Death Star annihilates the Enterprise

Terrorist fist jab at 00:36. Update: I found this on YouTube randomly searching for bootleg footage from the new film. Turns out the clip was made by none other than Mike Horn, who previously made the Death Star Over San Francisco vid.
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59 Responses to Death Star annihilates the Enterprise

  1. Brainspore says:

    @ @36: Not worth having Shatner in “Blade Runner.”

  2. Glenn Fleishman says:

    #27: “You build the Enterprise on Earth the same reason you build iPods in China even though most of them are not staying there – cheaper access to labor and materials”

    Hey, you’re forgetting transporter technology. It costs the equivalent of two AA batteries to zap the engineers up for their shift from Earth and then back down at the end.

  3. CD says:

    I was in the Headlands on Sunday and I witnessed this first-hand…it almost ruined Mother’s Day

  4. Jack says:

    You folks are hilarious. The precedent for a Star Trek ship landing on a planet comes from Star Trek: Voyager as well as the movies where Klingon ships clearly land on planets

    Also, did someone say magic xylophone or something?

  5. MisterStupidFace says:

    #32: I lol’ed.

  6. Josh says:

    About the Enterprise being able to maneuver in atmosphere. See the episode titled “Tomorrow is Yesterday” involving the Enterprise being slingshotted back to 1969. They are in the atmosphere with a jet fighter chasing them. Looking at the site Scotty says they are in a low orbit on impulse power. Now they didn’t do any kind of atmospheric entry but they were able to maneuver fine.

    *pushes glasses back up nose*

  7. Mark Young says:

    Great. Now the 9-11 twuthers have a new scenario to explain what REALLY happened on Sept. 11th, 2001.

  8. Anonymous says:


  9. Trent Hawkins says:

    #17: “The forces involved in going to warp, or even just to an impulse speed, would be so far beyond one gravity that being this low in the earth would be a cakewalk to a ship built like that.”

    Nope! Warping and even impulse speed involves bending space to move not to create actual thrust. As a result the ship generates minimum G forces and although it’s moving through space it does not actually accelerate or pull Gs or anything like that. That are very few ships in the Star Trek universe that can enter Atmosphere, and this Enterprise is not one of them.

  10. sworm says:

    Imperial propaganda. I don’t believe it.

  11. adamgreenwood says:


  12. bcsizemo says:

    Well technically I don’t think the Enterprise can land…

    At least not the original or up until Next Gen…if that.

    At the same time, this whole Star Trek vs. Star Wars is pointless…

    Everyone knows the Borg will own you all.

    And all uber geeks will either be rooting for Mal (from Firefly) or my favorite John Crichton (from Farscape)…

    I mean the man destroyed a Scarin (sp?) dreadnought with a wormhole….

  13. Halloween Jack says:

    Bah–this is unconvincing Imperial propaganda. Clue 1: The Enterprise is just hovering there? Don’t think so. Clue 2: Starfleet captains are smart enough to maneuver to the side of the big space station that doesn’t have the big-ass cannon on it and start slinging photon torpedoes in their half-built ass.

  14. Brother Provisional says:


  15. jjasper says:

    Ding dong!

  16. elix says:

    Came here for remark stating that the Enterprise would be incapable of supporting its own mass in Earth’s gravity at sea level. I’m leaving sort of satisfied.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like a very special episode of Deadliest Warrior

  18. Blue says:

    This video is not available in your country or domain.

    What precious IPs would I be stealing by watching this?

  19. Anonymous says:

    If The Enterprise went warp off San Francisco, would that be like the SDF-1 doing a space-fold over Macross Island?

  20. akbar56 says:

    (Nerd filter)

    The Enterprise would never be that low in the atmosphere. She would rip apart. Don’t get me even started on the Big E being built planet side in the latest film.

    (/Nerd filter)

  21. artbot says:

    Fun vid and the motion tracking looked good, but that assplosion at the end was, well, ass.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I’m suprised that the Death Star’s laser didn’t a. vaporize the atmosphere, or b. rip through the enterprise, then make an Alderaan out of Earth.

  23. akbar56 says:

    @41 jack
    The Klingon Bird of Prey and an Intrepid class star ship are designed to operate in an atmo. The Enterprise is not.

    @43 Josh:
    That high in orbit I have no problem with the Enterprise flying. She would be stressed alot, but she would survive. Going as low as this video shows? No way.

