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Show us the Death Star II construction

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One of the things that has bugged me a bit has been the protracted construction of the Death Star. It was once described as a “deadly countdown,” and I find that makes it an interesting story device. Nevertheless, the length of time it takes to build it is rather remarkable, and makes the construction of the DS II less believable. But as we are having more and more stories come out at different phases of the Star Wars timeline, something occurs to me: what if we had a story that took place between ANH and TESB or TESB and ROTJ? If timed right, it could be another heist story involving Bothans, but it could even take place prior to this. It could merely reveal the profundity of S.R. Hadden’s (from Sagan’s Contact) statement:

“First rule in government spending: why build one when you can have two at twice the price?”

It could merely represent the first discovery that the Empire had already begun construction on a second Death Star before the first was even operational.

I dunno, maybe it’s a stupid idea. But it just struck me as an interesting thought and the possible setup of some additional interquel stories on Disney+.

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It is kind of odd that construction of the Death Star took so long and was started so early. Even George acknowledged that it didn’t quite make sense for it to be under construction already at the end of RotS, but he included it because he wanted to tie the story neatly together and to convey what sort of regime the Empire was going to be, and the Death Star was a perfect symbol of that. But the more they flesh out the first Death Star’s construction and build up to its completion, the more abrupt the second one feels, by comparison.

I’ve always wanted a Star Wars movie or show with a nonhuman protagonist, so I’d be down for a Bothan spies show.

But we can’t turn back. Fear is their greatest defense. I doubt if the actual security there is any greater than it was on Aquilae or Sullust. And what there is is most likely directed towards a large-scale assault.

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Servii said:

I’ve always wanted a Star Wars movie or show with a nonhuman protagonist, so I’d be down for a Bothan spies show.

We’ll almost certainly see this someday. When Matt Martin, member of the Lucasfilm Story Group, was once asked about Bothans.

Matt Martin said:

It’s pretty easy to confirm: we are purposely trying not to show them to leave all possibilities for when that story gets told. The dude in Resistance is based on the EU design of a Bothan that the Animation art team used as reference for a background alien. It’ll will come out eventually. Maybe they’ll be just like the EU versions and that dude in Resistance has been a Bothan all along… but we won’t know until we know! For what it’s worth, I believe the first story appearance of a Bothan in the EU came about 7 years after they were mentioned in RotJ and that was in a novel with no visual representation.

That’s good enough for me. And, as we’ve seen before, it’s never a good idea to rush things.

ROTJ Storyboard Reconstruction Project

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I’d love to see a series along the lines and style of Andor for the building of the Death Star II. The politics, fallout and uncertainty of the Imperials POV after losing their proud technological marvel to a bunch of plucky Rebels would be something to see, as they realise they now have to build a second Death Star, or perhaps already had and now needed to hasten its completion. And from Mon Mothma and the Rebel POV as well. The Rebel interactions with the Bothans, their network and their sacrifice. It would make for such an alluring concept.

Was anything written about this from fans before the EU, like with the popular Fall of the Republic story treatment on Anakin’s fall to the dark side by the highly talented John L Flynn?