“You’re all clear kid!” this is one of the most memorable quotes etched in the minds of movie goers everywhere as they traveled to that galaxy far far away. I am of course speaking of the assault on the death star at the end of a new hope. The mission being: destroy the death star, the odds of success? Impossible. But with the courage of the rebellion and the determination of a young pilot named Luke Skywalker, but what makes this an important moment in cinema? Till this day star wars fans everywhere (on any level) can remember where they were the first time they viewed the mammoth of a space station that was the death star and viewing the small armies of X-wing and Y-wing fighters.
This attack was a true underdog battle with everything at stake, if failure were to happen the evil galactic empire would have the ultimate weapon. But failure wasn’t an option, despite impossible ends the rebel pilots knew they had to succeed at all costs. So they flew, through the hail of thousands of gun fire on the death stars surface, the never ending wave of imperial TIE fighters, and the knocking sense of doubt within their own minds. I still remember being a 7 year old boy in a movie theater watching the special edition of the film (Star Wars Episode IV: A New hope) in complete and utter amazement of what my eyes were witnessing. I watched as X-wing fighters got shot down like flies, how great pilots such as Portkins and Darklighter were zapped to dust, how a skilled Wedge Antilles lost his cool and departed. I saw a skilled general fly his squad of Y-wings bravely into the disastrous trench only to be never heard from again. I heard as John Williams amazing score guided me through the battle, with instruments being subtle and abrupt at the exact right times, amazing music that will follow me for the rest of my life. I watched in complete fear as a standalone Luke Skywalker flew through the hazardous trenches of the space station, guns targeted at him at every corner, three imperial TIE fighters lead by the ruthless Darth Vader hot on his tail, I believed it to be the end of the hero I grew to love in the 2 hour time frame, but swiftly from the endless void of space came Han Solo piloting his Millennium Falcon, blasting away the fighters and leaving the young farm boy to shoot his proton torpedoes inside the death stars reactor hole, causing it to explode and sending a message to empire supporters and faculty everywhere: the rebels were here and were willing to go to any means for freedom. After the explosion I can remember the swift jump in the air followed by howling of the crowd as everyone was excited to see the rebels succeed, the atmosphere of the theater was the same all around, me being young I couldn’t understand what it meant, only that I was more than happy to be a part of that moment. I live now as a young man, who woke up a morning waiting for his friend to pick him up. To save myself from boredom I entered my star wars DVD into my Xbox 360 and quickly turned the “Battle of Yavin” scene on, I viewed (despite knowing the complete outcome) in total shock, fear, and all the emotions a 7 year old boy would feel as viewing this, I felt completely inspired and entranced in the action before me, the intense need to succeed. I yelled loudly (to the dismay of my parents and siblings )“Yes Luke!” after the victory the rebels obtained. To me this battle will live on as one of the most memorable movie scene in history, whether you’re a 50 year old doctor, a 12 year old bully, or a 20 year old super model, if you ever viewed star wars, then that galaxy far far away will always remain in your heart.