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stillakid
02-05-2008, 01:05 AM
When the Millenium Falcon emerges from hyperspace in ANH, it comes out into the remains of Alderaan. Soon after, sensors pick up another ship which promptly fires on them. It passes then hightails it for the Deathstar.


We can safely assume two things:

1) this TIE is one of the sentry ships with the mission to protect the Death Star from unwanted visitors. That explains the shooting.

2) that the TIE has no idea where the Falcon came from, especially so quickly after the Falcon emerges from hyper space.

Sooooo,

1) why did the TIE STOP firing?

2) why did the TIE pass the Falcon which only put it into "suicide mode" as TIEs have no shields?

It couldn't have been the mission of the TIE to guide the Falcon into a trap because it fired right away too soon for anyone to ID the ship and know where it came from.

:confused:

Slicker
02-05-2008, 02:44 AM
I've always been of the mind that the TIE was to lure the Falcon close enough so the Death Star could rope it in. The Death Star was still in the vicinity of the Alderaan System so they probably brought in any and all ships that exited from hyperspace around the system to question them for intelligence and whatnot. Or to possibly keep any witnesses from say what they saw/didn't see.

Jedi_Kal-El
02-05-2008, 02:30 PM
I've always been of the mind that the TIE was to lure the Falcon close enough so the Death Star could rope it in. The Death Star was still in the vicinity of the Alderaan System so they probably brought in any and all ships that exited from hyperspace around the system to question them for intelligence and whatnot. Or to possibly keep any witnesses from say what they saw/didn't see.

Yeah, that works for me slicker. I just always thought that it was on patrol when the Falcon happend on it, but your hypothisis works well. It would have made sense for the Empire to hold any approaching ships.

stillakid
02-05-2008, 03:10 PM
Yeah, but why would the TIE fire on any approaching ships? If the purpose is to hold them for questioning, the chance of blowing them up first seems counter to that purpose. No?

El Chuxter
02-05-2008, 03:20 PM
Maybe the pilot was shocked to see a ship coming out of hyperspace, fired upon it, then did a double-take and said, "****, that's a big ship!" and ran for cover.

Exhaust Port
02-05-2008, 04:04 PM
Maybe the pilot was shocked to see a ship coming out of hyperspace, fired upon it, then did a double-take and said, "****, that's a big ship!" and ran for cover.

This gets my vote. I always assumed this was the case, the MF appeared in front of the Tie Fighter who was a bit surprised, fired off a few shots and they started high tailing it for the DS. I figured that the Tie Fighter was used for inspection of any incoming ships. The DS was more than capable of detecting nearby ships but needed the eyes of a Tie Fighter Pilot to do an up close inspection and/or escort the ship towards the DS. This particular TF Pilot probably realized he was screwed and was making a mad dash for the DS knowing that the closer he got the better covered he was by it's defenses.

2-1B
02-05-2008, 07:54 PM
I've always been of the mind that the TIE was to lure the Falcon close enough so the Death Star could rope it in. The Death Star was still in the vicinity of the Alderaan System so they probably brought in any and all ships that exited from hyperspace around the system to question them for intelligence and whatnot. Or to possibly keep any witnesses from say what they saw/didn't see.

Way to rationalize away a plothole. :thumbsup:

stillakid
02-05-2008, 08:08 PM
Way to rationalize away a plothole. :thumbsup:

Having to rationalize so much in the Prequels has given everyone plenty of practice! :thumbsup:

General_Grievous
02-05-2008, 08:42 PM
Did that TIE fire on the Falcon? I never noticed that. I saw the cockpit shaking around, but I always thought those were "aftershocks" from the Alderaan debris. I always thought the TIE just flew past it to lre it into the tractor beam.

JediTricks
02-06-2008, 12:20 AM
I never thought about it, it does fire on them, but it seemed to me to be a scout ship, looking through the area for ships that might have made it off the planet before the big boom, or ships like the Falcon that were flying to Alderaan. Probably fired to get a quick shot on his way past in case it did more damage.

I do like Slicker's idea though too, that sounds plausible.

Slicker
02-06-2008, 04:18 AM
Yeah, but why would the TIE fire on any approaching ships? If the purpose is to hold them for questioning, the chance of blowing them up first seems counter to that purpose. No?Perhaps the fighter just fired off a low wattage shot to basically pi** off the ship so that it would follow instead of making a quick jump to hyperspace.



What say that a guys family was home and he wasn't and someone set the house on fire to kill them all. He drives up and sees his house is gone and thensomeone punches him in the face. He'll naturally chase him and it may lead him directly into an ambush.

It's not the best but it kinda gets my point across.

darthvyn
02-19-2008, 04:20 PM
the tie probably was given the falcon's license plate number after they blasted out of tatooine. then cue slick's whole thing about luring them toward the DS.

Kidhuman
02-19-2008, 04:43 PM
The Falcon was in the passing lane and lolly gagging around. The TIE didnt have a horn, so it used blasters