ByLuke Gordon Smith, writer at
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Luke Gordon Smith

Ever since Star Wars: A New Hope premiered in 1977, the world, and every movie, has been captivated by the planet-like, floating, evil lair, an evil lair that held Darth Vader, The Emperor, and about a million stormtroopers. But when that Death Star was destroyed, many people thought, where would the Empire hatch its evil plans now? The answer was in the second, even more massive, Death Star. When Return of the Jedi saw that second Death Star Destroyed though, people thought that the age of the Death Star was over. That, however, is not so. But to be fair, they didn't know that sequels, or terrible prequels in fact, were on their way. When we did find out that they were indeed making sequels, it left us with this question:

How Will The Force Awakens Incorporate The Death Star Into The New Movie?

The answer to that question is the Starkiller Base. Entertainment Weekly got a chance to talk to J.J. Abrams on whether the new Starkiller Base was a sort of new invention, or if it was just a new Death Star:

"It is very much - and is acknowledged as such in the movie - apparently another Death Star. But what's its capable of, how it works, and what the threat is, is far greater than what the Death Star could have done. Starkiller Base is another step forward, technologically speaking, in terms of power."

What Is The Starkiller Base?

According to, Starkiller Base is the First Order's strategic, and military base. It is an ice planet converted into a giant super weapon. Taking note from the quote above, Starkiller base is much more powerful than the previous Death Stars. It is said to be capable of destroying star systems.

How Does This Effect The Movie?

Just like the original Star Wars trilogy, this will most likely cause a major problem for the Resistance. Having this double as a super weapon that can blow up entire planets with just a single shot is no walk in the park, and is a serious problem that needs to be resolved.

The Resistance will have to find a way to destroy this weapon, or many people will die. This storyline may very well be a part in the movie, which I think could be a very interesting plot.

Until then though, we can only dream of how the Starkiller Base will play a role in Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens.

And As Always, Thanks For Reading



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