Jack Hammer

April 16th, 2015 at 3:43 PM ^

I assumed three things:

1.  The atmosphere is probably very different from Earth which allowed for less traumatic entry.

2.  The ship was made of more durable materials than anything we are aware of.

3.  The subject of the original post and this reply probably means we both didn't do well with the ladies in high school.

unWavering

April 16th, 2015 at 10:33 PM ^

Another plausible explanation - the bottom of the star destroyer was the side facing the incoming air, which would effectively turn that side into a heat shield.  The top side, which we see in the trailer would have been pretty much unharmed by the heat from re-entry in this scenario.

Gameboy

April 16th, 2015 at 4:51 PM ^

It is not a meteor, it is a space ship. Based on the fact that it looks like it is largely intact, you can deduce that it received a critical damage, tried to land on the nearby planet, but did not have enough power to land safely.

And you can trust me, I have an aerospace degree.

gbdub

April 16th, 2015 at 4:51 PM ^

You need to recalibrate your hard sci-fi part. Imperial Star Destroyers are 1 mile long and made of metal. You'd scorch the paint but most of the bulk would still be there.

The bigger issue is that something that big coming in at orbital velocity would explode with many megatons of force on impact, vaporizing itself and everything for several miles.

But really, in Star Wars land, the destroyer probably came in with some degree of control and they "crash landed" it rather than streaking like a comet.

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Rabbit21

April 16th, 2015 at 3:45 PM ^

I'm going to go with either A)  The acknowledgement that the last Star Wars movies weren't evry good or B) The reasonable bet that anything this hyped up will be disappointing.

Me, I'm going to go ahead and bet that J.J. Abrams(a guy who made Star Trek fun for God's sake) can probably pull this off as well.

Achilles

April 16th, 2015 at 3:53 PM ^

JJ is the perfect director for this movie and other SW films, too. As you mentioned, he made Star Trek fun, which is 100% accurate. Both of his ST films are superb and I have no doubt that he made a great SW film. As much as I wish he could be the guy in charge making the third ST movie, I care much more about SW. I'm a ST geek, but a bigger SW geek.

alum96

April 16th, 2015 at 4:05 PM ^

Agreed.  Been very impressed with Abrams on the Star Trek movies he has taken over.  After being disappointed in the last 3 (especially the first one) I am really excited for these.  The director is like a coach - he can make or break it esp when the storyline is somewhat predictable.   Also expect a major upgrade in how the action scenes are shot from how he did it in Star Trek.

Perkis-Size Me

April 16th, 2015 at 8:32 PM ^

I know I'm late getting back to the party, but I said that strictly from the standpoint that anything that receives this amount of hype, especially when it comes to Star Wars, one of the all time greatest movie sagas, it's just bound to disappoint. Not because it'll be a bad movie, but it won't live up to the impossibly high amount of hype it has.

I worded it wrong, but there is almost no way it will ever live up to the classic trilogy. Still, you can bet your ass I will be at the midnight showing.

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Ryno2317

April 16th, 2015 at 10:53 PM ^

 

On the Subject of Chewbacca: 

 

Chewbacca (or "Chewie", as he was known by his friends) was a legendary Wookiee from Kashyyyk and co-pilot of Han Solo's ship, the Millennium Falcon. He was the son of Attichitcuk, the husband of Mallatobuck, and the father of Lumpawaroo. Chewbacca carried with him the name of an ancient Wookiee hero, the great Bacca, first of the great chieftains of Kashyyyk, and the creator of a sword that denoted leadership among the Wookiees. This name placed Chewbacca in a noble lineage, which was further supported by his role in the Battle of Kashyyyk during the Clone Wars and during the Galactic Civil War.

Chewbacca was a wise, sophisticated being of great strength and loyalty. As technologically savvy as the brightest Academy graduate, he was also a skilled mechanic. Chewbacca, like many Wookiees, was able to understand Basic, but he could not speak it due to his species's vocal structure. He instead spokeShyriiwook, the main Wookiee language, composed largely of growls and grunts, to his non-Wookiee companions who typically replied in Basic.

He later died during the Yuuzhan Vong War.

 

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Bosk kills him in the subsequent war.  Sucks.  

Former_DC_Buck

April 17th, 2015 at 9:19 AM ^

Those books do not exist.  The NCAA, I mean Disney, vacated those books.  So he may not be dead.  Though it was a Long Time Ago. 

I really liked some of the Expanded Universe stuff, particularly the early books Zahn wrote.  I also enjoyed the thre short stories book, that focused on how certain mostly background characters (the folks at the Catina, the bounty bunters and the folks at Jabba's Palace) got there and wnd what happened to them after.

Hannibal.

April 16th, 2015 at 3:19 PM ^

It occurred to me somewhat recently that I'm not a Star Wars fan, even though two out of the three original trilogy movies are probably in my Top 10 favorite movies of all time, I own all of them, and I have played a couple dozen Star Wars video games since then.  I'm just a fan of the original trilogy and outside of Knights of the Old Republic everything else has just been half-assing it since then.  There have been so many shitty entries into this franchise that I have come to the conclusion that the franchise itself isn't that special.  So I guess I'll see this movie just as a regular movie and hope for the best.