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19th Apr '17 7:23:18 AM TruebloodJoe
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*** In fact, every single Zahn Star Wars novel save for Literature//OutboundFlight (which opens with a light freighter in space) and Literature/Thrawn (which completely averts this trope) opens with a Star Destroyer in flight.
29th Mar '17 1:48:54 PM AthenaBlue
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* The TropeCodifier is ''Franchise/StarWars'' Episode IV: ''Film/ANewHope'', which began with a Star Destroyer chasing Leia's much smaller ship.
** The later films use the trope OncePerEpisode. The Super Star Destroyer ''Executor'' in [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Episode V]], the Rebel flagship ''Home One'' in [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Episode VI]], the Jedi transport in [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Episode I]], the Naboo ambassadorial ship in [[Film/AttackOfTheClones Episode II]], and the [[TheEmpire First Order]] Star Destroyer in [[Film/TheForceAwakens Episode VII]], which ''eclipses a planet'' in its shot.
** The long panning shot of the Republic ''Venator''-class star destroyer in [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Episode III]] subverts this, as it ends to reveal ''hundreds'' of warships fighting the Battle of Coruscant in the distance, showing that ''this'' ship isn't particularly special. Yes, George Lucas loves this trope.
** All five of the Franchise/StarWarsLegends novels in Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy and the Literature/HandOfThrawn duology by Creators/TimothyZahn start aboard the Imperial Star Destroyer ''Chimera'', employing this Trope by inference.
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' parodied this by having the BigBad's ship's introduction stretch on and on and on for [[OverlyLongGag well over a minute]].
** In the DVD commentary, they say that the first edition of the ship was over 5 minutes. That could have [[CrossesTheLineTwice crossed the line]] a dozen times!
*** And "We brake for nobody." Spaceballs: [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Genocide, oppression, and vehicular homicide.]]



* ''Film/{{Alien}}'' opens with the camera panning over the ''Nostromo''.
* At the beginning of ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' we see the ship transporting Jake to Pandora.



* At the beginning of ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' we see the ship transporting Jake to Pandora.

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* At The opening shot of ''Film/IndependenceDay'' has an alien ship flying over the beginning Moon's Sea of ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' we see Tranquillity[[labelnote:*]]Mare Tranquillitatis[[/labelnote]] about to enter Earth orbit.
* ''Film/PitchBlack'' starts with a top-down view that show a small part of hunter-gratzner's first section, but mostly the container behind it. Then the camera slowly rotates and pans down
the ship transporting Jake to Pandora.and it ends with the classic from behind view.
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' parodied this by having the BigBad's ship's introduction stretch on and on and on for [[OverlyLongGag well over a minute]].
** In the DVD commentary, they say that the first edition of the ship was over 5 minutes. That could have [[CrossesTheLineTwice crossed the line]] a dozen times!
*** And "We brake for nobody." Spaceballs: [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Genocide, oppression, and vehicular homicide.]]
* ''Film/SpaceMutiny'' opens with an establishing shot of the heroes' spaceship in flight.



* ''Film/{{Alien}}'' opens with the camera panning over the ''Nostromo.''
* The opening shot of ''Film/IndependenceDay'' has an alien ship flying over the Sea of Tranquility about to enter Earth orbit.

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* ''Film/{{Alien}}'' opens The TropeCodifier is ''Franchise/StarWars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope'', which began with a Star Destroyer chasing Leia's much smaller ship.
** The later films use
the camera trope OncePerEpisode. The Super Star Destroyer ''Executor'' in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', the Rebel flagship ''Home One'' in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', the Jedi transport in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', the Naboo senatorial ship in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', and the [[TheEmpire First Order]] Star Destroyer ''Finalizer'' in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', which ''eclipses a planet'' in its shot.
** The long
panning over the ''Nostromo.''
* The opening
shot of ''Film/IndependenceDay'' has an alien the Republic ''Venator''-class Star Destroyer in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' subverts this, as it ends to reveal ''hundreds'' of warships fighting the Battle of Coruscant in the distance, showing that ''this'' ship flying over isn't particularly special. Yes, George Lucas loves this trope.
** All five of
the Sea of Tranquility about to enter Earth orbit.''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' novels in ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' and the ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology by Creators/TimothyZahn start aboard the Imperial Star Destroyer ''Chimaera'', employing this Trope by inference.



* ''Film/PitchBlack'' starts with a top-down view that show a small part of hunter-gratzner's first section, but mostly the container behind it. Then the camera slowly rotates and pans down the ship and it ends with the classic from behind view.
* ''Film/SpaceMutiny'' opens with an establishing shot of the heroes' spaceship in flight.



* A regular feature on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.

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* A regular feature on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.The sequel series to ''Series/ArmorHero'' has an egregiously long shot at the start of episode 32 that takes a full '''two minutes'''. Half is spent viewing it from the classic angle (the bottom), and the other half is spent viewing it from the top.