    @50 anon:
    Not exactly the same since the Macross did a space fold maneuver (i.e. move from one location through hyperspace to another rather quickly) Also their fold field expanded in a large sphere around the ship taking the island with it. If the Enterprise were to hit warp at that position above SF, nothing would go with them but manipulating a warp field in an atmosphere would theoretically have repercussions.

  24. pork musket says:

    @5 Didn’t the detached saucer portion of the Enterprise crash into a planet at some point in one of the mives? Didn’t rip apart then.

  25. redsquares says:


    Yeah, that completely took me out of the movie.

  26. Enochrewt says:

    This thread is hilarious. More power to you nerds.

    As a Star Wars Nerd, the only thing that rubbed me the wrong way is that all of the sub-beams that make up the main death star beam didn’t fire at the same time. Maybe that’s why it was underpowered and didn’t blow up the planet behind the Enterprise.

    The fist pump really made the whole thing.

  27. akbar56 says:

    If you are referring to the saucer section crashing in Generations (aka the one where Ronald D Moore kills Kirk) then sure. However, it was crashing. Not really a fair comparison.

  28. rikchik says:

    #39: if tranporters are so cheap, why did they take a shuttlecraft from the Academy to the Enterprise? But even given cheap transporters, you still need to provide safe working conditions for all those people in a vacuum – if you’re on the ground you only need welding masks, not spacesuits.

  29. Anonymous says:

    “This vide is not available in your country or domain” said YouTube.

    “PAH! The UNIVERSE is my domain, it seems available elsewhere there,” grumbled a UK resident, noted for his meglomaniacal delusions, in the early hours of this morning. He was also wearing a T-shirt inside out and wiping cereal off his chin.

    Seriously I’d like to see this, is it mirrored anywhere in a non-Xenophobic video hosting site?

  30. yeags says:

    Wow, I like the special effects, but can’t the trekkies and star wars fans get along? Seems like a star wars fan is just jealous of the better sci-fi genre. :-)

    Observational Rants

  31. akbar56 says:

    #17 Dculberson

    Just seems like a huge waste of energy to lift something that heavy from the bottom of a gravity well if it’s only purpose is to travel between star systems.

    I would also theorize that a ship that is built a specific way to fly through space (and the energies involved such therein) would have problems navigating under a planets gravity field.

  32. Anonymous says:

    @23: An impulse drive operates on pretty much the same principles as a jet engine. If it worked by bending space it would be called a warp drive.

    That said, it also contains special sci-fi voodoo which keeps the forces involved from actually affecting the ship, so Federation starships probably still aren’t fit for planetside action.

    Still, I highly doubt the forces involved with being at sea level would actually cause significant harm, although #49 makes a good point, since as far as I can tell thrusters aren’t intended to have that kind of output.

    Also, it’s definitely a constitution refit class, meaning there’s a 1/12 or 1/13 chance that it’s the Enterprise, depending on whether or not you think the Yorktown was in service at the same time as the Enterprise-A.

    Christ, I’m not even a Star Trek fan. This is ridiculous.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Further proof that Star Wars pwns Star Trek tyvm.

  34. Auto Parts for Brains says:

    Oh yeah, I bet my Deathstar can beat up your enterprise. Oh yeah, I bet my Spock can beat up your Obi Wan Kenobi….

    There will not be an end to this.

  35. mattofdoom says:

    Could anyone explain a quick method that would allow me to watch this in the UK?

    Apparently, this video is ‘not available’ in my country or domain.

    I had no idea youtube videos could be location-locked!

  36. echolocate chocolate says:

    #16 Well obviously the Death Star’s main weapon uses a rapidly modulating resonance pulse in subspace frequencies, bypassing the Enterprise’s shields. I mean, duh.

    That said, the Enterprise’s warp core exploding probably would have turned most of California into a crater. Maybe that part stayed intact.

    Gosh, this conversation reminds me of being a teenager more than I would like to admit.

  37. rikchik says:

    You build the Enterprise on Earth the same reason you build iPods in China even though most of them are not staying there – cheaper access to labor and materials. Providing space-station living space for all those engineers, welders, etc. is a lot more expensive than just lifting a single starship from Iowa to space.

  38. tizroc says:

    I recall watching this, or a video very, very close to this a few years ago. However that particular video didn’t have the Enterprise in it. I believe it was originally just an “invasion” sort of video. It would appear that someone has added the Enterprise to it.

