The last couple weeks I feel like I’ve been working pretty hard for both my day job, and my own projects at night (a new set of wallpapers for the site, trying to reorganize my portfolio, interview preparation, a new iStock upload, and making sure to get regular posts on here), and I just wanted to take it easy last night and relax. So after my last post, I went and picked up a couple decent cigars (Oliva O series) for my brother (Trog) and myself, and we sat out front and puffed away on them while we talked. Eventually our conversation turned to Star Wars (as it usually does), and I told him there was something about the Death Star that always bugged me, and I can’t figure out why they set it up they way they did. I tried several times to explain my question to him, but he wasn’t getting it. So I grabbed my sketch book and did some quick doodles to illustrate my problem (I went ahead and traced over them and tried to clean them up with the help from some reference material, to make them a little more clear).
Here’s my problem: In the first Star Wars film (and I mean New Hope), the Millenium Falcon is caught in the Death Star’s tractor beam and pulled in to the side…
but it’s pulled straight into the center of that big huge gap (or trench) at its equator… still with me?
Later, the X-Wings make their attack, but when they fly into the Death Star, it’s like they’re flying over a planet’s surface (they come down on it).
So why wouldn’t the Millenium Falcon be pulled “down” into that giant equator trench, instead of directly into it like it’s coming at its side?
I’m still not sure if my question is clear enough, but if you get what I’m asking, and you have answer, please let me know. I’m thinking it’s been retcon to say that they shift the gravity at the center… but why? Why do that? What would be the point? Anyhow, I’m interested in seeing some kind of answer if anybody (or the four people who read this blog) has one. Just leave a comment below.