History Film / ANewHope

16th Jan '17 2:25:56 PM Blackjack413
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-->'''Uncle Owen''': Have you seen Luke this morning?
-->'''Aunt Beru''': He said he had some things to do before he started today, so he left early.
-->'''Uncle Owen''': Did he take those two droids with him?
-->'''Aunt Beru''': I think so.
-->'''Uncle Owen''': well, he'd better have those units in the south range repaired by midday, or there'll be hell to pay.
14th Jan '17 4:11:18 AM Saveelich
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''Film/RogueOne'' functions as a direct {{prequel}} to this film.

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''Film/RogueOne'' functions as a direct an immediate {{prequel}} to this film.
14th Jan '17 4:11:02 AM Saveelich
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The 2016 film ''Film/RogueOne'' functions as a {{prequel}} to this film.

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The 2016 film ''Film/RogueOne'' functions as a direct {{prequel}} to this film.
14th Jan '17 4:10:46 AM Saveelich
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''Film/RogueOne'' functions as a {{prequel}} to this film.

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The 2016 film ''Film/RogueOne'' functions as a {{prequel}} to this film.
13th Jan '17 12:18:17 AM KJMackley
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* DeusExMachina: During the bridge shootout, Luke conveniently happens to be carrying a grappling hook and rope with him that allows him and Leia to swing across. It's not explained where he got it and it was never foreshadowed, and there really wasn't any reason for him to be carrying it beforehand.



* DoomedHometown: Alderaan, for Leia.

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* DoomedHometown: Alderaan, for Leia. The Lars homestead, for Luke.



* DragonInChief: Unlike the other films, Darth Vader is shown as a subordinate of Grand Moff Tarkin since the Emperor does not appear. In spite of this, Vader is the larger threat to the protagonists because he is more powerful and more competent than Tarkin.

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* DragonInChief: Unlike the other films, Darth Vader is shown as a subordinate of Grand Moff Tarkin since the Emperor does not appear. In spite of this, compared to Tarkin Vader is the larger provides a more direct threat to and has the protagonists because greater saga influence as he seemingly killed Obi-Wan earlier along with (at least what is more powerful and more competent than Tarkin.said in this film) having killed Luke's father years previously.



* EasyEvangelism: Luke pretty much accepts ''everything'' that Obi-Wan tells him about his father, the Jedi and the Force without question, even though he'd (supposedly) only just met the guy, who had a reputation as a crazy hermit. This does help speed the story along of course. Luke's belief only starts stretching during Yoda's lessons in the next movie. Justified, as their meeting in the film has Obi-Wan and Luke acting like they already know each other, being on a first-name basis without any need for introduction[[note]]Various adaptations, such as the radio drama version, explain that they actually ''have'' met once before, at length, and that Ben helped Luke out of a serious bind.[[/note]] Also downplayed in that Obi-Wan only starts talking about the Force in any real detail after Luke has already seen a JediMindTrick.

