THAT’S NO MOON...
The Death Star beyond Star Wars
The AT&T Stadium in Texas – home of the Dallas Cowboys – is known locally as the Death Star on account of its giant, grey retracting roof.
Seattle-spawned alt.rock band The Presidents Of The United States Of America released the song “Death Star” in 2000. Contains the stirring couplet, “Death Star, massive and maniacal/Death Star, teeny weeny vulnerable hole.”
Industrial Light And Magic christened their San Francisco render farm the Death Star. It’s a ginormous, high-powered supercomputer but cannot, as yet, take out rival FX houses.
German digital hardcore band Atari Teenage Riot included the ditty “Death Star” on their 1997 album “Burn, Berlin, Burn!” We like to imagine Grand Moff Tarkin tapping his jackboots to the soulful confession “I only destroy to demonstrate my powers.”
Kevin Smith’s slacker-championing comedy Clerks (1994) sees two Generation Xers debating whether the workmen killed on the Death Star were really innocent independent contractors. The new age of pop-culture savvy dialogue begins here.
Disgraced Californian energy company Enron named one of their scandalous business practices the Death Star Strategy. Palpatine would have approved. And then Force-zapped the board for being caught.
Death Star is the nickname of Mimas, a moon of Saturn, whose giant impact crater resembles the concave super laser dish of the Imperial battle station. Hold on, this one actually is a moon… nick setchfield