** It's too much of an homage to StarWars to be merely coincidental. And despite the tone of Red Dwarf the rest of the time, the establishing shot was a completely straight example.
* Used during the premier of ''Series/StargateUniverse'' to introduce the ''Destiny''
* The sequel series to ''Series/ArmorHero'' has an egregiously long shot at the start of episode 32 that takes a full '''two minutes'''. Half is spent viewing it from the classic angle (the bottom), and the other half is spent viewing it from the top.

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** It's too much of an homage to StarWars ''Franchise/StarWars'' to be merely coincidental. And despite the tone of Red Dwarf the rest of the time, the establishing shot was a completely straight example.
* Used during the premier premiere of ''Series/StargateUniverse'' to introduce the ''Destiny''
''Destiny''.
* The sequel series to ''Series/ArmorHero'' has an egregiously long shot at the start of episode 32 that takes a full '''two minutes'''. Half is spent viewing it from the classic angle (the bottom), and the other half is spent viewing it from the top.A regular feature on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.



* Continuing with the ''Star Wars'' examples, the introductory cutscene to ''Videogame/XWing'' includes a squadron of Star Destroyers descending into planetary orbit about to attack a group of Mon Calamari Cruisers.



* ''VideoGame/FreeSpace 2'' does this numerous times, the most noteworthy being the intro. At the end of the scene, the camera pans out above the planet, where a fleet of GTVA ships flies in, including the [[TheBattleStar GTVA Colossus.]]
* The Opening Sequence of the first game in the ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel'' gameverse features the ''Elsior'' crawling upward.
* The ship database of ''VideoGame/InfiniteSpace'' does this when viewing ship information. It's also the victory screen after battles and the "Press Start" screen when the game starts up.



* The Opening Sequence of the first game in the ''VideoGame/GalaxyAngel'' gameverse features the ''Elsior'' crawling upward.
* ''VideoGame/FreeSpace 2'' does this numerous times, the most noteworthy being the intro. At the end of the scene, the camera pans out above the planet, where a fleet of GTVA ships flies in, including the [[TheBattleStar GTVA Colossus.]]
* The ship database of ''VideoGame/InfiniteSpace'' does this when viewing ship information. It's also the victory screen after battles and the "Press Start" screen when the game starts up.
* {{B|igBad}}owser is introduced this way at the very beginning of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''.


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* Continuing with the ''Star Wars'' examples, the introductory cutscene to ''Videogame/XWing'' includes a squadron of Star Destroyers descending into planetary orbit about to attack a group of Mon Calamari Cruisers.
* {{B|igBad}}owser is introduced this way at the very beginning of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''.


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8th Nov '16 3:31:28 PM Yet_One_More_Idiot
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** It's too much of an homage to StarWars to be merely coincidental. And despite the tone of Red Dwarf the rest of the time, the establishing shot was a completely straight example.
13th Aug '16 10:21:44 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' opens with the Pillar of Autumn floating by. Most of the games do this at least once, such as the assault carrier and In Amber Clad in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', and the Long Night of Solace supercarrier in ''VideoGame/HaloReach''. ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' does this several times with the Infinity, sometimes with an escort fleet, and with the Didact's ship.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' opens with the Pillar ''Pillar of Autumn Autumn'' floating by. by.
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Most of the games do this at least once, such as the assault carrier and In ''In Amber Clad Clad'' in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', and the Long ''Long Night of Solace Solace'' supercarrier in ''VideoGame/HaloReach''. ''VideoGame/HaloReach''.
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''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' does this several times with the Infinity, ''Infinity'', sometimes with an escort fleet, and with the Didact's ship.
29th Jun '16 8:34:16 AM HeraldAlberich
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->''"Slow, awe-inspiring shot of approaching underside of spaceship. Thanks to the ''Film/StarWars'' Act, passed by Congress in '79, it is law."''

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->''"Slow, awe-inspiring shot of approaching underside of spaceship. Thanks to the ''Film/StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' Act, passed by Congress in '79, it is law."''



* The TropeCodifier is ''Film/StarWars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope'', which began with a Star Destroyer chasing Leia's much smaller ship.
** The later films used the trope OncePerEpisode. The Super-class Star Destroyer ''Executor'' in [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Episode V]], the Rebel flagship ''Home One'' in [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Episode VI]], the Jedi transport in [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Episode I]], the Naboo ambassadorial ship in [[Film/AttackOfTheClones Episode II]], and the [[TheEmpire First Order]] Star Destroyer in [[Film/TheForceAwakens Episode VII]], which ''eclipses a planet'' in its shot.
** The long panning shot of the Republic Venator class star destroyer in [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Episode III]] subverts this, as it ends to reveal ''hundreds'' of warships fighting the Battle of Coruscant in the distance, showing that ''this'' ship isn't particularly special. Yes, George Lucas loves this trope.
** Five of the [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy novels writ]][[Literature/HandOfThrawn ten by]] Creators/TimothyZahn start aboard the Imperial Star Destroyer ''Chimera'', employing this Trope by inference.