    Very intertaining, except the actual explosion. It seemed anti-climactic given the rest of the shot.


  39. Anonymous says:

    The death stars main gun is NOT only designed to destroy plan. I refer you to the iconic “Fully operational battle-station” scene in The Return of the Jedi.

  40. Xeno says:

    Ok… just to put an end to this once and for all.

    Star Trek has Shatner

    Star Wars has Harrison Ford

    Nuff said baby.

  41. Anonymous says:

    To all you guys pointing out all the little flaws and stuff: They are called girls, try talking to one who doesn’t want you to do her homework. lol
    Just Kidding. But really, it’s a MOVIE. Make believe, not real. Want real? CNN’s got all the real you want. Me? I like to get away from real when I go to a movie.

  42. caipirina says:


    I first experienced the location lock on youtube when they played around offering full lengths movies … but now the same for short clips ??? this severally does SUCK

  43. Anonymous says:

    That explosion was less than compelling.

  44. Brainspore says:

    Let’s not jump to conclusions here. That could have been ANY Constitution-class starship.

  45. Anonymous says:

    Two words: Magic bullet
    Five more: Back and to the left

  46. dculberson says:

    Akbar, I definitely concur there, on both points really. I suppose I was just willing to say, on the first point, perhaps their space based manufacturing wasn’t up to snuff yet? Or maybe it was just “we want to have Kirk on a motorcycle wistfully, but rebelliously, looking at the ship?”

    The other problem with the ship being in the atmosphere is – how did it get there? I suppose the shields could have absorbed or deflected the heat energy of re-entry…

    (looking around furtively, fighting need to push my glasses further up on my nose…)

  47. elix says:

    @52: The Enterprise’s warp nacelles are too heavy for the Engineering hull to support them in a planetary gravitational environment. In outer space, no problem. At the surface, without some serious structural support shields made of Handwavium or Tachyons, they’d droop outwards relatively close to the bottom of the ship, just like how the B-52’s wings sag when it is on the ground, but in a much more dramatic fashion.

  48. Anonymous says:

    Artistic license, people. Imagine how boring that video would be in a space setting.
    While we are nitpicking nicely along: don’t they usually use that death ray to rip apart whole planets and not just puny space ships?

  49. Rickyneck says:

    Video is nice but Is it real?
    I think, this one is the scene from any movie.

  50. Nelson.C says:

    This may seem a pretty geeky point, but I don’t know of any other way to respond to this except geekily… Isn’t the Death Star’s main weapon designed to destroy planets? Even on a low setting it seems likely that the Enterprise, the bridge, the city, the clone warriors and the camera crew would be wiped out. Also, those Constitution class cruisers are designed to take hits from matter-antimatter photon torpedoes. Anything that would destroy one would certainly lay waste to anything in the vicinity.

    So, um, almost certainly faked. ;)

  51. Anonymous says:

    Regarding not vaporising the planet, my (perhaps erroneous) recollection of Return of the Jedi is that the Death Star’s primary weapon was taking out Mon Calamari star cruisers without the beam passing through them.

  52. orangebag says:

    @#4 Blue

    yep, no go here either.
    I would love to have the rationale for region locking a gag video explained to me.

  53. orangebag says:

    THX fitzroy doll!

  54. The Life Of Bryan says:

    #29: Can you imagine the state of SF today if Ford had played Kirk?

  55. speonjosh says:

    First –

    The video rocks.

    Second –

    To all those who are making the “nerds” comments – FYI, you’re on BoingBoing – you are, by definition, a nerd.

  56. dculberson says:

    akbar56, I figured the Enterprise was being “dry-fitted” earth side and then would be lifted in pieces into orbit and reassembled. That makes sense to me, at least.


    But to your point of “it would be ripped apart:” Bull shit. The forces involved in going to warp, or even just to an impulse speed, would be so far beyond one gravity that being this low in the earth would be a cakewalk to a ship built like that.


  57. Anonymous says:

    Actually, the primary weapon on the Death Star has multiple energy settings. It can blow up a planet like Alderaan (after which, it takes a long time to reenergize the weapon), or it can take little “pot shots” at lower energy to blow up starships like the unlikely cruisers and frigates at the end of Return of the Jedi (it can make these small energy shots more quickly).

    Still, Star Trek is better.

  58. stratosfyr says:

    @30 Xeno:

    That doesn’t settle anything.

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