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Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back - Stand by Ion Control
Right before the battle on Hoth, Princess Leah explains to the fighter pilots that the ion cannon will fire 2 shots to clear out any star destroyers as the transports make their getaway. When the first transport takes off we see the woman giving the order to fire the ion cannon. It fires 2 shots. Shortly after that, 2 shots hit the star destroyer and the transport escapes. However, in-between the shots and the hits, we see the transport and two Rebel fighters flying up from the planet and four shots fly past them, not two.
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Contributed By: EricKoch on 03-20-2000 and Reviewed By: Webmaster
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nofear writes:
Her line was "the ion cannon will fire serveral shots"
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Smitty writes:
Yeah, nofear is right, she said it would fire several shot, one of the few parts I remember from the last time I saw it.
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Cor Spruijt writes:
The Princess said "Several Shots", she never said two shots!
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trek_addict writes:
Yes, leya sais "several shots", and if you look closeley when the transport flies away, and the first wo shots raced by, you can see a THIRD shot, a split second before the scenen cuts away.
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Mindbender writes:
The shots that hit the star destroyer wouldn't necessarily hit in the same spot. Both the planet and the star destroyer would both be moving...maybe they weren't moving in perfect symmetry and the shots shifted slightly...heck, even the impact from the first ion blast could have nudged the ship slightly to the side.
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Psyche writes:
I noticed that too. But it's possible she meant 2 shots per Star Destroyer, and there was a second one in that area we weren't shown.
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Luca writes:
Leia says "Several Shots." You see the ion cannon fire at least five shots, maybe six from the ground (I don't remember exactly, but it's not two or four). All the shots that you see the ion cannon actually fire are evenly timed. Then it cuts to the transport. Two shots go over the transport in rapid succession, then two more do after somewhat of a delay. Finally, two shots hit the star destroyer in different places. They should have hit in the same place since they were following the same trajectory.
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