dogfighting is his way of relaxing, and he normally has a dozen kills under his belt once he's done, it's said.



* Han's BigDamnHeroes moment.
-->'''Han:''' [[IGotYouCovered You're all clear, kid!]] Now let's blow this thing and go home!



* When the Death Star goes boom!



* "I've been waiting for you Obi Wan; we meet again at last. The circle is now complete; when I left you I was but the learner, now ''I'' am the ''master''."
** "If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine."
*** Even better if you have the Original Trilogy Delux Edition and you learn the ENTIRE quote:
--> "Should my blade find its mark, you shall cease to exist, but if you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine"



* Princess Leia Organa, barely a minute out of her cell, taking over her own rescue: "Somebody has to save our skins." "Into the garbage chute, flyboy!"
** "[[DeadpanSnarker We, uh, ran into some old friends.]]"



* Vader wiping out most of the Rebel Fighters during the Assault on The Death Star. We know he's skilled with a lightsaber with his battle against Obi-Wan, but we then go out and see him in his personal TIE fighter and effortlessly destroy the fighters in Gold and Red Squadron, including the leader of the squads and Biggs, without breaking a sweat. Only Luke had the skill with the Force to avoid his blasts.
** And it's revealed in novels like ''ShadowsOfTheEmpire'' that he goes and does this on missions for fun. Blasting and destroying ace Rebel pilots with zero effort. Dogfighting is his way of relaxing, and he normally has a dozen kills under his belt once he's done, it's said.
11th Dec '15 11:49:15 PM evan91
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* Commander Daine Jir criticizing Vader's decisions to his face and living to tell the tale. Expanded Universe explains that he was willing to be blunt and honest with Vader, but still carry out orders and do his job quite effectively, earning Vader's respect.

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* Commander Daine Jir criticizing Vader's decisions to his face and [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness living to tell the tale.tale]]. Expanded Universe explains that he was willing to be blunt and honest with Vader, but still carry out orders and do his job quite effectively, earning Vader's respect.
3rd Nov '15 7:12:12 PM ShorinBJ
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* [[EvilIsCool Vader's]] introductory scene - storming a rebel ship and interrogating someone (with a one-handed NeckLift) on the spot. It's the bearing of someone in command. Then in his next scene, he teaches [[SmugSnake Admiral Motti]] to respect the Force. Casual, effortless choking from across the room, with some Deadpan Snark on top; everyone else in the room, with the exception of Tarkin, is rightly scared of him.
-->''I find your lack of faith disturbing''.



** And then he sees Luke and looks back at Vader with this slow smile. It was the look of a man who'd won, despite appearances to the contrary.



* Vader during the Moff meeting aboard the Death Star. The only thing that we've seen him do so far is strangle a guy and yell at a young woman. After "the man in black" decries the Death Star as insignificant next to the Force, Admiral Conan Antonio Motti decides to insult his beliefs. Vader merely lifts a hand and the guy starts choking, saying that "I find your lack of faith disturbing." We see in this that despite first impressions, Vader is actually ''dangerous,'' not just Tarkin's lackey.

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* Vader during the Moff meeting aboard the Death Star. The only thing that we've seen him do so far is strangle a guy and yell at a young woman. After "the man in black" decries the Death Star as insignificant next to the Force, Admiral Conan Antonio Motti decides to insult his beliefs. Vader merely lifts a hand and the guy starts choking, Vader saying that "I find your lack of faith disturbing." We see in this that despite first impressions, Vader is actually ''dangerous,'' not just Tarkin's lackey.
17th Oct '15 3:54:29 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* Luke and Leia swinging across a bottomless pit. Made ''more'' awesome (along with HarsherInHindsight) when you remember that shot was ''real''; they swung across a real ledge three stories up in the air. The harsher part comes in when you learn that their ''harness was broken'', and the stunt coordinator lied to them about it being perfectly safe.

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* Luke and Leia swinging across a bottomless pit. Made It's made ''more'' awesome (along with HarsherInHindsight) when you remember that shot was ''real''; they swung across a real ledge three stories up in the air. The harsher part comes in when Then you learn that their ''harness was broken'', and the stunt coordinator lied to them about it being perfectly safe.
1st Oct '15 7:39:28 AM TheNerfGuy
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* The opening Star Destroyer shot.