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* EasyEvangelism: Luke pretty much accepts ''everything'' that Obi-Wan tells him about his father, the Jedi and the Force without question, even though he'd (supposedly) only he's hearing about these details just met the guy, who had a reputation as a crazy hermit.now. This does help speed the story along of course. Luke's belief only starts stretching during Yoda's lessons in the next movie. Justified, as their meeting in the film has Obi-Wan and Luke acting like they already know each other, being on a first-name basis without any need for introduction[[note]]Various adaptations, such as the radio drama version, explain that they actually ''have'' met once before, at length, and that Ben helped Luke out of a serious bind.[[/note]] Also downplayed in that Obi-Wan only starts talking about training Luke on how to use the Force in any real detail after Luke has already seen a JediMindTrick.
12th Jan '17 10:44:56 PM KJMackley
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* ContrivedCoincidence: A lot of the story is driven by big coincidences, which gradually snowball into the Death Star getting destroyed;
** Leia took a ''big'' risk sending the droids down to Tatooine with the Death Star plans and counting on them to get to Obi-Wan on such a large, desolate world, but C-3PO and R2-D2 just happen to be brought to the Lars homestead by the Jawa scavengers, and fall into ownership of Luke Skywalker just a day after landing. While the rebels ''were'' going to search for Obi-Wan on the planet before they got captured by the Empire, it's oddly convenient that the droids just happened to end up with Luke, Darth Vader's later to be revealed son, which indirectly ends up getting them to Obi-Wan and setting off the rest of the film's plot. This also takes into account that if Luke hadn't gone searching after R2, he would have been killed by Vader's troops alongside Owen and Beru, making it tragic but very lucky timing on his part. It is also worth noting that if the Star Destroyer gunner had destroyed the droid's escape pod in the opening instead of holding his fire, the entire plot wouldn't have happened and Leia's plan would've gone up in smoke.
** And that also takes into account that the whole reason R2-D2 fell into Luke's ownership is because the R5 unit the Jawas tried to sell to the Lars family blew out its motivator just ''moments'' after purchase, and R2 just happened to be a convenient replacement for it. [[AllThereInTheManual (EU sources take steps to explain this. . . the NPR radio drama adaptation indicates R2 sabotaged the other R5, while the West End Games RPG indicates R2 had told R5 all about his mission, and R5 deliberately blew his faulty motivator to give R2 a shot. Still, handy that Uncle Owen needed an astromech droid on a moisture farm).]]
** Also by chance, the Death Star destroys Alderaan, the very planet Luke and Obi-Wan were just travelling to. While its' destruction wasn't random, the heroes happens to arrive just ''minutes'' after the planet is destroyed, and the Death Star just happens to still be there, rather than heading off to Dantooine. This unwittingly allows them to rescue Leia once the tractor beams drag the Millennium Falcon inside.
** Relatively small in the grand scheme of things, but Obi-Wan and Vader having their duel by the hangar bay, just as the rest of the protagonists turn up in time to need a distraction and see Obi-Wan sacrifice himself, is rather handy. That said, Luke unwittingly blows their cover, and if Han hadn't told him to shoot out the blastdoor lock and seal off Vader, they probably would have all been captured and executed.
** The odds of Luke meeting up with childhood friend Biggs at the Rebel base (as shown in the Special Edition) is next to nothing as the two characters themselves acknowledge earlier in the film, albeit in a deleted scene that was not restored.
** Or the fact that the Rebel Alliance was able to get Luke, a force sensitive fighter pilot (although they aren't aware of the former), which results in the Rebels last ditch, one in a million chance plan to destroy the Death Star by an [[FailsafeFailure improbable yet dicey weakness]], [[CrazyEnoughToWork succeeding?]]

