This is going to be a kind of general survey thread, but I was thinking of this today and thought I'd see what interpretations others had.
How many out there thought that the Death Star trench sequence took place along the Death Star's equatorial ridge upon their first (or first few dozen) viewings? I was almost 12 when I saw Star Wars on the big screen for the first time, late in the summer of 1977. My earliest impressions were that the "trench" and the equator were one in the same. It was only many years and dozens of viewings later that I realized my error. Was anyone else laboring under this misaprehension?