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* The opening shot of the Star Destroyer shot.Destroyer, which just keeps coming. The producers of ''Series/BlakesSeven'' saw that scene and realized that there was ''no way'' they could ever beat that on a police procedural budget.
** Made more impressive by setting up a contrast. First, we see the Blockade Runner go by, and it looks big and cool. And then we see what's chasing it...and the baseline for both "big" and, arguably, "cool" just got blown out of the water.
** Amusingly, George Lucas has stated that he knew he couldn't afford to do good special effects for every shot in the movie, so for the most part, he just did very fast, very short shots that would keep people from seeing the wires or anything along those lines... except that he deliberately spent a huge amount of money on getting the best possible special effects work he could for the opening shot, because he knew, in his own words, "If the audience bought that shot, then I had them."



* Luke and Leia swinging across a bottomless pit.
** Made ''more'' awesome (along with HarsherInHindsight) when you remember that shot was ''real''; they swung across a real ledge three stories up in the air. The harsher part comes in when you learn that their ''harness was broken'', and the stunt coordinator lied to them about it being perfectly safe.

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* Luke and Leia swinging across a bottomless pit.
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pit. Made ''more'' awesome (along with HarsherInHindsight) when you remember that shot was ''real''; they swung across a real ledge three stories up in the air. The harsher part comes in when you learn that their ''harness was broken'', and the stunt coordinator lied to them about it being perfectly safe.



* The opening shot of the Star Destroyer, which just keeps coming. The producers of ''Series/BlakesSeven'' saw that scene and realized that there was ''no way'' they could ever beat that on a police procedural budget.
** Made more impressive by setting up a contrast. First, we see the Blockade Runner go by, and it looks big and cool. And then we see what's chasing it...and the baseline for both "big" and, arguably, "cool" just got blown out of the water.
** Amusingly, George Lucas has stated that he knew he couldn't afford to do good special effects for every shot in the movie, so for the most part, he just did very fast, very short shots that would keep people from seeing the wires or anything along those lines... except that he deliberately spent a huge amount of money on getting the best possible special effects work he could for the opening shot, because he knew, in his own words, "If the audience bought that shot, then I had them."
* "Sorry about the mess."



* [[RedemptionEqualsDeath "Stand by. Stand by."]]
** [[spoiler: To elaborate, in the ExpandedUniverse, we find out that the gunner, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone appalled at himself for destroying Despayre and Alderaan]], thereby making him one of the worst mass-murderers in history, kept delaying in the hopes that something, ''anything'' could stop him from blowing up Yavin IV. He gets his wish. Even if you don't accept ExpandedUniverse material, given how long he delays despite having a firing solution, it is a decent AlternativeCharacterInterpretation.]]

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* [[RedemptionEqualsDeath "Stand by. Stand by."]]
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"]] [[spoiler: To elaborate, in In the ExpandedUniverse, we find out that the gunner, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone appalled at himself for destroying Despayre and Alderaan]], thereby making him one of the worst mass-murderers in history, kept delaying in the hopes that something, ''anything'' could stop him from blowing up Yavin IV. He gets his wish. Even if you don't accept ExpandedUniverse material, given how long he delays despite having a firing solution, it is a decent AlternativeCharacterInterpretation.]]



** Also Tarkin's reaction: first a sort of intellectual curiosity at seeing Vader in action, then he decides enough is enough and yanks him back into line.
*** And Vader's reaction to Tarkin: the subtext being not that of an inferior responding to the order of a superior, but of grudging respect: "I would really just as soon choke Motti to death as look at him, but I have to work with you, so I'll honor your request to lay off."

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** Also Tarkin's reaction: first a sort of intellectual curiosity at seeing Vader in action, then he decides enough is enough and yanks him back into line.
*** And ** Vader's reaction to Tarkin: the subtext being not that of an inferior responding to the order of a superior, but of grudging respect: "I would really just as soon choke Motti to death as look at him, but I have to work with you, so I'll honor your request to lay off."
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