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* ContrivedCoincidence: A lot of In the story individual movie there is driven by big coincidences, which gradually snowball into the Death Star getting destroyed;
** Leia took a ''big'' risk sending the droids down to Tatooine
little problem with the Death Star plans and counting on them to get to Obi-Wan on such a large, desolate world, but C-3PO and R2-D2 just happen to be brought to the Lars homestead by the Jawa scavengers, and fall into fact Luke gains ownership of Luke Skywalker the droids, as he was just a day after landing. While farmboy along for the rebels ''were'' going to search for Obi-Wan on the planet before they got captured by the Empire, it's oddly convenient that the droids just happened to end up adventure with Luke, Darth Vader's later to be revealed son, which indirectly ends up getting them to Obi-Wan and setting off the rest of the film's plot. This also takes into account that if Luke hadn't gone searching after R2, he would have been killed by Vader's troops alongside Owen and Beru, making it tragic but very lucky timing on his part. It is also worth noting that if the Star Destroyer gunner had destroyed the droid's escape pod in the opening instead of holding his fire, the entire plot wouldn't have happened and Leia's plan would've gone up in smoke.
** And that also takes into account that the whole reason R2-D2 fell into Luke's ownership is because the R5 unit the Jawas tried to sell to the Lars family blew out its motivator just ''moments'' after purchase, and R2 just happened to be a convenient replacement for it. [[AllThereInTheManual (EU sources take steps to explain this. . . the NPR radio drama adaptation indicates R2 sabotaged the other R5, while the West End Games RPG indicates R2 had told R5 all about his mission, and R5 deliberately blew his faulty motivator to give R2 a shot. Still, handy that Uncle Owen needed an astromech droid on a moisture farm).]]
** Also by chance, the Death Star destroys Alderaan, the very planet Luke and Obi-Wan were just travelling to. While its' destruction wasn't random, the heroes happens to arrive just ''minutes'' after the planet is destroyed, and the Death Star just happens to still be there, rather than heading off to Dantooine. This unwittingly allows them to rescue Leia once the tractor beams drag the Millennium Falcon inside.
** Relatively small in
OldMaster. In the grand scheme of the saga, Vader being revealed as his father AND a prior owner of R2 starts to stretch things, but Obi-Wan and Vader having their duel by the hangar bay, just as the rest of the protagonists turn up in time addition to need a distraction and see Obi-Wan sacrifice himself, is rather handy. That said, Luke unwittingly blows their cover, and if Han hadn't told him to shoot out the blastdoor lock and seal off Vader, they probably would have all been captured and executed.
** The odds of Luke meeting up with childhood friend Biggs at the Rebel base (as shown in the Special Edition) is next to nothing as the two characters themselves acknowledge earlier in the film, albeit in a deleted scene that was not restored.
** Or
the fact that Obi-Wan and Yoda anticipated Luke as a potential weapon to defeat Vader and the Rebel Alliance was able to get Luke, a force sensitive fighter pilot (although they aren't aware of the former), which results in the Rebels last ditch, one in a million chance plan to destroy the Death Star by an [[FailsafeFailure improbable yet dicey weakness]], [[CrazyEnoughToWork succeeding?]] Emperor.
12th Jan '17 7:54:05 PM Prinzenick
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* AchillesHeel: The Death Star is a moon sized space station capable of destroying a planet, with only one significant weakness; a two meter wide exhaust port that leads directly to the stations reactor. Even then, the staff is ray shielded, so only proton torpedoes have any chance of getting through, and a it's still a very slim chance at best.
10th Jan '17 8:57:45 AM Prinzenick
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* {{Bowdlerise}}: The Special Editions subtly edit every moment someone gets shot with a blaster on-screen to make the effect less gruesome, and also edit the Greedo scene so that Han unambiguously shoots Greedo in self defense as opposed to killing him before he can even get off a shot.


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* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: The movie falls squarely on 1 (ScienceInGenreOnly).


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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: The film is firmly idealistic in tone.
* SlidingScaleOfPlotVersusCharacters: Falls into the "Equal Focus Between Plot and Characters" part of the scale.
* SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic: The movie is squarely on the "Fantastic" end of the scale.
* SlidingScaleOfVisualsVersusDialogue: The film hits a sweet spot between both. The film is ''very'' dialogue heavy, but there's also a lot of strong visual storytelling going on at the same time.
10th Jan '17 8:47:15 AM Prinzenick
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** Relatively small in the grand scheme of things, but Obi-Wan and Vader having their duel by the hangar bay, just as the rest of the protagonists turn up in time to need a distraction and see Obi-Wan sacrifice himself, is rather handy.

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** Relatively small in the grand scheme of things, but Obi-Wan and Vader having their duel by the hangar bay, just as the rest of the protagonists turn up in time to need a distraction and see Obi-Wan sacrifice himself, is rather handy. That said, Luke unwittingly blows their cover, and if Han hadn't told him to shoot out the blastdoor lock and seal off Vader, they probably would have all been captured and executed.



* DeusExMachina: During the bridge shootout, Luke conveniently happens to be carrying a grappling hook and rope with him that allows him and Leia to swing across. It's not explained where he got it and it was never foreshadowed, and there really wasn't any reason for him to be carrying it beforehand.



** Also inverted later, when Luke shoots a door's control panel to make it ''harder'' to open.

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** Also inverted later, when Luke shoots a door's control panel to make it ''harder'' to open. This unwittingly keeps him and Leia from extending the bridge across. Luke also does this in the Death Star Hanger Bay, shooting a Blast Door control panel to immediately seal it shut, keeping Darth Vader from reaching them.
10th Jan '17 8:40:32 AM Prinzenick
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* CasualDangerDialogue: During the Detention Center Shooter, Han and Leia take some time to banter with each other while they're being shot at by a group of Stormtroopers.
-->'''Han''': "Can't get out that way!"
-->'''Leia''': "Looks like you managed to cut off our only escape route!"
-->'''Han''': [[SarcasmMode "Maybe you'd like it back in your cell, your highness!"]] (blaster bolts whizzes past head)
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