The ISD Devastator Approaches [Announcement 75252 UCS Star Destroyer]

IDS Devastator, in pursuit of the Tantive IV above Tatooine.

March, 1978. The Belgrave Cameo cinema. I was attending a matinee screening of Star Wars (in those days, there was only one) with friends for my birthday. The film had been out for 5 months. I’d read every book and magazine article I could. I’d read the comics adaptation. And now I was seeing it for the first time. I knew what was going to happen, on an intellectual level. A battle. A ship, that looks bigger and more detailed than anything I had seen before. But this was followed by another: bigger, more greebling than we had everseen before, and associated with a low, sub woofer grumble (although, technically, subwoofers weren’t much of a thing in the cinemas in 1978). It was shooting to disable the first ship – later identified as the Tantive IV (I first heard this name in 1980, on the NPR radio play). Successful in its mission, it hovered over the Tantive, and took it into its hold. Revealling the absolutely massive scale that we were dealing with here. This was a massive vehicle – starting off a massive story, that still continues, over 40 years later.

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