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* The TropeCodifier is ''Film/StarWars ''Franchise/StarWars'' Episode IV: Film/ANewHope'', ''Film/ANewHope'', which began with a Star Destroyer chasing Leia's much smaller ship.
** The later films used use the trope OncePerEpisode. The Super-class Super Star Destroyer ''Executor'' in [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Episode V]], the Rebel flagship ''Home One'' in [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Episode VI]], the Jedi transport in [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Episode I]], the Naboo ambassadorial ship in [[Film/AttackOfTheClones Episode II]], and the [[TheEmpire First Order]] Star Destroyer in [[Film/TheForceAwakens Episode VII]], which ''eclipses a planet'' in its shot.
** The long panning shot of the Republic Venator class ''Venator''-class star destroyer in [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Episode III]] subverts this, as it ends to reveal ''hundreds'' of warships fighting the Battle of Coruscant in the distance, showing that ''this'' ship isn't particularly special. Yes, George Lucas loves this trope.
** Five All five of the [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Franchise/StarWarsLegends novels writ]][[Literature/HandOfThrawn ten by]] in Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy and the Literature/HandOfThrawn duology by Creators/TimothyZahn start aboard the Imperial Star Destroyer ''Chimera'', employing this Trope by inference.
25th Dec '15 2:30:24 PM eroock
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* ''Film/SpaceMutiny'' opens with an establishing shot of the heroes' spaceship in flight.
21st Dec '15 8:18:18 PM Technetium
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** The later films used the trope OncePerEpisode. The Super-class Star Destroyer ''Executor'' in [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Episode V]], the Rebel flagship ''Home One'' in [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Episode VI]], the Jedi transport in [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Episode I]], and the Naboo ambassadorial ship in [[Film/AttackOfTheClones Episode II]].

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** The later films used the trope OncePerEpisode. The Super-class Star Destroyer ''Executor'' in [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Episode V]], the Rebel flagship ''Home One'' in [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Episode VI]], the Jedi transport in [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Episode I]], and the Naboo ambassadorial ship in [[Film/AttackOfTheClones Episode II]].II]], and the [[TheEmpire First Order]] Star Destroyer in [[Film/TheForceAwakens Episode VII]], which ''eclipses a planet'' in its shot.
7th Dec '15 7:28:37 PM Yalsaris63
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* Continuing with the ''Star Wars'' examples, the introductory cutscene to''Videogame/XWing'' includes a squadron of Star Destroyers descending into planetary orbit about to attack a group of Mon Calamari Cruisers.

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* Continuing with the ''Star Wars'' examples, the introductory cutscene to''Videogame/XWing'' to ''Videogame/XWing'' includes a squadron of Star Destroyers descending into planetary orbit about to attack a group of Mon Calamari Cruisers.
26th Oct '15 5:01:35 PM DeisTheAlcano
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->''Slow, awe-inspiring shot of approaching underside of spaceship. Thanks to the ''Film/StarWars'' Act, passed by Congress in '79, it is law.''
-->--'''Mike Nelson''', ''Podcast/{{Rifftrax}}''

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->''Slow, ->''"Slow, awe-inspiring shot of approaching underside of spaceship. Thanks to the ''Film/StarWars'' Act, passed by Congress in '79, it is law.''
-->--'''Mike
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-->-- '''Mike
Nelson''', ''Podcast/{{Rifftrax}}''



* At the beginning of ''Film/{{Avatar}}''.

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* At the beginning of ''Film/{{Avatar}}''.''Film/{{Avatar}}'' we see the ship transporting Jake to Pandora.



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22nd Jun '15 6:14:13 PM TompaDompa
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->''Slow, awe-inspiring shot of approaching underside of spaceship. Thanks to the ''StarWars'' Act, passed by Congress in '79, it is law.''

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->''Slow, awe-inspiring shot of approaching underside of spaceship. Thanks to the ''StarWars'' ''Film/StarWars'' Act, passed by Congress in '79, it is law.''



* The TropeCodifier is ''Franchise/StarWars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope'', which began with a Star Destroyer chasing Leia's much smaller ship.
** The later films used the trope OncePerEpisode. The Super-class Star Destroyer ''Executor'' in Episode V, the Rebel flagship ''Home One'' in Episode VI, the Jedi transport in Episode I, and the Naboo ambassadorial ship in Episode II.
** The long panning shot of the Republic Venator class star destroyer in Episode III subverts this, as it ends to reveal ''hundreds'' of warships fighting the Battle of Coruscant in the distance, showing that ''this'' ship isn't particularly special. Yes, George Lucas loves this trope.

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* The TropeCodifier is ''Franchise/StarWars ''Film/StarWars Episode IV: Film/ANewHope'', which began with a Star Destroyer chasing Leia's much smaller ship.
** The later films used the trope OncePerEpisode. The Super-class Star Destroyer ''Executor'' in [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Episode V, V]], the Rebel flagship ''Home One'' in [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Episode VI, VI]], the Jedi transport in [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Episode I, I]], and the Naboo ambassadorial ship in [[Film/AttackOfTheClones Episode II.
II]].
** The long panning shot of the Republic Venator class star destroyer in [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Episode III III]] subverts this, as it ends to reveal ''hundreds'' of warships fighting the Battle of Coruscant in the distance, showing that ''this'' ship isn't particularly special. Yes, George Lucas loves this trope.
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