Cool Space Battles

There is something about a good battle in space that’s cooler than anything else that could be put onscreen. The best space battles in film and television are spectacles in which everything comes together, from special effects, the music, the right amount of character, tactics, and preparation to make sure the drama plays effectively.

These space battle could be anything from relatively high realism space battles to low realism, from massive fleets to two ships fighting it out in a submarine-esque engagement. Whether guns, missiles, lasers, phasers or photon torpedoes are used, this series takes a look at some of the coolest space battles ever put on screen.

Vice Admiral Holdo maneuver (Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi)

The Last Jedi is a controversial movie, dividing the audience into those celebrating it and those that hate it. Many of the latter have taken to the internet to dissect what the film does and whether it does it well, a handful of specific points about the movie have become particular focal points, one of those is Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) sacrificing herself to save the Resistance by jumping to hyperspace straight through Snoke’s flagship, thereby destroying Snoke’s flagship and fleet.

Whether Holdo scene’s emotional impact outweighs whatever story complications and subsequent retconning it causes is up for debate. However, “The Holdo Maneuver” may be the most beautifully executed in the entire movie and it remains a visually, sonically, and emotionally indelible moment.